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.adobe Files Virus (STOP) – Remove It

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This article explains the issues that occur when .adobe files virus infects a target system. It also provides a step-by-step guide on how to remove malicious files and how to potentially recover files encrypted by this ransomware.

The .adobe files virus is yet another ransomware that belongs to STOP ransomware family. Various versions of the same threat have been circling around the net for quite some time. In case that .adobe files virus has managed to infect your system, your access to some of the most important files of yours will be restricted. This is due to changes applied to their original code. As a consequence of this impact, hackers attempt to blackmail into paying a ransom fee.

Threat Summary

Name.adobe Files Virus (STOP)
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionEncrypts valuable files stored on the compromised computer. Then asks for a ransom payment in cryptocurrency.
SymptomsSome of your files appear with the extension .adobe in their names. You cannot opened them. A ransom note loads on screen to extort a ransom fee.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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.adobe Files Virus (STOP) – Distribution

There are several channels that may be used for the distribution of STOP .adobe ransomware. Among them the most preferred ones is the so-called malwspam. It is a technique that enables hackers to deliver malicious on computer devices with the help of email messages.

Where malware is usually presented is in a file attachment or URL address. In addition, emails’ senders often present their selves as representatives of legitimate businesses or well-known services.

The main purpose of these emails is to trick you into opening the corrupted file or link on your device as this action is needed for the ransomware payload to load on your system. A variety of common file types such as documents, PDFs, images could be transformed into carriers of ransomware code.

These files are often presented as the following:

  • Invoices coming from reputable sites, like PayPal, eBay, etc.
  • Commonly used financial documents sent by your bank.
  • An online order confirmation note.
  • Receipt for a purchase.
  • Others.

Malware authors may be also using compromised sites to spread this variant of STOP ransomware infection. This method enables them to upload the ransomware configuration file to a compromised web page and set its automatic execution every time a user visits this page.

.adobe Files Virus (STOP) – Overview

The nasty infection STOP ransomware has been released in active attack campaigns once again. This time hackers modified it to append the extension .adobe to corrupted files’ names. And here is where the name of this threat ( .adobe files virus )originates.

Like its predecessors, .adobe files virus is designed to interfere with settings of essential system components in an attempt to reach data encryption infection stage. When first loaded on a target computer system, the payload of this ransomware initiates a long sequence of malicious activities beginning with the creation of additional malicious files. As malicious files locations, .adobe STOP ransomware could choose some of the following system folders:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Temp%

Once the threat establishes all needed files on the system, it starts executing them in a predefined order. By doing this, it becomes able to plague various system components without being detected by active security measures. Affected is likely to be the registry key Run as manipulation of its functionalities could enable the automatic execution of .adobe files virus on each system start.

Another registry key called RunOnce is also likely to be among the targets of .adobe ransomware. Since this key is designed to immediately load all files and objects listed under it, the threat could add there the file name of its ransom note. This, in turn, will result in the automatic display of the note on the screen. In case that you want to find and open this note by yourself, you should search for a text file called _openme.txt

And here is a list of exact registry key locations you should check for malicious entries:

→ 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

As of the ransom message we mentioned, once you open it the following text could be presented:

———————————————- ALL YOUR FILES ARE ENCRYPTED ———————————————–

Don’t worry, you can return all your files!
All your files documents, photos, databases and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
What guarantees do we give to you?
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information
Don’t try to use third-party decrypt tools because it will destroy your files.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours.

—————————————————————————————————————————

To get this software you need write on our e-mail:

Reserve e-mail address to contact us:

Your personal ID:
[redacted 43 alphanumeric characters]

Apparently, the purpose of this message is to extort a ransom payment for the recovery of corrupted .adobe files. However, beware that even a successful ransom payment does not guarantee the recovery of your files. There is always a chance that hackers will send you broken decryption key or skip sending you any reply.

The good news is that the security researchers Michael Gillespie managed to crack the code of many STOP ransomware stains which resulted in the release of a free decryption tool. Currently, the tool is known to support versions .puma, .pumax, .pumas, .djvu, .djvuq, .djvur, .djvut, .djvuu, .pdff, .tfude, .tfudeq, .tro, .udjvu, .tfudet, .rumba. Since the nasty .adobe files virus is a strain of the same ransomware you can attempt to decode your files by downloading the tool via the Decryption Tool link here. The tool requires a pair of an original file and its encrypted version.

In case this new STOP ransomware version is not supported by the decrypter, you could attempt to restore .adobe files with the help of the alternative methods explained in our removal guide.

.adobe Files Virus (STOP) – Encryption Process

For purposes of data encryption, .adobe STOP ransomware utilizes a combination of two sophisticated cipher algorithms (RSA and AES). What these algorithms do are series of modifications that transform the code of target files so they could become inaccessible. In order to make its victims more prone to pay the ransom, .adobe files virus encrypts files like:

  • Audio files
  • Video files
  • Document files
  • Image files
  • Backup files
  • Banking credentials, etc

Following encryption, you will see all your corrupted files marked with the extension .adobe

The .adobe cryptovirus is also likely to be able to perform the following command in order to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies:

→ vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

The execution of the above-stated command strengthens the effect data encryption process as it eliminates one of the prominent ways to restore your data.

Remove .adobe Files Virus (STOP) and Restore Data

The STOP ransomware version associated with .adobe extension is a threat with highly complex code that plagues not only your files but your whole system. So you should properly clean and secure your infected system before you could regularly use it again. Below you could find a step-by-step removal guide that may be helpful in attempting to remove this ransomware. Choose the manual removal approach if you have previous experience with malware files. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps select the automatic section from the guide. Steps there enable you to check the infected system for ransomware files and remove them with a few mouse clicks.

In order to keep your system safe from ransomware and other types of malware in future, you should consider the installation of a reliable anti-malware program. As an additional security layer that could prevent the occurrence of ransomware attacks you could install an

anti-ransomware tool.

If you want to understand how to potentially fix encrypted files with the help of alternative data recovery approaches, make sure to read carefully all details mentioned in the step “Restore files”. We remind you that before you begin with the data recovery process, you should back up all encrypted files to an external drive as this will help you to prevent their irreversible loss.

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Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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How to Remove .adobe Files Virus (STOP) from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .adobe Files Virus (STOP)

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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 .adobe Files Virus (STOP) 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 .adobe Files Virus (STOP) 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 .adobe Files Virus (STOP) 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.

IMPORTANT!
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 .adobe Files Virus (STOP) 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.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


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

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

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


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Get rid of .adobe Files Virus (STOP) from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .adobe Files Virus (STOP) and remove related files and objects

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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 .adobe Files Virus (STOP):

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 .adobe Files Virus (STOP). 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 .adobe Files Virus (STOP). 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 .adobe Files Virus (STOP) 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 .adobe Files Virus (STOP). 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.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, 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.



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Remove .adobe Files Virus (STOP) from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase .adobe Files Virus (STOP) from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall .adobe Files Virus (STOP) from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove .adobe Files Virus (STOP) from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the .adobe Files Virus (STOP) will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Eliminate .adobe Files Virus (STOP) from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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