Remove Dragnea Ransomware - Restore Data

Remove Dragnea Ransomware – Restore Data

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This article will help you remove Dragnea ransomware efficiently. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.

Dragnea is a virus that claims to encrypt your files and demands money as a ransom to supposedly get those files restored. The Dragnea ransomware will not actually encrypt your files. In addition, it uses the GUI of Jigsaw ransomware, although malware researchers have deducted that it belongs to the “Stupid” ransomware family. Continue to read the article and see how you could try to potentially recover restore your computer back to normal.

Threat Summary

TypeRansomware, Virus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware could lock your computer screen and displays a ransom note message.
SymptomsThe ransomware claims that has encrypted your files and displays a screen with instructions on how to pay the cybercriminals to restore everything back to normal.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Dragnea Ransomware – Distribution Techniques

Dragnea ransomware might spread its infection in various techniques. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the World Wide Web, and researchers have gotten their hands on a malware sample. If that file lands on your computer system and you somehow execute it – your computer system will become infected.

You can see the detections of such a file on the VirusTotal service right down here:

Dragnea ransomware might also distribute its payload file on social media and file-sharing services. Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Refrain from opening files right after you have downloaded them. You should first scan them with a security tool, while also checking their size and signatures for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the tips for preventing ransomware found in the forum section.

Dragnea Ransomware – In-Depth Description

Dragnea is a virus that supposedly encrypts your files and shows a window with instructions on the screen of your computer system. The extortionists want you to pay a ransom for the alleged restoration of your files and restoration of your computer system back to normal.

Dragnea ransomware makes entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows environment (such as locking your computer screen). Such entries are typically designed in a way to launch the virus automatically with each start of the Windows operating system.

After the “encryption” process of the Dragnea virus completes, a ransom message will be displayed on your computer screen. You can see its contents from the following screenshot given right down here:

As you can see Dragnea uses the GUI of Jigsaw ransomware, although malware researchers have deducted that it belongs to the “Stupid” ransomware family.

The ransom note is in the Romanian language and states the following:

Permite-mi sa-ti explic ce se intampla:
Fisierele tale personaîe vor fi distruse. Documente, poze, video-uri etc..
Si stai linistit, nu ai cum sa opresti asta.
De ce? Pentru ca asa vrea mustata mea. Nu am BTC wallet si nici nu-mi fac, ca nu stiu cum

Asa ca, odihneasca-se-n pace!
Acum sa aste-tam impreuna

Trimite cel putin 1989 mineri partidului aici.
Introdu cheia de decriptare aici:
Am platit, acum da-mi fisierele.

A machine translation in English would look like this:

Allow me to explain to you what is happening:
Your personal files will be destroyed. Documents, pictures, videos, etc.
And you stay calm, you can not stop it.
Why? Because that’s what my mustache wants. I do not have a BTC wallet and I do not, I do not know how

So, rest in peace!
Now to go together together

Send at least 1989 miners to the party here.
Enter the decryption key here:
[ I paid, now give me the files. ]

The note of the Dragnea ransomware states that your files are encrypted. You are demanded to pay a ransom of 100 US dollars. However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom. Your files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that. Moreover, giving money to cybercriminals will most likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or commit different criminal acts.

An error message will pop-up if you do not pay the ransomware and click on the button at the bottom of the screen as seen in the image here:

The error message states the following:

Nu mor caii cand vor cainii.

Translated into English, it means:

Horses do not die when the dogs want.

That Romanian saying means, in this case, that even if you wish that you got your files restored, you are not the one to decide that. In other words, the ransomware authors want you to pay the ransom and hint that only they can unlock your files. That is funny as for the moment the ransomware does not actually lock your files.

Dragnea Ransomware – Encryption Process

The encryption process of the Dragnea ransomware is not known to work at the time of writing of this article. That might change in the future, as the ransomware might be in a developmental phase and implement the encryption feature at a later point in time.

However, if the setting in the ransomware is restored and the ransomware begins to encrypt files, malware researchers have found out that the malware is designed to place the .dragnea file extension to all locked files. Hence, the name of this ransomware virus – ”Dragnea”.

It is currently unknown if any version of this ransomware actually encrypts files. The encryption feature might be implemented in the future, especially if the malware is still under development. Currently there is no information regarding which types of files might get encrypted if such a feature was present in the malicious application. If information about the file extensions which might get encrypted in the future is found, this article will get duly updated.

The files which are used the most by users that would probably get encrypted will probably be from the following categories:

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

The Dragnea Ransomware threat can still lock your screen and demand a ransom as payment.

The Dragnea cryptovirus could be set to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

If the above-stated command is executed that will make it harder to restore your computer back to its state before becoming infected with the threat. In the future that would also help make the encryption process more viable. That is due to the fact that the command eliminates one of the prominent ways to restore your data as well. If your computer system was infected with this ransomware and you wish to find out how you could potentially restore your system back to normal, continue reading below.

Remove Dragnea Ransomware and Restore Data

If your computer got infected with the Dragnea 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.

Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov is a tech-geek and loves everything that is tech-related, while observing the latest news surrounding technologies. He has worked in IT before, as a system administrator and a computer repair technician. Dealing with malware since his teens, he is determined to spread word about the latest threats revolving around computer security.

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