And here we are again in 2017. With the rise of ransomware viruses, more and more malware researchers from EmsiSoft, Kaspersky, Avast and BleepingComputer join their efforts to create decryptors for those ransomware viruses who failed at being impenetrable. We have decided to sum up all the decryptable ransomware viurses so far with the hope they will be reachable to more people. Below, we have also linked the other parts of these series of articles.
Fake Cerber Ransomware
Being an imitator of one of the most notorious ransomware viruses ever to come out, the fake Cerber virus used the same wallpaper and even had a similar ransom note. It’s weakness however is that it was an EDA2 ransomware variant, which is not difficult to decrypt by researchers. Here is more information and decryption instructions:
The “.L0CKED” File Virus
Little was known about this ransomware initially, but this was because it was not very popular. Few days after being discovered it was deemed to be a part of the many ransomware variants in the EDA2 family. Decryption instructions below:
Being part of the Lockscreen type of ransomware viruses that deny access to the whole system, this virus was reverse engineered later on and a password for it was found. All you have to do is to follow these instructions to unlock your PC:
UltraDeCrypter 2016 Ransomware
This ransomware virus was rather big and massive in terms of the fuss it generated when it was released. It is one of the “nicest” ransom viruses out there that wish Merry Christmas to victims. Fortunatly, being a part of the Cryp1 and CryptXXX viruses this one was also decryptable, as a Christmas gift. Instructions and more info can be found below:
Globe v3 Ransomware
This virus is very interesting, primarily because it came out in so many variants, that researchers have lost count. The first of the updated Globe variants used the .decrypt2017 and .hnumkhotep extensions and the 3rd version of Globe was initially thought to be a major improvement. With time however, a decryptor was eventually developed for the virus, by well-recognized in this field TrendMicro researchers. Instructions, we have provided below:
Comrade Circle’s .encrypted4 File Virus Variant
The “communist propaganda” virus came out in a second iteration which was eventually decrypted. Interestingly enough, this virus offered users to become a part of the ransomware project, even promising them dividents. Well, I guess this is a failed affiliate campaign. Instructions for decryption can be found below:
Marlboro .oops Ransomware
This virus has been reported to be encrypting files with the .oops file extension. Fortunately for the users, the cyber-criminals have made an ‘.oops’ when creating the encryption code. Malware analysts from EmsiSoft have created a decryption tool that works with this ransomware without a hic up. Here is the web link for instructions:
Merry Christmas Ransomware
Also being a Trojan horse that steals the files on the computer, this virus used multiple file extensions – .PEGS1, .MRCR1, .RARE1 and RMCM1. Having an evil Santa and a bomb, this virus was surely intimidating. However, it was also decrypted and instructions can be found in the green box below:
Alcatraz Locker Ransomware
Encrypting the files with an added .Alcatraz file extension to them, this virus was also widespread until researchers from Avast shut it down fairly quickly, resulting in it’s successful decryption. Instructions can be located below:
Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.
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- Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.
How to Remove Decrypt from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Decrypt
Step 2: Uninstall Decrypt 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 Decrypt 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 Decrypt there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for Decrypt with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Decrypt.
Ransomware infections and Decrypt 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.
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.
Get rid of Decrypt from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Decrypt 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 Decrypt 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 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.
Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Decrypt on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac Decrypt aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money.
This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.
What is Decrypt ransomware and how does it work?
Decrypt 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 Decrypt ransomware infect my computer?
Via several ways.Decrypt 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 Decrypt 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 .Decrypt files?
You can't. At this point the .Decrypt 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 .Decrypt files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by Decrypt 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 ".Decrypt" files (Other Methods)?
Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Decrypt 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 Decrypt 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 Decrypt ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Decrypt files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like Decrypt 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.