THREAT REMOVAL

.org File Virus (Restore Files)

This article aims to explain how to remove the .org ransomware virus, also known as QuakeWay and restore .org encrypted files.

_iWasHere.txt ransom note and quakeway@mail.ru written in it are the clear indicators that you have the latest QuakeWay ransomware infecting your computer. It’s primary purpose is to encrypt the files on the systems compromised by it, while adding the .org file extension after their original one. After this, the files are no longer openable and the users are asked to contact quakeway@mail.ru and send a unique identification to most likely pay a ransom to get the files back to their original state. In case you have become a victim of the .org ransomware infection, we recommend reading this post.

Threat Summary

Name .org Virus
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description Encrypts the files and then demands to contact the cyber-criminals to pay ransom to have them decrypted.
Symptoms Files are encrypted with the .org file extension appended to them. A ransom note is dropped, named _iWasHere.txt
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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How Does QuakeWay Infect

The distribution methods of the QuakeWay ransomware may be more than one. The virus spreads primarily via multiple different types of malicious files, some of which may be the following:

→ .docx, .docm, .PDF, .exe, .wsf, .js, .bat, .vbs, .msi

These files may be uploaded as e-mail attachments online. They may also exist in an archived form or in a different type of form that related to web links. The malware may be embedded in URLs in the e-mail itself and after clicking on such web link, you may be redirected to a download site which may download the malicious files by force.

Other methods by which you may become a victim of this infection is if you download suspicious executables that pose as fake setups, license activators or key generators.

.org File Virus – Infection Activity

After the .org ransomware has already infected your computer system, it may immediately begin to drop it’s malicious files on it. The files consist of multiple different malicious functions that modify your system so that the .org ransomware can encrypt the data and delete you backups. They may exist under different names in the following Windows system folders:

After the malicious files belonging to QuakeWay .org ransomware are dropped, the virus may modify the Windows Registry Editor. This is done with the purpose of performing multiple different activities, like running the malicious file which encrypts data on system startup. The targeted Windows Registry sub-keys by QuakeWay .org virus may be 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

After having performed this, QuakeWay ransomware may shift it’s focus on deleting your backed up files, which are usually the Shadow Volume Copies in Windows. The .org virus can delete them by executing the vssadmin command as an administrator:

→ process call create “cmd.exe /c
vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /quiet
bcdedit.exe /set {default} recoveryenabled no
bcdedit.exe /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures

After this has been performed, the QuakeWay .org ransomware variant may drop it’s ransom note, called _iWasHere.txt and it aims to notify victims of the demands of the cyber-criminals behind the virus:

===> Your files content changed to unreadable content to you and your PC,For restore operation send an email to quakeway@mail.ru and send your UID came bellow as mail subject you will get back all of your files by instruction as our reply.
===> WARNING !!!Dont be stupid to delete this TXT file(or any change on your locked folder),else YOUR FILES WILL BE CORRUPT AND CANNOT BE RESTORED ANYWAY! EVEN BY INSERT TRUE CODE !
===> ATTENTION !!This is not a Ransomware.We don’t need your money Just wanna care you and upgrade your security.
Your System UID for email it is –>> {random ID} <-- We answer it during 7 days.

QuakeWay Ransomware Encryption Process

To encrypt the files of the infected computer, QuakeWay ransomware may begin to replace blocks of data from the original files with data from the encryption algorithm used by it, in other words, scramble them. What is particular is that the virus does not encrypt the whole files but only portions of them, enough to make the files no longer openable. Since the encryption process is CPU costly, the QuakeWay .org virus may freeze your computer during the encryption of your files. The virus also has several Windows directories which are whitelisted, meaning that it does not encrypt files within them, because it may damage your operating system. The .org virus only attacks specific files that are often used, like the following types of files:

→ “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 completed, the QuakeWay ransomware adds it’s distinctive .org file extension to the encrypted files, making them appear like the example below:

Remove QuakeWay .org Ransomware and Restore Encrypted Files

Before actually getting down to the removal part of this ransomware virus, recommendations are to initially backup your important files after which focus on removing the virus either manually or automatically. Since QuakeWay ransomware may interfere with Windows processes and the Windows registry editor, cybersecurity experts advise to use a ransomware-specific tool for the removal process in order to fully delete all objects safely.

If you want to restore your files in the event that they are encrypted by this ransomware virus, recommendations are to try and restore the files using the alternative methods we have suggested in step “2. Restore files encrypted by .org Virus” below. They are in no way a direct solution for the virus but may help you recover at least some of your important files.

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Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove .org Virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .org Virus

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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 .org Virus 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 .org Virus 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 .org Virus 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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Step 4: Scan for .org Virus 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'.

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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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

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

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

Ransomware infections and .org Virus 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 .org Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .org Virus 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 .org Virus:

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 .org Virus. 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 .org Virus. 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 .org Virus 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 .org Virus. 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 .org Virus.

Ransomware infections and .org Virus 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.


.org Virus FAQ

What is .org Virus ransomware and how does it work?

.org 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 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 .org Virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways..org Virus 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 .org 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 ..org Virus files?

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

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .org Virus 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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