THREAT REMOVAL

Meteoritan Ransomware (Restore Encrypted Files)

Article created to assist you in how to remove Meteoritan ransomware virus from your PC and get back files that have been encrypted by this threat.

A ransomware infection, known by many as the Meteoritan virus has been reported to cause infections on unsuspecting users since March 2017. The virus is oriented on English-speaking users and it’s primary goal is to encrypt the files on the computers It infects by suing an AES encryption algorithm. The files are no longer openable after encryption is complete and the virus demands a hefty ransom fee to be paid to the cyber-criminals. In case your computer has been infected by this ransomware virus, recommendations are to read this article and learn how to remove this virus and try to get back the encrypted files.

Threat Summary

Name

Meteoritan

TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionMeteoritan ransomware encrypts the files on the infected systems and demands a ransom payoff to be made to make them openable again.
SymptomsThe user may witness the ransom notes “where_are_your_files.txt” and “Readme_your_files_have_been_encrypted.txt” after his computer was infected by Meteoritan.
Distribution MethodVia an Exploit kit, Dll file attack, malicious JavaScript or a drive-by download of the malware itself in an obfuscated manner.
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Meteoritan Ransomware – How Does It Infect

The creators of this ransomware infection may spread it via either a drive by download of a malicious file or script, both executed via a web link the victim may click on. However, a more effective approach is to upload an e-mail attachment that is malicious and trick inexperienced users to open it themselves. This e-mail spam technique is likely the one that may primarily be used for infection, amongst multiple others. Other methods by which the Meteoritan virus may be distributed are via:

  • Fake game or program patches uploaded on torrent websites.
  • Fake installers of programs on shady websites for free software.
  • Installers that are legitimate but bundled with the malware.
  • Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUPs) that display different browser redirections.

Whatever the case may be, users need to be aware on how to protect their data, before the inevitable happens. This is why we advise reading our related article on how to safely store your data to protect it:

Safely Store Your Important Files and Protect Them from Malware

Meteoritan Virus – What Does It Do

After becoming infected with the Meteoritan ransomware, the virus begins to modify the infected system’s settings. The first thing this ransomware may perform is to use different techiques to connect to the cyber-criminals remote host and download the malicious payload of Meteoritan on the infected computer. The payload may consist of multiple different files that may have different names. The files are usually located in multiple different Windows system folders:

In addition to the modules dropped by the Meteoritan Virus, there are other files, which contain the ransom note and are also dropped on the victim’s computer:

  • where_are_your_files.txt
  • Readme_your_files_have_been_encrypted.txt
  • METEORITAN.POLAND
  • METEORITAN.RANSOM

After the files are dropped on the victim PC, the ransomware may begin to perform multiple other modifications on it, such as delete the volume shadow copies on the compromised machine. This is usually done if the virus uses scripts that execute the vssadmin command with custom sub-commands:

After the command has been executed, the ransomware infection performs multiple other actions on the infected machine. One of those actions is to modify the Windows Registry Editor. These type of actions may be done to allow the executable responsible for the file encryption to run on system startup. The targeted Windows Registry Keys for this are the following:

→ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

The ransomware may also automatically open it’s ransom note file which has the following message to the victims of the virus:

→ ATTENTION! ATTENTION! You have been victim of METEORITAN RAMSOMWARE!
Your documents, photos, databases and other important files have been encrypted by RSA-4096 alghorythm generated by your computer, if you want to restore your files, you must get a decryption key.
How can I get decrypt key?
1. Send E-Mail to meteoritan6570@yandex.ru with your ID. Your ID is in METEORITAN.POLAND file, open in Notepad.
2. Get Bitcoins. Bitcoin is a cryptovalute, which can pay. Use these sites: coinbase.com, btc.com, bitgo.com, strongcoin.com
3. In e-mail turning, we get a value of your key. Pay it.
4. In 24 hours you get an decrypt key. If you don’t see e-mail, check spam catalogue.
5. Run aplication and enter your key.
METEORITAN RAMSOMWARE

Meteoritan Ransomware – The Encryption Process

For the encryption process to work and render the files no longer openable, the Meteoritan ransomware virus is reported to use the AES encryption algorithm. This encryption cipher has been reported by malware researchers to replace bytes of the original file’s data with bytes of it’s encryption algorithm’s symbols. This procedure corrupts the file and the only way to restore it is if it is inserted in a program that can reverse engineer it’s unlock using a unique decryption key.

