Yet another strain of the Xorist ransomware has been detected by security researchers. It is called Army ransomware or Army virus. This time hackers set the ransomware to use the .army file extension to mark files it encrypts.
When the virus corrupts files, it drops a ransom note called HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt which contains ransom instructions on how the victim can pay money to retrieve access to locked files. If your computer has been affected by the Army virus, we recommend that you read this article thoroughly.
Find out more about Army ransomware and how you can remove it from your PC in this guide article. There is part of the guide that will show you how to potentially restore files encrypted with the .army suffix as well.
Army Virus Summary
|Name||Army also known as TR/Ransom.Xorist.EJ (Avira), Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Xorist.lk (Kaspersky), Ransom:Win32/Sorikrypt.A (Microsoft)|
|Ransom Demanding Note||HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt|
|Short Description||Aims at encrypting the important files of the victim PC and then the crooks behind it ask victims to pay ransom to get them back.|
|Symptoms||Files are encrypted and have the .army file extension. A ransom note, called HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt demands a ransom payment in cryptocurrency.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files|
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.army Virus Files
One of the most popular communication forms – e-mail is one of the most common methods used by hackers who distribute ransomware infections like Army virus. Usually, criminals tend to disguise the infection file as some sort of an important document – an invoice, a receipt or another important file. The e-mails may appear as if they are sent by banks or big companies, like PayPal, eBay, etc. Their look is often very similar to the one of the legitimate ones.
The Army ransomware may also be spread via compromised websites, torrent sites or websites with low security reputation. There, the file may pose as something you may be looking to download, like:
- A program’s installer.
- A crack for a program or a game.
- Key generator to obtain a license.
- Some type of license activator.
- Portable version of a program you want to use.
When the Army virus infects your computer, it may situate malicious files in the following Windows directories:
The malicious files are accompanied by the ransom note of the Army virus which is named HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt. It informs the following:
Attention! All your files are encrypted!
To restore your files and access them,
You have 5 attempts to enter the code.
When that number has been exceeded,
all the data irreversibly is destroyed.
Be careful when you enter the code!
Malicious files may be set to perform unwanted activities like modifying the Run and RunOnce Windows registry sub-keys. By adding entries in them, the threat can start executing the encryption module automatically every time you switch on the infected machine. The targeted sub-keys are usually:
For the Army virus to encrypt target files, it may execute various different types of programs that perform a scan of the files. After the scan detects a target file, the threat runs a cipher module to encode the original code of the detected file. The files that may be encrypted include:
- Video file types.
- Image formats.
- Photoshop files.
- Database files.
- Audio file types.
- Other popular file types.
After this ransomware encrypts the files on the infected machines by it, they immediately assume the .army file extension and begin to appear like the following:
Remove Army Virus and Try to Restore Your Data
If you want to remove the .army files virus safely, we always advise our readers to back up their files first.
For the removal process, you can proceed with the manual removal instructions underneath and use the information in this article in combination with them. If you do not seem to be able to remove the virus files, it is strongly recommended to use a more automatic approach and download and run a scan with advanced anti-malware software. This is because such software aims to remove all of the files and objects that are associated with the .army files virus and then make sure that your PC is protected against such threats in the future too.
If you want to try and recover files, encrypted by this virus, we recommend that you try the alternative suggestions for file recovery we have in the “Try to restore” step underneath. They may not be 100% guarantee to recover all your files, but with their aid, you may be able to at least restore some of your encrypted data.
What is Army Virus Ransomware?
Army Virus is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.
Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithms to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.
Can Army Virus Ransomware Cayse Damage?
Yes, ransomware can damage your computer. Ransomware is a malicious software that is designed to block access to your computer or files until a ransom is paid.
Ransomware can also damage your system, corrupt data and delete files, resulting in the permanent loss of important files.
Should I Ignore Viruses, Like Army Virus?
No, you should never ignore ransomware. It can encrypt your data and block access to your computer, making it impossible to access your files until you pay a ransom.
