This article provides information about a recently found ransomware dubbed .FileEncrypted files virus as well as a step-by-step guide that provides removal and data recovery help.
The so-called .FileEncrypted file virus plagues computer systems in order to encode valuable files and then demands a ransom for their decryption. An infection with this ransomware could be recognized by the distinctive files renaming pattern which ends with the extension .FileEncrypted. Another trait of this threat is a ransom message that demands 1 BTC ransom to be transferred to hackers’ wallet.
|Name||.FileEncrypted file virus|
|Short Description||A data locker ransomware that utilizes strond cihper algorithm to encrypt valuable files on stored on the infected computer. Hackers demand 1 BTC ransom payment for a decryption solution.|
|Symptoms||Important files are locked and renamed with .FileEncrypted extension. The information they store remains inaccessible until any efficient recovery solution is applied.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by .FileEncrypted file virus |
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|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.|
.FileEncrypted Files Virus – Distribution
There is no primary method known to be used for the distribution of .FileEncrypted files virus. However, the guesses are that some of the most common spread techniques support hackers’ malicious activities. Spam email campaigns could be considered as the main distribution vector utilized for the delivery of FileEncrypted ransomware’s payload. Most of the times such emails provide file attachments that as described in the text message contain important information that you should review as soon as possible. The trick here is that these files contain malicious embedded code that could trigger the ransomware infection the moment you open them on your device. Another infection element that may be used in spam emails is a clickable link presented in the form of button, in-text link, coupon voucher, etc. Such a link may be set to land on a corrupted web page that has malicious scripts integrated by cyber criminals. With the help of these scripts, the infection code could land on your system and execute without you noticing it. That’s why it is of paramount importance for the security of your system to have an active anti-malware tool installed on it. Once activated on the system such a tool will detect all intrusive malware on time which in turn will save you a lot of troubles.
Other methods of distribution that might have caused an infection with FileEncrypted ransomware are popular file-sharing services, P2P networks, various freeware, and fake update notifications displayed by any potentially undesired program installed on the PC. So you need to be very careful when you decide to download freeware and torrents from the net. It is advisable to find the official website of the company vendor and download the desired app from there. One more way to prevent infection with nasty malware infections like FileEncrypted crypto virus a scan of all downloads with free online archive extractor and malware scanner.
.FileEncrypted Files Virus – Overview
Once the infection code of .FileEncrypted files virus is started on the system it initiates various system settings modifications that enable it to fulfill all infection phases. Except the initial file that lands on the system the ransomware needs a few more files that could be even dropped from its server or created directly on the system. Traits of this files could be found in some of the following folders:
Some major changes may affect specific registry keys in a way that malicious files become able to manipulate their functionalities. The keys that are often targeted by ransomware like FileEncrypted are Run and RunOnce. This could be explained by the fact that these keys manage the automatic execution of all essential files that contribute to the regular system performance. So by adding certain values under these keys the ransomware ensures its persistent presence on the system as its infection code starts automatically on each system load.
During its final infection stage, FileEncrypt drops a ransom note file on the system to inform you about its presence and impacts. The main goal of this message is to urge you into paying an insane ransom of 1 BTC (at this point 8230.00 USD) for the decryption key possessed by hackers.
Here is what the message in READ_TO_DECRYPT.html file says:
YOUR FILES HAVE BEEN ENCRYPTED USING A STRONG ALGORITHM. YOUR IDENTIFICATION IS [redacted 32 hex] SEND 1 BTC TO THE FOLLOWING BITCOIN WALLET ADDRESS 1EATMEBVDRmUPjaBeN9hsoj2ffFiUKArma AND AFTER PAY SEND EMAIL TO email@example.com SENDING YOUR IDENTIFICATION AND BITCOIN TRANSACTION ID TO RECOVER THE KEY NECESSARY TO DECRYPT YOUR FILES
The best advice we could give you is to refrain from paying hackers as there is no guarantee that they really have a working decryption solution. Furthermore, they may not contact you at all, even after you transfer them the money. Keep reading to learn more about some tested alternative data recovery solutions that may restore a few to all of your .FileEncrypted files.
.FileEncrypted Files Virus – Encryption Process
There is no information which cipher or combination of ciphers .FileEncrypted file virus uses to encrypt target data. And the good news is that after security experts conduct further analysis of this ransomware samples they may be able to crack its code and release free decryption tool in help of all infected users. Meanwhile, if some of the encrypted files are of great importance you could try to restore them by using some of the alternative data recovery methods set out in the removal guide that follows.
As of the types of data corrupted by the ransomware they may be all your:
The original names of all encrypted files are renamed with base64 encoding scheme and the distinctive extension .FileEncrypted is appended to them. The information they store is no longer accessible as the original code of the files is partly or completely transformed.
Remove .FileEncrypted Files Virus and Restore Data
Below you could find how to remove .FileEncrypted crypto virus step by step. If you choose to remove this ransomware manually you need to have a bit of technical experience and ability to recognize traits of malware files. Beware that ransomware is a threat with highly complex code that plagues not only your files but your whole system. So as recommended by security researchers you need to utilize an advanced anti-malware tool for its complete removal. Such a tool will keep your system protected against devastating threats like .FileEncrypted files virus and other kinds of malware that endanger your online security.
After you remove the ransomware make sure to check the “Restore Files” step listed in the guide below. Don’t forget to back up all encrypted files to an external drive before you take any further actions. This step is recommended as it could prevent their irreversible loss.