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“YOUR FILES ARE STRIKED!” Virus (Remove + Restore Data)

This article’s primary purpose is to help you by showing how to completely remove the “YOUR FILES ARE STRIKED!” ransomware infection from your computer and restore encrypted files.

A new virus which encrypts the files on the computers infected by it has been reported to change the wallpaper of victims and prompt to contact the e-mail raiden@mortalkombat.to. The virus, also dubbed “Striked” by malware researchers has been reported to attack documents, photos, save games, databases and other important files, after which change the wallpaper with instructions on how to get them back. If your computer has become one of the victim devices of Striked ransomware, we recommend you to read this article thoroughly.

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Threat Summary

NameStriked Virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionEncrypts the files on the infected computer adding a custom ID and the contact e-mail as demands and file extensions.
SymptomsThe wallpaper is changed to “YOUR FILES ARE STRIKED!” one. The malware also drops a ransom note, named “README_DECRYPT.html”.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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“YOUR FILES ARE STRIKED!” Ransomware – Distribution

In order for this ransomware virus to be effectively spread and infect users, it may exist in several different forms:

  • Executable files (.exe) that may pose as legitimate setups of software or other types of programs.
  • JavaScript (.js) files that aim to infect the victim via e-mail or malicious web links (as scripts).
  • Documents with malicious macros embedded within them that are activated when you click on the “Enable Content” button similar to what the graph below shows:

“YOUR FILES ARE STRIKED!” Virus – Infection Activity

Once the victim of this virus opens it’s malicious file, it may connect immediately to C2 servers from which it downloads the malicious payload of the Striked ransomware virus. The payload may consist of the main executable of the virus which does the actual encryption plus support files that may be .tmp, .vbs, .bat, .dll and others. The files may be dropped in the usually targeted Windows directories which are:

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

After having dropped the malicious files on the compromised computer, the ransomware virus aims to perform another malicious activity and that is to interfere with the Windows Registry editor and more specifically to modify the following sub-keys in it:

→ 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

The Run and RunOnce keys are usually targeted because if a value string with the correct parameters is created within them, this makes it possible for a malicious file, such as the main executable of Striked ransomware to run automatically when your Windows starts up.

In addition to having modified this aspect of Windows, the Striked ransomware may also obtain administrative permissions over the Windows command prompt in order to delete the Shadow Copies of the infected computer. This activity may eliminate all chances of restoring your encrypted files via backup. The commands which may be entered are in quiet mode, meaning that the victim does not notice while this is done. They may be the following:

→ process call create “cmd.exe /c vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /quiet & bcdedit.exe /set {default} recoveryenabled no & bcdedit.exe /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures

The Striked ransomware virus also drops it’s ransom note, which is named README_DECRYPT.html. The wallpaper is also changed to the image at the beginning of this article and has the following contents:

“YOUR FILES ARE STRIKED!
-=ALL OF YOUR FILES ARE ENCRYPTED!=
Your personal identifier: {UNIQUE ID}
Your documents, photos, databases, save games and other important data were encrypted. For a data recovery requires a decryptor.
To decrypt your files send an email toraiden@mortalkombat.top In the reply letter you will receive a program for decryption.
After starting the decryption program, all your files will be restored.
!!! Attention!!! !!! Attention!!!
***Do not attempt to uninstall the program or run antivirus software
***Attempts to decrypt files by themselves will result in the loss of your data”

Striked Ransomware’s Encryption Procedure

The encryption of this virus may consist of the usage of an advanced cipher which generates a decryption key afterwards. The files which are encrypted by the Striked ransomware may be of the following types:

→ “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

After the encryption, the malware sets a file extension to the files which contains the unique identification number (10 digits) and the e-mail of the cyber-criminals, for example:

Remove Striked and Restore Encrypted Files

If you want to remove this ransomware virus, we recommend that you backup the encrypted files beforehand. After doing so, it is advisable to follow the removal instructions below. They are specifically designed to help you isolate the threat and then remove it. However, due to the uniqueness of the situation, the Striked virus may interfere with system files, tampering with which may damage your Windows OS. This is why, for a safe removal a ransomware-specific tool should be used to scan for the objects belonging to this virus and remove them safely. Experts often advise using anti-malware software to do this, since it will provide protection against all malware types in the future as well.

If you want to restore files that have been encrypted by this ransomware virus, it is recommended to use copies of your encrypted files and try the alternative methods we have suggested in step “2. Restore files encrypted by Striked”. Those may not be a guarantee that you will recover all of your files, but with their aid, at least some of your data may be restored.

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Ventsislav Krastev

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 Striked Virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Striked Virus

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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 Striked Virus 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 Striked Virus 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 Striked Virus 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.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Striked Virus 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.

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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 Striked Virus.

Ransomware infections and Striked Virus 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 Striked Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Striked Virus and remove related files and objects

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We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
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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 Striked Virus:

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 Striked Virus. 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 Striked Virus. 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 Striked Virus 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 Striked Virus. 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 Striked Virus.

Ransomware infections and Striked Virus 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.


Striked Virus FAQ

What is Striked Virus ransomware and how does it work?

Striked Virus 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 Striked Virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Striked Virus 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 Striked Virus 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 .Striked Virus files?

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

One way to restore files, encrypted by Striked Virus 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 ".Striked Virus" files (Other Methods)?

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Striked Virus 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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