Remove Animus Ransomware - Restore .Animus Files
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This article will aid you to remove Animus ransomware absolutely. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.

Animus is a virus that encrypts your files and demands money as a ransom to get your files restored. The Animus cryptovirus will encrypt your data and files, while placing the .Animus extension to every one of them. After encryption three identical text files will be created, containing the ransom note message. Continue reading the article and see how you could try to potentially recover some of your file data.

Threat Summary

NameAnimus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them describing its terms in a note, which is copied twice.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files by placing the .animus extension to them.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Animus Ransomware – Distribution Methods

Animus ransomware might spread its infection in 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 device will become infected.

In the screenshot given below, you can see the payload of the ransomware being detected by multiple security engines on 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.

Animus Ransomware – Technical Analysis

Animus is a virus that encrypts your files and places an .txt file, 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.

Animus ransomware could 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 Animus virus shows a ransom message located inside the following files:

  • ANIMUS_RESTORE.txt
  • ANIMUS_RESTORE2.txt
  • ANIMUS_RESTORE3.txt

You can see the contents of the ANIMUS_RESTORE.txt file, from the following screenshot provided down here:

The ransom message states the following:

<><><><><><><><><><><><><># animus locker #<><><><><><><><><><><><><>
SORRY! Your files are encrypted.
File contents are encrypted with random key.
Random key is encrypted with RSA public key (2048 bit),
We strongly RECOMMEND you not to use any “decryption tools”.
These tools can damage your data, making recover IMPOSSIBLE.
Also we recommend you not to contact data recovery companies.
They will just contact us, buy the key and sell it to you at a higher price,
If you want to decrypt your files, you have to get RSA private key.
In order to get private key, write here:
[email protected]
########
!ATTENTION!
Attach file is 000000000.key from %appdata% to email message,
Without it we will not be able to decrypt your files
########
And pay 100$ on 1G5TThb5tcJ3LQbF4C4Tibgd9y7m3iYPFH wallet
If someone else offers you files restoring, ask him for test decryption,
Only we can successfully decrypt your files; knowing this can protect you from fraud.
You will receive instructions of what to do next.
<><><><><><><><><><><><><># animus locker #<><><><><><><><><><><><><>

As seen above, the following e-mail address is being used:

The note of the Animus ransomware virus states that your files are encrypted. You are demanded to pay 100 US dollars to allegedly restore your files. 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.

Animus Ransomware – Encryption Process

What is known for the encryption process of the Animus ransomware is that every file that gets encrypted will become simply unusable. All encrypted files will receive the “.Animus” extension appended to them. Some malware researchers believe that the AES algorithm is being used for the encryption process.

A list with the targeted extensions of files which are sought to get encrypted is currently known to be the following:

→.pdf, .db, .doc, .docx, .js, .mp3, .jpg, .png, .xls, .xlsx,

However, if the list becomes more complete, the article will get duly updated with the new additions.

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 Animus 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 Animus Ransomware and Restore .Animus Files

If your computer system got infected with the Animus 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.

Note! Your computer system may be affected by Animus and other threats.
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To remove Animus follow these steps:

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

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4. Try to Restore files encrypted by Animus
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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