A virus, known as Filecoder was recently detected by researchers to appear and infect macOS users, according to professionals. The malware utilizes cracks that are fake activators for unlicensed variations of Adobe products, or Microsoft Office for macOS. It had been also detected on multiple downloads from torrent sites.
Reports indicate that this computer software spreads in a bundled kit of application cracks, like software patches to make unlicensed software licensed. If the fake crack file is opened, the victims get instructions to click on a “Start” button which only pretends to patch and activate the program, but alternatively causes the inescapable encryption of your important files, like documents, images, videos and other files.
|Type||Ransomware for Mac OS|
|Short Description||Aims to encrypt the important files on your Mac and ask you to pay ransom to get the encrypted files to work.|
|Symptoms||Files are encrypted and cannot be opened. A ransom note may appear as a text file or a wallpaper.|
|Distribution Method||Via spam e-mails, fake apps or malicious links and files on shady sites.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Filecoder.|
Filecoder Virus – Description
The Filecoder virus may create unique strings that are located in the /Users directory. Then, besides encrypting all important documents, images, videos, and other types of important files, it also aims to encrypt external devices and storage in the cloud.
The ransom note for this malware demands the victims to pay a hefty 0.25 BTC to a BitCoin address and wait for hackers to receive the funds and then decrypt their money.
But if this malware stays on your Mac, encrypting your files may become your least worry. Since specialists think it is a Trojan horse, the malware may start to do various types of activities on your own computer, which could be similar to what a Trojan would do:
- Install other malware in your computer.
- Download updates of itself to remain protected.
- Generate copies of itself on your computer.
- Gather the keystrokes you generate while typing.
- Snap screenshots.
- Copy saved passwords on your Mac.
- Copy files or fragments of essential information./span>
These reasons are the main reason to remove Filecodr ransomware completely from your computer system.
How to get rid of Filecoder Ransomware
To eliminate this Ransomware from your Mac we advise that the removal guide below is followed by you. The steps in it have been produced so that they can assist you by explaining how to perform manual or automated removal following specific steps. Since manual removal is just a risky solution to do, particularly if you haven’t done removal of trojans before, security professionals strongly advise you to perform an auto-removal by downloading and scanning your Mac via an advanced anti-malware app. Such a program will make sure that the Filecoder Ransomware Trojan is fully gone for good and will protect your computer against any other infections in the future.
Even that the Filecoder ransomware is not able to establish active communication with its command and control servers, meaning that it doesn’t deliver any encryption keys, making decryption rather impossible, you should wait for decryption to take place.
What looks even worse is the decryption key itself cannot be cracked by the brute-forcing method, because it is actually too long in size.
Currently, there are not any reports of victims spending the ransom and it’s also highly advisable to perhaps not pay any BitCoins and look for alternatives to back get the data, like the ones suggested below, since the encryption of this virus is very sophisticated.
Before starting to follow the steps below, be advised that you should first do the following preparations:
- Backup your files in case the worst happens.
- Make sure to have a device with these instructions on standy.
- Arm yourself with patience.
Step 1: Uninstall Filecoder 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 Filecoder 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: Remove Filecoder – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove Filecoder files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Filecoder, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.