Ransomware infections that resemble WannaCry’s ransom note continue to increase, primarily because of the popularity of the virus. One such infection is called FCP ransomware which pretends to encode the files on your computer and then demand a ransom to be paid in order to restore them back to working state. If you are one of the victims of the FCP ransomware virus, we strongly advise you to read this article.
|Short Description||Pretends to encrypt the files on your computer in order to extort you to pay a hefty ransom fee to supposedly get them decrypted.|
|Symptoms||A ransom note is displayed as a wallpaper on the infected computer.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files|
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How Does FCP Ransomware Infect
This virus causes an infection via multiple different methods, including:
- Spammed e-mail messages which carry malicious e-mail attachments or malicious web links.
- Spammed messages via chat services that may contain malicious URLs.
- Fake setups of software that only pretend to be legitimate, however are malicious.
- Fake game patches, software license activators and other types of files.
The payload of FCP ransomware Is usually carried by a malicious file, called loader. Another type of malicious file that can carry FCP ransomware is known as dropper in the trade. Once a victim opens the malicious infection file, the payload of the ransomware is either extracted from the obfuscated infection file or is downloaded from a C2 server.
Analysis of FCP Ransomware
As soon as victims become infected by the FCP ransomware virus, the threat immediately begins to modify the Windows operating system. First, the virus may begin to create mutexes as well as execute suspicious processes in Windows Task Manager. Among these processes, the FCP ransomware may have functions which elevate it’s permissions, meaning that the virus may create multiple different types of files on the compromised computer that can be located in the following folders:
After the malicious files of the virus are dropped, FCP ransomware may also attack the Windows Registry Editor, creating numerous registry entries, the main of which may execute it’s malicious files upon system start. The most often targeted registry sub-keys in which you may locate registry values belonging to FCP ransomware are known as the Run and RunOnce sub-keys and have the following location:
After the Windows registries of the affected computer system have been modified, the ransomware may begin to rename the files on the compromised computer, only pretending to encrypt them. After doing so, FCP ransomware, displays a ransom note as a wallpaper with a Chinese and an English message. The wallpaper has the following content:
“Ooops, your important files have been encrypted!
Is the content of your files not readable? It is normal because your important files have been encrypted by the “FCP Ransomware”. It means your files are NOT DAMAGED! Your files are just encrypted. From now it is not possible touse your files until they will be decrypted. The only way to decrypt your files safely is use special decryption tool “FCP Decryptor”. Please wait for “FCP Decryptor” to start automatically. If “FCP Decryptor” does not start automatically, open “FCP Decryptor” on the desktop.”
After the process of renaming your files has completed, the ransom note points out to the FCP Decryptor software which supposedly decrypts files. Experts believe that this ransomware virus is only created to fool you that you files are encrypted, whereas in fact simply their previous name and original file extension will fix them. This is why we strongly suggest to not pay any ransom and use the instructions below to remove this virus properly.
Remove FCP Ransomware and Restore Encrypted Files
For the removal of FCP ransomware virus, you need to be cautious. While FCP is harmless for your files, it may be risky for your computer if you try to remove it. This is why we recommend following the removal instructions below. They are specifically designed to help you remove FCP ransomware from your computer. For maximum effectiveness security experts strongly recommend using a ransomware-specific software to perform the removal process safely and protect your computer against future infections.
If you want to restore your encrypted files, it is strongly advisable to try and rename your files back to their original file extensions so that they can function properly again. In case this method does not work, we recommend trying to restore your files by using the alternative tools in step “2.” under the automatic instructions for removal and file recovery.