Lime Ransomware Removal - Restore .Lime Files

Lime Ransomware Removal – Restore .Lime Files

This article will help you remove Lime ransomware efficiently. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.

Lime is a virus that encrypts your files and demands money as a ransom to get your files restored. Files are locked with the AES military grade encryption algorithm. The Lime cryptovirus will encrypt your data and files, while also appending the .Lime extension to each file. Continue to read the article and see how you could try to potentially recover some of your files.

Threat Summary

TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer machine and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files with the AES encryption algorithm. All locked files will have the .Lime extension.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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User ExperienceJoin Our Forum to Discuss Lime.
Data Recovery ToolWindows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.

Lime Ransomware – Ways of Distribution

Lime ransomware might spread its infection in various ways. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the World Wide Web, and researchers have gotten their hands on a malware sample. If that file lands on your computer system and you somehow execute it – your computer system will become infected. You can see the detections of such a file on the VirusTotal service right down here:

Lime 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. Refrain from opening files right after you have downloaded them. You should first scan them with a security tool, while also checking their size and signatures for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the tips for preventing ransomware found in the forum section.

Lime Ransomware – In-Depth Description

Lime is a virus that encrypts your files and shows a window with instructions on the screen of your computer system. The extortionists want you to pay a ransom for the alleged restoration of your files.

Lime ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows environment. Such entries are typically designed in a way to launch the virus automatically with each start of the Windows operating system.

After encryption the Lime virus shows a ransom message that will also become your new Desktop Background image. You can see its contents from the following screenshot given down here:

The ransom note states the following:

All your files have been encrypted
But You can still recover your files
Just send us 100$ Bitcoin, And we will give you your files back
After you pay us, send us email [email protected]
include your transaction number
This is Ransomware, It’s not a joke

The following e-mail address is used to contact the cybercriminals:

A GUI window will show up when your files are encrypted, displaying the ransom note message along with other instructions, as to what Bitcoin address to use to pay up the cybercriminals, etc. You can preview the window from the following image:

The note of the Lime ransomware states that your files are encrypted. You are demanded to pay 100 US dollars in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency. However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom. Your files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that. Moreover, giving money to cybercriminals will most likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or commit different criminal acts.

Lime Ransomware – Encryption Process

What is known for the encryption process of the Lime ransomware is that every file that gets encrypted will receive the .Lime extension. The extension will be placed as a secondary extension, without altering the original extension of files, neither their original names. AES is the encryption algorithm used to lock files on a compromised system.

The full list with the targeted extensions of files which are sought to get encrypted is currently unknown and if it becomes known, it will be posted here as an update to the article. Some files that get encrypted have these extensions:

→.ini, .rtf, .txt, .png, .exe

The files used most by users and which are probably encrypted are from the following categories:

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

The Lime 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

In case the above-stated command is executed that will make the encryption process more efficient. That is due to the fact that the command eliminates one of the prominent ways to restore your data. 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 Lime Ransomware and Restore .Lime Files

If your computer got infected with the Lime 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.

Berta Bilbao

Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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