A crypto-virus, known by the e-mail Cyber_Baba2@aol.com and also known as CPYPAURA variant at TrendMicro’s threat encyclopedia, has been reported to have a high level of infections. The virus encrypts the files of users who have been infected by it, making them no longer openable. After the encryption process has been completed, Cyber_Baba also performs several other activities on compromised machines. One of those activities is to drop a ransom note notifying users their computers have been infected and asking a ransom payoff to decrypt the files.
|Short Description||The malware encrypts users files using a strong encryption algorithm, making direct decryption possible only via a unique decryption key available to the cyber-criminals.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness ransom notes and “instructions” as a wallpaper and a text file and a sound message all linking to a web page and a decryptor. Changed file names and the file-extension typical to the most .XTBL variants has been used.|
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Cyber_Baba Virus – Distribution
The virus is reported by malware researchers to be dropped as a result of an infection by other malware, like a Trojan.Downloader, for instance. In addition to this, the Cyber_Baba virus may also be uploaded on suspicious URLs that may cause an infection via a drive-by-download without the user noticing it.
Cyber_Baba Ransomware In Detail
As soon as it has infected users, the Cyber_Baba virus’s payload may be dropped as a .exe file in the following location:
This is the Windows’s default folder, meaning that it is located in C\Windows\ folder. This is the essential folder for Windows, and the ransomware situates it’s primary file there as a concealment measure.
Them, the virus also drops ransom note files in the following locations:
The Cyber_Baba virus also modifies the Run registry key to make it’s malicious executable run on system startup. But this is not all. The virus also changes the wallpaper by modifying the Desktop Wallpaper key as well. Here are the modifications performed by Cyber_Baba ransomware:
After this has been done, the wallpaper is changed with the following message:
In addition to this, the Cyber_Baba ransomware also connects remotely to .cc domains with random names to send different information, like security software installed, system name, user name, OS version and other.
When it begins to encrypt files, the Cyber_Baba virus looks for a very wide variety of file extensions to encrypt:
The Cyber_Baba ransomware may use a strong AES encryption algorithm to encrypt the files of affected users. Files, encrypted by this ransomware are also reported to have the usual file extension for most .XTBL ransomware variants:
In addition to this, the virus also deletes the volume shadow copies of the affected computer as a bonus, using a privileged administrative command in Windows Command Prompt:
→ vssadmin delete shadows /all /quiet
Cyber_Baba Virus – Conclusion, Remove it and Restore the XTBL Files
This virus, is believed to be a part of the many .XTBL ransomware variants. Researchers believe that this is a huge network of virus variants that is most likely users in a big RaaS (Ransomware as a service) scheme allowing the operator to create his own version of the ransomware. Other viruses from the Cyber_Baba family are the following:
To remove this virus from your computer, we strongly advise you to follow the removal instructions which are created for the deletion of Cyber_Baba ransomware below. Not only this, but the best method to get rid of Cyber_Baba is by using an advanced anti-malware software. This is because such software may discover any other files related to this malware and delete them while providing protection from other malware as well.
In case you are looking for methods that will help to restore your encrypted files, unfortunately, there is no direct decryption unless you pay the ransom money. However, researchers advise against that because a decryptor may be released for this virus in the future and paying it is no guarantee you will get your files back. In the meantime, while you wait for such, we have provided several alternative solutions that will assist you in trying to recover the files. These methods are illustrated in step “3. Restore files encrypted by Cyber_Baba” below. They may not be 100% effective, but they may work in some particular situations.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Cyber_Baba from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Cyber_Baba on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Cyber_Baba in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Cyber_Baba from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Cyber_Baba from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Cyber_Baba from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Cyber_Baba from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Cyber_Baba Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
About the Cyber_Baba Research
The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this Cyber_Baba how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific, adware-related problem, and restore your browser and computer system.
How did we conduct the research on Cyber_Baba?
Please note that our research is based on independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, thanks to which we receive daily updates on the latest malware, adware, and browser hijacker definitions.
Furthermore, the research behind the Cyber_Baba threat is backed with VirusTotal https://www.virustotal.com/gui/home/upload.
To better understand this online threat, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.
1.Browser Redirect – What Is It?
