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Deniz_kizi Ransomware Removal Guide (Mermaid)

This article explains the issues that occur in case of infection with Deniz_kizi ransomware and provides a complete guide on how to remove malicious files and how to potentially recover .Deniz_Kızı files.

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Deniz_kizi Ransomware

Deniz_kizi ransomware is a crypto infection that attacks computer operating systems with the goal of corrupting personal files and forcing victims into paying a ransom for their files. For the encryption of target files, it utilizes two cipher algorithms – TR1224 and AES256. Once the original code of a file is encoded by these two algorithms it remains inaccessible until a proper decryption tool is applied. Following encryption, all corrupted files receive the extension .Deniz_Kızı – a file named picture.jpg will be renamed to picture.jpg.Deniz_Kızı. At the end of the attack, a ransom message loads on the screen to inform victims about the presence of Deniz_kizi (Mermaid) ransomware; warn them about the inflicted damage and request a ransom payment. This message could be found in a file dubbed Please Read Me!!!.hta

Threat Summary

NameDeniz_kizi ransomware
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionA data locker ransomware that utilizes AES256 and TR1224 cihper algorithms to encode personal files stored on an infected computer so it can then demand a ransom payment for data decryption.
SymptomsImportant files are locked and renamed with .Deniz_Kızı extension. They remain unusable until a ransom is paid. A ransom mesasge presents an email associated with hackers.
Ransom MessagePlease Read Me!!!.hta / Lütfen Beni Oku!!!.log
Ransom Amount$200 – $300
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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.Deniz_Kızı Virus Files

When the malicious executable file triggers Deniz_kizi ransomware on a computer operating system, the threat becomes able to pass through several attack stages first of which is bypassing active security measures.

Hackers may distribute the Deniz_kizi infection file via several commonly used methods like malspam, hacked websites, corrupted software installers, etc. The main one is considered to be malspam. For its realization, hackers launch massive spam email campaigns against users worldwide. It is preferred due to the fact that hackers could obtain a large number of users’ email addresses by accessing underground markets available on the dark web and this way make their campaigns more effective.

As of the emails they could pose as representatives of well-known companies like PayPal, DHL, FedEx, and Amazon in an attempts to make you more prone to follow their instructions. The purpose of these emails is to trick you to download an attachment or following a URL address. What happens when you open the attached file on your PC or visit the presented web page you unnoticeably trigger Deniz_kizi ransomware infection process.

Deniz_kizi is classified as data locker ransomware due to its capabilities of compromising computer systems and encoding target files. An infection with this threat leads to serious issues with overall system security and the corruption of personal data. The threat is developed to apply various malicious changes to essential system components on the background of all running tasks. By doing this the ransomware becomes able to locate target files stored on the drives and then utilize a combination of two cipher algorithms to encrypt their code. As reported, Deniz_kizi ransomware virus is designed to use TR1224 and AES-256. After the encryption process, all corrupted files have the extension .Deniz_Kızı appended to their names.

At the end of the attack, Deniz_kizi drops a file called Please Read Me!!!.hta and loads it on PC screen. This file contains its ransom message which states what hackers expect you to do next. Here is the full content:

FILES ARE ENCRYPTED:
Hello! All your documents, photos, databases and other important files are ENCRYPTED! Do you really want to restore your files?
If you want to unlock your data, you need to buy special decoding software!
Write to our email – yardimail1@aol.com If you do not receive a reply within 24 hours, write to our additional email address – yardimail2@aol.com
We”ll send you a complete instruction on how to decrypt all your files.
=================================================
* WHAT SHOULD I DO ??=================================================
First of all your files are NOT DAMAGED!
Your files have been modified and encrypted with the TR1224 double encryption algorithm.
This change is reversible. The only way to decrypt your files is to purchase the decipher tool that is special to you.
Any attempt to irreversibly corrupt your files, and attempting to restore them with third-party software will be fatal to your files.
=================================================
* SO MY FILES WILL RETURN TO THE OLD STATE AND HOW SHOULD I PAY ???=================================================
To decode the password you have to buy our special decoding tool, we already said that.
and the deciphering tool costs $ 400, you will pay by bitcoin and you must contact us for payment.
Once the payment is made, we will send you the special decoding tool by email.
and it is enough to run the.
=================================================
* FREE DECRYPT FILE!!! =================================================
Free decryption as warranty!
If you don”t believe in our service and want to see proof, you can ask us about the test for decryption.
You send us up to 2 encrypted files.
Use the file sharing service and Win-Rar to send files for testing. Files must be smaller than 1 MB (unarchived) and Files should not matter! Do not send us databases, backups or large excells. Files etc. We will decrypt and send back your decrypted files as proof!
=================================================
* HOW TO BUY BITCOINS ???=================================================
Bitcoins have two simple ways:
Link1: https://exmo.me/en/support#/1_3
Link2: https://localbitcoins.net/guides/how-to-buy-bitcoins
Read the information in these links carefully, because you may need to buy even large quantities.
Note: Use translation for Turkish source.
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!!! ATTENTION !!! =================================================
!!! If you do not pay within 2 days, you will not be able to recover your files forever.
!!! Do not rename encrypted files.
!!! Do not attempt to decrypt your data using third-party software, as this may cause permanent data loss.
!!! Unraveling your files with the help of third parties can lead to increased prices and don”t trust anyone even your dog.
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* THE KEY REQUIRED FOR THE DECRYPT TOOL =================================================
Don”t change these 2 key decryption tool for this 2 key required !!!
and please note that these 2 keys are encrypted with the AES-256 encryption system.
Key1:
/RzxA7VCvifE4Hjm8/5IhRLZhFWzP3LzQambUINoFxgs2DAzHjW1w4lW2Uj/YaQiQ***
Key2:
6ilaoa4uQh2q75heZdPCqMk4Ipnz3eBwk/22hxM95c3Tdzb0ZyTzO4ZzBJuN0mSIf***
=================================================

If you want to prevent being tricked once again by cybercriminals, you should avoid paying them the ransom. There is no guarantee that they can send you back a working decryption solution for .Deniz_Kızı files. Instead, consider the completion of the removal steps below as they will help you to clean your system from malicious files and present you some alternative data recovery solutions.

Remove Deniz_kizi Ransomware and Restore Files

The so-called Deniz_kizi virus is a threat with a highly complex code that disrupts system security 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 the ransomware. That’s why it is recommendable that all steps presented in the ransomware removal guide below should be completed. 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.

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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:

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  • 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.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Deniz_kizi ransomware from Windows.


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

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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 Deniz_kizi 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. 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 Deniz_kizi ransomware 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 Deniz_kizi ransomware 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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Step 4: Scan for Deniz_kizi ransomware 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 Deniz_kizi ransomware.

Ransomware infections and Deniz_kizi ransomware 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 Deniz_kizi ransomware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Deniz_kizi ransomware 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 Deniz_kizi ransomware:

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 Deniz_kizi ransomware. 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 Deniz_kizi ransomware. 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 Deniz_kizi 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:

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 Deniz_kizi ransomware. 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 Deniz_kizi ransomware.

Ransomware infections and Deniz_kizi ransomware 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.


Deniz_kizi ransomware FAQ

What is Deniz_kizi ransomware ransomware and how does it work?

Deniz_kizi ransomware 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 Deniz_kizi ransomware ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Deniz_kizi ransomware 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 Deniz_kizi ransomware 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 .Deniz_kizi ransomware files?

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

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Deniz_kizi ransomware 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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