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JSWORM Ransomware — How to Remove Infections

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

JSWORM Ransomware is one that encrypts your data with and demands money as a ransom to get it restored. The JSWORM Ransomware will leave ransomware instructions as text file. Keep on reading the article and see how you could try to potentially recover some of your locked files and data.

Threat Summary

Name JSWORM Ransomware
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description The ransomware encrypts files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
Symptoms The ransomware will encrypt your files and leave a ransom note with payment instructions.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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JSWORM Ransomware – Distribution Techniques

The JSWORM ransomware is a newly discovered malicious threat that has been identified in a small-sized attack campaign. The number of captured samples is low which does not give out the main distribution method.

One of the most popular techniques for sending out ransomware is to coordinate email SPAM campaigns. They will use phishing tactics manipulating the victims into thinking that they have received a legitimate notification from a well-known company or service. The infection can be done by interacting with the body contents or any attached files.

Most ransomware infections can be caused by launching malicious payload carriers that can take various forms. An example one would be an infected document containing macros with the necessary instructions. All popular types can be infected: spreadsheets, presentations, text documents and databases. When they are opened by the victims а prompt will appear asking for them to enable the macros. Various reasons can be quoted, the most popular one being that the document cannot be properly opened without them. Enabling this prompt will lead to the virus infection.

The other payload carrier that can be utilized for JSWORM ransomware infections is the application installer. The criminal collective can embed the necessary code in setup files of popular software. As soon as they are run the ransomware will be deployed. They are made by taking the legitimate files and modifying them with the necessary code instructions.

All of these files can be distributed on file-sharing networks like BitTorrent where both legitimate and pirate content is shared. Another possible source is the network of malicious sites that can be created to support a virus distribution campaign. They will copy the design elements and body contents of real and trustworthy sites, as well as use similar sounding domain names and security certificates (often stolen) to mask their fraud identity.

Larger campaigns can target victims using browser hijackers — hacker-made plugins made for most popular web browsers. They will be offered as legitimate extensions which are described as offering updated functionality or performance enhancements. Often they are uploaded to the relevant repositories using fake user reviews and developer credentials and as soon as they are installed the virus installation will take place.

JSWORM Ransomware – Detailed Analysis

The JSWORM ransomware is considered to be an early testing release and in its current form does not contain any advanced components. It is possible that future versions of it will copy the behavior of other well-known viruses. Most of them begin the infection with a data harvesting command which instructs the the engine to scan the local contents in search of sensitive information. It is primarily used to generate an unique infection ID that is assigned to each infected host and is usually made up of input values taken from the installed hardware components, user settings and operating system environment values. It can also be configured to directly expose the identity of the victims by searching for strings that contain their name, address, phone number, location and account credentials.

The collected information can then be processed by the next module called security bypass. It will search for security software that can interfere with the virus installation: all forms of anti-virus engines, sandbox environments, debug engines and virtual machine hosts. If such are found then they will be bypassed or even deleted.

When these two steps have been completed the JSWORM ransomware will have obtained complete control of the machnes. This will allow it to carry out other malicious actions like the following:

  • Windows Registry Values — The ransomware engine is fully capable of modifying the existing strings of the Windows Registry or to create new ones for itself. When system ones are affected then the overall performance and stability of the computers is going to be affected. Changes to third-party installed programs may cause them to quit with unexpected errors.
  • Boot Modifications — The engine can access the boot records and mdify them to run itself as soon as the computer is powered on. Every time the computer is booted the JSWORM instance will be started. Such actions also disable access to the recovery boot menus. They are used to recover the computers with manual instructions.
  • Additional Changes — Other modifications include the delivery of other payloads and changes to the operating system. By hooking up to other processes the JSWORM instance can reconfigure input and output in real-time.

Future updates of the JSWORM can include any other malicious component that the criminal collective deems necessary for the attacks.

JSWORM Ransomware – Encryption Process

It is presumed that the JSWORM ransomware will use a list of target file type extensions that are to be encrypted with a powerful cipher. Usually data that is considered sensitive and personal is affected in order to coerce the victim users into paying the attackers a decryption fee. Example data includes the following:

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

The affected files will be renamed with the .JSWORM extension. The associated ransomware note will be placed in a HTML file with the following message:

ALL YOUR FILES LOCKED!

YOUR PID %HWID%
YOUR PERSONAL EMAIL: NIGER1253@COCK.LI

WHAT NOW?

Email us
Write your ID at title of mail and country at body of mail and wait answer.
You have to pay some bitcoins to unlock your files!

DON’T TRY DECRYPT YOUR FILES!

If you try to unlock your files, you may lose access to them!
REMEMBER!

No one can guarantee you a 100% unlock except us!
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JSWORM 3.1 Update Released

On June 8 a new release of the JSWORM was detected by security researchers presenting the latest iteration of the threat. The new version is characterized by a new ransom note design. There is no information whether or not the same hacking collective is behind the release. It is very possible that other functionality may be built-in into the code which can have even more damaging impact on the infected hosts. The associated ransomware note is created in a file called JSWORM-DECRYPT.hta and it reads the following message:

All your files were encrypted!
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your OC. If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail: backupuser198@gmail.com
Write this unique identificator in the title of your message: 1592098***
In case of no answer in 24 hours write us to this e-mail:
You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write us. After payment we will send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all you files.
Free decryption as proof!
Before paying you can send us 1 file for free decryption. The total size of file must be less than 1MB (non-archived)
and files shouldn’t contain valuable information (databasesm backupsm large excel sheets, etc)

Remove JSWORM Ransomware and Try to Restore Data

If your computer system got infected with the CryTekk 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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As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

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  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove JSWORM Ransomware from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove JSWORM 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 JSWORM 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 JSWORM 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 JSWORM 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.

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 JSWORM 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 JSWORM Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and JSWORM 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.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of JSWORM Ransomware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall JSWORM 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 JSWORM 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 JSWORM 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 JSWORM 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 JSWORM 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 JSWORM 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 JSWORM Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and JSWORM 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.


JSWORM Ransomware FAQ

What is JSWORM Ransomware ransomware and how does it work?

JSWORM 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 JSWORM Ransomware ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.JSWORM 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 JSWORM 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 .JSWORM Ransomware files?

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like JSWORM 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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