A new ransomware cryptovirus called Encryptile has appeared. All encrypted files will have the .EncrypTile extension appended to their names. The ransomware claims to use AES and RSA encryption algorithms. The ransom note gives a contact email with a Philippine-based domain. To see how to remove the ransomware and how you can try to restore your data, carefully read this article.
|Short Description||The ransomware will encrypt your files and then display its ransom note with instructions.|
|Symptoms||Your files will become encrypted and will have the .EncrypTile extension appended to them.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executables|
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Encryptile Ransomware – Infection
The Encryptile ransomware can infect your computer machine using a couple of methods. Spam email campaigns might be spreading its payload file. Spam mail is designed in such a way that you would think the letter you have received is important along with the attachment inside. If you open the attached file, it will infect your computer as the malicious code inside is executed. The payload file in question can be a Trojan horse and can be an executable file, and you can see an example of one such file in the database of VirusTotal:
Other ways of infection exist for the Encryptile ransomware. For instance, the malware makers could be distributing the files through social media and file-share networks. The malicious payload could be put as a file on these platforms in order to infect more users. You should refrain from opening files from suspicious sources like emails and links. Scan them first with a security program and check their signature and size. You should read the tips for preventing ransomware in our forum.
Encryptile Ransomware – Analysis
A new ransomware cryptovirus has been found recently, and it goes by the name of Encryptile. The malware researcher Karsten Hahn has reported about the discovery. It will encrypt your files and put an extension of the same name to them. A ransom note will appear as a picture and in a program window after the encryption process is complete.
When the Encryptile ransomware executes its payload, it might make entries in the Windows Registry for achieving resilience. These registry entries are designed to make the virus start automatically every time the Windows operating system boots up. Afterward, your data gets encrypted, and then the ransom message pops up on your desktop screen. The ransom note is in a file called Decrypt_[ID].txt.
You can preview the ransom message from the below snippet:
The text reads the following:
Your files are safely encrypted with strongest AES encryption and a private RSA key
Warning! If anti-virus deletes software then look at the screenshot and text documents. You can still get your files if you pay by the time. Any cracking attempts will result in a termination of both keys.
Your important files are encrypted with a AES and RSA key, only for this computer. To unlock all of your files as if nothing ever happened, please send 0.053773 bitcoin to the bitcoin address by 3 days or both keys will be terminated and your files will be sold. There are tutorials and links to popular bitcoin markets to help you buy bitcoin easier. There is video proof the password downloads after payment, and that the decryption is flawless and you can’t recover/restore any files without the keys. Send the exact amount of bitcoin. Wait a few minutes and hit “Check payment”. After payment, the keys will download and the AES key will appear. Then go to “Decrypt” and enter the AES key. Web browsers and basic programs are only allowed until you pay. We will decrypt 1 file. E-mail us with your ID and file.
ID: [your ID will be displayed here] 1Q8bF8MgLpZkcmHXPSFjjdpDfGMPVTHjSn
[Deadline] If anti-virus stopped software, e-mail ID after you pay.
How to buy bitcoin https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Buying_Bitcoins_(the_newbie_version)
https://localbitcoins.com , https://paxful.com/buy-bitcoin
The ransom note also loads in a program window which is supposed to be a decrypting tool. The tool unlocks your files only if you pay the ransom. Alas, in many cases ransomware creators do not decrypt your files back and do not even contact you back to give you a solution. Do NOT even think of paying the ransom. Nobody can guarantee you that by paying you will get your files back. Besides, the crooks will probably use the money to create more ransomware viruses or fund other criminal activity.
You can see the program window with the ransom message right here:
The Encryptile virus uses the email address firstname.lastname@example.org which is on a Philippine-based domain and doesn’t seem to use an encrypted service. The Encryptile ransomware gives you a deadline of three days to decrypt your data and demands 0.053773 Bitcoins. That amount is equivalent to 36 US dollars.
Currently, it is not known what extensions get locked by this ransomware, but as soon as there is information on the matter, the article will be updated with a list.
All encrypted files will have the .EncrypTile extension appended to them, after their name. The encryption process uses the AES and RSA algorithms or at least that is what it is claimed to be used, according to the ransom note message.
The Encryptile ransomware is more than likely to delete the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the following command:
→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet
Keep on reading to see what kinds of methods you can try out to possible restore your data and files.
Remove Encryptile Ransomware and Restore .EncrypTile Files
If your computer got infected with the Encryptile ransomware virus, you should have some experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as fast as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect more computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide given below. To see ways that you can try to recover your data, see the step titled 2. Restore files encrypted by Encryptile.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Encryptile
Step 2: Uninstall Encryptile and related malware 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 Encryptile 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 Encryptile there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for Encryptile with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Ransomware Automatic Removal - Video Guide
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Encryptile.
Ransomware infections and Encryptile 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.
Simply click on the link and on the website menus on the top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.
What is Encryptile Ransomware?
Encryptile 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 algorithms 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.
Can Encryptile Ransomware Damage My Computer?
