A new variant of Phobos ransomware has been recently detected, using the .actin file extension. Phobos ransomware is very similar to Dharma ransom variants. It’s main goal is to encrypt the files on your computer adding the .actin extension in the process and making them unopenable, until you pay the criminals a ransom fee. The virus also ads a ransom note similar to the older Dharma ransomware variants, containing the ransom instructions. If your computer was recently infected by the Phobos variant of Dharma ransomware, then we recommend that you read this article thoroughly.
|Short Description||A variant of Phobos ransomware. Encrypts files and denies access to them until the victim pays ransom.|
|Symptoms||Files are encrypted and have the .actin extension.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files|
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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.|
Actin Virus – Update August 2019
Actin virus has recently been reported to affect computers of victims. What appears is a new massive spam campaign via e-mail carrying malicious e-mail attachments is likely the reason why Actin virus is stil infecting victims. The e-mails often look convincing and their primary idea is to get you to open the attachments embedded:
.actin Files Virus – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?
Usually, ransomware viruses, like the .actin one use one very cunning method to spread – by sending e-mails that contain virus e-mail attachments. These attachments have the primary goal of getting victims to open them In order to get infected. To reach it’s end goal, the attachment in question may seem like it is an important invoice, receipt or a document of utmost urgency to be opened.
Either way, once a victim becomes compromised, the .actin virus may begin to change the file extensions of the following file types:
- Audio files.
- Files, used by installed programs.
Once the files are encrypted, they are appended the .actin file extension along which is also a unique victim id and the e-mail of the crooks. The files start to look like the following:
In addition to the files, the Phobos virus adds the old Dharma ransom note:
In addition to this, Phobos ransomware also performs the following malicious acitivites on the computers, compromised by it.
- Creates mutexes.
- May add registry values in the following registry sub-keys.
- May check if it is running on a virtual or a real environment.
Remove .actin Ransomware and Try to Restore Files
To remove .actin ransomware, it is strongly reccomended to follow the removal instructions underneath this article. They have been created with the main idea to help you remove this virus either manually or automatically. If the first two manual removal steps do not seem to work, then we recommend that you remove .actin automatically with the aid of an advanced anti-malware software. Such tool will scan your computer and remove any viruses currently present on it.
If you want to try and restore .actin files, you should first back them up on a USB stick or some other external drive and then try the alternative file recovery methods below. They might work for some of your files, but not every file.
How to Remove Actin Virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Actin Virus
Step 2: Uninstall Actin 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 Actin 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 Actin Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for Actin Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Actin Virus.
Ransomware infections and Actin 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 Actin Virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Actin 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 Actin 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 Actin Virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Actin 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 Actin Virus on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac Actin 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.