Ignoring ransomware could lead to the permanent loss of your data, as well as the potential for the ransomware to spread to other computers on your network. Additionally, paying the ransom does not guarantee that your data will be recovered.
How Does Army Virus Infect?
Via several ways.Army Virus Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing emails, containing virus attachment.
This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.
After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.
Another way you may become a victim of Army Virus is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.
How to Open .Army Virus files?
You can't. At this point, the .Army Virus files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted using a specific decryptionkey for the particular algorithm.
What to Do If a Decryptor Does Not Work?
Do not panic, and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .Army Virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
Can I Restore ".Army Virus" Files?
Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Army Virus files.
These methods are in no way 100% guaranteed that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.
How To Get Rid of Army Virus Virus?
The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti-malware program.
It will scan for and locate Army Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Army Virus files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like Army Virus ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts.
What to Do If I Cant Get The Files Back?
There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:
- Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
- Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
- Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted can be re-downloaded from the web.
- Another clever way is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
- You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.
More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.
How to Report Ransomware to Authorities?
In case your computer got infected with a ransomware infection, you can report it to the local Police departments. It can help authorities worldwide track and determine the perpetrators behind the virus that has infected your computer.
Below, we have prepared a list with government websites, where you can file a report in case you are a victim of a cybercrime:
Cyber-security authorities, responsible for handling ransomware attack reports in different regions all over the world:
Germany - Offizielles Portal der deutschen Polizei
United States - IC3 Internet Crime Complaint Centre
United Kingdom - Action Fraud Police
France - Ministère de l'Intérieur
Italy - Polizia Di Stato
Spain - Policía Nacional
Netherlands - Politie
Poland - Policja
Portugal - Polícia Judiciária
Greece - Cyber Crime Unit (Hellenic Police)
India - Mumbai Police - CyberCrime Investigation Cell
Australia - Australian High Tech Crime Center
Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.
Can You Stop Ransomware from Encrypting Your Files?
Yes, you can prevent ransomware. The best way to do this is to ensure your computer system is updated with the latest security patches, use a reputable anti-malware program and firewall, backup your important files frequently, and avoid clicking on malicious links or downloading unknown files.
Can Army Virus Ransomware Steal Your Data?
Yes, in most cases ransomware will steal your information. It is a form of malware that steals data from a user's computer, encrypts it, and then demands a ransom in order to decrypt it.
Can Ransomware Infect WiFi?
Yes, ransomware can infect WiFi networks, as malicious actors can use it to gain control of the network, steal confidential data, and lock out users. If a ransomware attack is successful, it could lead to a loss of service and/or data, and in some cases, financial losses.
Should I Pay Ransomware?
No, you should not pay ransomware extortionists. Paying them only encourages criminals and does not guarantee that the files or data will be restored. The better approach is to have a secure backup of important data and be vigilant about security in the first place.
What Happens If I Don't Pay Ransom?
If you don't pay the ransom, the hackers may still have access to your computer, data, or files and may continue to threaten to expose or delete them, or even use them to commit cybercrimes. In some cases, they may even continue to demand additional ransom payments.
Why Is the Ransom Paid in Crypto?
Cryptocurrency is a secure and untraceable form of payment, making it the ideal choice for ransom payments. It is difficult to trace, and the transactions are almost instantaneous. This means it is nearly impossible for authorities to track the payment and recover the money.
Can Ransomware Attack Be Detected?
Yes, ransomware can be detected. Anti-malware software and other advanced security tools can detect ransomware and alert the user when it is present on a machine.
It is important to stay up-to-date on the latest security measures and to keep security software updated to ensure ransomware can be detected and prevented.
Do Ransomware Criminals Get Caught?
Yes, ransomware criminals do get caught. Law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, Interpol and others have been successful in tracking down and prosecuting ransomware criminals in the US and other countries. As ransomware threats continue to increase, so does the enforcement activity.
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