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Decrypt Files Encrypted by Ransomware Viruses Part 2

decyrpt-files-ransomware-encrypted-sensorstechforum-freeThanks to ransomware researchers who like to reverse-engineer viruses, more decrypters have been released for more of the file-encryption viruses. The sole reason behind those decryptors is the poor coding of their creators. This allowed malware analysts to reverse the viruses, find a bug and in return develop decrypters for free. In case you are a ransomware victim of one of the viruses below, make sure to check the free removal and decryption instructions attached to the virus. In case the virus is not on the list, you can also check other viruses we have summed up from the link below:

Related Article: Decrypt Files Encrypted by Ransomware Viruses Part 1

Shade XTBL Ransomware Decryptor

Being one of the most widespread ransomware variants, Shade ransomware has been reported to use several different e-mail addresses, suggesting it is sold on the web as a service, allowing users to create their customized versions of the virus. Shade ransomware uses .better_call_saul, .xtbl, .ytbl .crysis file extensions and it leaves the e-mail of the one controlling it’s variant as an extension. Here are some e-mails that were added as extensions:

→ Savepanda@india.com Ransomware, Malevich Ransomware, Fantom Ransomware, Ramachandra7@india.com Ransomware, Siddhiup2@india.com Ransomware, Legioner_seven@aol.com Ransomware, Seven_legion@aol.com Ransomware, Space_rangers@aol.com Ransomware, Diablo_diablo2@aol.com Ransomware, Cyber_baba2@aol.com Ransomware, Batman_good@aol.com Ransomware, Melme@india.com Ransomware, Masterlock@india.com Ransomware, Supportfriend@india.com Ransomware, Calipso.god@aol.com Ransomware, Centurion_Legion Ransomware, Better_Call_Saul Ransomware, Da_Vinci_Code Ransomware, Veracrypt Ransomware, DrugVokrug727 Ransomware. Grand_car Ransomware, Meldonii Ransomware, Makdonalds Ransomware, SystemDown Ransomware, Radxlove7 Ransomware, fud@india.com, Redshitline@india.com Ransomware

Thankfully Kaspersky has released a decryptor for this nasty ransomware, instructions, and download for which you can find in the red square below:

Related Article: Decrypt Files Encrypted by Shade .Xtbl Ransomware

Chimera Ransomware Decryptor

A virus that was detected by ESG researchers, chimera can attack vital files and scramble them permanently, leaving it’s distinctive ransom note in which it asked it’s victims to pay 1 BTC for decryption. It spread via spam messages that contain attachments resembling legitimate documents in .ZIP or .RAR files. After infection, the virus immediately started encoding files. Thankfully anyone who has kept the encrypted files on their computer is lucky because Kaspersky researchers have updated Rakhni Decrypter to decode data enciphered by Chimera ransomware for free. More information and instructions for decrypting your files and removing Chimera, you can find below:

Related Article: Decrypt Files Encrypted by Chimera Ransomware

Crypt0 Virus Decrypter

A relatively new and very poorly coded virus, the Crypt0 ransomware immediately gave researchers an opportunity to find a decryption possibility and develop a decryptor for _crypt0 encrypted files. The virus was so poorly coded that it did not even create the HELP_DECRYPT.TXT ransom note properly. Using AES enciphering, the virus could have been a very devastating threat, if it wasn’t for the bad coding. Below you can find full decryption and removal instructions and more information about Crypt0 ransomware:

Related Article: Crypt0 Virus Remove and Decrypt _crypt0 Files

Philadelphia Ransomware Decrypter

The Philadelphia ransomware was advertised on the deep web black markets as a ransomware tool that has a lot of features and is extremely advanced. It primarily attacked servers and computers located in Brazil, because it used a scanned document from the Brazil Ministry of Finance to spread. The virus has a cloud-based C2 server from which the hacker could see every infected computer and even features a “Give Mercy” type of button that allows it to decrypt the files for free. Even though it looked very dangerous, researchers from EmsiSoft managed to quickly make a decrypter for this variant of the Stampado viruses. You can find detailed removal and decryption instructions in the link below.

Decrypt Files Encrypted by Philadelphia Ransomware

NoobCrypt Decryption

This type of ransomware mocks it’s victims, calling them noobs(slang from newbies). NoobCypt asked approximately 300$ from users to give them a decryption key which they input in it’s user interface to get their files decrypter. Researchers, however, have shown the creator of this virus who is the noob in this situation, revealing a master decryption key which if you still have the virus and input it, decrypts all your files. Here is the key:

“lsakhBVLIKAHg”

WildFire Locker Decryptor

This ransomware virus uses the .wflx extension after it scrambles your files and just like NoobCrypt asks 300 dollars from it’s victims to give them access to their files. The virus even has a customer service, called the “WildFire Locker helpdesk” where users could contact the cyber-criminals behind this ransomware virus. The only problem of the crooks behind this virus, that they couldn’t see coming was the Dutch police. They seized the servers of this virus giving malware researchers from Kaspersky the opportunity to create a free decryptor. You should be able to find instructions on how to remove WildFire and decrypt your files below.

Decrypt Files Encrypted by WildFire Locker Ransomware

File Decryption – Conclusion

For the moment, the users who have been infected by these viruses should feel lucky, because there still are big viruses out there, like Cerber 3 or Zepto ransomware, for which a free decryption solution has not yet been developed or released. They cannot do much at this point, but there are some alternative methods below that can be tried out if you are infected by ransomware. However, we advise you to make backups and be careful when using those methods, because some ransomware viruses may have a fail-safe mechanism that breaks files when you try to tamper with them.

Alternatives to restore files encrypted by Ransomware

Restore Files Encrypted by Ransomware

Security engineers strongly advise users NOT to pay the ransom money, but to attempt restoring the files using other methods. Here are several suggestions:

To restore your data, your first bet is to check again for shadow copies in Windows using this software:

Shadow Explorer

Another method of restoring your files is by trying to bring back your files via data recovery software. Here are some examples of data recovery programs:

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How to Remove Ransomware from Windows.


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

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

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 Ransomware 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 Ransomware 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 Ransomware 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 Ransomware 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.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


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

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

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


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Get rid of Ransomware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Ransomware and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


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 Ransomware:

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 Ransomware. 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 Ransomware. 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 Ransomware 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 Ransomware. 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.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



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Remove Ransomware 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.


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Erase Ransomware 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.



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Uninstall Ransomware 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.



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Remove Ransomware 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".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Ransomware will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Ransomware 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.


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