This article will aid you to remove Golden Axe ransomware efficiently. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.
Golden Axe is a cryptovirus. The virus encrypts your files and demands money as a ransom to get your files restored. Files will receive a custom extension. The Golden Axe ransomware leaves a text message with ransomware instructions as well as a desktop background pointing to the ransom note. Keep on reading the article and see how you could try to potentially recover some of your locked files.
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will encrypt your files and leave a ransom note with payment instructions.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
Golden Axe Virus – Distribution Tactics
The Golden Axe ransomware might distribute itself via different tactics. 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 device will become infected. Below, you can see the payload file of the cryptovirus being detected by the VirusTotal service:
As seen in the name and discovered by malware researchers, the ransomware will distribute via malvertising campaigns posing as Flash Player.
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 located at the corresponding forum thread.
Golden Axe Virus – In-Depth Analysis
Golden Axe is a virus that encrypts your files and opens a ransom note, with instructions inside it, about the compromised computer machine. The extortionists behind this threat want you to pay a ransom fee for the alleged restoration of your files, by first contacting them with an e-mail message.
Golden Axe 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 start the virus automatically with each boot of the Windows Operating System.
The ransom note message itself is located inside a file called # INSTRUCTIONS-RHHTF #.TXT or similar (depends on the random extension):
The ransom note file has the following contents:
*** UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES UNTIL DECRYPT YOUR FILES DO NOT DELETE THIS INSTRUCTIONS FILE ***
# What Happened?
All your files, documents, photos, databases, and other important files are encrypted by ‘Golden Axe’ ransomware!
It means you will not be able to access them anymore until they are decrypted.
Recovery process impossible without purchasing your special decryption package from us!
# Free Decryption Guarantee!
We will decrypt one of your files before you making payment to show our honesty.
Pick up and attach one of your random encrypted files less than ~1 megabytes in the first contact with us.
* Make sure you will send the file as clear. Not archived, compressed or etc…
# How to contact with you?
Send your message with your ‘DATA’ block on the blow of this file to our email address – email@example.com
and wait for our response.
Write in email message what you think necessary.
Do not forget, write to us in English or get help for a professional translator.
Also do not forget!
When we does not reply your email after 24 hour, send your message to our backup email – firstname.lastname@example.org
# How to Purchase Decryption Package?
We will send you next step instructions about payment and decryption in the email.
The decryption price base on how fast you contact with us!
We accept only cryptocurrency named Bitcoin (BTC) as a payment method.
# How to Purchase Bitcoin?
Use the global and trusted Bitcoin exchange website – https://localbitcoins.com for fast and easy Bitcoin purchase.
For more information search about ‘How to buy Bitcoin’ on the internet.
* DO NOT MODIFY, MOVE OR RENAME ENCRYPTED FILES. THIS CAUSES A CORRUPT YOUR FILES!
The message above, displayed by the Golden Axe ransomware virus indicates that your files are encrypted. You are demanded to pay a ransom sum to allegedly restore your files, after you contact the cybercriminals by email. However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum. Your files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that. Adding to that, giving money to cybercriminals will most likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or commit different criminal activities. That may even result to you getting your files encrypted all over again after payment.
The picture seen above will be placed as a desktop background of a compromised computer. Here is what it says:
-=-=-=-= YOU ARE BECOME VICTIM OF THE GOLDEN AXE RANSOMWARE -=-=-=-=
All your files, documents, photos, databases and other important files are encrypted.
Read instructions help file named “instructions—%s.txt” for more information.
Contact with us be e-mail for decryption (recovery) information.
*** DO NOT MODIFY, MOVE OR RENAME ENCRYPTED FILES ***
*** USING THE THIRTY PARTY RECOVERY SOFTWARE DOES FATAL YOUR FILES ***
Judging by the above image, and comparing research, it seems that the Golden Axe ransomware is another variant as.UIK1J! Ransomware with a different extension. Newly discovered information reveals that the extension for each victim is different and randomly generated by the cryptovirus.
The following e-mail addresses are used for contacting the cybercriminals:
As already noted, do not trust criminals, as they can only mislead you and you cannot be certain that you will not have your files encrypted again in the future.
Golden Axe Ransomware – Encryption Process
The encryption process of the Golden Axe ransomware rather simple – every file that gets encrypted will become simply unusable. Files will get a custom, random extension after they get encrypted. The newly added extension will be added as a secondary one, without changing the original, nor the file name.
A list with the targeted extensions of files which are sought to get encrypted is currently unknown. However, if the list becomes available, the article will get updated accordingly.
The files used most by users and which are probably encrypted are from the following categories:
- Audio files
- Video files
- Document files
- Image files
- Backup files
- Banking credentials, etc
The Golden Axe 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
In case the above-stated command is executed that will make the effects of the encryption process more efficient. That is due to the fact that the command eliminates one of the prominent ways to restore your data. If a computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially restore some files back to their normal state.
Remove Golden Axe Ransomware Virus
If your computer system got infected with the Golden Axe 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.