The article will aid you to remove Barrax ransomware completely. Follow the ransomware removal instructions at the end of this article.
Barrax is the name of a ransomware cryptovirus. The virus will encrypt files with almost 100 different file extensions. The extension .BarRax will be appended to each encrypted file. The encryption algorithm that is used is most probably AES, as the ransomware is a variant of the HiddenTear/EDA2 project. The Barrax cryptovirus will create a ransom note in a text file. Keep on reading and see how you could try to potentially recover some of your files.
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files on your computer and leaves a ransom note after that.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will encrypt your files and put the extension .BarRax on your files after it finishes its encryption process.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Barrax.|
|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.|
Barrax Ransomware – Infection Spread
Barrax ransomware could spread its infection in multiple ways. A payload file which initiates the malicious script for the ransomware in question is seen before on the Internet. Your computer machine will get encrypted by the cryptovirus if its malicious script gets executed. You can preview such a payload dropper, uploaded to the VirusTotal service by malware researchers, from below here:
Barrax ransomware might also be spreading its payload file on social media sites and file-sharing networks. Freeware that is spread on the Internet can be presented as helpful but could also hide the malicious script for this cryptovirus. Refrain from opening files after you have downloaded them, especially if they are coming from suspicious places like emails or links of unknown origin. Instead, you should scan the files with a security tool and check their size and signatures for anything that seems out of place. You should check out the ransomware prevention tips given in the forum.
Barrax Ransomware – In-depth Analysis
Barrax ransomware is also a cryptovirus. The extension .BarRax will get appended to all files that become locked after the encryption process completes. Reported to be a variant of HiddenTear, the encryption algorithm is highly likely to be AES. The ransomware connects to the following C2 (Command&Control) server:
Barrax ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve some form of persistence, and even launch and repress processes inside the Windows Operating System. Some of these entries are designed in a way that will start the virus automatically with every launch of Windows.
The ransom note will appear after the encryption process is complete. The file with the ransom note is a .txt file. To add to that, there is a support forum for the ransomware that is located on the http://barrax.tk/forumdisplay.php?fid=39 address.
The support forum looks like this:
The ransomware is reported to be a HiddenTear/EDA2 variant by the malware researcher Michael Gillespie. You can read more about the HiddenTear/EDA2 open-source project from the corresponding article in the blog.
You should NOT under any circumstances consider paying the criminals spreading the Barrax ransomware, neither should you contact them. Your files may not get restored, and nobody could guarantee it. Furthermore, giving money to these criminals will likely motivate them to make more ransomware viruses or do other criminal acts.
The following list contains nearly 100 different file extensions that the Barrax ransomware searches to encrypt:
→.3gp, .7z, .apk, .avi, .bmp, .cdr, .cer, .chm, .conf, .css, .csv, .dat, .db, .dbf, .djvu, .dbx, .docm, ,doc, .epub, .docx .fb2, .flv, .gif, .gz, .iso .ibooks,.jpeg, .jpg, .key, .mdb .md2, .mdf, .mht, .mobi .mhtm, .mkv, .mov, .mp3, .mp4, .mpg .mpeg, .pict, .pdf, .pps, .pkg, .png, .ppt .pptx, .ppsx, .psd, .rar, .rtf, .scr, .swf, .sav, .tiff, .tif, .tbl, .torrent, .txt, .vsd,.wmv, .xls, .xlsx, .xps, .xml, .ckp, .zip, .java, .py, .asm, .c, .cpp, .cs, .js, .php, .dacpac, .rbw, .rb, .mrg, .dcx, .db3, .sql, .sqlite3, .sqlite, .sqlitedb, .psd, .psp, .pdb, .dxf, .dwg, .drw, .casb, .ccp, .cal, .cmx, .cr2
Every file that gets encrypted will receive the same extension appended to the end of their names, and that is the .BarRax extension. The encryption which is utilized by the ransomware is believed to be AES as that is the encryption algorithm used by the variants of HiddenTear.
The Barrax cryptovirus might delete the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system by utilizing the command given right here:
→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet
Continue to read and see what kind of ways you can try out to potentially restore some of your files.
Remove Barrax Ransomware and Restore .BarRax Files
If your computer got infected with the Barrax 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.
Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.
As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.
How to recognize trustworthy sources:
- Always check "About Us" web page.
- Profile of the content creator.
- Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
- Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.
How to Remove Barrax from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Barrax
Step 2: Uninstall Barrax 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 Barrax 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 Barrax there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for Barrax with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Barrax.
Ransomware infections and Barrax 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.
Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.
Get rid of Barrax from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Barrax 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 Barrax 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 malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, 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 Barrax on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac Barrax 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.
What is Barrax ransomware and how does it work?
Barrax 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 algorithm how 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.
How does Barrax ransomware infect my computer?
Via several ways.Barrax Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, 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 Barrax 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 .Barrax files?
You can't. At this point the .Barrax files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.
Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?
Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .Barrax files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by Barrax ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.
How Do I restore ".Barrax" files (Other Methods)?
Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Barrax files.
These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.
How do I get rid of Barrax ransomware virus?
The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate Barrax ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Barrax files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like Barrax ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.
What to Do If nothing works?
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 it can be re-downloaded from the web.
- Another clever way to get back some of your files 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.