Remove Annabelle 2.1 Ransomware

Remove Annabelle 2.1 Ransomware

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This article will aid you to remove Annabelle 2.1 ransomware efficiently. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.

Annabelle 2.1 is a cryptovirus. The virus encrypts your files and demands money as a ransom to get your files restored. Files will receive a custom extension, which is .Annabelle2 or .AnnabelleCreate. The Annabelle 2.1 ransomware leaves a text message with ransomware instructions as well as a GUI – graphical user interface. The ransomware uses military-grade encryption algorithms for its encryption procedure, but it is also a wiper type. Keep on reading the article and see how you could try to potentially recover some of your locked files.

Threat Summary

NameAnnabelle 2.1
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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Annabelle 2.1 Virus – Distribution Ways

The Annabelle 2.1 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.

Annabelle 2.1 Virus – In-Depth Analysis

Annabelle 2.1 is a virus that encrypts your files and opens a ransom note, with instructions inside it, about the compromised computer machine. The extortionists behind this threat want you to pay a ransom fee for the alleged restoration of your files, by first contacting them with an e-mail message.

Annabelle 2.1 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.

The ransom note message is presented inside a GUI (Graphical User Interface) which is shown below:

The original ransom note (written in Korean) has the following contents:

당신의 컴푸터 파일이 모든 Annabelle 2.1 에 강영되 파 파일이 모두
파일을 복구를 할려고 해도 데이터가 모두 파고I 가 되어 파일을 목
1.일을 복구할 방법을 없습니다
2. 이 랜 S 웨어는 SHA1 알고리즘 으로 파일을 모두 파고I 함니다.

A machine translation into the English language:

Your computer files are all annabelle 2.1 files.
If you try to recover the file, all of the data will be deleted and I
1. There is no way to recover things
2. This network software digs all the files with the SHA1 algorithm.

The message above, displayed by the Annabelle 2.1 ransomware virus indicates that your files are encrypted. You are demanded to pay a ransom sum 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.

Annabelle 2.1 Ransomware – Encryption Process

The encryption process of the Annabelle 2.1 ransomware rather simple – every file that gets encrypted will become simply unusable. Files will get a custom extension when locked, which is .Annabelle2 or .AnnabelleCreate in some cases. The newly added extension will be added as a secondary one, without changing the original, nor the file name.

A list with the targeted extensions of files which are sought to get encrypted is currently unknown. However, if the list becomes available, the article will get updated accordingly.

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 Annabelle 2.1 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 Annabelle 2.1 Ransomware Virus

If your computer system got infected with the Annabelle 2.1 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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