2.Adware Is Malicious, and It Uses Advanced Techniques to Infect
3.The Thin Red Line Between Potentially Unwanted Programs and Malware
4.The Pay-Per-Install Affiliate Business – Making Millions out of Adware
5.Malicious Firefox Extensions Installed by 455,000 Users Blocked Updates
How to Remove Cyber_Baba from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Cyber_Baba
Step 2: Uninstall Cyber_Baba and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Cyber_Baba on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Cyber_Baba there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.
2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.
3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Step 4: Scan for Cyber_Baba with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.
2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.
3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.
4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.
Video Removal Guide for Cyber_Baba (Windows).
Get rid of Cyber_Baba from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Cyber_Baba and remove related files and objects
1.Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:
3.In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Cyber_Baba:
4.Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.
5.In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Cyber_Baba. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.
6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference.
Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Cyber_Baba. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.
7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Cyber_Baba via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:
2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:
3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Cyber_Baba. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Cyber_Baba files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Cyber_Baba, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Video Removal Guide for Cyber_Baba (Mac)
Remove Cyber_Baba from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2:Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Cyber_Baba from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Cyber_Baba from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Cyber_Baba from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Cyber_Baba will be removed.
Eliminate Cyber_Baba from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Cyber_Baba from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings.
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".
What is Cyber_Baba?
The Cyber_Baba threat is adware or browser redirect virus. It may slow your computer down siginficantly and display advertisements. The main idea is for your information to likely get stolen or more ads to appear on your device.
The creators of such unwanted apps work with pay-per-click schemes to get your computer to visit risky or different types of websites that may generate them funds. This is why they do not even care what types of websites show up on the ads. This makes their unwanted software indirectly risky for your OS.
What are the symptoms of Cyber_Baba?
There are several symptoms to look for when this particular threat and also unwanted apps in general are active:
Symptom #1: Your computer may become slow and has poor performance in general.
Symtpom #2: You have toolbars, add-ons or extensions on your web browsers that you don't remember adding.
Symptom #3: You see all types of ads, like ad-supported search results, pop-ups and redirects to randomly appear.
Symptom #4: You see installed apps on your Mac running automatically and you do not remember installing them.
Symptom #5: You see suspicious processes running in your Task Manager.
If you see one or more of those symptoms, then security experts reccomend that you check your computer for viruses.
What types of Unwanted Programs are there?
According to most malware researchers and cyber-security experts, the threats that can currently affect your Mac can be the following types:
- Rogue Antivirus programs.
- Browser hijackers.
- Fake optimizers.
What to do if I have a "virus" like Cyber_Baba?
Do not panic! You can easily get rid of most adware or unwanted program threats by firstly isolating them and then removing them from your browser and computer. One reccomended way to do that is by using a reputable malware removal software that can take care of the removal automatically for you. There are many anti-malware apps out there that you can choose from. SpyHunter is one of the reccomended anti-malware apps, that can scan your computer for free and detect any viruses, tracking cookies and unwanted adware apps and eliminate them quickly. This saves time when compared to doing the removal manually.
How to secure my passwords and other data from Cyber_Baba?
With few simple actions. First and foremost, it is imperative that you follow these steps:
Step 1: Find a safe computer and connect it to another network, not the one that your Mac was infected in.
Step 2: Change all of your passwords, starting from your e-mail passwords.
Step 3: Enable two-factor authentication for protection of your important accounts.
Step 4: Call your bank to change your credit card details (secret code, etc.) if you have saved your credit card for online shopping or have done online activiites with your card.
Step 5: Make sure to call your ISP (Internet provider or carrier) and ask them to change your IP address.
Step 6: Change your Wi-Fi password.
Step 7: (Optional): Make sure to scan all of the devices connected to your network for viruses and repeat these steps for them if they are affected.
Step 8: Install anti-malware software with real-time protection on every device you have.
Step 9: Try not to download software from sites you know nothing about and stay away from low-reputation websites in general.
If you follow these reccomendations, your network and all devices will become significantly more secure against any threats or information invasive software and be virus free and protected in the future too.
More tips you can find on our website, where you can also ask any questions and comment underneath the articles about your computer problems. We will try to respond as fast as possible.