Yes, ransomware can damage your computer. Ransomware is a malicious software that is designed to block access to your computer or files until a ransom is paid. It can encrypt your files and make them inaccessible, preventing you from using your computer or accessing your data. Ransomware can also damage your system, corrupt data and delete files, resulting in the permanent loss of important files.
Should I Ignore Ransomware, like Encryptile?
No, you should never ignore ransomware. Ransomware can encrypt your data and block access to your computer, making it impossible to access your files until you pay a ransom. Ignoring ransomware could lead to the permanent loss of your data, as well as the potential for the ransomware to spread to other computers on your network. Additionally, paying the ransom does not guarantee that your data will be recovered. The best way to protect yourself is to invest in robust cyber security measures, such as backup solutions and anti-malware software.
How Does Encryptile Ransomware Infect My Computer?
Via several ways.Encryptile Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing emails, 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 Encryptile 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 .Encryptile files?
You can't. At this point, the .Encryptile files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.
What to Do If Ransomware Decryptor Does Not Work?
Do not panic, and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .Encryptile files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by Encryptile ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, be 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.
Can I Restore ".Encryptile" Files (Other Methods)?
Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Encryptile files.
These methods are in no way 100% guaranteed 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 Encryptile Ransomware Virus?
The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti-malware program. It will scan for and locate Encryptile ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Encryptile files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like Encryptile ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with 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 I Cannot Recover Ransomware Encrypted Files?
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.
How to Report Ransomware to Authorities?
In case your computer got infected with a ransomware infection, you can report it to the local Police departments. It can help authorities worldwide track and determine the perpetrators behind the virus that has infected your computer. Below, we have prepared a list with government websites, where you can file a report in case you are a victim of a cybercrime:
Cyber-security authorities, responsible for handling ransomware attack reports in different regions all over the world:
Germany - Offizielles Portal der deutschen Polizei
United States - IC3 Internet Crime Complaint Centre
United Kingdom - Action Fraud Police
France - Ministère de l'Intérieur
Italy - Polizia Di Stato
Spain - Policía Nacional
Netherlands - Politie
Poland - Policja
Portugal - Polícia Judiciária
Greece - Cyber Crime Unit (Hellenic Police)
India - Mumbai Police - CyberCrime Investigation Cell
Australia - Australian High Tech Crime Center
Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.
Can You Prevent Encryptile Ransomware from Encrypting Your Files?
Yes, you can prevent ransomware. The best way to do this is to ensure your computer system is updated with the latest security patches, use a reputable anti-malware program and firewall, backup your important files frequently, and avoid clicking on malicious links or downloading unknown files. In addition, it is also important to keep your passwords secure and to avoid visiting websites or downloading applications from untrusted sources. Finally, ensure you have adequate backup and recovery procedures in place to restore your system to its pre-attack state, should a ransomware attack occur.
Can Encryptile Ransomware Steal Your Data?
Yes, in most cases ransomware will steal your information. It is a form of malware that steals data from a user's computer, encrypts it, and then demands a ransom in order to decrypt it. In many cases, the malware authors or attackers will threaten to delete the data or publish it online unless the ransom is paid. This means that if a user is infected with ransomware, their data can be stolen and held for ransom. It is important to be aware of this threat and take precautions to protect yourself and your data.
Can Ransomware Affect WiFi?
Yes, ransomware can affect WiFi networks, as malicious actors can use it to gain control of the network, steal confidential data, and lock out users. If a ransomware attack is successful, it could lead to a loss of service and/or data, and in some cases, financial losses.
Should I Pay Ransomware?
No, you should not pay ransomware extortionists. Paying them only encourages criminals and does not guarantee that the files or data will be restored. The better approach is to have a secure backup of important data and be vigilant about security in the first place.
What Happens If I Don't Pay Ransom?
If you don't pay the ransom, the hackers may still have access to your computer, data, or files and may continue to threaten to expose or delete them, or even to use them to commit cybercrimes. In some cases, they may even continue to demand additional ransom payments.
Why Is the Ransom Paid in Crypto?
Cryptocurrency is a secure and untraceable form of payment, making it the ideal choice for ransom payments. It is difficult to trace, and the transactions are almost instantaneous. This means it is nearly impossible for authorities to track the payment and recover the money.
Can Ransomware Be Detected?
Yes, ransomware can be detected. Anti-malware software and other advanced security tools can detect ransomware and alert the user when it is present on a machine. It is important to stay up-to-date on the latest security measures and to keep security software updated to ensure ransomware can be detected and prevented.
Do Ransomware Criminals Get Caught?
Yes, ransomware criminals do get caught. Law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, have been successful in tracking down and prosecuting ransomware criminals in the US and other countries. As ransomware threats continue to increase, so does the enforcement activity.
About the Encryptile Research
The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this Encryptile how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific malware and restore your encrypted files.
How did we conduct the research on this ransomware?
Our research is based on an independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, and as such, we receive daily updates on the latest malware and ransomware definitions.
To better understand the ransomware threat, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.
1. How to Recognize Spam Emails with Ransomware
2. How Does Ransomware Encryption Work?
3. How to Decrypt Ransomware Files
4. Ransomware Getting Greedier and Bigger, Attacks Increase by 40%
5. 1 in 5 Americans Victim of Ransomware
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