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How to Remove BlackRuby Ransomware and Restore Files

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This article is created to help you remove BlackRuby ransomware and restore .BlackRuby files via alternative data recovery methods. In case that you want to start the removal right now, go straight to the instructions at the end of the article.

BlackRuby ransomware is a severe threat that plagues the system in order to encode sensitive data and demand a ransom for its decryption. Corrupted files can be recognized by the extension .BlackRuby appended to their names. In a file named how-to-decrypt-files.txt you can find a ransom message that primarily aims to urge you contact hackers at TheBlackRuby@Protonmail.com and transfer a ransom of $650 to their Bitcoin address. In addition BlackRuby ransomware drops XMRig software to mine for Monero cryptocurrency.

Threat Summary

Name BlackRuby
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description The ransomware virus encrypts files on your PC and drops a ransom note that demands payment for the decryption of .BlackRuby files. It then drops a Monero miner on the system.
Symptoms This ransomware encrypts your files and then appends the extension .BlackRuby on every encrypted file. A miner malware utilizes system resources to mine for Monero digital curency.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable Files
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BlackRuby Ransomware – Distribution

The analyzed BlackRuby ransomware samples point out that an executable file called WINDOWSUI.EXE triggers the infection. How this file could land on your system is via email spam messages, fake software update notifications, compromised third-party installers, malvertising and other shady techniques for ransomware distribution.

Ever since the ransomware went viral, email spam messages are the most preferred way of its distribution. Such emails are usually well crafted by hackers who hope that you will get tricked into installing the ransomware on your system. Common traits of emails carriers of malware are:

  • Spoofed email address and sender
  • Text messages that attempt to provoke sense of urgency
  • File attachment you need to download and see as soon as possible
  • In-text link you should follow in order to obtain important information

By opening the compromised file attachment, you automatically grant access to BlackRuby ransomware to your system. The same happens in case that you decide to click on the presented link and visit the web page.

Fake software update notifications may be designed to look exactly as the ones provided by the official product. As an example, you may check our article about a newly discovered pop-up that introduces a fake Java Update. Such notifications usually prompt you to download an executable file on your PC. Beware with any suspicious pop-ups that appear on your screen as they may serve as a gate for the malicious ransomware payload WINDOWSUI.EXE.

BlackRuby Ransomware – Infection Flow

Once BlackRuby ransomware is running on your system it initiates a sequence of malicious actions. In the beginning, it may establish connection with its command and control server in order to arm itself with all the needed files for the attack. There are several essential Windows system folders where the malicious files may be dropped:

  • %AppData%
  • %Temp%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Common%
  • %System32%

When BlackRuby got all malicious files on the compromised host, it may access the Registry Editor to add specific values under the Run and RunOnce sub-keys. The ransomware targets these two keys because they have the functionality to execute predefined files on each Windows system launch.

Furthermore, by contaminating these keys BlackRuby is able to display its ransom note on the screen at the end of the attack. The ransom note file is called how-to-decrypt-files.txt and could be found on the desktop. It primarily aims to urge you contact hackers at TheBlackRuby@Protonmail.com and transfer a ransom of $650 to their Bitcoin address. However, if you don’t want to lose your money and get tricked again, it is better to try to overcome the problem with the help of reliable and secure solutions.

Below you can read the whole ransom message and see how it looks like:

