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Oblivion Virus (.OBLIVION EXTENSION) Removal Instructions

The OBLIVION virus is a newly discovered threat that uses the built-in ransomware engine to rename target sensitive files with the .OBLIVION extension. Our in-depth removal guide shows how victims can recover the data and remove the threat from their computers.

Threat Summary

Name Oblivion
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description The ransomware encrypts sensitive information on your computer system with the .OBLIVION extension and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
Symptoms The ransomware will encrypt your files with a strong encryption algorithm.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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OBLIVION Virus – Distribution Ways

The Oblivion virus was discovered in a very limited attack campaign. At the moment it cannot be told which is the primary delivery method however we assume that the hacker or group behind it will use the most popular tactics.

One of the common methods is the use of email spam messages. They use social engineering tactics in order to coerce the targets into interacting with the dangerous element. The hackers typically take text and graphics from well known Internet sites and web services. Links to the malware strains can be embedded in the body contents, in other cases it can also be delivered directly as file attachments. The messages can also be used to deliver payloads. There are two popular types:

  • Software Installers — The hackers can embed the Oblivion virus code into application installers. The typical method is to take the legitimate installers from the official site and modifying them with the Oblivion malware. Usually the criminals choose popular targets such as system utilities, creativity suites or games.
  • Documents — One of the most common tactics is to include the dangerous code into files of various types: text documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Once the users open them up they will be greeted with a message asking them to enable the built-in macros (scripts). When this is done the malware will be downloaded from a remote server and executed on the local computer.

The threat can also be delivered using web scripts of various types such as scripts, banners, pop-ups and redirects. They can also affecte legitimate sites through affiliate and ad networks.

Another delivery method that may be used by the Oblivion virus criminals is the use of browser hijackers. They represent malware plugins made for the most popular applications: Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera, Safari and Google Chrome. In most cases the main goal seems to be the redirection to a hacker-controlled site. This is done by changing settings such as the home page, search engine and new tabs page. The next step is to load the virus engine.

OBLIVION Virus – In-Depth Analysis

The Oblivion virus seems to be a new strain based on Scarab. The initial code analysis shows that the encountered samples may be testing versions as they do not contain much of the advanced code that is expected in such releases.

Future versions of the threat are expected to launch a data harvesting component. It is programmed to extract strings that can be classified into these two types:

  • Anonymous Metrics — They are used by the criminals to judge how effective the attack campaign is. The data is composed mainly of information about the available hardware components and certain operating system values.
  • Personal Data — It can be used to directly expose the identity of the users. Example information includes a person’s name, addresss, telephone number, interests, location, passwords and account credentials.

Using the gathered data the hackers can launch a stealth protection feature. It is used to protect the Oblivion virus from being interrupted by software applications and security services. This includes the likes of anti-virus software, sandbox environments and virtual machine hosts. If the virus engine is not able to bypass them then it may remove itself to avoid detection.

The next step is to launch different system changes. Modifications to the Windows Registry can render certain applications unusable. This can also apply to system services if such entries are impacted. Advanced strains can lead to severe performance issues and a persistent state of execution. If this is done the virus will be automatically launched every time the computer is started.

Further modifications can result in the inability to enter into the recovery menu, a consequence of boot options manipulation. The hackers are also expected to delete the Shadow volume copies of personal user files. This makes recovery harder without the use of a quality product. Refer to our instructions for more information.

The criminals can also choose to use the virus in a Trojan like manner by instituting a network connection with a malware server. it is used to spy on the victims in real time, as well as overtake their machines on request. Additional malware can be loaded through it.

