Remove Anatova Ransomware
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Remove Anatova Ransomware

This article will aid you to remove Anatova ransomware efficiently. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.

Anatova Ransomware is a cryptovirus. The virus encrypts your files and demands money as a ransom to get your files restored. It is unknown if files will receive a custom extension. The Anatova Ransomware leaves a text message with ransomware instructions. 10 Dash coins are demanded as payment. Keep on reading the article and see how you could try to potentially recover some of your locked files.

Threat Summary

NameAnatova
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and leave a ransom note with payment instructions.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Anatova Ransomware – Update January 2019

Anatova ransomware has been analyzed by malware researchers from McAfee Labs. They have pointed out that the Anatova ransomware is disguising itself as games and software, thus tricking users into downloading and executing the virus. Anatova is distributed through peer-to-peer networking, masqueraded as free downloads for games and applications to lure unsuspecting users into downloading the cryptovirus. McAfee researchers speculate that the ransomware might begin spreading by using additional attack vectors in the near future.

At the moment, the biggest number of victims is in the USA, with the ransomware also being active in the UK, France, Belgium, Germany and other European countries. If the victim is a member of CIS – Commonwealth of Independent States (former Soviet nations), including Russia — the Anatova threat will terminate itself. Except CIS countries, Anatova ransomware will not infect computer devices in India, Syria, Egypt, Iraq and Morocco, which somewhat confuses researchers as to why.

Anatova Virus – Distribution Tactics

The Anatova ransomware might distribute itself via different tactics. 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 device will become infected. Below, you can see the payload file of the cryptovirus being detected by the VirusTotal service:

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 located at the corresponding forum thread.

Anatova Virus – In-Depth Analysis

Anatova ransomware is a virus that encrypts your files and opens a ransom note, with instructions inside it, about the compromised computer machine. The extortionists want you to pay a ransom fee for the alleged restoration of your files, by first contacting them with an e-mail message.

Anatova 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 start the virus automatically with each boot of the Windows Operating System.

After encryption the Anatova virus opens a window screen which shows ransom payment instructions which can be seen in the screenshot down here:

The ransom message has the following contents:

All your files are crypted. Only us can decrypt your files, you need pay 10 DASH in the address:
XpRvUwSjSeHfJqLePsRfQtCKa1VMwaXh12
After the payment send us the address used to make the payment to one of these mail addresses:
[email protected]
[email protected]
Later wait for our reply with your decryptor. If you want can send us ONE JPG FILE ONLY max 200kb to decrypt per free before of payment.
Dont try fuck us, in this case you NEVER will recover your files. Nothing personal, only business.
Send this file untouched with your payment or/and free file!
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The message above, displayed by the Anatova ransomware virus indicates that your files are encrypted. You are demanded to pay a ransom sum of 10 Dash coins to allegedly restore your files, after you contact the cybercriminals by email. However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum. Your files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that. Adding to that, giving money to cybercriminals will most likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or commit different criminal activities. That may even result to you getting your files encrypted all over again after payment.

Anatova Ransomware – Encryption Process

The encryption process of the Anatova ransomware rather simple – every file that gets encrypted will become simply unusable. Files are not known to get a special, custom extension when locked.

The files used most by users and which are probably encrypted are from the following categories:

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

The Anatova 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

In case the above-stated command is executed that will make the effects of the encryption process more efficient. That is due to the fact that the command eliminates one of the prominent ways to restore your data. If a computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially restore some files back to their normal state.

Remove Anatova Ransomware Virus

If your computer system got infected with the Anatova 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.

Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov is a tech-geek and loves everything that is tech-related, while observing the latest news surrounding technologies. He has worked in IT before, as a system administrator and a computer repair technician. Dealing with malware since his teens, he is determined to spread word about the latest threats revolving around computer security.

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