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Ranion Ransomware – Remove and Restore Your Files

This article will aid you to remove Ranion ransomware effectively. Follow the ransomware removal instructions at the bottom of the article.

Ranion ransomware is a RaaS (ransomware as a service) that is being offered for the price of 0.60 to 0.95 Bitcoins. It is being presented as ransomware as educational purposes, but that is clearly a joke. If you get infected, your files will become encrypted and receive an extension, which the buyer has set. Read the article through and see what ways you can try out to potentially restore some of your data.

Threat Summary

Name Ranion
Type Ransomware
Short Description The ransomware is put on the Internet as a service (RaaS). It is also free to use, while it requires only a registration.
Symptoms The ransomware will encrypt your files and will place the same extension to all files after the encryption is completed.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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Ranion Ransomware – Update November 2018

A recent wave of new Ranion ransomware samples have been detected by the cybersecurity community. It appears to use the same intrusion tactics and mechanism of execution as previous samples. It is possible that it is run by a different hacker or criminal collective as the Ranion ransomare is distributed as a RaaS (ransomware-as-a-service). It allows interested buyers or groups to buy custom copies by specifying add-on modules and functions, as well as their own ransomware notes.

Upon encrypting the virus files according to a built-in list of target file type extensions the victim data will be renamed with the hacker-ordered extension.

The ransomware note is created in a TXT or HTML file containing the following contents:


The Key to Decrypt Your Files Will Be DELETED in 7 days

Send me 0.065 BITCOINS (You Have Only 7 Days From Now)

Bitcoin Address: 1LSstcRAu1xGueBJRuyUgHi18PEPHxztvR

Buy Bitcoins On:

– https://paxful.com/
– https://localbitcoins.com/
– https://www.bitpanda.com/

After Send Me an Email With Your ID: FB5F950528EF298A7CE4


I Will Send You the Key to Decrypt Your Files

The shown ransomware notes are also translated to other languages such as the following:

  • English
  • Russian
  • German
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Dutch
  • Persian
  • Afrikaans

Ranion Ransomware – Update December 2017

It appears a new version of the ransomware reveals that .[wplinkpreview url=”https://sensorstechforum.com/ransom-file-virus-remove-restore-files/”]Ransom File Virus bears a huge resemblance to Ranion ransomware. Using the same ransom note layout, design and message, malware researchers already are starting to think they are one and the same. Read more from the article given in the link from this paragraph to know more about these malware threats.

Ranion Ransomware – Delivery Ways

The Ranion ransomware can be delivered by many different methods. As it is a ransomware as a service, whoever makes a variant of it can choose to spread it in more than one way. One of the possibilities is through document files, as the coders for the cryptovirus can put raw script code for macros inside them for the infection. Another way may involve the spread of the payload dropper via Exploit Kits or as attachments in spam e-mails.

The Ranion ransomware could also get delivered via social media networks and file-sharing websites. Freeware programs found on the Web could be promoted as useful but still contain the downloader for the payload of the ransomware. Don’t open files when you download them, before scanning them with a security tool beforehand. That goes especially for files, which come from a suspicious source, like an e-mail with an unknown origin. You should check their size and signatures for anything that seems unusual, as well. Also, give the [wplinkpreview url=”https://sensorstechforum.com/forums/pc-tips-tricks/tips-about-ransomware/”]ransomware prevention tips a read to see how you can prevent future infections.

Ranion Ransomware – Technical Overview

Ranion ransomware is a cryptovirus that is being distributed on the Internet as a RaaS (ransomware-as-a-service). The main source of it is on a Web address page that is promoting it, namely:

  • https://ranionjgot5cud3p(.)onion/

From that main page, it can be seen that the ransomware is said to be “for educational purposes only”, which is clearly a joke. The creators of the service however have made sure to hide their identity, as even the email service they use is Sigaint.org. The creators of the ransomware promise a very low detection rate from security software vendors in order to promote their product.

The main page of the Ranion service looks like the following:

The message on the bottom of the TOR-based website reads:

Send the Package’s price to following Bitcoin address: 1Lr9k7jh8jW2rfEuP6ayUt6vtCvefsBSGA
Write us an email to ranion(at)sigaint.org telling us:

– Chosen package
– Your Bitcoin address used to send us money
– Your own Bitcoin address to receive money from your Clients
– Your price to receive from your Clients (ie. 0.20 btc)
– Your email address to get contacted from your Clients
– Optional additions

Wait until we check your payment
You will receive an email with 2 links:

– The first one with your files (Ransomware + Decrypter)
– The second one with your dashboard

You can preview the page with frequently asked questions from down here:

-= FAQ =-

Who are you?
We are a little group of people involved for more than 10 years with cyber security and hacking underground.

What do you sell?
We sell a FUD customizable and already configured Ransomware (x86 & x64 for Windows machines) managed via an Onion C&C Dashboard with the aim in mind to show for “EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY” a Ransomware in action via an Onion C&C Dashboard. Please don’t use this Ransomware for illegal purposes. You are the only responsable for your actions.

How your Ransomware works?
When you will execute the Ransomware.exe it will encrypt any configured file type within PC (searching for files on C-Z HDDs) using an AES 256 key generated that will be sent to your C&C Dashboard. When finished it will create some README files on Desktop (in different languages) and a banner message that will be executed to every Boot (providing details for payment to your Client). Our Ransomware doesn’t destroy your PC by encrypting exe files. Exes files will be not encrypted unless you want to do it.

