Security researchers analyze new ransomware pieces on a daily basis. The ransomware business is definitely thriving, one of its latest additions being the so-called Booyah ransomware. The name of the threat derives from its executable, booyah.exe. The ransom message comes in a file called “WHATHAPPENDTOYOURFILES.TXT”.
|Short Description||The ransomware doesn’t append any extensions to the encrypted files.|
|Symptoms||The user’s files are encrypted and a “WHATHAPPENDTOYOURFILES.TXT” is dropped in all affected folders.|
|Distribution Method||Via a program booyah.exe that employs the Nullsoft installer.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Booyah Ransomware.|
If the name appears familiar to you, it’s because several ransomware threats have used it (like CryptoWall). Perhaps it’s the same threat actors, or their affiliates. It’s a commonly known fact that ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) has gained lots of popularity, and anyone with basic skills can buy and distribute file-encrypting threats.
Booyah Ransomware (booyah.exe Ransomware) Technical Description
Little is known about the ransomware’s technical specifications, as reported by researchers at Bleeping Computer. What is known is that the ransomware’s executable is distributed like a program (the user installs it like a program), using the well-known Nullsoft Scriptable Install System installer. Booyah.exe contains a DLL file, responsible for the encryption process on the victim’s machine.
As already mentioned, the ransom note is named “WHATHAPPENDTOYOURFILES.TXT”. It reads like this:
Your ID: 758275
* * *
Hi. Your files are now encrypted. I have the key to decrypt them back.
I will give you a decrypter if you pay me. If you pay me today, the price is only 1 bitcoin.
If you pay me tomorrow, you will have to pay 2 bitcoins. If you pay me one week later the price
will be 7 bitcoins and so on. So, hurry up.
The analysis performed by BC researchers shows that the same ID is sent to all victims, because it is hard-coded in the ransomware.
Here is a resume of Booyah’s ransomware main features:
- Encrypted folders contain a CRIPTOSO.KEY file.
- Interestingly, the ransomware doesn’t appear to add an extension to encrypted files.
- The list of all encrypted files is found in a plaintext file at “%APPDATA%\%ID%”. Siince the ID is the same for every victim, the file should look like this “%APPDATA%\758275”.
How to Remove Booyah Ransomware from Your System
To remove Booyah ransomware completely from your machine, running a strong anti-malware program is advisory. An anti-malware solution will eradicate all traces of the ransomware, but unfortunately, won’t restore your files. To try and restore your files, have a look at step 4 in the removal manual below. Keep in mind that it’s still not known whether Booyah ransomware deleted Shadow Volume Copies. We will keep you posted. Also, if you’ve been infected, make sure to leave a comment in our forum!
- Guide 1: How to Remove Booyah Ransomware from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Booyah Ransomware from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Booyah Ransomware from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Booyah Ransomware from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Booyah Ransomware from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Booyah Ransomware from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Booyah Ransomware from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Booyah Ransomware from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Booyah Ransomware
Step 2: Uninstall Booyah Ransomware 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 Booyah Ransomware 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 Booyah Ransomware there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Booyah Ransomware from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Booyah Ransomware 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 Booyah Ransomware 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.
Remove Booyah Ransomware from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Booyah Ransomware from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Booyah Ransomware from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Booyah Ransomware from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Booyah Ransomware will be removed.
Eliminate Booyah Ransomware from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.