RansomWarrior 1.0 (.THBEC Virus) – How to Remove and Restore Files

RansomWarrior 1.0 (.THBEC Virus) – How to Remove and Restore Files

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This article has been created to explain what is the RansomWarrior 1.0 ransomware virus and how to remove it from your computer plus how to restore files, encrypted by this ransomware.

The RansomWarrior 1.0 malware has recently been detected by malware researchers to encrypt the files on the computers, compromised by it and then set the .THBEC file extension as a suffix to the encrypted files. The ransomware virus aims to get users to pay a hefty ransom in order to get encrypted files to work again. In addition to this, the virus also offers 2 files as free decryption in the form of guarantee. In the event that your computer system has been infected by RansomWarrior 1.0, we recommend that you read this article as it will help you to remove this ransomware virus from your computer and try to restore files, encrypted by it.

Threat Summary

NameRansomWarrior 1.0
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionEncrypts the important files on your computer and holds them like hostages until you pay ransom.
SymptomsAppends the .THBEC file extension on the encrypted files and drops the RansomWarrior 1.0 ransom note.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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RansomWarrior 1.0 – How Does It Spread

The main methods of propagation used by this ransomware virus are likely related to it’s payload file, called A Big present.exe. The payload has been reported at VirusTotal to be with the following identificators:

→ SHA256: 825a42a32624644933cf5513064ce3e2995d5f0dde1e524c5c8950d240f2945a
Name:A Big Present.exe

RansomWarrior 1.0 is the type of virus which is likely spread from India as the ransom note suggests. The payload file can be dropped on the victim’s computer as a result of being dropped by a malicious dropper file or script. These types of objects can often be uploaded on websites as programs that only appear as if they are from legitimate origins, like:

  • Software cracks.
  • Portable versions of programs.
  • Key generators.
  • Software license activators.

Furthermore in addition to this, the ransomware virus may also come embedded as part of a spam e-mail that aims to trick you into opening a malicious attachment, which poses as a legitimate document, like:

  • Invoice.
  • Receipt.
  • Order confirmation.
  • Banking statement.

RansomWarrior 1.0 – Activity

As soon as infection with RansomWarrior 1.0 takes place on your computer, you may immediately notice it as it may freeze or stagger while the virus is running the “A Big Present.exe”. In the meantime, the malware may have already dropped it’s payload files, which could be in the following Windows directories:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Temp%
  • %Recent%
  • %Windows%
  • %System%

When the files of this ransomware are dropped on the computers of victims, the RansomWarrior 1.0 may start it’s ransom note file, which is also a payment checker. It appears like the following:

Text from image:

RansomWanior 1.0 M
Message for you from RansomWarrior 1.0
Hello, we are a group of dedicated hackers from India. We have encrypted all your files so we can get your money. All your important files has been
encrypted which means you are going to pay us a ransom of {~350} USD in Bitcoins. So first of all you can decrypt to of your important files and we will
show you which files has been decrypted. Just so you can see that we do have your decryption key, and you will be able to buy it from us. You won’t
be able to get your important files back if you don’t buy your decryption key. Notice a clock on the side, when that date arrives your important files
will be deleted(You have 24 hours to pay the ransom).

You will be able to get Bitcoins, at sites such as coinbase.com or localbitcoins.com. There are also others, but usually these are the usual choice
(Make sure to get a little bit more Bitcoins, due to transaction fees and the crypto currency is very volatile. It’s also a good idea to get the Bitcoins,
as soon as possible, because sometimes the purchasing process can take hours. You would also need a wallet for your Bitcoins if you are not using
the coinbase.com wallet. When you have your Bitcoins in your wallet. You are going to download and install the tor browser. Go to torproject.org and
then follow the instructions given there.
You need the tor browser, because our payment website is located in darknet. When you have downloaded and installed the tor browser. Go to this
link: zpkjjpS7apz76k3q.onion\Pay\PayThis\Payment_looo73l.Pl-IP When you are on the website, you simply transfer your Bitcoins to the address
that are provided to you(You can copy the address and then paste it in your Bitcoin wallet when you are transfering the Bitcoins). When your Bitcoins
arrive to our wallet, you will be notified and then be able to download the decryption key. When you have your decryption key, simply place the key
in your C:\ And then get all your important files back. The ransomware will then decrypt everything and remove itself.
Here is the entire lists of the way it’s done:
1. Decrypt 2 important files as proof of decryption key and we decrypt to keep a good reputation about RansomWarrior 1.0.
2. Get a Bitcoin wallet(lf needed)
3. Get the Bitcoins from coinbase.com or localbitcoins.com or an alternative.
4. Download and install the tor browser from torproject.org
5. Go to our website:
6. Pay your Bitcoins to the Bitcoin address showed.
7. When accepted download your decryption key and put it in your C:\.
8. Then decrypt all of your important files and wait till the ransomware deletes itself.
Get Your Important files Back
Get 2 Important Fies Decrypted For Free

In addition to this, the RansomWarrior 1.0 ransomware may change different settings on the computer infected by it, starting with modifying the Windows Registry Editor. The ransomware may add registry entries for “A Big Present.exe” to automatically run on Windows boot. These entries are usually created in the Run and RunOnce Windows registry sub-keys with the following locations:

→ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

Once the registry entries of this ransomware infection have been dropped on the victim PC, the virus may also execute the following types of commands in Windows Command Prompt so that it is able to delete the shadow copies of the affected computer:

→ sc stop VVS
sc stop wscsvc
sc stop WinDefend
sc stop wuauserv
sc stop BITS
sc stop ERSvc
sc stop WerSvc
cmd.exe /C bcdedit /set {default} recoveryenabled No
cmd.exe /C bcdedit /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures
C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe” /C vssadmin.exe Delete Shadows /All /Quiet

RansomWarrior 1.0 – Encryption Process

The encryption process of this virus is conducted likely by firstly scanning for the commonly used types of files:


Once this virus has detected the files it wants to encrypt, it may delete the original files while the copies of those files are basically their encrypted analogues. The encrypted files by RansomWarrior 1.1 may appear with it’s own file extension, looking like the image below:

Remove RansomWarrior 1.0 and Restore .THBEC

If you want to remove the RansomWarrior 1.0 virus you can do so by following the removal instructions underneath this article. These instructions are divided in manual and automatic removal methods, the main goal of which is to help you delete the virus based on how much experience you have with malware removal. For maximum effectiveness, security experts strongly recommend to remove RansomWarrior 1.0 by using an advanced anti-malware software. Such program will scan for and remove all related objects to RansomWarrior 1.0 and make sure that your computer is protected against future threats as well.

If you want to restore files, encrypted with the added .THBEC file extension, we recommend that you follow the file recovery instructions underneath this article in step “2. Restore files, encrypted by RansomWarrior 1.0”. They may not be 100% effective against this ransomware, but with their aid, you may be able to restore most of the files.


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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