This article will aid you remove AndreaGalli ransomware effectively. Follow the ransomware removal instructions at the end.
AndreaGalli is the name of a ransomware cryptovirus. The ransomware is a variant of HiddenTear and is designed to append the extension .locked to all encrypted files. Currently it is in a development phase, but that could change soon. The AndreaGalli virus disguises itself as a notification or error for Java runtime. Continue to read down below to see how you could try to potentially restore some of your file data.
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files on your computer and displays a ransom message afterward.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will encrypt your files and put the extension .locked to them after it finishes its encryption process.|
|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.|
AndreaGalli Ransomware – Infection Techniques
AndreaGalli ransomware could spread its infection with various techniques. 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 down here:
AndreaGalli 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.
AndreaGalli Ransomware – Technical Data
AndreaGalli 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. What was also discovered is that the user who created it is named “Andrea Galli”. That is suggested by looking at the origin path of the ransomware, namely:
→C:\Users\andrea.galli\iCloudDrive\Desktop\Ransomware Cryptolocker\ransomware_cryptolocker\obj\Debug\Ransomware Cryptolocker.pdb
The ransom payment is currently unknown.
AndreaGalli 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.
The ransom note message shows up as a Windows error or notification with a title “Update Java runtime”. It reads the following:
Could not open key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Java\\CurrentVersion\\Update\\UserData\\S-1-5-18\\Components\\E66BB33D46696BA40A4403405BA0900B\\D36CE44061781964CBC011866B8B1242 (System error 5).\n\nVerify that you have sufficient access to that key, or contact your support personnel.
Two buttons are also featured with the functions “Retry” and “Cancel” in order for the message to look exactly like a legitimate Java Update error.
The note of the AndreaGalli ransomware is written to make people believe that it is an error message caused by an outdated version of Java. The ransomware is still in-development and does not ask for a specific payment yet, but if it does, you should NOT under any circumstances pay up. 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.
AndreaGalli Ransomware – Encryption Process
As AndreaGalli 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 AndreaGalli 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 AndreaGalli Ransomware and Restore .locked Files
If your computer got infected with the AndreaGalli 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 AndreaGalli from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove AndreaGalli
Step 2: Uninstall AndreaGalli 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 AndreaGalli 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 AndreaGalli there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for AndreaGalli with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by AndreaGalli.
Ransomware infections and AndreaGalli 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 AndreaGalli from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall AndreaGalli 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 AndreaGalli 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 AndreaGalli files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as AndreaGalli, 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 AndreaGalli on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac AndreaGalli 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.