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.PRIAPOS Virus – Decrypt Your Files (Free)

This article aims to help you remove .PRIAPOS virus file ransomware and decrypt the encrypted files by this ransomware infection for free.

Another iteration from the massive Globe ransomware family has popped out into the open, carrying the name .PRIAPOS as it’s file extension suggests. The virus aims to use AES encryption algorithm to render the files on the infected computer no longer able to be opened. Priapos ransomware also drops a ransom note. Names Instructions!!!.hta in which the virus demands victims to pay a hefty ransom fee in order to restore the files encrypted by this virus. The fee is 1.5 BTC and security experts advise not to pay it, since there is a decrypter for this ransomware virus and you can restore your files for free. In case your system has been infected, read the following article.

Threat Summary

NamePriapos Virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionVariant of Globe family of ransomware viruses. Encrypts files and demands 1.5 BTC ransom to be paid to decrypt them.
SymptomsSlow computer at the moment of file encryption. Files are encrypted with the .PRIAPOS file extension. Added note Instructions!!!.hta
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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How Is Priapos Ransomware Distributed

To infect unsuspecting user, the cyber-criminals behind this ransomware infection may use various methods to spread it:

  • Via spam e-mails that have convincing messages in them to either open an attachment or click on a web link sent via the mail. The messages usually portray the malicious attachment as a legitimate document of importance.
  • Via malicious web links posted as comments on forums or sent via chat on social media, etc.
  • Via various other methods, including uploading the file online as a fake setup, key generator, update of Java or Adobe or license activator of some sort.

Whatever the case of .PRIAPOS file virus may be, once the infection file which the cyber-criminals want you to trigger is executed, the inevitable happens and the ransomware slithers unnoticed on your computer.

.PRIAPOS Ransomware – Activity Analysis

One of the main actions .PRIAPOS ransomware performs is for the virus to drop the malicious files, including the file encrypting your data on your PC. This file is .exe format and has a completely random file name, for example 28d2h832.exe.

Another one of the actions done by the .PRIAPOS ransomware threat is to likely delete the shadow volume copies on the compromised computer, via the VSSADMIN command in administrative Windows Command Prompt:

Such shadow copies are essential to restoring files, because they are the backed up versions of your important data, if you have enable Volume Shadow Service on your Windows machine, that is.

Another one of the actions done by the .PRIAPOS virus is to drop it’s ransom note, named Instructions!!!.hta and looking like the picture at the beginning of this article. The ransom note has the following message to victims:

All your files have been encrypted!
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC.
You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us. After payment we will send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all your files.If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail mk.priapos@bigmir.net
Before paying you can send us up to 1 files for free decryption. The total size of files must be less than 10Mb (non archived), and files should not contain valuable information.
The amount you need to pay to receive your files 1.5(Bitcoin)
How to obtain Bitcoins
• The easiest way to buy bitcoins is LocalBitcoins site. You have to register, click ‘Buy bitcoins’, and select the seller by payment method and price.
• Bitcoin:
http://www.localbitcoins.com (Visa/MasterCard, QIWI Visa Wallet, Bank Transfer.)
1.5 BTC
If I can not connect through the mail, I can not
• mk.priapos@bigmir.net
In the reply letter you will receive a program for decryption.
After starting the decryption program, all your files will be restored.
Attention!
• Do not try to uninstall the program or run antivirus software
• Attempts to self-decrypt the files will lead to the loss of your data
• Decoders of other users are incompatible with your data, as each user has a unique encryption key

.PRIAPOS File Ransomware – Encryption Process

The encryption process of this ransomware infection consists of using the aid of the AES encryption algorithm, also known as Advanced Encryption Algorithm. This cipher aims to replace blocks of data on the original file, making it seem corrupt and looking like the following:

Priapos ransomware is very careful as to which types of files are encrypted. The virus skips crucial files that are required to run Windows and only encrypts documents, photos, video and audio files and other important data. Fortunately, the virus is decryptable as you will see if you keep reading this article.

Remove .PRIAPOS Ransomware

Before decrypting your encrypted files, it is important to remove this ransomware virus from your computer. The best method to do this is to focus on removing the ransomware infection by using the instructions below. However, security experts advise victims to remove the virus automatically with the aid of an advanced anti-malware tool. Such tool will not only remove the main files, but also locate all the objects associated with .PRIAPOS and delete them as well, so your PC would run as if the virus was never there.

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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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As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

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  • Profile of the content creator.
  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Priapos Virus from Windows.


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

Ransomware infections and Priapos 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 Priapos Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Priapos 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 Priapos 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 Priapos 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 Priapos 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 Priapos 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 Priapos 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 Priapos Virus.

Ransomware infections and Priapos 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.


Priapos Virus FAQ

What is Priapos Virus ransomware and how does it work?

Priapos 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 Priapos Virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Priapos 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 Priapos 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 .Priapos Virus files?

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Priapos 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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