Dragon ransomware is a vicious cryptovirus that corrupts computer systems and personal files to extort ransom payment from victims. As identified by security researchers Dragon ransomware is based on the code of another ransomware dubbedAurora. Since the threat corrupts target files by utilizing the strong RSA-2048 encryption algorithm, it leaves them completely inaccessible. Dragon ransomware also adds the .locked file suffix and drops a ransom note file. The note is dropped on the system as a file called #DECRYPT_MY_FILES#.txt and it aims to blackmail you into paying a hefty ransom fee to hackers.
|Short Description||A data locker ransomware designed to plague system settings, utilize strong cihper algorithm and encrypt valuable files.|
|Symptoms||Important files are locked and renamed with the .locked extension. Ransom message insists on ransom payment for a decryption tool.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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Dragon Ransomware – Spreading and Description
The most probable attack vector used for the spread of Dragon ransomware is malspam. Malspam is a preferred technique as it enables hackers to deliver malicious code on users’ devices with the help of massive email campaigns. Spam emails which are part of attack campaigns usually contain one or more of the following components:
- A link to compromised web page that is set to download and execute infection files directly on the PC. The URL address to this page may be presented as an in-text link, banner, image, button or full URL address.
- A malicious file attachment that is presented as legitimate document by the text message. It could be uploaded in a .rar or .zip archive. Such a file could be set to evade active security measures and trick you into running the ransomware on your PC.
Other channels that may be part of the distribution strategy for Dragon ransomware are malvertising, freeware installers, corrupted web pages, compromised software setups, fake software updates, malicious files shared on forums and other.
The moment Dragon’s payload starts on the system, the ransomware begins the attack. During the attack, Dragon ransomware completes various malicious operations. As a result, the threat becomes able to remain undetected while corrupting target personal files.
For the encryption stage, Dragon ransomware activates a built-in cipher module. This module scans predefined system drives for target types of files to modify their code with the RSA-2048 cipher algorithm. Once the encryption process is done you cannot access the data stored by valuable files like:
- Audio files
- Video files
- Document files
- Image files
- Backup files
- Banking credentials, etc
Following encryption, corrupted files could be recognized by the extension .locked which is appended to their names.
Once Dragon ransomware is ready with the encryption process it drops a ransom note file to extort a hefty ransom fee for .locked files decryption tool. The note could be found in a file called #DECRYPT_MY_FILES#.txt and all that it reads is:
#What happened to your files?
All your files has been encrypted by a strong encryption with RSA-2048.
More information about the encryption keys using RSA-2048 can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSA_(cryptosystem)
#What does this mean?
This means that the structure and data within your files have been irrevocably changed, you will not be able to work with them, read them or see them, it is the same thing as losing them forever, but with our help, you can restore them.
#How did this happen?
Especially for you, on our server was generated the secret key pair RSA-2048 – public and private. All your files were encrypted with the public key, which has been transferred to your computer via the Internet. Decrypting of your files is only possible with the help of the private key and decrypt program, which is on our secret server.
#What do I do?
Alas, if you do not take the necessary measures for the specified time then the conditions for obtaining the private key will be changed. If you really value your data, then we suggest you do not waste valuable time searching for the solutions because they do not exist.
Trying to reinstall the system and decrypting the file with a third-party tool will result in file corruption which means no one can decrypt your file(including us)!
If you still try to decrypt the file yourself, you do so at your own risk!
As a proof, you can send 3 encrypted files and ID to test decrypt,and we will send you the decrypted files to prove that we can decrypt your files.
To decrypt all your files, you need to buy Dragon Decryptor.
#How to buy Dragon Decryptor?
1.buy 0.3 bitcoin at https://localbitcoins.com
2.contact us by email to get a payment address
3.send bitcoin to our payment address
4.after payment,we will send you Dragon Decryptor
The purpose of this message is to convince you that you should contact hackers at email@example.com email address and wait for an answer with more details on a ransom payment process. For the sake of your security, we advise you to avoid contacting hackers and attempt to restore your PC and data with the help of the guide that follows.
Remove Dragon Ransomware and Restore .locked Files
The so-called Dragon Ransomware is a threat with highly complex code designed to corrupt both system settings and valuable data. So the only way to use your infected system in a secure manner again is to remove all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. For the purpose, you could use our removal guide that reveals how to clean and secure your system step by step. In addition, in the guide, you will find several alternative data recovery approaches that may be helpful in attempting to restore files encrypted by Dragon ransomware. We remind you to back up all encrypted files to an external drive before the recovery process.
How to Recover .locked Files
A decryption tool is now available for Dragon ransomware! The tool was created by the malware researcher Michael Gillespie and can be downloaded from the following link, wrapped inside a .zip archive: AuroraDecrypter.zip.
There are several alternative methods that may be efficient for the recovery of .locked files as well. You could find them listed under Step 5 from our Dragon ransomware removal guide. Beware that you should make copies of all encrypted files and save them on a flash drive for example. This additional step will prevent the permanent loss of encrypted .locked files.
Ransomware Removal Instructions
- Guide 1: How to Remove Dragon ransomware from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Dragon ransomware from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Dragon ransomware from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Dragon ransomware from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Dragon ransomware from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Dragon ransomware from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Dragon ransomware from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Dragon ransomware from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Dragon ransomware
Step 2: Uninstall Dragon 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 Dragon 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 Dragon ransomware there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Dragon ransomware from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Dragon 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 Dragon 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 Dragon 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 Dragon 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 Dragon 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 Dragon 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 Dragon ransomware will be removed.
Eliminate Dragon 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.