Budak Files Virus - How to Remove (Decrypt .budak Files)

Budak Files Virus – How to Remove It

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What is Budak files virus? How to remove it from the infected PC? How to recover .budak files?

A STOP ransomware strain dubbed Budak files virus has been spotted in active attack campaigns. The threat is designed to plague computer systems, encode personal files stored on the drives and then extort a ransom fee from the victims. Thus, infection with Budak files virus will prevent you from accessing valuable files. You could recognize corrupted files by the extension .budak that is appended to their names. Hackers will attempt to blackmail you into transferring a certain amount in digital cryptocurrency as a ransom.

Keep up with our ransomware removal guide where you will learn how to get rid of all malicious files created by Budak files virus and how to potentially restore .budak files.

Threat Summary

TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionA version of the STOP/DJVU ransomware that is designed to encrypt valuable files stored on infected computers and then extort a ransom from victims.
SymptomsImportant files are encrypted and renamed with the extension .budak
A ransom message forces victims to contact hackers in order to receive instructions on how to pay a ransom ($490 – $980).
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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User ExperienceJoin Our Forum to Discuss Budak.
Data Recovery ToolWindows 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.

Budak Files Virus – Update July 2019

The good news for all victims of STOP Budak ransomware is that the security researcher Michael Gillespie found weaknesses in the code of this variant and released an updated version of his STOP ransomware decrypter.

So the moment you remove all malicious files and objects from your infected system you can enter our data recovery guide where you will find a download link for the free Budak decryption tool and learn how to proceed with the decryption process.

Decrypt Files Encrypted by STOP Ransomware

Have in mind that the tool is designed to support specific offline IDs, so it may not be effective for all occasions of Budak ransomware infections.

Budak Files Virus – How Does It Infect and What Does It Do?

Since Budak files virus is considered to be yet another strain of

STOP/ Djvu ransomware its primarily goal is likely to be files corruption.

In order to reach target personal files and then encrypt them with strong cipher algorithm, Budak ransomware performs a series of malicious operations that seriously disrupt system security. By executing its malicious files in a predefined order, Budak crypto virus may stop certain system processes and avoid being detected by active security measures. Furthermore, it may become a persistent threat by escalating privileges and adding malicious entries in the Registry Editor.

Eventually, Budak virus becomes able to reach scan the system for certain types of files that are likely to store valuable personal data and encrypt all of them with the help of a sophisticated cipher algorithm. Unfortunately, once encrypted the files could not be opened with any of the installed programs.

Among the files that are targeted by this nasty ransomware may be:

  • Audio files
  • Video files
  • Document files
  • Image files
  • Backup files
  • Banking credentials, etc

The names of all corrupted files are marked with the extension .budak

At the end of the attack, the ransomware drops its ransom message file _readme.txt. The purpose of this message is to force you to pay a ransom fee in cryptocurrency to cyber criminals. Right below you could see a copy of this ransom message:


Don’t worry, you can return all your files!
All your files like photos, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest
encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
What guarantees you have?
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information.
You can get and look video overview decrypt tool:


Price of private key and decrypt software is $980.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that’s price for you is $490.
Please note that you’ll never restore your data without payment.
Check your e-mail “Spam” or “Junk” folder if you don’t get answer more than 6 hours.
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As regards the spread of Budak ransomware, it likely to be realized via spam email messages, corrupted websites, freeware packages, malvertising, and other shady techniques.

Remove Budak Files Virus and Attempt to Restore Data

The so-called Budak files virus is a threat with highly complex code that plagues the whole system in order to encrypt personal files. Hence the infected system could be used in a secure manner again only after the complete removal of all malicious files and objects created by Budak ransomware. That’s why we recommend that all steps presented in the Budak removal guide below should be completed for the sake of your system and data security. Beware that the manual ransomware removal is suitable for more experienced computer users. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps navigate to the automatic part of the guide.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for three years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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