Two developers have been reported to be behind the Ransomware as a Service (RaaS) scheme, advertising Karmen ransomware – a Russian-speaking and a German hacker. These hackers have been reported to create a ransomware known as Karmen. The virus has been based on the Hidden Tear open source ransomware project and one of the devs was responsible to make the ransomware and while the other hacker created the other part of the development. The ransomware may already be in the wild, so if you have been infected by it, recommendations are to read the following material.
|Short Description||Encrypts important documents and other files on computers it infects. Asks for a ransom to be paid.|
|Symptoms||The victim may see a ransom note in the form of pop-up, called Karmen. In the pop-up are instructions on how to pay 175$ in BitCoin|
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Karmen Ransomware – Infection Process
The distribution of the virus may be conducted via multiple different methods, the primary of which may be malicious e-mail attachments or distribution URLs that cause the infection.
These may be sent out in the form of legitimate-appearing messages that aim to convince inexperienced users that they are invoices or other important documents which should be opened. Upon opening, the user may become infected and the ransomware may drop multiple executable files on the computer, named:
Karmen Virus – Infection Activity
Karmen ransomware is advertised to perform the following malicious actions on the computers compromised by it:
- Encrypt files with the AES-256 encryption algorithm.
- Able to encrypt discs and files.
- Creates a separate BTC wallet for each of the victims.
- Deletes it’s loader file.
- Deletes the malware after the victim pays the ransom.
- Keeps active connection with the command and control server.
- Performs obfuscation techniques to avoid detection.
- Keeps the file extensions of the encrypted files the same.
- Performs a scan if it is ran on a Virtual Drive.
The command and control center and the dashboard of the ransomware is very user friendly:
The ransom note which the virus drops after infection is actually a pop-up named Karmen and has the following content:
All files are encrypted!
Please follow the mind. In order to get the key to decrypt send this amount to
our wallet Bitcoin.
Decrypt files automatically.
Interference with the program – can leave you without files.
Fortunately as it is based on the Hidden Tear ransomware project, the Karmen ransomware is decryptable. For the decryption instructions and how to remove it, keep reading this article.
Karmen Ransomware Variant – Decoding Instructions
The file-decryption process of HiddenTear ransomware is not as difficult, but you need to be prepared and do it from a safe computer that is powerful. Let’s begin!
Step 1: Download the HiddenTear BruteForcer by clicking on the button below and open the archive:
Step 2: Extract the program onto your Desktop or wherever you feel comfortable to easily access it and open it as an administrator:
Step 3: After opening it, you should see the main interface of the brute force. From there, choose “Browser Sample” to select a sample encrypted file of the type of ransomware you are trying to decrypt:
Step 4: After this select the type of ransomware from the down-left expanding menu:
Step 5: Click on the Start Bruteforce button. This may take some time. After the brute forcing is finished and the key is found, copy it and save it somewhere on your PC in a .txt file, you will need it later.
Step 6: Download the HiddenTear Decryptor from the download button below:
Step 7: Extract it and open it, the same way with HiddenTear Bruteforcer. From it’s primary interface, paste the key copied from the BruteForcer, write the type of extension being used by the ransomware and click on the Decrypt button as shown below:
After these steps have been completed, you should immediately copy your files to an external device so that they are safe. After this has been done, we strongly recommend completely wiping your drives and reinstalling Windows on the affected machine.
HiddenTear Decryption – Conclusion
Viruses like the Karmen ransomware variant are becoming more and more common. Researchers, publish many projects online with the goal to stop ransomware and for educational purposes, but this represents an opportunity to coders that develop ransomware and either start infecting users with it or put it up for sale in the deep web. With the expanding of ransomware variants lately, we predict seeing even more infected systems in 2017 than the year 2016. This is why we advise you to follow our recommendations for securing your computer below:
Advice 1: Make sure to read our general protection tips and try to make them your habit and educated others to do so as well.
Advice 2: Install an advanced anti-malware program that has an often updated real-time shield definitions and ransomware protection.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter
Advice 3: Seek out and download specific anti-ransomware software which is reliable.
Advice 4: Backup your files using one of the methods in this article.
Advice 5: : Make sure to use a secure web browser while surfing the world wide web.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Karmen from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Karmen from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Karmen from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Karmen from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Karmen from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Karmen from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Karmen from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Karmen from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Karmen
Step 2: Uninstall Karmen 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 Karmen 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 Karmen there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Karmen from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Karmen 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 Karmen 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 malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, 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.
Remove Karmen from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Karmen from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Karmen from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Karmen from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Karmen will be removed.
Eliminate Karmen from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.