Remove FRS Ransomware - Restore .FRS Files

Remove FRS Ransomware – Restore .FRS Files

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FRS Ransomware READ_ME_HELP_ME ransom note

This article has been created in order to explain what is FRS Ransomware and how to remove it from your computer. In addition, some alternative data recovery methods could help you to restore .FRS files are listed.

A new data locker ransomware has been spotted to harass online users. It is called FRS Ransomware and what it does is to encrypt important files stored on the infected hosts. After encryption all corrupted files receive the extension .FRS at the end of their original names. They remain out of order and your access to the information they store is restricted until a ransom is paid to hackers. The amount of the ransom is not stated in the text message which appears on the PC screen once the encryption process ends. The ransom message is dropped on the infected system in two file formats as a text file and as an image. The files are called READ_ME_HELP_ME.txt and READ_ME_HELP_ME.png.

Threat Summary

NameFRS Ransomware
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionFRS Ransomware virus encrypts files on your PC and drops a ransom note that demands payment for the decryption of .FRS files.
SymptomsThis ransomware encrypts important files and then renames them with the extension .FRS. The access to encrypted files is restricted. A ransom payment is demanded.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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FRS Ransomware – More Information

Once FRS Ransomware crypto virus is running on the infected device it can drop additional malicious file by connecting to its server. The ransomware could be also designed to create needed files during the infection process. It is likely to locate malicious files in the following Windows system folders:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Temp%
  • %Windows%

However, the threat may be set to delete its traits after it plagues your system and data. FRS Ransomware may also utilize obfuscation techniques to prevent detection so you may not be able to find out the files and objects associated with the threat manually.

FRS Ransomware uses the functionalities of some registry keys to execute certain malicious files needed for the infection. In addition, it may add some values under specific registry sub-keys that control the automatic execution of all apps that need to start on each system launch. By doing this FRS Ransomware ensures its persistence on the system. Thus, its detection and removal become rather tough tasks.

After FRS Ransomware establishes its files on the system it initiates a scan of all drives in order to locate target files and modify their original code with the help of strong cipher algorithm. Currently, there is no information which cipher is used by the threat. What is sure is that all corrupted files receive the extension .FRS and remain out of order until a proper decryption solution is applied to all of them.

FRS Ransomware is set to drop a ransom note on each infected host. The information it provides can be found in two different files. One of them is in a .TXT format while the other is a PNG image. Both files are named READ_ME_HELP_ME and what they read is:

Ooops,your important files have been encrypted! Ransomware […] FRS Decryptor […] the content of your files not readable?It is normal,because your important files have been encrypted by the “FRS Ransomware”.It means your files are NOT DAMAGED!Your files are just encrypted.From now it is not possible to use your files until they will be decrypted.The only way to decrypt your files safely is use special decryption tool “FRS Decryptor”.Please wait for “FRS Decryptor” to start automatically.If “FRS Decryptor” does not start automatically, open “FRS Decryptor” on the desktop.

FRS Ransomware READ_ME_HELP_ME ransom note

In fact, this is the English extract of the message. It has another part that is probably written in Chinese. Under no circumstances, you should contact hackers or pay them the ransom as they may not send you a working decryption solution. The good news is that there are alternative solutions that may help you to restore .FRS files. Check out the guide below.

Remove FRS Ransomware and Restore Files

The step-by-step removal guide below provides both manual and automatic approaches. Beware that the removal of FRS Ransomware virus is not an easy task. It is a severe threat that plagues the whole system. Security researchers recommend the help of advanced anti-malware tool for maximum efficiency.

After you fulfill the removal process make sure to check the “Restore Files” step available in our guide below. But before that be advised to back up all encrypted files to an external drive and prevent their irreversible loss.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for three years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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