THREAT REMOVAL

New Fantom Virus – Remove and Restore .locked Files

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A brand new variant of the Fantom crypto-virus is on the loose. The virus has been reported to encrypt files with over 1200 different extensions. Now it appends the extension .locked to the files, ditching the previous .locked extension. Ransom is demanded from victims, and a ProtonMail is given as contact, namely restorefiles@protonmail.ch. To remove the ransomware and see how to try and decrypt some of your data, read the article carefully.

Threat Summary

NameFantom
TypeRansomware, Crypto-Virus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware will encrypt your files and demand payment. A ProtonMail address is given as a contact.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt over 1200 files with different extensions with the .locked extension appended to them. A ransom note with instructions will be displayed after.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Fantom Virus – Infection Spread

The new variant of the Fantom ransomware is possible to spread in several ways. Spam emails are the most probable way to be used in the spreading of the virus. A spam email is usually comprised of a brief description which tries to sound convincing that is of huge importance. Also, victims in most cases fall for the trick of opening an attached file, which supposedly reveals more information or has something useful inside. Those attachment files might look harmless, but upon opening, such a file could drop the payload of the virus and infect your whole PC.

Social media websites or file-sharing networks might be used to further spread this Fantom ransomware variant. The cybercriminals could have put a file containing a malicious script on these networks. Opening the file will release the payload for the ransomware, and your system will get infected. A tip to prevent that from happening is avoiding any suspicious emails, links, and files. When you are about to open a file you just downloaded, check its signatures first, along with its size and scan it with a security program. You can read more ransomware prevention tips in our forum.

Fantom Virus – Technical Description

The Fantom crypto-virus is back with a new variant. The new string of code for the Fantom ransomware was discovered by the malware researchers from the MalwareHunterTeam.

After infection, the payload file will create files on your computer which will launch a fake update. You can view that fake Windows update screen down here:

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The screen will be locked and not allow any interaction with it or other windows. If you see that screen, know that your files are in the process of being locked in the background. You might be able to close the screen using the Ctrl + F4 key combination. That will not stop the encryption process from going. The screen even has a percentage counter to fake the spike in activity of your disk drives and best imitate an update.

Next, the Fantom ransomware can create entries in the Windows Registry, which allow it to auto-launch with the start of the Windows Operating System. To support that, the ransomware does not encrypt any files which have the following extensions:

→.sys, .dll, .exe, .ico, .link, .locked, .purge, .frozen, .tmp, .temp, dll, ini, manifest, .com, .prx, .bin, .am, .dlm, .ngr

The following folders will also be ignored and all files inside them will remain unscathed:

→APPDATA, ProgramData, ProgramFiles, WINDOWS, APPDATA, Appdata, Application Data, intel, nvidia, Program Files, Program Files x86, Windows, RECYCLER, Recycle.Bin, Recycler, TEMP, Temp, Microsoft, RECYCLE.BIN

After encrypting the rest of the files set in the ransomware code, a picture with the ransom payment instructions will be placed on your desktop:

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The ransom note is changed and looks more professional:

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The newly-found Fantom ransomware also does not set a price for paying the ransom, as its previous version. Again it claims to delete your files from its servers after a while – this time the deadline is set to one week. However, the criminals behind it have improved and now use a more secure message system, involving the ProtonMail encrypted e-mail service:

  • restorefiles@protonmail.ch
  • https://bitmsg.me BM -2cUhQ3orPHtcCKvk2iwCeJnmbSeKLLHdog

Do NOT contact these cyber crooks about decryption. No guarantee there is in the world that you will get your files unlocked and as you can see from this article, they will keep making more ransomware. Giving money to them to unlock your files, and later that money to be used to lock your files again, including those of somebody else, is a viscous circle.

