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.fuck Ransomware — How to Remove Globe Imposter Virus

This article will aid you to remove .fuck Ransomware. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.

.fuck Ransomware is one that encrypts your data and demands money as a ransom to get it restored. Files will receive the .fuck extension. The .fuck Ransomware will leave ransomware instructions as a desktop wallpaper image. Keep on reading the article and see how you could try to potentially recover some of your locked files and data.

Threat Summary

Name.fuck ransomware
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files by placing the .fuck before the affected files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and leave a ransom note with payment instructions.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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.fuck Ransomware – Distribution Techniques

The .fuck ransomware is being distributed using a global attack campaign. The captured samples are based on the Globe Imposter ransomware family and they are widely known for using several popular methods.

A very popular method is the coordination of email SPAM messages which contain various phishing scams. The recipients will be coerced to interact with the built-in content by spoofing Internet companies or popular services. The users will be guided into believing that they are receiving legitimate notifications and will follow the instructions given — to install new software, apply updates or another behavior that will lead to the .fuck ransomware infection. The files themselves are usually linked in the body contents, in other cases they can be attached directly to the messages.

A similar technique is the creation of fake download sites — they will impersonate well-known sites, vendor landing pages or download portals and spread the virus files. The use of stolen design elements and self-signed security certificates. Together with the emails and other major mechanisms they are known for spreading malicious payloads:

  • Software Installers — The virus code can be embedded in application setup files across all popular software that are downloaded by end users. They range from system utilities and productivity apps to creativity suites. Once the process is started the ransomware infection will begin.
  • Infected Documents — The virus installation code can be found in scripts that are embedded across all popular types of documents: spreadsheets, rich text documents, databases and presentations. Whenever they are opened by the users a prompt will be spawned asking for the built-in macros to be enabled. If this is done the virus infection will follow.

The infected payloads can also be uploaded to various file-sharing networks like BitTorrent. This is often considered one of the most widely used tactics as they these networks are both used to spread legitimate content and pirate versions of both software and games. In all of these cases ransomware infections are spread.

Large-scale attacks may also employ browser hijackers which represent malicious plugins made for the most popular web browsers. They are widely distributed on the repositories belonging to the most popular web browsers. The hackers behind the hijacker will utilize fake user reviews and developer credentials in order to coerce the victims into installing them. Promises of new feature additions and optimizations will be offered.

.fuck Ransomware – Detailed Analysis

The captured .fuck ransomware samples belong to the Globe Imposter malware family. It is very possible that the malicious actors have obtained the source code and created their own custom version with the .fuck extension by themselves. Another option is to order them from the underground markets. This means that updates to its engine are expected.

The preliminary analysis reveals that it incorporates many of the features found within advanced threats. As soon as it is deployed onto the victim machines it will immediately attempt to infect the systems with a stealth bypass. This means that the virus files will look for security software and system services that can delete it. It will use various techniques in order to bypass and evade detection by them, usually in the end they will be either deleted or reconfigured to a non-working state. After a successful intrusion is done the .fuck ransomware engine will continue with data harvesting. Two groups of information will be extracted:

  • Personal Information — The harvested information can be used to directly expose the identity of the users. The engine will collect data such as their name, address, phone number and any stored account credentials. This is possible as the virus will obtain access to the hard disk contents, operating system services and Windows Registry.
  • Campaign Metrics and Victim ID Information — The .fuck ransomware engine can construct an unique ID that is associated with every infected machine. Most of them are made by utilizing an algorithm taking the input values from a generated report of the installed hardware components. Other information that can be hijacked includes user settings, regional-set preferences and operating system conditions.

As soon as these steps have completed the .fuck ransomware will have obtained access to the whole system enabling it to cause various changes to the infected machines.

The main engine create many processes and hook up to existing ones, including services and system applications. Common modifications include changes to the Windows Registry — this can impact both operating system services and third-party applications. Certain functions can be rendered unusable or the the whole programs can fail to start altogether. Other consequences include overall performance issues. These modifications are also connected with the persistent installation type. If this is done the malware will be started as soon as the computer is started making manual user removal very difficult.

Ransomware infections, especially advanced strains such as this one, can also lead to the installation of ther malware. Typical examples are the following:

  • Trojans — They will not only report the collected information during the data harvesting phase, but also establish a secure connection to a hacker-controlled server. It will be used by the hacker operators to spy on the victims in real-time, steal their files and install other threats.
  • Cryptocurrency Miners — They will download resource-intensive tasks that will take advantage of the available hardware resources. When running they will consume resources such as the CPU, GPU, memory and hard disk space. Upon completion of any of the tasks the hacker operators will receive income in the form of digital currency (usually Bitcoin) that will be wired automatically to their digital wallets.
  • Browser Hijackers — They represent malicious browser plugins that are made compatible with the most popular web browsers. As soon as they are installed they will change the default settings and redirect the users to a hacker-controlled domain.

In addition the captured .fuck ransomware samples have been found to delete system data such as Shadow Volume Copies and Backups. This will make recovery very difficult unless a backup restore solution is used, refer to our instructions for more details.

Further updates may bring other changes to the infected computers.

.fuck Ransomware – Encryption Process

The encryption engine will be launched when all all modules have finished running. It will use a strong cipher as typical to the Globe imposter family from which it is descendant. Like previous samples a built-in list of target file type extensions. Example contents includes the following:

  • Archives
  • Backups
  • Databases
  • Images
  • Music
  • Videos

All victim files will be renamed with the .fuck extension and the associated ransomware note will be crafted in a file called README_BACK_FILES.htm. We have also received reports that the same virus can also encrypt files with the .gsg extension. This is evident of the fact that several attack campaigns may be spread at once.

The ransomware note will begin with the unique infection ID, after it the following contents is written:

YOUR FILES ARE ENCRYPTED!

TO DECRYPT, FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW.

To recover data you need decryptor.

To get the decryptor you should:
Send 1 crypted test image or text file or document to supportonl@cock.li ||| supportonl@airmail.cc
In the letter include your personal ID (look at the beginning of this document).
We will give you the decrypted file and assign the price for decryption all files

We can decrypt one file in quality the evidence that we have the decoder.

MOST IMPORTANT!!!

Do not contact other services that promise to decrypt your files, this is fraud on their part ! They will buy a decoder
from us, and you will pay more for his services. No one, except supportonl@cock.li ||| supportonl@airmail.cc, will decrypt your files.

Only supportonl@cock.li ||| supportonl@airmail.cc
Antivirus programs can delete this document and you can not contact us later.
Attempts to self-decrypting files will result in the loss of your data

Remove .fuck Ransomware and Try to Restore Data

If your computer system got infected with the .fuck ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove .fuck ransomware from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .fuck 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 .fuck 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 .fuck 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 .fuck 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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Step 4: Scan for .fuck 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.

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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'.

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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.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .fuck ransomware.

Ransomware infections and .fuck 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.

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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 .fuck ransomware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .fuck 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 .fuck 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 .fuck 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 .fuck 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 .fuck 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 .fuck 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 .fuck ransomware.

Ransomware infections and .fuck 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.


.fuck ransomware FAQ

What is .fuck ransomware ransomware and how does it work?

.fuck 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 .fuck ransomware ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways..fuck 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 .fuck 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 ..fuck ransomware files?

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

One way to restore files, encrypted by .fuck 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 "..fuck 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 ..fuck 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 .fuck 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 .fuck ransomware ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..fuck ransomware files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .fuck 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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