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Deadly Ransomware Encrypts Files With AES-256 Cipher

deadly-ransomware-sensorstechforum-virusA ransomware virus, known as Deadly has been detected by malware researchers recently. The virus was reported to create several different files on the computer after which encrypt the important data in it and drop a ransom note demanding $500 payment in BitCoin to decrypt the AES-256 enciphered data. Even though it is not yet confirmed that Deadly ransomware is on the loose and began infecting users, it is strongly advisable to not pay any ransom money if you have already encountered it. Instead it is advisable to remove Deadly ransomware on sight and attempt alternative methods to restore your documents, photos as well as other files if they have been enciphered by this nasty virus

Threat Summary

Name Deadly
Type Ransomware
Short Description The ransomware encrypts files on infected computers with the AES-256 encryption algorithm and asks 500$ ransom payoff to decrypt them.
Symptoms Files are encrypted and become inaccessible. A ransom note with instructions for paying the ransom shows.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, File Sharing Networks.
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Deadly Ransomware – Spread

Allegedly, Deadly ransomware may spread a malicious executable which contains an exploit kit or a .js file containing JavaScript. These files may be spread via a malicious e-mail attachment or fake setups uploaded online. Another form of spreading the files is via fake websites that advertise them as helpful software or free setups. In addition to this, the viruses may also spread via other methods such as malicious URLs spammed on social media as well as on forums and others. To perform a successful infection, cyber criminals such as the ones behind Deadly ransomware could use several different tools to cause a successful infections, like spam bots, malware obfuscators, injectors, file joiners and others, depending on which method they have decided to spread the malware with. This is why it is advisable to use a non-commercial advanced anti-malware solution which has active shields in real time and will stop such attacks on their tracks.

Deadly Ransomware – More Information About the Virus

Deadly Ransomware is a threat that may act in a file-less manner via JavaScript and immediately get to the point of encrypting files of the infected computer. The virus may begin to look for widely used types of files that are often used such as:

  • Videos.
  • Images.
  • Audio files.
  • Documents.
  • Files associated with programs the user has installed.

After the encryption by Deadly ransomware has been completed, the virus renders the files unusable by appending an AES-256 encryption algorithm on them. This changes the structure code of the files, making them no longer openable by any program. Upon opening, Windows begins to seek the proper software to open the file with:

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After the encryption process has completed, the Deadly virus drops it’s ransom note with a long and detailed demand towards the victim:

→“Your files have been safely encrypted on this PC: photos, videos, documents, etc. Click “Show encrypted files” Button to view a complete list of encrypted files, and you can personally verify this. Encryption was produced using a unique public key AES-256 generated for this computer. To decrypt files, you need to obtain the private key. The only copy of the private key, which will allow you to decrypt your files is located on a secret server on the Internet; the server will eliminate the key after a time period specified in this window. Once this has been done, nobody will ever be able to restore files… To decrypt the file you will need to send $500 USD in the form of BTC to the following bitcoin address:
{Payment Information}
After payment contact {e-mail} with your transaction details and “USER ID.” Once the payment is confirmed you will receive decryption key along with decryption software. Any attempt to remove or corrupt this software will result in immediate elimination of the private key by the server. Beware.”

Judging by the ransom note, cyber-criminals threaten to destroy the decryption keys if the infection is eradicated from the computer. This is not always the case and paying the cyber-criminals may not solve the problem and decrypt your files as well. Furthermore, the note does not have a specific e-mail for contact, which immediately points out that this ransomware is being sold online in the deep web as a service and may be used by many ransomware operators who paid for it. Infections are expected to rise in the future.

Remove Deadly Ransomware and Restore Encrypted Files

To remove Deadly ransomware, we strongly recommend that you follow our removal instructions below. In case you have a hard time locating the ransomware or believe it has not created any permanent files or objects on the computer, malware researchers recommend scanning your computer for malware. The best method to do this is to use an advanced anti-malware program which will detect any files encrypted by this virus and eradicate them completely.

Just like other non-decryptable viruses, at the moment there Is no free way to decrypt files that have been encoded by Deadly Ransomware. However, there are alternative methods that may help you recover your files partially. We have mentioned some of those methods in step “2. Restore files encrypted by Deadly” below and strongly advise you to attempt them, even though they are not 100% guaranteed to be restore every file.

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Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

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  • Profile of the content creator.
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  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Deadly from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Deadly

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Deadly 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Deadly on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Deadly 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.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

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Step 4: Scan for Deadly with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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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.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Deadly.

Ransomware infections and Deadly aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of Deadly from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Deadly and remove related files and objects

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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 Deadly:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


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 Deadly. 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 Deadly. 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 Deadly 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

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 Deadly. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Deadly.

Ransomware infections and Deadly aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Deadly FAQ

What is Deadly ransomware and how does it work?

Deadly is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.

Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.

How does Deadly ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Deadly Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment.

This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.

After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.

Another way, you may become a victim of Deadly is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.

How to open .Deadly files?

You can't. At this point the .Deadly files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .Deadly files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by Deadly ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore ".Deadly" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Deadly files.

These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How do I get rid of Deadly ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate Deadly ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Deadly files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Deadly ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:

  • Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
  • Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
  • Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
  • You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.

More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.

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