A new Scarab ransomware release has been identified in the new .rbs extension which is allocated to the victim files. It is distributed in an active infection campaign and organized by unknown hackers. By following the typical Scarab behavior additional malware actions can also be instituted — this will depend on the sequence as defined by the hackers and the local machine conditions. The .rbx extension will be applied to the victim files. They can be archives, documents, multimedia files, backups and others.
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will encrypt your files with the AES encryption algorithm. All locked files will have the .rbs extension appended to them.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
.rbs Virus — How Does This New Scarab Ransomware Infect Computers
The .rbs Scarab virus is the newest ransomware release of this family of threats. They are very popular in the underground hackers community and are widely used as bases for new versions. It is very easy for beginner and experienced hackers alike to create their own derivative threats. It is possible that the .rbs virus is also a ordered from one of the underground communities.
The .rbs virus samples can be attached in email messages and hacker-controlled sites that utilize various phishing and social engineering techniques. These sites can be configured to hold infected files which are another popular source of infections. They can be macro-infected documents across all popular file formats and application bundles which are installers of popular software. They are created by taking the original setup files and adding in the necessary virus code.
These malware files can also be uploaded to places where a lot of users download data: online forums, social networks and chat rooms.
What Does The .rbs Virus Do To Your Computer?
An active .rbs virus infection will usually result in the encrypting of target user data. This is done by following a list of built-in extensions — the selected files will be processed by the main virus engine and this can work for data such as: multimedia files, documents, archives, backups and etc. All of them will be renamed with the .rbs extension to indicate that they are encrypted. The used encryption will not allow the users to access their data. They will be blackmailed into paying the hackers a decryption fee via a ransom note file. It will be placed in folders where there are victim files.
Unlike other ransomware the .rbs virus is based on Scarab which gives hackers the ability to integrate various other modules. Examples can include the following:
- Persistent Installation — The .rbs virus can edit out certain boot and configuration options so that it will run every time the computer is powered on. This step can also disable access to the recovery options and menus which will make recovery very difficult.
- System Changes — The main engine can modify entries in the Windows Registry and system options. This can result in creation of strings for the ransomware or the modification of essential ones used by system processes and user-installed applications. This can result in unexpected errors, data loss and perfomance issues.
- Additional Virus Infections — The .rbs Scarab ransomware can be used to deploy other malware to the already infected computers: Trojans which are used to take over control of the computers, browser hijackers which will manipulate the installed web browser and also cryptocurrency miners which will take advantage of the computing power of the devices and be used to generate revenue for the hackers.
All of this shows that as soon as the infection has been made the victims are urged to use a professional anti-malware program to remove it in order to prevent further damage.
Remove .rbs Files Virus (Scarab Ransomware)
If your computer system got infected with the Scarab 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.
How to Remove .rbs virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .rbs virus
Step 2: Uninstall .rbs 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by .rbs virus on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by .rbs virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for .rbs virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .rbs virus.
Ransomware infections and .rbs 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.
If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:
Get rid of .rbs virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall .rbs virus and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 .rbs 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove .rbs virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as .rbs virus, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .rbs virus on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac .rbs virus aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.