The new version of the Fantom ransomware encrypts an even bigger amount of files compared to its predecessor. The ransomware searches to encrypt files with 1,296 extensions. The list is gigantic, so we put it inside the following drop-down window:

Extensions List

→.001, .1cd, .3d, .3d4, .3df8, .3dm, .3ds, .3fr, .3g2, .3ga, .3gp, .3gp2, .3mm, .3pr, .7z, .7zip, .8ba, .8bc, .8be, .8bf, .8bi8, .8bl, .8bs, .8bx, . 8by, .8li, .a2c, .aa, .aa3, .aac, .aaf, .ab4, .abk, .abw, .ac2, .ac3, .accdb, .accde, .accdr, .accdt, .ace, .ach, .acr, .act, .adb, .ade, .adi, . adp, .adpb, .adr, .ads, .adt, .aep, .aepx, .aes, .aet, .afp, .agd1, .agdl, .ai, .aif, .aiff, .aim, .aip, .ais, .ait, .ak, .al, .allet, .amf, . amr, .amu, .amx, .amxx, .ans, .aoi, .ap, .ape, .api, .apj, .apk, .apnx, .arc, .arch00, .ari, .arj, .aro, .arr, .arw, .as, .as3, .asa, .asc, . ascx, .ase, .asf, .ashx, .asm, .asmx, .asp, .aspx, .asr, .asset, .asx, .automaticdestinations-ms, .avi, .avs, .awg, .azf, .azs, .azw, . azw1, .azw3, .azw4, .b2a, .back, .backup, .backupdb, .bad, .bak, .bank, .bar, .bay, .bc6, .bc7, .bck, .bcp, .bdb, .bdp, .bdr, .bfa, .bgt, . bi8, .bib, .bic, .big, .bik, .bin, .bkf, .bkp, .bkup, .blend, .blob, .blp, .bmc, .bmf, .bml, .bmp, .boc, .bp2, .bp3, .bpk, .bpl, .bpw, .brd, . bsa, .bsk, .bsp, .btoa, .bvd, .c, .cag, .cam, .camproj, .cap, .car, .cas, .cat, .cbf, .cbr, .cbz, .cc, .ccd, .ccf, .cch, .cd, .cdf, .cdi, .cdr, . cdr3, .cdr4, .cdr5, .cdr6, .cdrw, .cdx, .ce1, .ce2, .cef, .cer, .cert, .cfg, .cfp, .cfr, .cgf, .cgi, .cgm, .cgp, .chk, .chml, .cib, .class, . clr, .cls, .clx, .cmf, .cms, .cmt, .cnf, .cng, .cod, .col, .con, .conf, .config, .contact, .cp, .cpi, .cpio, .cpp, .cr2, .craw, .crd, .crt, . crw, .crwl, .crypt, .crypted, .cryptra, .cs, .csh, .csi, .csl, .cso, .csr, .css, .csv, .ctt, .cty, .cue, .cwf, .d3dbsp, .dac, .dal, .dap, . das, .dash, .dat, .database, .dayzprofile, .dazip, .db, .db_journal, .db0, .db3, .dba, .dbb, .dbf, .dbfv, .db-journal, .dbx, .dc2, . dc4, .dch, .dco, .dcp, .dcr, .dcs, .dcu, .ddc, .ddcx, .ddd, .ddoc, .ddrw, .dds, .default, .dem, .der, .des, .desc, .design, .desklink, . dev, .dex, .dfm, .dgc, .dic, .dif, .dii, .dim, .dime, .dip, .dir, .directory, .disc, .disk, .dit, .divx, .diz, .djv, .djvu, .dlc, .dmg, .dmp, . dng, .dob, .doc, .docb, .docm, .docx, .dot, .dotm, .dotx, .dox, .dpk, .dpl, .dpr, .drf, .drw, .dsk, .dsp, .dtd, .dvd, .dvi, .dvx, .dwg, .dxb, . dxe, .dxf, .dxg, .e4a, .edb, .efl, .efr, .efu, .efx, .eip, .elf, .emc, .emf, .eml, .enc, .enx, .epk, .eps, .epub, .eql, .erbsql, .erf, .err, . esf, .esm, .euc, .evo, .ex, .exf, .exif, .f90, .faq, .fcd, .fdb, .fdr, .fds, .ff, .ffd, .fff, .fh, .fhd, .fla, .flac, .flf, .flp, .flv, .flvv, . for, .forge, .fos, .fpenc, .fpk, .fpp, .fpx, .frm, .fsh, .fss, .fxg, .gam, .gdb, .gfe, .gfx, .gho, .gif, .gpg, .gray, .grey, .grf, .groups, . gry, .gthr, .gxk, .gz, .gzig, .gzip, .h, .h3m, .h4r, .hbk, .hbx, .hdd, .hex