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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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionEncrypts the files and then demands to contact the cyber-criminals to pay ransom to have them decrypted.
SymptomsFiles are encrypted with the .org file extension appended to them. A ransom note is dropped, named _iWasHere.txt
Distribution MethodSpam 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 [email protected] 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.

Note! Your computer system may be affected by .org Virus and other threats.
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To remove .org Virus follow these steps:

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .org Virus files and objects
2. Find files created by .org Virus on your PC

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3. Scan for malware and unwanted programs with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
4. Try to Restore files encrypted by .org Virus

Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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