For the encryption, the virus may target multiple different files that are used in a very often basis. These files are reported to be often-used. The following file types may be affected by this ransomware infection:

→ “PNG .PSD .PSPIMAGE .TGA .THM .TIF .TIFF .YUV .AI .EPS .PS .SVG .INDD .PCT .PDF .XLR .XLS .XLSX .ACCDB .DB .DBF .MDB .PDB .SQL .APK .APP .BAT .CGI .COM .EXE .GADGET .JAR .PIF .WSF .DEM .GAM .NES .ROM .SAV CAD Files .DWG .DXF GIS Files .GPX .KML .KMZ .ASP .ASPX .CER .CFM .CSR .CSS .HTM .HTML .JS .JSP .PHP .RSS .XHTML. DOC .DOCX .LOG .MSG .ODT .PAGES .RTF .TEX .TXT .WPD .WPS .CSV .DAT .GED .KEY .KEYCHAIN .PPS .PPT .PPTX ..INI .PRF Encoded Files .HQX .MIM .UUE .7Z .CBR .DEB .GZ .PKG .RAR .RPM .SITX .TAR.GZ .ZIP .ZIPX .BIN .CUE .DMG .ISO .MDF .TOAST .VCD SDF .TAR .TAX2014 .TAX2015 .VCF .XML Audio Files .AIF .IFF .M3U .M4A .MID .MP3 .MPA .WAV .WMA Video Files .3G2 .3GP .ASF .AVI .FLV .M4V .MOV .MP4 .MPG .RM .SRT .SWF .VOB .WMV 3D .3DM .3DS .MAX .OBJ R.BMP .DDS .GIF .JPG ..CRX .PLUGIN .FNT .FON .OTF .TTF .CAB .CPL .CUR .DESKTHEMEPACK .DLL .DMP .DRV .ICNS .ICO .LNK .SYS .CFG”Source:fileinfo.com

After the encryption process is complete, the files may be concealed from the user, or may appear unrecognizable.

Remove Meteoritan Ransomware and Restore Encrypted Files

For the removal of this ransomware infection, advices are to focus on performing a backup of all the files that have been encrypted.

Then, for the actual removal process, we advise following the removal instructions below. They are specifically designed to help users with the effective removal of this ransomware infection. For maximum effectiveness and if you lack experience to eliminate Meteoritan virus manually, researchers recommend using an anti-malware program. It is specifically designed to delete files and other objects of threats like Meteoritan automatically and protect your computer from newer threats in real-time.

After having removed the Meteoritan virus, reccomendations are to focus on restoring the damages done by it via using multiple alternative tools. We have posted some methods below in step “2. Restore files encrypted by Meteoritan” with which you can attempt and restore at least some of the files encrypted by this virus.

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As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

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  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Meteoritan from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Meteoritan

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Meteoritan 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Meteoritan on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Meteoritan there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Meteoritan with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Meteoritan.

Ransomware infections and Meteoritan 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.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of Meteoritan from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Meteoritan and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Meteoritan:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Meteoritan. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Meteoritan. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 Meteoritan 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Meteoritan. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Meteoritan.

Ransomware infections and Meteoritan 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.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Meteoritan FAQ

What is Meteoritan ransomware and how does it work?

Meteoritan is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.

Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.

How does Meteoritan ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Meteoritan Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment.

This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.

After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.

Another way, you may become a victim of Meteoritan is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.

How to open .Meteoritan files?

You can't. At this point the .Meteoritan files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .Meteoritan files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by Meteoritan ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore ".Meteoritan" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Meteoritan files.

These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How do I get rid of Meteoritan ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate Meteoritan ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Meteoritan files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Meteoritan ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:

  • Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
  • Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
  • Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
  • You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.

More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.

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