, .hkdb, .hkx, .hplg, .hpp, .hqx, .htm, .html, .htpasswd, .hvpl, . hwp, .ibank, .ibd, .ibz, .ico, .icxs, .idl, .idml, .idx, .ie5, .ie6, .ie7, .ie8, .ie9, .iff, .iif, .iiq, .img, .incpas, .indb, .indd, .indl, . indt, .ink, .inx, .ipa, .iso, .isu, .isz, .itdb, .itl, .itm, .iwd, .iwi, .jac, .jar, .jav, .java, .jbc, .jc, .jfif, .jge, .jgz, .jif, .jiff, . jnt, .jpc, .jpe, .jpeg, .jpf, .jpg, .jpw, .js, .json, .jsp, .just, .k25, .kc2, .kdb, .kdbx, .kdc, .kde, .key, .kf, .klq, .kmz, .kpdx, .kwd, .kwm, . laccdb, .lastlogin, .lay, .lay6, .layout, .lbf, .lbi, .lcd, .lcf, .lcn, .ldb, .ldf, .lgp, .lib, .lit, .litemod, .lngttarch2, . localstorage, .log, .lp2, .lpa, .lrf, .ltm, .ltr, .ltx, .lua, .lvivt, .lvl, .m, .m2, .m2ts, .m3u, .m3u8, .m4a, .m4p, .m4u, .m4v, .mag, .man, . map, .mapimail, .max, .mbox, .mbx, .mcd, .mcgame, .mcmeta, .mcrp, .md, .md0, .md1, .md2, .md3, .md5, .mdb, .mdbackup, .mdc, .mddata, . mdf, .mdl, .mdn, .mds, .mef, .menu, .meo, .mfw, .mic, .mid, .mim, .mime, .mip, .mjd, .mkv, .mlb, .mlx, .mm6, .mm7, .mm8, .mme, .mml, .mmw, .mny, . mobi, .mod, .moneywell, .mos, .mov, .movie, .moz, .mp1, .mp2, .mp3, .mp4, .mp4v, .mpa, .mpe, .mpeg, .mpg, .mpq, .mpqge, .mpv2, .mrw, . mrwref, .mse, .msg, .msi, .msp, .mts, .mui, .mxp, .myd, .myi, .nav, .ncd, .ncf, .nd, .ndd, .ndf, .nds, .nef, .nfo, .nk2, .nop, .now, .nrg, .nri, . nrw, .ns2, .ns3, .ns4, .nsd, .nsf, .nsg, .nsh, .ntl, .number, .nvram, .nwb, .nx1, .nx2, .nxl, .nyf, .oab, .obj, .odb, .odc, .odf, .odg, .odi, . odm, .odp, .ods, .odt, .oft, .oga, .ogg, .oil, .opd, .opf, .orf, .ost, .otg, .oth, .otp, .ots, .ott, .owl, .oxt, .p12, .p7b, .p7c, .pab, .pack, . pages, .pak, .paq, .pas, .pat, .pbf, .pbk, .pbp, .pbs, .pcd, .pct, .pcv, .pdb, .pdc, .pdd, .pdf, .pef, .pem, .pfx, .php, .pkb, .pkey, .pkh, . pkpass, .pl, .plb, .plc, .pli, .plus_muhd, .pm, .pmd, .png, .po, .pot, .potm, .potx, .ppam, .ppd, .ppf, .ppj, .pps, .ppsm, .ppsx, .ppt, . pptm, .pptx, .prc, .prel, .prf, .props, .prproj, .prt, .ps, .psa, .psafe3, .psd, .psk, .pspimage, .pst, .psw6, .ptx, .pub, .puz, .pwf, . pwi, .pwm, .pxp, .py, .qba, .qbb, .qbm, .qbr, .qbw, .qbx, .qby, .qcow, .qcow2, .qdf, .qed, .qel, .qic, .qif, .qpx, .qt, .qtq, .qtr, .r00, .r01, . r02, .r03, .r3d, .ra, .ra2, .raf, .ram, .rar, .rat, .raw, .rb, .rdb, .rdi, .re4, .res, .result, .rev, .rgn, .rgss3a, .rim, .rll, .rm, .rng, . rofl, .rpf, .rrt, .rsdf, .rsrc, .rsw, .rte, .rtf, .rts, .rtx, .rum, .run, .rv, .rvt, .rw2, .rwl, .rwz, .rzk, .rzx, .s3db, .sad, .saf, .safe, . sas7bdat, .sav, .save, .say, .sb, .sc2save, .sch, .scm, .scn, .scx, .sd0, .sd1, .sda, .sdb, .sdc, .sdf, .sdn, .sdo, .sds, .sdt, .search-ms, . sef, .sen, .ses, .sfs, .sfx, .sgz, .sh, .shar, .shr, .shw, .shy, .sid, .sidd, .sidn, .sie, .sis, .sldm, .sldx, .slk, .slm, .slt, .sme, .snk, . snp, .snx, .so, .spd, .spr, .sql, .sqlite, .sqlite3, .sqlitedb, .sqllite, .sqx, .sr2, .srf, .srt, .srw, .ssa, .st4, .st5, .st6, .st7, .st8, . stc, .std, .sti, .stm, .stt, .stw, .stx, .sud, .suf, .sum, .svg, .svi, .svr, .swd, .swf, .switch, .sxc, .sxd, .sxg, .sxi, .sxm, .sxw, .syncdb, . t01, .t03, .t05, .t12, .t13, .tar, .tax, .tax2013, .tax2014, .tbk, .tbz2, .tch, .tcx, .tex, .text, .tg, .tga, .tgz, .thm, .thmx, .tif, .tiff, . tlg, .tlz, .toast, .tor, .torrent, .tpu, .tpx, .trp, .ts, .tu, .tur, .txd, .txf, .txt, .uax, .udf, .uea, .umx, .unity3d, .unr, .unx, .uop, . uot, .upk, .upoi, .url, .usa, .usx, .ut2, .ut3, .utc, .utx, .uu, .uud, .uue, .uvx, .uxx, .val, .vault, .vbox, .vbs, .vc, .vcd, .vcf, .vdf, .vdi, . vdo, .ver, .vfs0, .vhd, .vhdx, .vlc, .vlt, .vmdk, .vmf, .vmsd, .vmt, .vmx, .vmxf, .vob, .vp, .vpk, .vpp_pc, .vsi, .vtf, .w3g, .w3x, .wab, .wad, . wallet, .war, .wav, .wave, .waw, .wb2, .wbk, .wdgt, .wks, .wm, .wma, .wmd, .wmdb, .wmmp, .wmo, .wmv, .wmx, .wotreplay, .wow, .wpd, .wpe, . wpk, .wpl, .wps, .wsh, .wtd, .wtf, .wvx, .x11, .x3f, .xf, .xis, .xl, .xla, .xlam, .xlc, .xlk, .xll, .xlm, .xlr, .xls, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xlt, . xltm, .xltx, .xlv, .xlw, .xlwx, .xml, .xpi, .xps, .xpt, .xqx, .xsl, .xtbl, .xvid, .xwd, .xxe, .xxx, .yab, .ycbcra, .yenc, .yml, .ync, .yps, . yuv, .z02, .z04, .zap, .zip, .zipx, .zoo, .zps, .ztmp, .rpt, .cry, .fxp, .prg, .fpt, .AES256, .crypto, .darkness, .enc, .kb15, .kraken, . locked, .nochance, .oshit, .cerber, .cpyt, .crypt, .decipher, .install_tor, .me, .net, .ecc, .exx, .ezz, .frtrss, .vault, .aaa, . zepto, .002, .003, .004, .005, .006, .007, .008, .009, .010, .011, .012, .013, .014, .015, .016, .017, .018, .019, .020, .021, .022, .023, .024, . 025, .026, .027, .028, .029, .030, .031, .032, .033, .034, .035, .036, .037, .038, .040, .041, .041, .042, .043, .044, .045, .046, .047, .048, . 049, .050, .051, .052, .053, .055, .056, .057, .058, .059, .060, .061, .062, .063, .064, .065, .066, .067, .068, .069, .070, .071, .072, .073, . 074, .075, .076, .077, .078, .079, .080, .081, .082, .083, .084, .085, .086, .087, .088, .089, .090, .091, .092, .093, .094, .095, .096, .097, . 098, .099, .100, .0001, .0004, .0005, .0006, .0007, .0008, .0009, .0010, .0011, .0012, .0013, .0014, .0015, .0016, .0017, .0018, .0019, . 0019, .0020, .0021, .0022, .0023, .0024, .0025, .0026, .0027, .0028, .0029, .0030, .0031, .0032, .0033, .0034, .0035, .0036, .0037, . 0038, .0039, .0040, .0041, .0042, .0043, .0044, .0045, .0046, .0047, .0048, .0049, .0050, .0051, .0052, .0053, .0054, .0055, .0056, . 0057, .0058, .0059, .0060, .0061, .0062, .0063, .0064, .0065, .0066, .0067, .0068, .0069, .0070, .0071, .0072, .0073, .0074, .0075, . 0076, .0077, .0078, .0079, .0080, .0081, .0082, .0083, .0084, .0085, .0086, .0087, .0088, .0089, .0090, .0091, .0092, .0093, .0094, . 0095, .0095, .0096, .0097, .0098, .0099, .0100, .bbb, .spb, .jsonlz4, .tib, .asd, .dbk, .sbf, .nbu, .nba, .nbf, .ecbk, .sbu, .nco, .zw1, . ex_, .zap13, .ffu, .ftmb, .spba, .syncdb, .trn, .br

