Malabu Ransomware – Remove and Restore .fucked Files

Malabu Ransomware – Remove and Restore .fucked Files

This article will aid you to remove the Malabu ransomware effectively. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of this article.

Malabu is the name for a new ransomware cryptovirus. The .fucked extension is put to all encrypted files. More viruses use that same extension for locked files, but this ransomware is unrelated to them. A ransom note will be displayed after the encryption process with instructions about payment. 500 US dollars is the ransom sum, and the cybercriminals demand it in Bitcoins. Keep on reading and find out what ways you could try to potentially recover some of your files.

Threat Summary

NameMalabu
TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionThe sransomware encrypts files on your computer system and it shows a ransom note after that.
SymptomsThis ransomware virus will encrypt your files and place the .fucked extension on each one of them.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executables
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Malabu Ransomware – Update

Update! A decryption tool is now available for the Malabu ransomware! The tool was created by the malware researcher Michael Gillespie and can be downloaded from the following link, wrapped inside a .zip archive: Decryption Tool.

Malabu Ransomware – Delivery Ways

The Malabu ransomware might be delivered by using multiple different ways. The payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for the ransomware is circling the Web. Malware researchers have found a sample of the virus. You can see the VirusTotal detections of different security vendors for that virus sample from the screenshot given down here:

The Malabu ransomware might be using other ways to deliver its payload file, like social media or file-sharing services. Freeware apps found on the Web could be promoted as useful but also could hide the malicious script for the virus. Before opening any files after you have downloaded them, you should first scan them with a security tool. Especially if they come from suspicious places, like emails or links. Also, you could check the size and signatures of downloaded files for anything that seems suspicious. You should read the ransomware prevention tips provided in the forum section.

Malabu Ransomware – More Information

The Malabu ransomware is a cryptovirus. When the Malabu ransomware encrypts your files it will place the .fucked extension to every encrypted file. There are other ransomware viruses that use that same extension in the file encryption process, and seem to be related to Malabu as they are built on a source code similar to it. Those viruses are the following:

The Malabu ransomware might make new registry entries in the Windows Registry to achieve a higher level of persistence. Those entries are usually designed in a way that will start the virus automatically with every launch of the Windows Operating System, like in the example provided below, such as the example given down here:

→“HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run”

A ransom message will be placed inside your computer system right after the encryption process is finished. The ransom message can be seen below in this image:

That ransom message with instructions reads the following:

YOUR WINDOW IS HACKED
ALL YOUR FILES, DOCUMENTS, DATAS, VIDEOS, PICTURES, MP3s ARE ENCRYPTED. YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN IS ALSO LOCKED.
YOU’VE BEEN HACKED WITH MALABU RANSOMWARE.
YOU WILL PAY US $500 INTO OUR BITCOIN ADDRESS BELOW AND WE WILL GIVE YOU THE KEY TO DECRYPT, AND YOU WILL GET YOUR FILES BACK. AFTER 48 HRS, YOU WILL PAY $1000 MORE. WE DON’T GIVE A FUCK.. IF YOU DELAY, YOU LOOSE ALL
1EBbTjEmGN2w5kUN6uPLyU5e8x7zjRt8J
[Hide More Details] (1)LOOK FOR BITCOIN SERVICES ONLINE
(2)REGISTER AND GET A BITCOIN WALLET
(3)BUY $500 BITCOIN ONLINE
(4)PAY INTO OUR BITCOIN ADDRESS ABOVE(IN YELLOW)
(5)PAY WITHIN 48 HOURS OR YOU WILL PAY $1000 AFTER
(6)FAILURE TO PAY WITHIN A WEEK MAKES YOU TO LOOSE ALL
(7)SEND YOUR PAYMENT DETAILS TO OUR EMAIL
[email protected]
(8) WE WILL GIVE YOU THE KEY TO DECRYPT \ REMOVE THE MALWARE
ENTER KEY
Decrypt

The makers of the Malabu cryptovirus demand that you pay a ransom sum of 500 US dollars in Bitcoin. The price will double if you do not make a payment within the first two full days after infection. You should NOT pay, nor contact those crooks under any circumstances. Paying them will stimulate them financially, and no guarantee can be given about the recovery of your files. Furthermore, providing money to the cybercriminals will most likely inspire them to do more criminal acts, including the creation of more ransomware viruses.

Malabu Ransomware – Encryption Process

At this moment, no specific list is known for which file extensions the Malabu ransomware seeks to encrypt. However, this article will get updated upon the discovery of such a list. All encrypted files will receive the .fucked extension, which will get appended to them. The following files are the most likely ones to be encrypted, as they are with the most common usage among users of the Windows OS:

→.7z, .bmp, .doc, .docm, .docx, .html, .jpeg, .jpg, .mp3, .mp4, .pdf, .php, .ppt, .pptx, .rar, .rtf, .sql, .tiff, .txt, .xls, .xlsx, .zip

The Malabu cryptovirus is quite likely to delete the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows Operating System by initiating the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

If the command stated above is executed, that will make the encryption process slightly more effective, as it eliminates one of the ways for recovery. Continue reading and find out what types of methods you can try out to potentially restore some of your files.

Remove Malabu Ransomware and Restore .fucked Files

If your computer got infected with the Malabu 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.

Manually delete Malabu from your computer

Note! Substantial notification about the Malabu threat: Manual removal of Malabu requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Malabu files and objects
2. Find malicious files created by Malabu on your PC

Automatically remove Malabu by downloading an advanced anti-malware program

1. Remove Malabu with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool and back up your data
2. Restore files encrypted by Malabu
Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

Berta Bilbao

Berta is the Editor-in-Chief of SensorsTechForum. She is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space.

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