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This article will aid you remove Amazon Carding ransomware effectively. Follow the ransomware removal instructions at the end.

Amazon Carding is the name of a ransomware cryptovirus. The ransomware is a variant of HiddenTear and is written to append the extension .Locked to all encrypted files. The Amazon Carding virus is dubbed after its payload executable. On the ransom note, there is an image indicating Fsociety, but that is not a connection to the ransomware of that name or at least not known for now. Keep on reading below to see how you could try to potentially restore some of your files.

Threat Summary

NameAmazon Carding Virus
TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer and displays a ransom message afterward.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and put the extension .Locked to them after it finishes its encryption process.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Amazon Carding Virus – Infection

Amazon Carding ransomware could spread its infection with various methods. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the World Wide Web, and researchers have gotten their hands on a malware sample. If that file lands on your computer system and you somehow execute it – your computer system will become infected. You can see the detections of such a file on the VirusTotal service right here:

The payload file is named “The Art of Amazon Carding.pdf.exe”.

Amazon Carding ransomware might also distribute its payload file on social media and file-sharing services. Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Refrain from opening files right after you have downloaded them. You should first scan them with a security tool, while also checking their size and signatures for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the tips for preventing ransomware found in our forums.

Amazon Carding Virus – Analysis

Amazon Carding is a virus that encrypts your files and extorts you to pay a ransom to get them decrypted. Malware researchers have discovered that it is a variant of the HiddenTear open-source project. On the ransom note, there is an image, at the bottom left corner saying “Fsociety”, but for now no connection is proven to the ransomware of the same name. Maybe the hacker group from the TV Show “Mr. Robot” is implied here.

Amazon Carding ransomware might make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows environment. Such entries are typically designed in a way to launch the virus automatically with each start of the Windows operating system.

After encryption, the following wallpaper will show as your new Desktop Background:

The text on that image reads this:

Your Computer has been infected by the Hidden-Tear.

One of the Most powerful Ransomwares Around.

Do NOT panic. Read the READ_ME.txt File on Your Desktop
And follow Instructions to restore Your Computers Files.

The ransom note is inside a file called READ_ME.txt and it reads the following:

Your computer has been LOCKED
Your personal files have been encrypted.
Send Exactly 0.00156 BTC to Wallet ID 19GNGp9DSxEfWVeczhjvqvk4qVWv1fX45B
Then Email Us at [email protected] to Let Us know.
You will need to state Your wallet ID to confirm Payment, After that We will supply You with the Decryption Key And tool.
With love… Hidden Tear Project :’)

The note of the Amazon Carding ransomware states that your files are encrypted. The ransom payment for potentially unlocking your files is 0.00156 Bitcoins. That sum equals to around 12 US dollars at the time of writing. However, even if it was, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom. Your files may not get restored, and nobody could guarantee that. Moreover, giving money to cybercriminals will likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or commit other crimes.

Amazon Carding Virus – Encryption

As Amazon Carding ransomware is a HiddenTear variant it could seek to encrypt files with these extensions:

→.txt, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .pdf, .pps, .ppt, .pptx, .odt, .gif, .jpg, .png, .db, .csv, .sql, .mdb.sln.php, .asp, .aspx, .html, .xml, .psd, .frm, .myd, .myi, .dbf, .mp3, .mp4, .avi, .mov, .mpg, .rm, .wmv, .m4a, .mpa, .wav, .sav, .gam, .log, .ged, .msg, .myo, .tax, .ynab, .ifx, .ofx, .qfx, .qif, .qdf, .tax2013, .tax2014, .tax2015, .box, .ncf, .nsf, .ntf, .lwp

Every single file that gets encrypted will receive the same extension appended to it, which is .Locked. The encryption algorithm which is implemented is undoubtedly AES since it is a variant of the HiddenTear open-source ransomware project.

The Amazon Carding cryptovirus could be set to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

If the command stated above is executed that would make the encryption process even more efficient as it will eliminate one of the possible ways for restoring your data. If your computer machine was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially recover your data.

Remove Amazon Carding Virus and Restore .Locked Files

If your computer got infected with the Amazon Carding 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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To remove Amazon Carding Virus follow these steps:

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Amazon Carding Virus files and objects
2. Find files created by Amazon Carding Virus on your PC

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3. Scan for malware and unwanted programs with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
4. Try to Restore files encrypted by Amazon Carding Virus

Berta Bilbao

Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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