Why do you sell to lowered prices?
Our aim is selling good pieces of software and raising security awareness. We know many other sites that claim to sell similar products are scam. We give the possibility to test our product to a lower price.

What file types does your Ransomware encrypt?
These file types: “.txt”, “.rtf”, “.doc”, “.docx”, “.xls”, “.xlsx”, “.ppt”, “.pptx”, “.odt”, “.ods”, “.jpg”, “.jpeg”, “.png”, “.bmp”, “.csv”, “.sql”, “.mdb”, “.db”, “.accdb”, “.sln”, “.php”, “.jsp”, “.asp”, “.aspx”, “.html”, “.htm”, “.xml”, “.psd”, “.cs”, “.java”, “.cpp”, “.cc”, “.cxx”, “.zip”, “.pst”, “.ost”, “.pab”, “.oab”, “.msg”. You can request us other additional file types/extensions to encrypt for free.

How big is the AES 256 decryption key?
It is a 30 chars long uncrackable alphanumeric passphrase. Every time the ransomware is executed it creates a new and unique AES key.

How can I decrypt my files?
Put the file Decrypter.exe on Desktop and execute it. Insert the AES key used for encryption and wait some time.

Is your Ransomware FUD?
Our Ransowmare results clean for 90% of AVs. For 10% it is recognised by some AVs like a potential unwanted program. However you can buy a totally Crypted version. Remember if you want to keep your Ransomware FUD more time not scan it with AVs and not send it to online AVs.

Can I use my own Crypter with your Ransomware?
Yes you can.

Do you get fees from my Clients?
Absolutly No. We don’t take money from you. You pay us only the price for the bought Package.

Is your C&C Dashboard free?
We give you access to our simple C&C Dashboard for free.

What data I can see on C&C Dashboard?
Computer ID, Username, AES decryption key of all Clients.

Can I test your Ransomware on my Virtual Machine?

Do you take care of my privacy?
Yes, of course! We keep no logs on Server and we are an onion/darknet service.

The Ranion ransomware virus uses BitCoin and the TOR service for remaining anonymous and hidden on the Web.

The Ranion ransomware cryptovirus searches to encrypt files with the following extensions:

→.txt, .rtf, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx, .odt, .ods, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .bmp, .csv, .sql, .mdb, .db, .accdb, .sln, .php, .jsp, .asp, .aspx, .html, .htm, .xml, .psd, .cs, .java, .cpp, .cc, .cxx, .zip, .pst, .ost, .pab, .oab, .msg

More file extensions are quite possible to be added to that list, depending on what files, cybercriminals wish to encrypt. The encryption process can append the same extension to all encrypted files or none at all, while using the AES encryption algorithm with 256-bit ciphers. After the encryption process is complete, the virus will send information about it online to a C&C (Command and Control) server of the people responsible for the infection.

The Ranion cryptovirus is quite likely to delete the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system by using this command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

Keep on reading and see what kinds of ways you can try to potentially recover some of your data.

Remove Ranion Ransomware and Restore Your Files

If your computer got infected with the Ranion 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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Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.

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:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • 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.


with Anti-Malware
We recommend you to download SpyHunter and run free scan to remove all virus files on your PC. This saves you hours of time and effort compared to doing the removal yourself.
SpyHunter 5 free remover allows you, subject to a 48-hour waiting period, one remediation and removal for results found. Read EULA and Privacy Policy

About the Ranion Research

The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this Ranion how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific malware and restore your encrypted files.

How did we conduct the research on this ransomware?

Our research is based on an independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, and as such, we receive daily updates on the latest malware and ransomware definitions.

Furthermore, the research behind the Ranion ransomware threat is backed with VirusTotal and the NoMoreRansom project.

To better understand the ransomware threat, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.


1. How to Recognize Spam Emails with Ransomware
2. How Does Ransomware Encryption Work?
3. How to Decrypt Ransomware Files
4. Ransomware Getting Greedier and Bigger, Attacks Increase by 40%
5. 1 in 5 Americans Victim of Ransomware

Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Ranion from Windows.

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


Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

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 Ranion 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 Ranion 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 Ranion 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.

Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Ranion 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.


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.


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.


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

Video Guide for Automatic and Fast Removal

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

Ransomware infections and Ranion 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 recommended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on the top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.

Step 6: How to Restore Files Encrypted by Ransomware (Video Guide)

Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of Ranion from Mac OS X.

Step 1: Uninstall Ranion and remove related files and objects

Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy

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 Ranion:

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 Ranion. 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 Ranion. 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 Ranion 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 Ranion. 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

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.

Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for Ranion:


SpyHunter for Mac

Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Ranion.

Ransomware infections and Ranion 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 recommended 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.

Ranion FAQ

What is Ranion ransomware and how does it work?

Ranion 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 Ranion ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Ranion 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 Ranion 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 .Ranion files?

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

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Ranion 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.

How to Report Ransomware to Authorities?

In case your computer got infected with a ransomware infection, you can report it to the local Police departments. It can help authorities worldwide track and determine the perpetrators behind the virus that has infected your computer. Below, we have prepared a list with government websites, where you can file a report in case you are a victim of a cybercrime:

Cyber-security authorities, responsible for handling ransomware attack reports in different regions all over the world:

Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.

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