The .[email@example.com] virus is a new iteration of the Scarab ransomware that has discovered in a live campaign targeting users worldwide. At the moment there is no information available about the hacker or criminal group that has launched it. The main source code of the virus has been changed in order to reflect the current attack wave, this gives us reasons to believe that the perpetrator is an experienced hacker.
As soon as the .[firstname.lastname@example.org] virus is deployed onto a given system it will start a built-in sequence of dangerous modules. Whenever they have completed running the final phase will be to start the file encryption process. A strong cipher will be used to affect target user data according to a built-in list of target file type extensions. They will be renamed with the .[email@example.com] extension and the victims will be extorted to pay a decryption fee to the hackers.
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files on your computer machine and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly restore them.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will blackmail the victims to pay them a decryption fee. Sensitive user data may be encrypted by the ransomware code.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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.[firstname.lastname@example.org] Ransomware – Distribution and Impact
The infection can be caused with a variety of methods. One of the main ones is the sending of email phishing messages in a SPAM-like manner. Interaction with their contents can lead to the .[email@example.com] ransomware infection.
Another method is the creation and maintenance of malicious sites that pose as legitimate pages. They are designed to imitate sites such as search engines, download portals and landing pages. They are found on domain names that are similar to the legitimate pages.
The .[firstname.lastname@example.org] virus deployment code can be placed inside of payload carriers — software and malware documents. As soon as they are interacted with the infection will be started. They can be then easily uploaded to file-sharing networks such as BitTorrent.
Larger infections can be made by spreading browser hijackers which are dangerous plugins for web browsers. They are uploaded to extension repositories with fake or hacked user reviews and developer credentials. They will redirect the victims to a hacker-controlled page and also modify the settings of the browsers and hijack all contained within data.
Like other similar Scarab ransomware it will start a sequence of dangerous components. A popular an information gathering which can harvest data that can be used to identify both the users and the machines. The personal information about the victim users can reveal their name, address, phone numbers and any stored account data. The collected information can be used to identify if there are any running security software that can block the infection. The list of target engines includes: anti-virus engines, firewalls, sandbox environments and virtual machine hosts. The personal information that is collected can expose the identity of the person — their name, address, phone number location and passwords.
As soon as the intrusion has been made further actions can be made against the infected computers. Common ones include the following:
- Persistent Installation — Scarab ransomware samples will the change boot options and system settings in order to launch automatically once the computer is powered on. This step can also disable access to the recovery menus which can render most manual user removal guides non-working. This is often combined with removal of sensitive data as backups and restore points.
- Windows Registry Values — The virus engine can modify existing values such as the ones used by applications and the operating system. This will lead to problems when using certain functions, data loss and unexpected errors.
- Additional Malware Delivery — The made infections with the .[email@example.com] ransomware and other related Scarab virus infections can deliver other threats such as Trojans, redirects and miners.
As soon as all modules have completed running the actual encryption process will begin. This will use a strong cipher in order to affect user data according to a built-in list of target file type extensions. Usually this includes all popular user data that is considered widely used. The victim files will be renamed with the associated .[firstname.lastname@example.org] extension and a generic Scarab ransomware note will be crafted in a file called READ ME.TXT
. Its contents will blackmail the victims to pay them a decryption fee.
.[email@example.com] Ransomware – What Does It Do?
.[firstname.lastname@example.org] Ransomware could spread its infection in various ways. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the Internet. .[email@example.com] Ransomware might also distribute its payload file on social media and file-sharing services. Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Read the tips for ransomware prevention from our forum.
.[firstname.lastname@example.org] Ransomware is a cryptovirus that encrypts your files and shows a window with instructions on your computer screen. The extortionists want you to pay a ransom for the alleged restoration of your files. The main engine could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and interfere with processes in Windows.
The .[email@example.com] Ransomware is a crypto virus programmed to encrypt user data. As soon as all modules have finished running in their prescribed order the lockscreen will launch an application frame which will prevent the users from interacting with their computers. It will display the ransomware note to the victims.
You should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum. Your files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that.
The .[firstname.lastname@example.org] Ransomware cryptovirus could be set to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:
→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet
If your computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially restore your files back to normal.
Remove .[email@example.com] Ransomware
If your computer system got infected with the .[firstname.lastname@example.org] Files 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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove .[email@example.com] virus from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of .[firstname.lastname@example.org] virus from Mac OS X.
How to Remove .[email@example.com] virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .[firstname.lastname@example.org] virus
Step 2: Uninstall .[email@example.com] 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by .[firstname.lastname@example.org] virus on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by .[email@example.com] virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for .[firstname.lastname@example.org] virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .[email@example.com] virus.
Ransomware infections and .[firstname.lastname@example.org] 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.
If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:
Get rid of .[email@example.com] virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall .[firstname.lastname@example.org] virus 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 .[email@example.com] 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:
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: Scan for and remove .[firstname.lastname@example.org] virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as .[email@example.com] virus, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .[firstname.lastname@example.org] virus on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac .[email@example.com] virus aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.
.[firstname.lastname@example.org] virus FAQ
What is .[email@example.com] virus ransomware and how does it work?
.[firstname.lastname@example.org] 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 .[email@example.com] virus ransomware infect my computer?
.[firstname.lastname@example.org] 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 .[email@example.com] 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 ..[firstname.lastname@example.org] virus files?
You can't. At this point the ..[email@example.com] virus files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.
Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?
If a decryptor did not decrypt your ..[firstname.lastname@example.org] virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by .[email@example.com] 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 "..[firstname.lastname@example.org] virus" files (Other Methods)?
We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore ..[email@example.com] 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 .[firstname.lastname@example.org] 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 .[email@example.com] virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..[firstname.lastname@example.org] virus files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like .[email@example.com] 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?
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.