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.Payday Files Virus – How to Remove It from Your PC

This article has been created to help you by showing how to remove PayDay ransomware and how to restore files encrypted with .[keyforyou@tuta.io].-id-{uniqueID}.payday extension.

A new iteration of BTCWare ransomware has been reported to wreak havoc, encrypting victims’ files. The malware aims to encrypt the files on your computer if it infects it and add the file extension .payday after their original one. Only then, the .payday files virus drops a ransom note which demands victims to contact keyforyou@tuta.io in order to get their keys. In the event that your computer has been infected by the .payday ransomware virus, it is strongly advisable to read this article and learn how to remove the PayDay ransomware infection and try to restore your files without having to pay a ransom “fee” to the cyber-crimianals who encrypted your data.

Threat Summary

Name PayDay BTCWare Virus
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description Aims to encrypt the files on your computer system after which demands to contact the cyber-criminals via e-mailt o negotiate a ransom payoff for the files.
Symptoms The files on the computer become no longer able to be opened and have the .payday file extension. A ransom note, named !! RETURN FILES !!.txt appears on the victim’s computer.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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PayDay Ransomware – Update January 2018

The ransomware has a new variant or more like – a new extension, namely .Wallet. For now it is unknown if this so called .Wallet Files Virus is trying to imitate the Dharma ransomware which used that same extension in the past. Whatever the case, both ransomware threats are working and will encrypt your files if your computer gets infected with any of them. The new email address for contacting the cybercriminals behind the BTCWare virus variants is now arkana@tuta.io. Stay sharp as the malware continues to emerge continuously with new versions, extensions and spam email campaigns.

How Does PayDay Ransomware Spread

In order to be replicated onto the computers of victims, PayDay ransomware aims to use different types of software to remain unnoticed. One of those is malware obfuscation which conceals the virus infection file from protection software. The malicious files, spreading PayDay ransomware on your computer may exist in different forms as e-mail attachments on spammed e-mail messages sent to victims. Such spammed e-mails may contain deceitful messages embedded within them whose end goal is to convince victims to open the attachments on them, for example:

In addition to this, other methods of infection with PayDay ransomware may also be using the malicious file as a fake setup, game patch, license activator.

PayDay Ransomware – More Information

As soon as infection with PayDay ransomware takes place, the virus acts in the same way as other BTCWare ransomware variants, meaning that it drops multiple different malicious files on your computer which may be located in some of the following Windows directories:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Temp%

Among the dropped files is the ransomware’s note file, named as !! RETURN FILES !!.txt and It has the following message to victims:

all your files have been encrypted
want return files?
write on email: keyforyou@tuta.io

In addition to dropping the ransom note, the .payday files ransomware may also obtain administrative permissions. They are used to add values strings in Windows Registry Editor with custom data in them. The primarily targeted registry entries are reported to be as follows:

→ 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

In addition to this, PayDay ransomware also deletes the shadow volume copies on your computer by executing commands as an administrator in the Windows Command prompt. The commands are as follows:

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

PayDay Ransomware – Encryption

The encryption process of PayDay ransomware is performed using the AES encryption algorithm aslo known as Advanced Encryption Standard. The files which PayDay ransomware attacks may have the following file extensions:

→ .1c, .3fr, .accdb, .ai, .arw, .bac, .bay, .bmp, .cdr, .cer, .cfg, .config, .cr2, .crt, .crw, .css, .csv, .db, .dbf, .dcr, .der, .dng, .doc, .docm, .docx, .dwg, .dxf, .dxg, .eps, .erf, .gif, .htm, .html, .indd, .iso, .jpe, .jpeg, .jpg, .kdc, .lnk, .mdb, .mdf, .mef, .mk, .mp3, .mp4, .mrw, .nef, .nrw, .odb, .ode, .odm, .odp, .ods, .odt, .orf, .p12, .p7b, .p7c, .pdd, .pdf, .pef, .pem, .pfx, .php, .png, .ppt, .pptm, .pptx, .psd, .pst, .ptx, .r3d, .rar, .raw, .rtf, .rw2, .rwl, .sql, .sr2, .srf, .srw, .tif, .wb2, .wma, .wpd, .wps, .x3f, .xlk, .xls, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .zip

After encryption, the files assume the .payday file extension and may look like the following:

Remove PayDay Virus and Restore .payday Encrypted Files

In order to remove this infection from your computer, it is strongly advisable to follow the instructions for removal below. They are divided in manual and automatic removal manuals. For maximum effectiveness, security experts always recommend to remove ransomware viruses, like PayDay automatically using a ransomware-specific removal software.

If you want to restore files that have been encrypted by this ransomware virus on your computer, it is strongly recommended to try the methods from step “2. Restore files encrypted by PayDay ransomware”. They are specifically designed to help you recover as many files as possible without paying the ransom money for direct decryption, which is not guaranteed.

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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 PayDay BTCWare Virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove PayDay BTCWare 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 PayDay BTCWare 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 PayDay BTCWare 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 PayDay BTCWare 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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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 PayDay BTCWare 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.

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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 PayDay BTCWare Virus.

Ransomware infections and PayDay BTCWare 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 PayDay BTCWare Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall PayDay BTCWare 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 PayDay BTCWare 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 PayDay BTCWare 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 PayDay BTCWare 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 PayDay BTCWare 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 PayDay BTCWare 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 PayDay BTCWare Virus.

Ransomware infections and PayDay BTCWare 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.


PayDay BTCWare Virus FAQ

What is PayDay BTCWare Virus ransomware and how does it work?

PayDay BTCWare 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 PayDay BTCWare Virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.PayDay BTCWare 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 PayDay BTCWare 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 .PayDay BTCWare Virus files?

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

One way to restore files, encrypted by PayDay BTCWare 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 ".PayDay BTCWare 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 .PayDay BTCWare 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 PayDay BTCWare 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 PayDay BTCWare Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .PayDay BTCWare Virus files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like PayDay BTCWare 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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