OBLIVION Virus – Encryption Process

The ransomware module is started once all prerequisite components have completed execution. It uses a powerful cipher in order to encrypt sensitive files found on the infected machines. This is done by using a built-in list of target file types. An example list includes the following data:

  • Archives
  • Backups
  • Databases
  • Music
  • Images
  • Videos

The affected files are renamed with the .OBLIVION extension. A ransomware note is created in a OBLIVION DECRYPTION INFORMATION.TXT file which contains the following message:

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. 8888 `88. 8 8888 `88. 8 8888 8 8888 `8.`888b ,8′ 8 8888 . 8888 `88. 888o. 8
,8 8888 `8b 8 8888 `88 8 8888 8 8888 `8.`888b ,8′ 8 8888 ,8 8888 `8b Y88888o. 8
88 8888 `8b 8 8888 ,88 8 8888 8 8888 `8.`888b ,8′ 8 8888 88 8888 `8b .`Y888888o. 8
88 8888 88 8 8888. ,88′ 8 8888 8 8888 `8.`888b ,8′ 8 8888 88 8888 88 8o. `Y888888o. 8
88 8888 88 8 8888888888 8 8888 8 8888 `8.`888b ,8′ 8 8888 88 8888 88 8`Y8o. `Y88888o8
88 8888 ,8P 8 8888 `88. 8 8888 8 8888 `8.`888b8′ 8 8888 88 8888 ,8P 8 `Y8o. `Y8888
`8 8888 ,8P 8 8888 88 8 8888 8 8888 `8.`888′ 8 8888 `8 8888 ,8P 8 `Y8o. `Y8
` 8888 ,88′ 8 8888 ,88′ 8 8888 8 8888 `8.`8′ 8 8888 ` 8888 ,88′ 8 `Y8o.`
`8888888P’ 8 888888888P 8 888888888888 8 8888 `8.` 8 8888 `8888888P’ 8 `Yo
==========================================================================================================================================================

YOUR FILES ARE ENCRYPTED!

Your personal ID
[redacted 324 hex]

Your documents, photos, databases, save games and other important data was encrypted.
Data recovery the necessary decryption tool. To get the decryption tool, should send an email to:

obliviondecrypt@cock.li or obliviondecrypt@protonmail.com

Or telegram us:
https://t.me/oblivionhelp

Letter must include Your personal ID (see the beginning of this document).

In the proof we have decryption tool, you can send us 1 file for test decryption.
Next, you need to pay for the decryption tool.
In response letter You will receive the address of Bitcoin wallet which you need to perform the transfer of funds.

If you have no bitcoins

* Create Bitcoin purse: https://blockchain.info

* Buy Bitcoin in the convenient way

https://localbitcoins.com/ (Visa/MasterCard)
https://www.buybitcoinworldwide.com/ (Visa/MasterCard)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitcoin (the instruction for beginners)

– It doesn’t make sense to complain of us and to arrange a hysterics.

– Complaints having blocked e-mail, you deprive a possibility of the others, to decipher the computers.
Other people at whom computers are also ciphered you deprive of the ONLY hope to decipher. FOREVER.

– Just contact with us, we will stipulate conditions of interpretation of files and available payment,
in a friendly situation

– When money transfer is confirmed, You will receive the decrypter file for Your computer.

Attention!
* Do not attempt to remove a program or run the anti-virus tools
* Attempts to decrypt the files will lead to loss of Your data
* Decoders other users is incompatible with Your data, as each user unique encryption key

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Remove OBLIVION Virus and Restore .Oblivion Files

If your computer system got infected with the OBLIVION 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.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Oblivion from Windows.


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

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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 Oblivion 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 Oblivion 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 Oblivion 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.
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Step 4: Scan for Oblivion 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 Oblivion.

Ransomware infections and Oblivion 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 Oblivion from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Oblivion 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 Oblivion:

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 Oblivion. 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 Oblivion. 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 Oblivion 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 Oblivion. 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 Oblivion.

Ransomware infections and Oblivion 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.


Oblivion FAQ

What is Oblivion ransomware and how does it work?

Oblivion 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 Oblivion ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Oblivion 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 Oblivion 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 .Oblivion files?

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

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Oblivion 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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