Black Ruby
=== Identification Key ===
[redacted] === Identification Key ===
[Can not access your files?] Congratulations, you are now part of our family #BlackRuby Ransomware. The range of this family is wider and bigger every day.
Our hosts welcome our presence because we will give them a scant souvenir from the heart of Earth.
This time, we are guest with a new souvenir called “Black Ruby”. A ruby in black, different, beautiful, and brilliant, which has been bothered to extract those years and you must also endure this hard work to keep it. If you do not have the patience of this difficulty or you hate some of this precious stone, we are willing to receive the price years of mining and finding rubies for your relief and other people of the world who are guests of the black ruby.
So let’s talk a little bit with you without a metaphor and literary terms to understand the importance of the subject.
It does not matter if you’re a small business or you manage a large organization, no matter whether you are a regular user or a committed employee, it’s important that you have a black ruby and to get rid of it, you need to get back to previous situation and we need a next step.
The breadth of this family is not supposed to stop, because we have enough knowledge and you also trust our knowledge.
We are always your backers and guardian of your information at this multi-day banquet and be sure that no one in the world can take it from you except for us who extracts this precious stone.
We need a two-sided cooperation in developing cybersecurity knowledge. The background to this cooperation is a mutual trust, which will result in peace and tranquility, you must pay $650 (USD) worth of Bitcoins for restore your system to the previous state and you are free to choose to stay in this situation or return to the normal.
Do not forget that your opportunity is limited. From these limits you can create golden situations. Be sure we will help you in this way and to know that having a black ruby does not always mean riches. You and your system are poor, poor knowledge of cybersecurity and lack of security on your system!.
===
[HOW TO DECRYPT FILES] 1. Copy “Identification Key”.
2. Send this key with two encrypted files (less than 5 MB) for trust us to email address “TheBlackRuby@Protonmail.com”.
3. We decrypt your two files and send them to your email.
4. After ensuring the integrity of the files, you must pay $650 (USD) with bitcoin and send transaction code to our email, our bitcoin address is “19S7k3zHphKiYr85T25FnqdxizHcgmjoj1”.
5. You get “Black Ruby Decryptor” Along with the private key of your system.
6. Everything returns to the normal ana your files will be released.
===
[What is encryption?] Encryption is a reversible modification of information for security reasons but providing full access to it for authorised users.
To become an authorised user and keep the modification absolutely reversible (in other words to have a possibility to decrypt your files) you should have an “Personal identification Key”. But not only it. It is required also to have the special decryption software (in your case “Black Ruby Decryptor” software) for safe and complete decryption of all your files and data.
[Everything is clear for me but what should I do?] The first step is reading these instructions to the end. Your files have been encrypted with the “Black Ruby Ransomware” software; the instructions (“how-to-decrypt-files.txt”) in the folders with your encrypted files are not viruses, they will help you. After reading this text the most part of people start searching in the internet the words the “Black Ruby Ransomware” where they find a lot of ideas, recommendation and instructions, it is necessary to realise that we are the ones who closed the lock on your files and we are the only ones who have this secret key to open them.
[Have you got advice?] [*** Any attempts to get back you files with the third-party tools can be fatal for your encrypted files ***] The most part of the tried-party software change data with the encrypted files to restore it but this cases damage to the files.
Finally it will be impossible to decrypt your files, when you make a puzzle but some items are lost, broken or not put in its place – the puzzle items will never match, the same way the third-party software will ruin your files completely and irreversibly. You should realise that any intervention of the third-party software to restore files encrypted with the Black Ruby Ransomware” software may be fatal for your files.
If you look through this text in the internet and realise that something is wrong with your files but you do not have any instructions to restore your files, please contact your antivirus support.

blackruby ransomware how-to-decrypt-files.txt ransom note

To make it worse BlackRuby ransomware drops XMRig software to mine for Monero cryptocurrency. XMRig is an open source project that is claimed to be the fastest CPU miner for Monero. Once the miner is running on your system, it takes advantage of the processor or the graphics card’s power to generate income in Monero digital currency to hackers. As a result your system becomes sluggish and even crashes at times. Unfortunately, heavy system settings modifications can make the miner hard to detect and remove. That’s why you should utilize a quality anti-spyware solution to remove all files associated with the devastating BlackRuby infection.

BlackRuby Ransomware – Data Encryption

BlackRuby ransomware is primarily designed to scan for predefined types of files and encrypt them by utilizing strong cipher algorithm. After encryption corrupted files are renamed with a long sequence of extensions that follows the pattern:

Encrypted_[random string].BlackRuby

In case of infection, the ransomware can make your documents, images, videos, projects, databases, text files, music and other files that store sensitive information completely unusable.

In addition as most crypto viruses BlackRuby is believed to delete all Shadow Volume copies stored by the Windows system as they can be used as a data recovery way of corrupted .BlackRuby files.

How to Remove BlackRuby Ransomware and Restore Files

Тo remove BlackRuby crypto virus just follow the step-by-step removal guide below which provides both manual and automatic approach. Due to the complexity of ransomware code, security researchers recommend the help of advanced anti-malware tool for maximum efficiency.

Once the removal is complete, alternative data recovery approaches could be also found in the guide. They may be useful for the restore of some .BlackRuby files. Be advised to back up all encrypted files to an external drive before you proceed with the recovery process.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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How to recognize trustworthy sources:

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  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove BlackRuby from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove BlackRuby

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall BlackRuby 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by BlackRuby on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by BlackRuby there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

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Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
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Step 4: Scan for BlackRuby with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by BlackRuby.

Ransomware infections and BlackRuby 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.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

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.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of BlackRuby from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall BlackRuby and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to BlackRuby:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to BlackRuby. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to BlackRuby. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 BlackRuby 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as BlackRuby. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by BlackRuby.

Ransomware infections and BlackRuby 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.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

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.


BlackRuby FAQ

What is BlackRuby ransomware and how does it work?

BlackRuby 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 BlackRuby ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.BlackRuby 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 BlackRuby 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 .BlackRuby files?

You can't. At this point the .BlackRuby 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 .BlackRuby files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by BlackRuby 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 ".BlackRuby" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .BlackRuby 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 BlackRuby 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 BlackRuby ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .BlackRuby files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like BlackRuby 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.

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  1. AvatarRui

    backup always!!!

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