This article provides information about a data locker ransomware dubbed .BI_D files virus that encrypts important files and demands a ransom payment. By the end of it, you will know how to remove the threat and how to restore .BI_D files.
The .BI_D files virus is a new variant of the LockCrypt ransomware. Its primary goal is to encrypt specific files stored on your computer and then ask you to pay a ransom for a decryption key that could revert back their code. The virus sets the .BI_D file extension to all encrypted files. A ransom note with information on how to pay the ransom is likely to appear on PC screen after encryption. If your computer has been infected by the .BI_D files virus, we advise you to read this article to learn more about this malware and then follow a step-by-step removal.
|Name||.BI_D Files Virus|
|Short Description||A data locker ransomware that utilizes strong cihper algorithm to encrypt files stored on the infected computer. Then it demands a ransom for decryption solution.|
|Symptoms||Important files are locked and renamed with specific extension. They remain unusable until a ransom is paid.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by .BI_D Files Virus |
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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.|
.BI_D Files Virus – Distribution
The infection with .BI_D files virus happens after its payload is started on the system. There are several methods known to be possibly used for its distribution. The most common one is via email spam messages that pose as legitimate companies, trustworthy websites, and governmental institutions. Such messages provide malicious file attachments and links to compromised web pages. The text is likely to provoke you to download and open an attached file or click and visit the presented web page. And in case that you do one of these actions you grant the ransomware access to your system unintentionally.
Another possible spread technique regards the installers of various freeware apps. Free apps are preferred by users. So malicious intenders often incorporate their malware into the installers of such apps and trick users into infecting their systems with it.
.BI_D Files Virus – Overview
The .BI_D files virus is reported to be a new variant of the LockCrypt ransomware. It is a threat that sneaks into computer systems with the primary purpose to corrupt files that store important information.
Before it triggers its built-in encryption module .BI_D files virus plagues various essential system settings to remain undetected by running security measures and ensure its persistent presence.
The infection process begins after the ransomware payload is started on the system. As the code of the payload may not be designed to complete the attack till its end, it may create additional malicious files and store them in the following folders:
Some of the malicious files are likely to access the Registry Editor – a database that stores information about all essential system settings. Run and RunOnce are among the sub-keys that are often affected by ransomware infections. This could be explained by the fact that they keep info about all processes that need to start on each system load. By exploiting their functionalities .BI_D files virus could automatically execute its malicious files whenever the system is started.
At the end of the attack it drops a ransom note file called Restore Files.txt. When it appears on the PC screen victims could see the following text:
Your personal id – E3pgw1ofS2
Warning: all your files are infected with an unknown virus.
To decrypt your files, you need to contact at email@example.com.
The decoder card is received by bitcoin.
You can buy bitcoins from the following links://blockchain.info/wallet
Do not try to restore files your self, this will lead to the loss of files forever
You can send us 2-3 encoded files.
And attach to the letter a file from the folder c:\Windows\DECODE.KEY for testing, we will return them to you for FREE
.BI_D Files Virus – Encryption Process
It is known that this new version of LockCrypt ransomware is utilizing a combination of two highly complex cipher algorithms to encrypt target files. With the help of AES-256 and RSA-2048 .BI_D files virus transforms the original code of predefined types of files and then generates a unique decryption key. As the threat belongs to LockCrypt ransomware family it is likely to encrypt all files that have one of the following extensions:
→.incpas, .mp4, .pab, .st6, .sas7bdat, .wmv, .backup, .drf, .ibank, .3ds, .odg, .cer, .tif, .cs, .dotx, .7z, .png, .bak, .ibz, .db3, .pbl, .3fr, .dxf, .nk2, .bkp, .mdf, .svg, .xlm, .3dm, .pct, .java, .pot, .sxi, .ibd, .sxw, .pspimage, .ppt, .kbx, .ppsm, .ndd, .txt, .pdb, .say, .backupdb, .fla, .swf, .asx, .accdt, .mp3, .ycbcra, .erf, .cr2, .pfx, .potx, .qby, .sqlite, .blend, .class, .pat, .odp, .gray, .qbw, .tib, .thm, .htm, .mos, .rm, .key, .std, .tlg, .lua, .pst, .sqlitedb, .grey, .cdr4, .dc2, .ce1, .ps, .tex, .eml, .xlam, .pages, .st8, .jar, .st7, .potm, .sdf, .db-journal, .pcd, .aspx, .rwl, .kpdx, .fmb, .xlr, .gry, .kc2, .oil, .moneywell, .xlk, .sti, .accdr, .oth, .c, .xml, .nd, .mdb, .pem, .erbsql, .bpw, .ffd, .ost, .pptm, .dwg, .zip, .qbm, .cdx, .des, .dng, .pdd, .cfp, .nyf, .cgm, .sldm, .xla, .odf, .raf, .crw, .mef, .raw, .x11, .nsd, .fff, .design, .dcs, .ptx, .al, .ns2, .bik, .back, .accdb, .nwb, .cpi, .ads, .odt, .sqlite3, .docm, .drw, .pl, .nx2, .fpx, .rdb, .otp, .msg, .accde, .agdl, .php, .csv, .py, .rtf, .ach, .sda, .ddd, .asf, .dotm, .cmt, .h, .hbk, .xlsx, .s3db, .tga, .wav, .iif, .dxb, .sql, .db, .sd0, .bgt, .djvu, .jpg, .doc, .craw, .mpg, .sxd, .kdc, .jpeg, .psafe3, .flac, .dtd, .act, .qba, .vob, .cdrw, .eps, .bkf, .mdc, .rar, .mov, .cdf, .m4v, .ab4, .bank, .pps, .cib, .dot, .dgc, .exf, .flv, .xlsb, .ddrw, .adb, .srw, .plc, .csh, .xls, .fxg, .otg, .pas, .xlt, .indd, .rwz, .xltx, .apj, .stw, .xltm, .orf, .ott, .qbb, .max, .cls, .obj, .docx, .dcr, .cdr3, .qbx, .pdf, .nef, .ots, .srt, .ddoc, .rat, .phtml, .m, .dbx, .nxl, .avi, .p12, .awg, .dbf, .ns3, .mmw, .prf, .wallet, .rw2, .jin, .odc, .qbr, .ppsx, .ns4, .wpd, .wps, .nsh, .dxg, .fhd, .dac, .wb2, .nrw, .odb, .ait, .jpe, .odm, .sldx, .fdb, .acr, .war, .oab, .sxc, .cpp, .r3d, .hpp, .asm, .st5, .stx, .xis, .dds, .xlsm, .p7c, .cdr5, .3g2, .mrw, .sr2, .html, .cdr, .idx, .st4, .bdb, .kdbx, .nsg, .der, .ods, .myd, .nop, .ppam, .pptx, .yuv, .xlw, .mfw, .nsf, .csl, .php5, .p7b, .crt, .asp, .srf, .jsp, .cdr6, .sxm, .iiq, .3gp, .ce2, .arw, .bay, .ai, .sxg, .psd, .3pr, .fh, .pef, .x3f, .sik, .bpp, .vmdk, .spi, .bup, .cvt, .bb, .fkc, .tjl, .dbk, .swp, .fb, .vib, .dtb, .bke, .old, .bkc, .jou, .rpb, .abk, .sav, .bkn, .tbk, .fbw, .vrb, .spf, .bk, .sbk, .umb, .ac, .vbk, .wbk, .mbk
After encryption corrupted files have two extensions appended at the end of their names. First one is associated with the ID number given to each infected users so it is unique. The other one is fixed and it is .BI_D. Eventually, the pattern used for renaming encrypted files is .id-
For now, security researchers find its decryption impossible. But don’t even think to rush into paying the ransom to hackers. The analysis of .BI_ID files virus’s samples reveal the fact that if the ransomware is not running in an admin system mode it fails to save the specific decryption key. This means that even hackers may not have a working decryption solution. So if you want to prevent being tricked once again make sure to try all you can do by yourself before considering a ransom payment.
Remove .BI_D Files Virus and Restore Data
The removal of the so-called .BI_D files virus demands a bit of technical experience and ability to recognize characteristics of malware files. And there is no doubt that you should remove this nasty threat from the infected PC as soon as you detect it. Below you could find how to do it step by step. Beware that ransomware has highly complex code that could plague not only your files but your whole system. So as recommended by security researchers you need to utilize an advanced anti-malware tool for its complete removal. Such tool will keep your system protected against devastating threats like .BI_D files virus as well as all other kinds of malware in future.
After you remove the ransomware make sure to check the “Restore Files” step listed in the guide below. But before you take any further actions, don’t forget to back up all encrypted files to an external drive in order to prevent their irreversible loss.
- Guide 1: How to Remove .BI_D Files Virus from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of .BI_D Files Virus from Mac OS X.
How to Remove .BI_D Files Virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .BI_D Files Virus
Step 2: Uninstall .BI_D Files Virus 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 .BI_D Files Virus 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 .BI_D Files Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for .BI_D Files Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .BI_D Files Virus.
Ransomware infections and .BI_D Files Virus 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 .BI_D Files Virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall .BI_D Files Virus 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 .BI_D Files Virus 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 .BI_D Files Virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as .BI_D Files Virus, 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 .BI_D Files Virus on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac .BI_D Files Virus 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.
.BI_D Files Virus FAQ
What is .BI_D Files Virus ransomware and how does it work?
.BI_D Files 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 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 .BI_D Files Virus ransomware infect my computer?
.BI_D Files Virus 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 .BI_D Files 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 ..BI_D Files Virus files?
You can't. At this point the ..BI_D Files Virus files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.
Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?
If a decryptor did not decrypt your ..BI_D Files Virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by .BI_D Files Virus 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 "..BI_D Files Virus" files (Other Methods)?
We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore ..BI_D Files Virus 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 .BI_D Files Virus 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 .BI_D Files Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..BI_D Files Virus files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like .BI_D Files Virus 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?
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.