Remove Foxy Ransomware - Restore .Nightmare Files
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This article will aid you remove Foxy ransomware effectively. Follow the ransomware removal instructions at the end.

Foxy is the name of a ransomware cryptovirus. The ransomware is a variant of HiddenTear and is written to append the extension .Nightmare to all encrypted files. The Foxy virus might still be in development considering its vague ransom note message, but it will encrypt your files if you get your computer infected. Keep on reading below to see how you could try to potentially restore some of your files.

Threat Summary

NameFoxy
TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer and displays a ransom message afterward.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and put the extension .Nightmare to them after it finishes its encryption process.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Foxy Ransomware – Infection Techniques

Foxy ransomware could spread its infection with various methods. 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 here:

Foxy 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 our forums.

Foxy Ransomware – Technical Insight

Foxy is a virus that encrypts your files and extorts you to pay a ransom to get them decrypted. Malware researchers have discovered that it is a variant of the HiddenTear open-source project. The ransom payment is demanded in BitCoin.

Foxy ransomware might make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows environment. Such entries are typically designed in a way to launch the virus automatically with each start of the Windows operating system.

That ransom note loads inside a window screen and can be viewed from the below screenshot:

It reads the following:

1.) What happened to my PC/Files
– Your Files has been encrypted, what means, they are useless for you.
2.) Can I recover my Files?
– Of course. Just pay the price shown below, to the also shown below Bitcoin Address and after we recived the Payment, you get the decryption Key.
3.) Is there any other way to get my Files back?
– Yeah there is one option –>

00 : 46 : 55
If the Countdown is finished, all your Files get deleted!
Pay fast, get safe!
(Do Payment)
(Decrypt Files)

The note of the Foxy ransomware states that your files are encrypted. The ransom payment for potentially unlocking your files is not stated. However, even if it was, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom. Your files may not get restored, and nobody could guarantee that. Moreover, giving money to cybercriminals will likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or commit other crimes.

Foxy Ransomware – Encryption Process

As Foxy ransomware is a HiddenTear variant it could seek to encrypt files with these extensions:

→.txt, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .pdf, .pps, .ppt, .pptx, .odt, .gif, .jpg, .png, .db, .csv, .sql, .mdb.sln.php, .asp, .aspx, .html, .xml, .psd, .frm, .myd, .myi, .dbf, .mp3, .mp4, .avi, .mov, .mpg, .rm, .wmv, .m4a, .mpa, .wav, .sav, .gam, .log, .ged, .msg, .myo, .tax, .ynab, .ifx, .ofx, .qfx, .qif, .qdf, .tax2013, .tax2014, .tax2015, .box, .ncf, .nsf, .ntf, .lwp

Every single file that gets encrypted will receive the same extension appended to it, which is .Nightmare. The encryption algorithm which is implemented is undoubtedly AES since it is a variant of the HiddenTear open-source ransomware project.

The Foxy 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 command stated above is executed that would make the encryption process even more efficient as it will eliminate one of the possible ways for restoring your data. If your computer machine was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially recover your data.

Remove Foxy Ransomware and Restore .Nightmare Files

If your computer got infected with the Foxy 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.

Note! Your computer system may be affected by Foxy and other threats.
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To remove Foxy follow these steps:

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Foxy files and objects
2. Find files created by Foxy on your PC

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3. Scan for malware and unwanted programs with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
4. Try to Restore files encrypted by Foxy

Berta Bilbao

Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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