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If you want to find more information about Judge ransomware virus and learn how to remove its malicious files from the infected system, keep up with this ransomware removal guide.

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Judge Ransomware

Judge ransomware is called to a malicious program. It is created by hackers who want to harass online users. Once started on a PC the program starts corrupting essential system settings that will help it to evade active security measures. The ransomware will then lower the overall system security and leave it extremely vulnerable to future malware attacks.

The most unpleasant impact on the infected system is the corruption of personal data. Many personal files that store valuable information may remain locked after the Judge virus transforms their code. Their names will be changed as well. They will all display two malicious extensions appended to their names – .[judgemebackup@tutanota.com].judge. Hackers will request a ransom payment via specially crafted ransom notes.

We advise victims to skip following the instructions listed in the info.txt file.

Judge Ransomware Summary

Name Judge also known as Gen:Variant.MSILHeracles.9049, Gen:Variant.MSILHeracles.9049, Trojan.Siggen11.57428
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Malicious Extension .[judgemebackup@tutanota.com].judge
Ransom Demanding Notes info.txt + lockscreen image
Short Description Infects computer systems in order to reach valuable files and encode them with the help of strong cipher algorithm. Then it demands a ransom fee.
Symptoms Important files are encrypted and left inaccessible. Hackers blackmail you into contacting them for a ransom payment by presenting you with two different ransom messages.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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Judge Virus – Spreading, Infection and Data Encryption

One of the files responsible for infections with Judge ransomware is called Classico.exe. Analyses of its behavior reveal that the threat is capable of implementing lots of malicious commands to complete all its attack phases.

As regards the spread of this ransomware, various malicious methods may be utilized by hackers. As a primary is likely to be the malspam (spam emails that deliver malicious code).

The reason why malspam is preferred by crooks is its potential to reach the machines of a large number of people across the globe. All hackers need is to illegally obtain email lists and create a misleading message that provokes people’s emotions.

For example, you may receive an email that appears to be sent by your bank institution, internet provider, delivery service, or special government institution. The email message may be provocative. It will definitely try to convince you to download an attached file that contains the malicious code of the Judge virus or open a hacked website.

When Judge ransomware loads on a computer system, it passes through several attack stages. At first, the virus establishes all malicious files it needs for the completion of the attack. Like most crypto viruses, Judge is likely to create its files on the following folders:

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

The moment the ransomware is ready with the alteration of system settings it executes a built-in cipher module to corrupt target files. With the help of a sophisticated cipher algorithm Judge, ransomware transforms the code of files and restricts access to their data.

Unfortunately, all types of files which are typically used for the storage of important data could be encoded by this Snatch ransomware variant:

  • Audio files.
  • Video files.
  • Document files.
  • Image files.
  • Backup files.
  • Banking credentials, etc.

At last, Judge ransomware drops a ransom note to blackmail victims into paying a ransom fee for the decryption of .judge files. Here is what the text stored in info.txt reads:

If you access this page so your device has been encrypted.
Many of your documents, photos, videos, databases and other files are no longer accessible because they have been encrypted, Maybe you are busy looking for a way to recover your files, but do not waste your time. NOBODY can recover your files without our decryption service.
How Recover My Files?
Sure, We guarantee that you can recover all your files safely and easily, But you have not so enough time,
After the end of the specified time, which is listed below, the price will be raised to double the specified amount
Speed is required, We will close all our accounts after a certain period, so you will never be able to retrieve your files if u late.
How To Pay?
Only one payment is accepted (Bitcoin)
Please check the current price of Bitcoin and buy some bitcoins
And send the correct amount to the address
After payment
After you send the specified amount to the Bitcoin wallet immediately,
click on Contact Us and send us an email with the ID of your device and the transfer number for the bitcoins
———————————————
YOUR DEVICE ID: admin_703E6FEDDC9B
BTC Address: 1M3EDJdQtPNY5t2nHAeRTgQRFDu2U6QNCG
BTC Price: 100$
E-Mail: judgemebackup@tutanota.com
Telegram: @judgebackup
———————————————
What happened to my device?
If you access this page so your device has been encrypted.
Many of your documents, photos, videos, databases and other files are no longer
accessible because they have been encrypted, Maybe you are busy looking for a way to recover
your files, but do not waste your time. NOBODY can recover your files without our decryption service.
How Recover My Files?
Sure, We guarantee that you can recover all your files safely and easily, But you have not so enough time,
After the end of the specified time, which is listed below, the price will be raised to double the specified amount
Speed is required, We will close all our accounts after a certain period, so you will never be able to retrieve your files if u late.
How To Pay?
Only one payment is accepted (Bitcoin)
Please check the current price of Bitcoin and buy some bitcoins
And send the correct amount to the address
After payment
After you send the specified amount to the Bitcoin wallet immediately,
click on Contact Us and send us an email with the ID of your device and the transfer number for the bitcoins

info.txt Judge virus ransom note

In addition, an image that displays the following ransom message will lock the screen.

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Beware, that even a successful ransom payment does not guarantee the recovery of encoded .judge files, so be advised to refrain from following hackers’ instructions before you attempt to solve the problem in a secure manner.

Remove Judge Ransomware Virus and Attempt to Restore Data

The so-called Judge virus is a threat with highly complex code designed to corrupt both system settings and valuable data. So the only way to use your infected system in a secure manner again is to remove the ransomware from your system. For this purpose, you could use our removal guide that reveals how to clean and secure your system step by step. In addition, the guide will present you with several alternative data recovery approaches that may be helpful in attempting to restore files encrypted by Snatch Judge ransomware. We remind you to back up all encrypted files to an external drive before the recovery process.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Judge Ransomware from Windows.


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

Ransomware infections and Judge 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 Judge Ransomware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Judge Ransomware 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 Judge 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 Judge 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 Judge 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 Judge 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 Judge 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 Judge Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and Judge 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.


Judge Ransomware FAQ

What is Judge Ransomware ransomware and how does it work?

Judge 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 Judge Ransomware ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Judge 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 Judge 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 .Judge Ransomware files?

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Judge 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.

How to Report Ransomware to Authorities?

In case your computer got infected with a ransomware infection, you can report it to the local Police departments. It can help authorities worldwide track and determine the perpetrators behind the virus that has infected your computer. Below, we have prepared a list with government websites, where you can file a report in case you are a victim of a cybercrime:

Cyber-security authorities, responsible for handling ransomware attack reports in different regions all over the world:

Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.

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