The Digisom ransomware is a threat of the file encryption type and It has been detected recently by malware researchers. The virus is also known as X-Files and it aims to encrypt files on the victim’s computer to make them un-openable. In addition to this, this ransomware virus also aims to notify users with various demands to make a payment o a hefty ransom fee to get the files back. Everyone who has become a victim of the Digisom ransomware is strongly advised to read the material and learn how to remove the ransomware and try to get the encrypted data back.
|Short Description||This Digisom ransomware variant encrypts files and asks a ransom payoff for decryption.|
|Symptoms||Files are enciphered and become inaccessible by any type of software. A ransom note with instructions for paying the ransom may show on the infected PC.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, File Sharing Networks, Malicious Executable in Torrent Trackers.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by Digisom |
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|User Experience||Join our forum to Discuss X-Files Ransomware.|
|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
Digisom Ransomware – Infection
In order to cause an infection on a given PC, the crooks behind Digisom may target a wide range of users. To do this, they are conducting massive spam campaigns which also contain malicious e-mail attachments. These very files may be either documents with malicious macros or executable file types, like the following:
Furthermore, another method related to this virus which has been reported by malware researchers is to slither onto the computer via updates that are pretending to be legitimate. Such may be advertised on your computer via suspicious websites or come on your screen as a result of having PUA (potentially unwanted application) installed on it.
The Digisom virus might also pretend to be a legitimate installer but actually install the malicious files on your computer instead.
Digisom Virus – What Happens After Infection
After becoming a victim of this ransomware threat, multiple files may be dropped in critical Windows folders, such as:
Furthermore, Digisom ransomware might also use different type of scripts to perform modification on different Windows Registries, like the Run and RunOnce sub-keys, for example which run the malicious files of Digisom on Windows Startup. After the malware runs on startup it begins to encrypt the files on the compromised computer. The virus then may begin the encryption process of the files.
For it to work, Digisom ransomware uses an assymetric cryptography which generates unique private and public decryption keys. These keys are then sent out to the cyber-criminals command and control server. The malware then encrypts the files and they appear similar to the image below:
After this has been done, Digisom leaves a ransom note, named Digisom Readme0.txt and other notes like it with the numbers 1,2… until 9 written at the end of the file. This ransom note has the following message for the victim:
“Your important files were encrypted on this computer: photos, videos, documents, etc. You can verify this by opening them.
To save your files, you need a private key to decrypt it.
The single copy of private key, which will allow you to unlock the files, is located on a secret server on the internet; the server will destroy the key within 48 hours after encryption completed. After that, nobody are able to restore the files.
To retrieve the private key, you need to pay 0.2 bitcoins. Check out the website on how to make payment: http://www.digisom.pw”
When opened, the web link leads to a page which requests the victim to pay roughly 0.07 BTC to get the files back. Experts strongly advise against it.
Remove Digisom Ransomware and Restore Files That Have Been Encrypted
Digisom ransomware can be removed if you follow the removal instructions below. They are organized in a way that will help you isolate the virus by booting into Safe Mode and then decide to look for the files yourself or do the removal automatically. Malware analysts strongly advise victims to use an advanced anti-malware program since it will ensure the successful removal of Digisom ransomware from your computer automatically and fully.
For the file recovery, at the moment there is no free decryption available. If you still want to try and recover the lost files, there are several alternative methods which you can try to get the data back. They are located in step “2. Restore files encrypted by Digisom” below.