The .bitcore virus is a new Paradise ransomware sample that is currently set against target end users on a global scale. There is no information available about the hacking group behind it. It is believed to be a new iteration of the famous ransomware family. This is one of the reasons why we believe that the hackers are experienced.
Once the .bitcore virus has started it will execute its built-in sequence of dangerous commands. Depending on local conditions or the specific hacker instructions various actions will take place. The file encryption will begin after them — the encrypting component will use a built-in list of target file type extensions. In the end the victim files will be renamed with the .bitcore extension.
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files on your computer machine and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly restore them.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will blackmail the victims to pay them a decryption fee. Sensitive user data may be encrypted by the ransomware code.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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.bitcore Virus – Spread and Impact
A new security report indicates that a new Paradise ransomware which renames the virus with the .bitcore extension. Like previous strains of this family of threats several of the popular attack techniques can be used to spread it. Larger campaigns can even use several ones at once.
Typical of Paradise ransomware strains the .bitcore virus can be spread by social engineering techniques. The criminals do this by sending out email messages and hosting malware sites on similar domain names. The aim is to make the victims think that they are accessing a legitimate and safe site or message. The virus file will be either launched in some way (through a banner or by clicking on a link) or it will be linked in a button, text link or image.
The other popular strategy is to embed the necessary .bitcore virus infection code into different file carriers. Depending on the attack strategy used by the hackers the virus can be found by accessing the malware-infected app installers — they are usually modified setup bundles of popular software. The alternative is to prepare macro-infected documents that can be of all popular formats. The mechanism is to present a prompt to the users asking them to enable the built-in macros. The posted reason is that this is required in order to correctly show the contents of the files.
Larger .bitcore attack campaigns can also use other techniques, for example the uploading of the dangerous files to different file-sharing networks and social networks. This is done by using fake or hacked accounts and profiles — this can be done publicly or via private messaging options.
.bitcore Virus – What Does It Do?
At the moment there is no information regarding the identity of the hackers. We do not know if they are experienced or have merely customized the base ransomware code. Whatever the case the infections have still not infected devices as much as previous threats. Still it is very possible that future versions may include many more dangerous components.
An in-depth security analysis is not yet available at the time of writing this article. However it is very possible that the virus includes many of the typical components that are often displayed by such viruses.
Usually these viruses begin by harvesting sensitive data from the compromised hosts. It can be related to the computers (hardware information) or personal information. The extracted data is used to carry out further crimes and also processed by the other available modules. A typical malicious action is to create an unique ID for each compromised system. The harvested personal information can be used for other crimes such as identity theft and financial abuse.
Many of the ransomware that are part of Paradise malware family may perform dangerous system changes such as the following:
- Boot Options Changes — The .bitcore virus can be installed in a way which is referred to as a persistent infection. It will be started every time the computer is booted and it can block access to the recovery boot options. This will make it very difficult to remove the existing infections.
- Windows Registry Changes — The virus engine can access the Windows Registry and edit out existing values or create new entries. This action will lead to performance issues, data loss and unexpected errors.
- Additional Malware Infection — The made .bitcore ransomware infections can be used to deploy other viruses onto the compromised machines. Popular options include cryptocurrency miners, Trojans and browser hijackers.
- Data Removal — Some of the viruses can be programmed to identify and remove sensitive information an files. This can include backups, restore points, databases and etc.
At any time other components and actions can occur, depending on the instructions of the hackers and local machine conditions.
.bitcore Virus – The Encryption Phase
When every module has finished running the actual encryption phase will start. A strong cipher will be started which will process the target user fles. It is very likely that this action will be done by looking for files that are described in a hacker-generated list. Usually this include the following data:
archives, backups, databases, multimedia files, documents, restore points and etc.
The files which are processed will receive a special extension called .bitcore which wil help identify the. The victims will be unable to access their files and will see several files that are called -=###_INFO_you_FILE_###=-.txt — these are the so-called ransom notes. These files will contain blackmail contents that aims to manipulate the victims into paying the hackers a restore fee.
Remove .bitcore Virus
If your computer system got infected with the .bitcore Files 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 Bitcore Virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Bitcore Virus
Step 2: Uninstall Bitcore 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 Bitcore 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 Bitcore Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for Bitcore Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Bitcore Virus.
Ransomware infections and Bitcore 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.
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 Bitcore Virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Bitcore 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 Bitcore 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 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 Bitcore Virus on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac Bitcore 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.
Bitcore Virus FAQ
What is Bitcore Virus ransomware and how does it work?
Bitcore 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 Bitcore Virus ransomware infect my computer?
Via several ways.Bitcore 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 Bitcore 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 .Bitcore Virus files?
You can't. At this point the .Bitcore Virus 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 .Bitcore Virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by Bitcore 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 ".Bitcore Virus" files (Other Methods)?
Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Bitcore 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 Bitcore 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 Bitcore Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Bitcore Virus files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like Bitcore 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?
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.