Shortly after the Philadelphia ransomware virus came out, a decryptor for it has been released by malware researchers. When it was spotted, the ransomware has been released for 400$ on the black market. The page advertising the virus outlined it as a very sophisticated threat. However researchers were convinced that the virus is not impenetrable, and now they have proven this, creating a free decryptor for the virus. Anyone who has been infected by the Philadelphia virus should follow the instructions in this article, remove Philadelphia Ransomware and decrypt files that have been enciphered by it.
Philadelphia Ransomware – Quick Background
This ransomware virus was first detected on the deep web markets and in addition to this, researchers detected how it spreads as well. The Philadelphia ransomware uses a fake governmental notice that pretends to be a scanned document from the financial ministry of Brazil. This immediately gives a hint that this virus may be spread onto Portuguese speaking countries. The Philadelphia ransomware also attacked a wide variety of file types that it rendered no longer openable:
After encrypting the files of users, Philadelphia completely changes their names with random A-Z 0-9 names and changes the extension to .locked. Users who were left with no choice but to pay the ransom until now.
Furthermore, Philadelphia ransomware besides being part of the Stampado ransomware variants, also uses a very interesting type off command and control server, having a so-called “Give Mercy” button that unlocks the files for free.
Philadelphia Ransomware – Removal and Decryption Instructions
Before deciphering your files with the tool, created by Fabian Wosar, a researcher from EmsiSoft, we strongly recommend removing Philadelphia first. One way to do this is by following these removal instructions
- Guide 1: How to Remove Philadelphia from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Philadelphia on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Philadelphia in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Philadelphia from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Philadelphia from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Philadelphia from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Philadelphia from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Philadelphia Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Philadelphia from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Philadelphia
Step 2: Uninstall Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Philadelphia from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Philadelphia 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:
- 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 Philadelphia 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:
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 Philadelphia files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Philadelphia, 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.
Remove Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia will be removed.
Eliminate Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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".