Source: MalwareHunterTeam

All encrypted files will have the same extension appended to them, which is .locked. The ransomware is believed to use the RSA-2048 encryption algorithm. The public and private keys differ. The private key doesn’t seem to be in the code of the malware sample, according to the MalwareHunterTeam and the ransomware may be deemed not decryptable.

There are not that many detections of the new Fantom variant on VirusTotal:

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The Fantom ransomware is highly likely to delete the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows Operating System. Read down to learn of some ways in which you can try to decrypt some of your files.

Remove Fantom Virus and Restore .locked Files

If your computer got infected with the Fantom ransomware virus, you should have some experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as fast as possible before it can have the chance of spreading further and infect more PCs. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide given below. To see ways that you can try to recover your data, see the step titled 2. Restore files encrypted by Fantom.

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How to Remove Fantom from Windows.


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

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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 Fantom 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 Fantom 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 Fantom 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.

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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 Fantom 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.

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

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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 Fantom.

Ransomware infections and Fantom 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 Fantom from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Fantom 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 Fantom:

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 Fantom. 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 Fantom. 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 Fantom 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 Fantom. 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 Fantom.

Ransomware infections and Fantom 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.


Fantom FAQ

What is Fantom ransomware and how does it work?

Fantom 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 Fantom ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Fantom 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 Fantom 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 .Fantom files?

You can't. At this point the .Fantom 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 .Fantom files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by Fantom 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 ".Fantom" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Fantom 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 Fantom 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 Fantom ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Fantom files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Fantom 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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