Two very devastating ransomware variants of the famous JigSaw ransomware which was released as a service online have been successfully decrypted. The ransomware’s both use the .purge file extension and an AES-256 encryption algorithm to encipher files of users that have been affected by this virus. The viruses both ask to contact the e-mails related in order to add additional instructions in how to make a ransom payoff to get the files back. Luckily now you do not have to pay anything, because TrendMicro researchers have devoted their time to update their decrypter with newly developed decryption tools that can restore your files for free. We advise you read this article in order to remove these ransomware viruses and successfully decrypt your files for free.
Globe and Purge Ransomware – A Bit Of Background
As soon as Jigsaw ransomware has been released several months ago, it immediately caught the attention of many researchers. This was not because the virus was based on the movie SAW and similar to the movie “it played a game” by deleting a random file on the Russian roulette principle from the infected computer.
However, JigSaw was decrypted and new variants of the virus came out, because in the same time it also became available for sale on the deep web markets. The consequence of this is that many variants of JigSaw appeared, including the Globe and Purge ransomware variants which used the movie The Purge as a theme of their virus, changing the wallpaper of infected computers to the following image:
Fortunately now that a decrypter has been released, you can feel free to follow the instructions below, and after removing Globe/Purge, restore your files for free.
March 2017 Update (New .xtbl Variants)
[email protected] and .[[email protected]] are the new file extensions associated with the latest variants of the 3.0 Globe ransomware virus. These versions are familiar with the fact that they also attack unsuspecting user PCs and encrypt their files asking for a ransom payoff to get them back. What is very interesting for these ransomware infections is that while they uses different wallpapers and other content for each variant, the .xtbl file extension has remained the same at the end.
Just like the second version of the globe virus, the third globe variant was also decoded, which is very fortunate for the victims. However, the third version may have some incremental changes. Most likely, the Blowfish encryption mode is still used to render files no longer usable. The files which are attacked by this ransomware infection are of different types, but they are mostly:
- Different types of often-used documents (Microsoft Office, Adobe)
- Database type of files.
- Audio files.
Similar to the .1 Globe v3 ransomware version, these versions of the virus have been reported to drop numerous files on the encoded computer and them use these malicious files to heavily modify the Windows registry editor and in addition to this perform multiple other infection activities. One of those may be to delete the shadow volume copies on the affected computer via the administrative vssadmin command. Fortunately, while being sold on the dark web, this version of Globe v3 ransomware has also been decrypted by malware researchers. Decryption instructions, as always can be found for free below. But before doing the decryption, we suggest that you perform a removal of the malicious files used by this iteration of Globe ransomware from your computer.
Removing Globe or Purge
Before attempting any decryption, you should initially secure your computer. This means that you should remove any files and registry objects related to the virus and other malicious files that may exist in it form other malware as well. The best solution to do this is by scanning your computer with an anti-malware program and also following the removal instructions below.