This article has been created in order to show you how to remove the .OGONIA file virus, which is a CryptoMix ransomware variant and how to try and get back as many encrypted files as possible without having to pay the ransom to hackers.
A new variant of the CryptoMix ransomware family, known as the .OGONIA virus has been detected by malware researcher Marcelo Rivero to use file encryption and rename important files on the computers infected by it. The virus then drops a file, named HELP_INSTRUCTION.txt in which it asks to contact TankPolice@aolonline.top in order to most likely pay a hefty ransom fee in BitCoins to get the files decrypted and working again. If you have become a victim of the ransomware form of online extortion, it is strongly advisable to not pay the ransom and read this article to learn how to safely remove the .OGONIA CryptoMix ransomware variant and how to restore as many files that have been encrypted by it as possible without paying a ransom.
|Encrypts the files on your computer, making them seem corrupt. Asks a payment to be made via e-mail in order to get them to work once more.
|Adds the .OGONIA file extension to the encrypted files and changes their names to random A-Z 0-9 a-z names. Drops a ransom note, named HELP_INSTRUCTION.txt.
|Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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.OGONIA Ransomware – How Does It Spread
For this virus to be effective it needs to enter your computer. To do this, the virus may use various obfuscation techniques and slither unnoticed on your computer. The cyber-criminals have designed multiple methods by which most ransomware viruses infect. One of them, which Is likely used by .OGONIA ransomware is via malicious e-mail spam messages. Such messages may trick you into opening the malicious files as they pose as legitimate documents or e-mail attachments.
Other methods by which one can become a victim of .OGONIA ransomware include opening fake setups, game cracks, key generators and other types of files uploaded on suspicious sites online.
.OGONIA File Virus – Analysis
Since this ransomware is a variant of the CryptoMix ransomware viruses it has almost identical activity once it enters your computer. It’s first activity is to drop the malicious files responsible for the activity of the virus on the infected computer. They are usually located in the important system folders of the OS under different names:
After dropping the files, the virus may also run them as background processes to perform it’s malicious activities. They may start with attacking the shadow volume copies on the victim PC and deleting them by executing a batch script that runs Windows Command Prompt as an administrator without you noticing it in the background. The script may execute the following command:
After having deleted the shadow copy backups, the .OGONIA virus may also add registry values that may be located in the following registry sub-keys responsible for running programs automatically when Windows starts:
In addition to this, the .OGONIA virus also drops it’s ransom note, named HELP_INSTRUCTION.txt. It has the following contents:
ALL YOUR FILES CRYPTED
FOR DECRYPT WRITE TO : TankPolice@aolonline.top
.OGONIA File Virus – Encryption Process
The encryption process of the .OGONIA CryptoMix ransomware variant is belived to involve the following important files on the victim’s computer:
→ .sql, .mp4, .7z, .rar, .m4a, .wma, .avi, .wmv, .csv, .d3dbsp, .zip, .sie, .sum, .ibank, .t13, .t12, .qdf, .gdb, .tax, .pkpass, .bc6, .bc7, .bkp, .qic, .bkf, .sidn, .sidd, .mddata, .itl, .itdb, .icxs, .hvpl, .hplg, .hkdb, .mdbackup, .syncdb, .gho, .cas, .svg, .map, .wmo, .itm, .sb, .fos, .mov, .vdf, .ztmp, .sis, .sid, .ncf, .menu, .layout, .dmp, .blob, .esm, .vcf, .vtf, .dazip, .fpk, .mlx, .kf, .iwd, .vpk, .tor, .psk, .rim, .w3x, .fsh, .ntl, .arch00, .lvl, .snx, .cfr, .ff, .vpp_pc, .lrf, .m2, .mcmeta, .vfs0, .mpqge, .kdb, .db0, .dba, .rofl, .hkx, .bar, .upk, .das, .iwi, .litemod, .asset, .forge, .ltx, .bsa, .apk, .re4, .sav, .lbf, .slm, .bik, .epk, .rgss3a, .pak, .big, wallet, .wotreplay, .xxx, .desc, .py, .m3u, .flv, .js, .css, .rb, .png, .jpeg, .txt, .p7c, .p7b, .p12, .pfx, .pem, .crt, .cer, .der, .x3f, .srw, .pef, .ptx, .r3d, .rw2, .rwl, .raw, .raf, .orf, .nrw, .mrwref, .mef, .erf, .kdc, .dcr, .cr2, .crw, .bay, .sr2, .srf, .arw, .3fr, .dng, .jpe, .jpg, .cdr, .indd, .ai, .eps, .pdf, .pdd, .psd, .dbf, .mdf, .wb2, .rtf, .wpd, .dxg, .xf, .dwg, .pst, .accdb, .mdb, .pptm, .pptx, .ppt, .xlk, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xls, .wps, .docm, .docx, .doc, .odb, .odc, .odm, .odp, .ods, .odt.
