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.ERROR File Virus – Remove and Restore Encrypted Files

This article has been created to help you by displaying how to remove .ERROR ransomware and how to restore encrypted files.

A new ransomware infection, going by the name Error Ransomware has been reported to roam around the web, encrypting files via the AES and RSA encryption ciphers. The virus aims to add the .ERROR file extension to the encrypted files and to rename them, making them not only corrupt but no longer recognizable as well. For the return of the files, Error ransomware demands from victims to pay a hefty ransom fee, most likely in BitCoin. Furthermore, be advised that Error ransomware is not a threat that should be taken lightly and if you are a victim of this virus, it is recommended that you read this article.

Threat Summary

Name Error Ransomware
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description A CryptoMix ransomware variant. Encrypts the files on the computers it infects and then asks for payment to decrypt them.
Symptoms Renames the files (A-Z 0-9 random names) and then adds the .ERROR file extension to them.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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Error Ransomware – Distribution Methods

If you have been infected by Error Ransomware, the most likely method by which the infection has occurred Is via e-mail spam messages. Such messages often aim to pretend to be legitimate e-mails that carry seemingly important documents in .zip, .rar or other archives. The documents are in fact the infection files of Error ransomware and a deceitful message, like the example below may be used to spread them:

Besides the example above, the files may pose as banking letters, receipts, invoices and other types of documents.

Other methods which can be used to infect unsuspecting victims with this virus can be if the malware is uploaded online as a fake software setup, fake key generator, game patch or crack or other seemingly legitimate software uploaded online.

Error Ransomware – Analysis

When an infection with Error ransomware takes place, the malware aims to perform different types of functions on the user’s computer. For starters, the virus may drop it’s malicious files in the commonly targeted Windows folders:

  • %AppData%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Temp%

After the files of Error ransomware have been extracted on the user’s computer, the malware may begin to perform multiple different activities on the victim’s computer. The main one of those is to situate registry entries in the following Windows folders.

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

Among the malicious activities of Error ransomware is to delete the shadow volume copies of the infected computer, eliminating any chance of restoring the files via possible system backup. This may be performed by executing a batch file that has the following commands embedded within it:

→ sc stop VVS
sc stop wscsvc
sc stop WinDefend
sc stop wuauserv
sc stop BITS
sc stop ERSvc
stop WerSvc
vssadmin.exe Delete Shadows /All /Quiet
vssadmin.exe Delete Shadows /All /Quiet
vssadmin.exe Delete Shadows /All /Quiet

These commands make sure that all Windows processes that may interrupt Error ransomware while it encrypts your files are eliminated.

In addition to this, the virus also drops a _HELP_INSTRUCTION.TXT file which has a ransom note, asking victims to contact several private e-mail addresses. The file has the following contents:

Hello!
Attention! All Your data was encrypted!
For specific informartion, please send us an email with Your ID number:
error01@msgden.com, 
error02@webmeetme.com
error03@protonmail.com
We will help You as soon as possible!

Error Ransomware Encryption Process

In order to encrypt files on the computers which it has already infected, the Error Ransomware virus aims to perform multiple different activities, the first of which is to scan for widely used file types. The virus looks for specific files that are often used and skips Windows system folders during the encryption. Among these may be files with the following extensions:

→ “PNG .PSD .PSPIMAGE .TGA .THM .TIF .TIFF .YUV .AI .EPS .PS .SVG .INDD .PCT .PDF .XLR .XLS .XLSX .ACCDB .DB .DBF .MDB .PDB .SQL .APK .APP .BAT .CGI .COM .EXE .GADGET .JAR .PIF .WSF .DEM .GAM .NES .ROM .SAV CAD Files .DWG .DXF GIS Files .GPX .KML .KMZ .ASP .ASPX .CER .CFM .CSR .CSS .HTM .HTML .JS .JSP .PHP .RSS .XHTML. DOC .DOCX .LOG .MSG .ODT .PAGES .RTF .TEX .TXT .WPD .WPS .CSV .DAT .GED .KEY .KEYCHAIN .PPS .PPT .PPTX ..INI .PRF Encoded Files .HQX .MIM .UUE .7Z .CBR .DEB .GZ .PKG .RAR .RPM .SITX .TAR.GZ .ZIP .ZIPX .BIN .CUE .DMG .ISO .MDF .TOAST .VCD SDF .TAR .TAX2014 .TAX2015 .VCF .XML Audio Files .AIF .IFF .M3U .M4A .MID .MP3 .MPA .WAV .WMA Video Files .3G2 .3GP .ASF .AVI .FLV .M4V .MOV .MP4 .MPG .RM .SRT .SWF .VOB .WMV 3D .3DM .3DS .MAX .OBJ R.BMP .DDS .GIF .JPG ..CRX .PLUGIN .FNT .FON .OTF .TTF .CAB .CPL .CUR .DESKTHEMEPACK .DLL .DMP .DRV .ICNS .ICO .LNK .SYS .CFG”Source:fileinfo.com

The encryption process of Error ransomware is a carefully coded one. First, the ransowmare uses the AES encryption algorithm to render the files no longer able to be opened. After this is done, the encryption generates an asymmetric decryption key. This key is additionally RSA encrypted and unique RSA keys are generated for each infection. So far, it is not known, but the cyber-criminals may perform one of the following activities if you pay the ransom:

  • Trick you and do not decrypt anything.
  • Create a custom decryptor software for you, based on the decryption ID which is a unique code.
  • Have a master decryptor that hides the master decryption key within it’s code and send it to you after payment.

After encryption, the files are completely renamed and have the .ERROR file extension, making them look like the following:

Remove Error Ransomware and Try Restoring .ERROR Files

For the removal process of Error ransomware, we advise you to follow the removal instructions underneath. They are divided in both automatic and manual so that you can safely remove this virus according to your preferences. Experts strongly advise to use the automatic removal methods however, since they are the simplest and most effective way to remove all files and objects created by Error ransomware on your computer and protect it in the future as well.

If yo want to restore files that have been encrypted by this ransomware virus, we strongly suggest that you check out the alternative methods for file recovery which we have suggested underneath in step “2. Restore files encrypted by Error Ransomware”. They are not a direct solution, however they may help you recover as many files as possible encrypted by this virus without having to pay ransom.

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Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Error Ransomware from Windows.


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

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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 Error 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 Error 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 Error 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.

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Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
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Step 4: Scan for Error 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.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Error Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and Error Ransomware 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 Error Ransomware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Error Ransomware and remove related files and objects

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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 Error 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 Error 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 Error 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 Error 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 Error 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.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Error Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and Error Ransomware 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.


Error Ransomware FAQ

What is Error Ransomware ransomware and how does it work?

Error Ransomware 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 Error Ransomware ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Error Ransomware 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 Error Ransomware 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 .Error Ransomware files?

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

One way to restore files, encrypted by Error Ransomware 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 ".Error Ransomware" files (Other Methods)?

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Error Ransomware 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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