This is a new sample derivative of the Xorist virus family of threats. Like other similar ransomware the hackers behind it will use the most popular distribution tactics in order to increase the number of affected users. Ransomware of this family are widely spread using phishing email messages and malware sites. Many of the samples can also be spread via payloads such as infected documents and application installers.
As soon as the .major ransomware threats have infected a given host the built-in engine will start its own sequence of malicious commands. The Xorist family of viruses from which it originates is known to feature a modular framework allowing the hacker operators to bundle in all kinds of malware actions.
A common strategy is to start the infections with a data capture module which is used to acquire sensitive information about the victims and the machine itself. The actual collection is done through via a special engine that retrieves the data according to certain strings and names.
The harvested information can be used by another module called security bypass which allows the hackers to disable any security software that can interfere with the proper .major ransomware infection. The list of potential applications that are affected include anti-virus programs, sandbox environments, firewalls and intrusion detection systems.
When the .major ransomware has infiltrated the systems it will be able to launch its complete set of modules. As such it will be able to alter the Windows Registry which can lead to severe performance issues to the point of rendering the computer completely unusable. This can also disable certain services and applications from working properly, this will result in data loss and the display of unexpected errors. Changes can also be made to the boot options of the infected computers. This will make the .major ransomware to automatically launch as soon as the computer is launched. This can also disable access to recovery boot options thereby making it impossible to follow manual user removal guides as they depend on them.
Many Xorist ransomware samples like the .major virus are also programmed to delete sensitive data such as restore points, backups and shadow volume copies. In this case the victims will need to resort to a professional-grade restore solution.
Once all built-in components have finished running the actual ransomware operations will start. They will rely on a built-in engine that will encrypt user data according to a built-in list of target file type extensions. All affected files will receive .major extension, the victims will be blackmailed into paying thee hackers a decryption fee through the ransomware note. It is crafted in a file called READ_ME.txt.
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files on your computer machine and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly restore them.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will show lockscreen blackmail window to the users. Sensitive user data may be encrypted by the ransomware code.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by .major Ransomware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss .major Ransomware.|
|Data Recovery Tool||Windows 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.|
.major Ransomware – What Does It Do?
.major Ransomware could spread its infection in various ways. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the Internet. .major 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. Read the tips for ransomware prevention from our forum.
.major Ransomware is a cryptovirus that encrypts your files and shows a window with instructions on your computer screen. The extortionists want you to pay a ransom for the alleged restoration of your files. The main engine could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and interfere with processes in Windows.
The .major Ransomware is a lockscreen threat which also includes the ability to encrypt user data. As soon as all modules have finished running in their prescribed order the lockscreen will launch an application frame which will prevent the users from interacting with their computers. It will display the ransomware note to the victims.
You should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum. Your files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that.
The .major Ransomware 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
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 .major Ransomware
If your computer system got infected with the .major Files 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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove .major Ransomware from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of .major Ransomware from Mac OS X.
How to Remove .major Ransomware from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .major Ransomware
Step 2: Uninstall .major 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by .major Ransomware 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 .major Ransomware there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for .major Ransomware with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .major Ransomware.
Ransomware infections and .major 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.
If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:
Get rid of .major Ransomware from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall .major Ransomware 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 .major 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:
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 .major Ransomware files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as .major Ransomware, 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.
Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .major Ransomware on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac .major Ransomware aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.