The virus is programmed to encrypt any type of file of the ones it scans for and make it no longer able to be opened. In addition to this, it also renames the files so that they can no longer be recognized as well. The files encrypted by .OGONIA virus look like the following:
Remove .OGONIA Files Virus and Restore Files
If you want to remove this virus, the first thing you should be doing beforehand is copying the .OGONIA encrypted files on a flash drive or other form of backup, despite the fact that they are already encrypted. After doing so, you can proceed to remove the virus, preferably by following the removal instructions below. They are divided in Automatic and Manual removal. Be advised that security researchers reccomend doing the removal automatically by scanning your computer with a ransomware-specific removal software to detect all the objects associated with the .OGONIA virus on your computer and removing them automatically and safely.
After removing this virus, you are left with renamed files which have to be recovered. We have posted alternative methods on how to restore as many files as possible without paying the ransom. They are located in step “2. Restore files encrypted by .OGONIA Virus” below. They are in no way 100% effective, but we have received reports of victims of ransomware on our forum that they have managed to restore most of their important files using one of the methods.
What is .OGONIA Virus Ransomware?
.OGONIA Virus 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 algorithms 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.
What Does .OGONIA Virus Ransomware Do?
Ransomware in general is a malicious software that is designed to block access to your computer or files until a ransom is paid.
Ransomware viruses can also damage your system, corrupt data and delete files, resulting in the permanent loss of important files.
How Does .OGONIA Virus Infect?
Via several ways..OGONIA Virus Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing emails, 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.
Another way you may become a victim of .OGONIA Virus 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 ..OGONIA Virus files?
You can't without a decryptor. At this point, the ..OGONIA Virus files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted using a specific decryption key for the particular algorithm.
What to Do If a Decryptor Does Not Work?
Do not panic, and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your ..OGONIA Virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
Can I Restore "..OGONIA Virus" Files?
Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore ..OGONIA Virus files.
These methods are in no way 100% guaranteed that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.
How To Get Rid of .OGONIA Virus Virus?
The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti-malware program.
It will scan for and locate .OGONIA Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..OGONIA Virus files.
Can I Report Ransomware to Authorities?
In case your computer got infected with a ransomware infection, you can report it to the local Police departments. It can help authorities worldwide track and determine the perpetrators behind the virus that has infected your computer.
Below, we have prepared a list with government websites, where you can file a report in case you are a victim of a cybercrime:
Cyber-security authorities, responsible for handling ransomware attack reports in different regions all over the world:
Germany - Offizielles Portal der deutschen Polizei
United States - IC3 Internet Crime Complaint Centre
United Kingdom - Action Fraud Police
France - Ministère de l'Intérieur
Italy - Polizia Di Stato
Spain - Policía Nacional
Netherlands - Politie
Poland - Policja
Portugal - Polícia Judiciária
Greece - Cyber Crime Unit (Hellenic Police)
India - Mumbai Police - CyberCrime Investigation Cell
Australia - Australian High Tech Crime Center
Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.
Can You Stop Ransomware from Encrypting Your Files?
Yes, you can prevent ransomware. The best way to do this is to ensure your computer system is updated with the latest security patches, use a reputable anti-malware program and firewall, backup your important files frequently, and avoid clicking on malicious links or downloading unknown files.
Can .OGONIA Virus Ransomware Steal Your Data?
Yes, in most cases ransomware will steal your information. It is a form of malware that steals data from a user's computer, encrypts it, and then demands a ransom in order to decrypt it.
Can Ransomware Infect WiFi?
Yes, ransomware can infect WiFi networks, as malicious actors can use it to gain control of the network, steal confidential data, and lock out users. If a ransomware attack is successful, it could lead to a loss of service and/or data, and in some cases, financial losses.
Should I Pay Ransomware?
No, you should not pay ransomware extortionists. Paying them only encourages criminals and does not guarantee that the files or data will be restored. The better approach is to have a secure backup of important data and be vigilant about security in the first place.
What Happens If I Don't Pay Ransom?
If you don't pay the ransom, the hackers may still have access to your computer, data, or files and may continue to threaten to expose or delete them, or even use them to commit cybercrimes. In some cases, they may even continue to demand additional ransom payments.
Can a Ransomware Attack Be Detected?
Yes, ransomware can be detected. Anti-malware software and other advanced security tools can detect ransomware and alert the user when it is present on a machine.
It is important to stay up-to-date on the latest security measures and to keep security software updated to ensure ransomware can be detected and prevented.
Do Ransomware Criminals Get Caught?
Yes, ransomware criminals do get caught. Law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, Interpol and others have been successful in tracking down and prosecuting ransomware criminals in the US and other countries. As ransomware threats continue to increase, so does the enforcement activity.
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