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Decrypt Files Encrypted by Pink Philadelphia Virus

This article is created to help you remove the Pink Philadelphia “YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED!” virus and decrypt encrypted files for free.

A ransomware virus part of the Philadelphia viruses which are believed to be part of the Stampado viruses has been detected in the wild. The virus encrypts the files on the compromised computers by it after which uses a pink ransom note in which it notifies the user he or she is accused of watching illegal porn. The virus then demands 0.05 BTC to be paid to a custom BitCoin wallet and gives a 3 day deadline with a Russian roulette function deleting a random file every 3 hours. The good news is that this virus is decryptable and If you have been infected read this article to learn how to restore your encrypted files for free.

Pink Philadelphia Ransomware – More Information

Pink Philadelphia’s Distribution

Similar to Philadelphia ransomware’s original variant, this virus variant is also believed to be redistributed via fake letters attached to e-mails which are latter sent to users on a massive scale. One of those letters was the fake notice from Brazil’s finance ministry:

The fake notice may be accompanied by a JavaScript which is obfuscated and will connect to a command and control server after which download Pink Philadelphia’s malicious payload on the user’s computer.

Pink Philadelphia Virus – Malicious Activity Post-Infection

After an infection is complete, the Pink Philadelphia virus may drop the malicious files on multiple different folders, Some of the files have been identified to have random names and be executable type of files, located in:

→ C:/Users/{UserProfile}/{random name}

Then, the Pink Philadelphia virus may begin to create multiple different modified Windows registry value strings. One of the targeted Windows registry sub-keys is reported to be the following:

→ HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\Windows Update

Then, the virus may begin to encrypt important files on the infected computer, making them no longer able to be opened. It is most likely pre-configured to encrypt files with the following file extensions:

→ .7z;.asp;.avi;.bmp;.cad;.cdr;.doc;.docm;.docx;.gif;.html;.jpeg;.jpg;.mdb;.mov;.mp3;.mp4;.pdf;.php;.ppt;.pptx;.rar;.rtf;.sql;.str;.tiff;.txt;.wallet;.wma;.wmv;.xls;.xlsx;.zip

Then, the virus drops it’s ransom note, which has the following content:

“YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED!
NOW listen to me,
I do not want to remind you of the moral or legal implications of unauthorized access to private information ,
like nude pics or downloading pornographic materials stolen from innocent people.
Read more about it under internet laws 18 U.S.C. 2257.
Encrypting your personal files is one step to proof that to you what will happen if you do not adhere to our advice.
Next line of action, We will delete 1 file every 3 hours from your PC.
Then, after 72 hours we will delete all of your files COMPLETELY including system and program files which we have already infected.
Your ransom fee is 49 USD, pay this and walk away unharmed forever. The two choices you have is to either pay the ransom or say goodbye to your current PC and all of your personal files that we have encrypted.
You will agree with me that 49USD is not an excessive outlay compared to the worth or value of your PC.
You can try to reformat your hard disk, but your machine ID is locked in your bios.
This means our malware on your PC will infect your new hard disk once again, when it’s plugged in.
Considering the pain of the victims of this iCloud hack, this ransom attack can serve as a therapy or lesson for you to get off the nudity/pornography habit.
So, if you don’t know where to buy Bitcoin, ask Google. If you care about buying bitcoin anonymously then ASK GOOGLE.
All the people on your contact list and server will get a notification that you have tried to access nude pics/porn, hence an Invitation to their mailbox.
Do not contact us if you are not paying; just throw your PC to the trash bin if you are not willing to pay the 49usd.
I hope this kind of therapy will teach you a lesson.
//PurplePR – Anti-theft Team (C)s.”

Fortunately there is a decryptor developed by Emsisoft and we have created the instructions on how to remove the virus and how to decrypt files encrypted by Pink Philadelphia.

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

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Pink Philadelphia from Windows.


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

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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 Pink 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. 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 Pink Philadelphia 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 Pink Philadelphia 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.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Pink Philadelphia 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 Pink Philadelphia.

Ransomware infections and Pink Philadelphia 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 Pink Philadelphia from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Pink Philadelphia and remove related files and objects

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We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
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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 Pink Philadelphia:

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 Pink Philadelphia. 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 Pink Philadelphia. 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 Pink 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:

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 Pink Philadelphia. 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 Pink Philadelphia.

Ransomware infections and Pink Philadelphia 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.


Pink Philadelphia FAQ

What is Pink Philadelphia ransomware and how does it work?

Pink Philadelphia 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 Pink Philadelphia ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Pink Philadelphia 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 Pink Philadelphia 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 .Pink Philadelphia files?

You can't. At this point the .Pink Philadelphia 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 .Pink Philadelphia files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by Pink Philadelphia 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 ".Pink Philadelphia" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Pink Philadelphia 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 Pink Philadelphia 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 Pink Philadelphia ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Pink Philadelphia files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Pink Philadelphia 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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