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PayDay Ransomware — How to Remove It

This article will aid you to remove PayDay Ransomware. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.

PayDay Ransomware is one that encrypts your personal data with a strong cipher and demands money as a ransom to get it restored. The PayDay Ransomware will leave ransomware instructions as text file. Keep on reading the article and see how you could try to potentially recover some of your locked files and data.

Threat Summary

NamePayDay ransomware
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts sensitive user files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and leave a ransom note with payment instructions.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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PayDay Ransomware – Distribution Techniques

The PayDay ransomware is being distributed using several popular methods. The captured samplse are low in number which signals that they may be early testing versions or development releases.

A popular strategy is the distribution of the virus files via phishing SPAM messages — they are powered through a campaign that is usually made to pose as notifications sent by well-known companies or services. As soon as they are opened the ransomware installation scripts can be run as they are frequently embedded in the multimedia elements in the body contents. An alternative is to directly upload them as attachments.

The other method is to create fake websites that will copy the design and content of legitimate download portals, product pages and other places where users frequently download software from. They feature stolen or hacker-made security certificates and use similar sounding domains names to the legitimate sites. All of this is done in order to confuse the users into thinking that they have accessed the real site even when they have mistyped it.

A popular mechanism for spreading malware is to create payload carriers of which there are two main types:

  • Infected Documents — A very popular technique is to insert the virus installation code in macros that are part of all popular document file types: text documents, spreadsheets, databases and presentations. When the necessary code is inserted a prompt will appear when the victims open them. It will request that the users open them up with the quoted reason that this is required in order to correctly view the file.
  • Application Installers — Another strategy is to create malicious setup files of popular software. They are made by inserting malicious code in them, like the documents strategy the hackers will choose applications that are frequently installed: system utilities, creativity products, office apps and etc. This is done by taking the legitimate files and modifying them to include the malware code.

All of these files can be spread via file-sharing networks such as BitTorrent — the torrent trackers are one of the most widely used places from where to acquire pirate software.

Larger infections can be orchestrated via browser hijackers — they represent malicious plugins which are released for the most popular web browsers. The hijackers are most commonly found uploaded to the relevant repositories often with fake user reviews and with elaborate descriptions. If downloaded and install the PayDay ransomware infection will be triggered.

PayDay Ransomware – Detailed Analysis

Once the virus infection has been triggered the associated behavior pattern will be executed. The virus does not appear to contain any code sources from any of the popular malware families. It is possible that the captured samples are still early releases and do not have the full functionality included.

A detailed analysis is not yet available, we have received confirmation that the ransomware engine is enabled and active however we anticipate that the large-scale attacks with the PayDay ransomware will include other actions as well.

It is possible that the typical ransomware system modification actions will take place:

  • Data Harvesting — The virus engine can retrieve sensitive information about the users and the machines. The collected data can be used to create an unique ID that is associated with the compromised computers. It is calculated by taking input values such as the id’s of the hardware parts, certain user settings and operating system values. The output is this unique infection ID. On the other hand this technique can also be used to directly expose the identity of the victims — their name, address, phone number, interests and even any stored account credentials.
  • Boot Options Change — The PayDay ransomware can modify configuration files and boot options in order to set itself to automatically start once the computer is powered on. This is one of the most popular tactics which is also blocks the use of manual removal guides as access to the recovery boot menus may be blocked.
  • Windows Registry Modifications — The engine can change the Windows registry values of both the operating system and third-party applications that may be installed. This can lead to serious performance issues and the inability to launch certain services or applications.
  • Files Modifications — The engine can search for data that may be essential to the operating system or the victim users. The PayDay ransomware engine can delete System Restore points, backups and other related data.
  • Additional Payload Delivery — The PayDay ransomware can be used to deploy additional threats to the compromised machines.

One of the most dangerous scenarios that such viruses can lead to is the set up of a Trojan infection which will establish a connection with a hacker-controlled server. It is used by the hacker operators to take over control of the infected machines, steal their files and cause other dangerous actions.

PayDay Ransomware – Encryption Process

The PayDay ransomware will launch the relevant encryption operations when all modules have finished running. Like other similar threats it will use a built-in list of target file type extensions such as the following:

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

What’s interesting about this particular virus is that it assigns a randomly-generated extension according to this pattern: .

The ransomware note which blackmails the victims into paying the hackers a decryption fee is created in a file called HOW_TO_DECRYPT_MY_FILES.txt containing
the following message:

============== !!!PAYDAY RANSOMWARE!!! ==============
Attention! All your files are encrypted with extension ***.
to decrypt your files – you must buy decryptor. Decryptor price – 200 USD.
If the decryptor is not bought within 3 day’s – files will be pernamently destroyed.
You can contact us by e-mail, our e-mail address : admin@dontfuckme.top.
Payment is accepted only in bitcoin ( https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Main_Page ). Our support will give you the address of our Bitcoin wallet for payment during a personal dialogue.
Contacting us – specify the extension of the encrypted files, and your unique identifier, which is listed below.
Only we can decrypt your files, do not use third-party software, it will break the files.
If you have any problems / questions – our support will help you.
Good luck. May god help you!
Your unique identifier : {**************}___suffinc

Remove PayDay Ransomware and Try to Restore Data

If your computer system got infected with the PayDay 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 PayDay ransomware from Windows.


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

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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 ransomware 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 ransomware 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 ransomware 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 PayDay ransomware 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 ransomware.

Ransomware infections and PayDay ransomware 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 ransomware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall PayDay ransomware 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 ransomware:

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 ransomware. 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 ransomware. 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 ransomware 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 ransomware. 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 ransomware.

Ransomware infections and PayDay ransomware 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 ransomware FAQ

What is PayDay ransomware ransomware and how does it work?

PayDay ransomware 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 ransomware ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.PayDay ransomware 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 ransomware 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 ransomware files?

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like PayDay ransomware 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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