The Magic Ransomware Removal - Restore .Locked Files

The Magic Ransomware Removal – Restore .Locked Files

This article will aid you to remove The Magic ransomware efficiently. Follow the ransomware removal instructions given at the end.

A new ransomware cryptovirus which is dubbed The Magic due to the signature of its malware author in the ransom note has been discovered. The ransomware is a HiddenTear variant and is designed to append the extension .locked to all encrypted files. The Magic virus might still be in development, but it will encrypt files on your computer machine if it gets infected with it. Keep on reading below and see how you could try to potentially restore some of your files.

Threat Summary

Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer and displays a ransom message afterward.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and put the extension .locked to them after it finishes its encryption process.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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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.

The Magic Ransomware – Spread

The Magic ransomware could spread its infection with various methods. 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 here:

The Magic 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 our forums.

The Magic Ransomware – Description

The Magic is a virus that encrypts your files and extorts you to pay a ransom to get them decrypted. Malware researchers have discovered that it is a variant of the HiddenTear open-source project and that it might still be in development, but it encrypts.

After the encryption process is complete, your Desktop background will be changed to the one seen in the image below:

The Magic ransomware might 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.

That ransom note is inside a file called “READ_IT.txt” and can be viewed right down here:

It reads the following:

This computer has been hacked
I tuoi dati personali sono stati cifrati.Saranno irrecuperabili
fino al pagair.ento del riscatto… inutile che tu perda teir. po a
cercare a decriptare i file.. Solo io posso farlo ora segui
questi passaggi per riaverli indietro
1 Vai sul sito https://localbitcoins(.)com/
2 cerca un venditore di bitcoin
3 paga ali indirizzo 1KFgiGhrGMzF2Tqxgvi8UvmNa2GixXRKX8
la cifra di euro 100 se non sai cosa sono i bitcoin leggi qua
o guarda questo
Appena effettui il pagaimento riceverai la chiave per decifrare i dati e portai riavere i dati…
tutti i dati si distruggeranno per sempre entro 48 ore
Buona fortuna

A rough translation of that note in English is the following:

This computer has been hacked
Your personal details have been encrypted. They will be irreparable
up to the payer of the ransom… useless that you lose teir. by a
try to decrypt the files .. Only I can do it now follow
these steps to retrieve them back
1 Go to the site https://localbitcoins(.)com/
2 Search for a bitcoin seller
3 pay ali address 1KFgiGhrGMzF2Tqxgvi8UvmNa2GixXRKX8
the figure of euro 100 if you do not know what the bitcoin are
or look at this
As soon as you make the payment you will receive the key to decrypt the data and retrieve the data…
all data will be destroyed forever within 48 hours
Good luck

The note of The Magic ransomware states that your files are encrypted. The ransom payment for potentially unlocking your files is 100 euros. However, even if it was, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom. Your files may not get restored, and nobody could guarantee that. Moreover, giving money to cybercriminals will likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or commit more criminal acts.

The Magic Ransomware – Encryption

As The Magic ransomware is a HiddenTear variant it could seek to encrypt files with these extensions:

→.txt, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .pdf, .pps, .ppt, .pptx, .odt, .gif, .jpg, .png, .db, .csv, .sql, .mdb.sln.php, .asp, .aspx, .html, .xml, .psd, .frm, .myd, .myi, .dbf, .mp3, .mp4, .avi, .mov, .mpg, .rm, .wmv, .m4a, .mpa, .wav, .sav, .gam, .log, .ged, .msg, .myo, .tax, .ynab, .ifx, .ofx, .qfx, .qif, .qdf, .tax2013, .tax2014, .tax2015, .box, .ncf, .nsf, .ntf, .lwp

Every single file that gets encrypted will receive the same extension appended to it, which is .locked. The encryption algorithm which is implemented is AES since it is a variant of the HiddenTear open-source ransomware project.

The Magic 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 would make the encryption process even more efficient as it will eliminate one of the possible ways for restoring your data. If your computer machine was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially restore your files.

Remove “The Magic” Ransomware and Restore .Locked Files

If your computer got infected with The Magic 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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