Remove HugeMe Ransomware and Restore .Encrypted Files

The article will aid you to remove HugeMe ransomware in full. Follow the ransomware removal instructions at the end of this article.

HugeMe is the name of an old ransomware cryptovirus. This virus will encrypt files with around 470 different file extensions. The extension .encrypted will be appended to every encrypted file. AES is believed to be the encryption algorithm that is used, as the ransomware is suggested to be a variant from the HiddenTear/EDA2 project. The HugeMe cryptovirus will create a ransom note in a text file. Keep on reading and see how you could try to potentially recover some of your files.

Threat Summary

NameHugeMe
TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer and leaves a ransom message afterward.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and put the extension .encrypted on your files after it finishes its encryption process.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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HugeMe Ransomware – Infection

HugeMe ransomware could spread its infection in multiple ways. A payload file which initiates the malicious script for the ransomware in question is seen before on the Internet. Your computer machine will get encrypted by the cryptovirus if its malicious script gets executed. You can preview one such payload dropper, uploaded to the VirusTotal service by malware researchers, from below here:

HugeMe ransomware might also be spreading its payload file on social media sites and file-sharing networks. Freeware that is spread on the Internet can be presented as helpful but could also hide the malicious script for this cryptovirus. Refrain from opening files after you have downloaded them, especially if they are coming from suspicious places like emails or links of unknown origin. Instead, you should scan the files with a security tool and check their size and signatures for anything that seems out of place. Read the ransomware prevention tips from the forum section to see how to avoid infection.

HugeMe Ransomware – Description

HugeMe ransomware is also a cryptovirus. The malware is older than a year, but lately there have been new detections of it. The extension .encrypted will get appended to all files that become locked after the encryption process completes.

HugeMe ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve some form of persistence, and even launch and repress processes inside the Windows Operating System. Some of these entries are designed in a way that will start the virus automatically with every launch of Windows.

The ransom note will be placed inside a file after the encryption process is complete. The file with the ransom note is a .txt file. Although, there are more files associated with the ransomware which contain instructions for decrypting your files along with demands for payment that are labeled:

  • DECRYPT_ReadMe.txt
  • DECRYPT.txt

The ransom note looks like this:

The note reads the following:

All your files encrypted with strong encryption.
To unlock your files you must pay 1 bitcoin to address :
1GvQ9GsMgwAUz91PKNpAJxrAwsztg1S7jy
Search google for how to buy and send bitcoin.
After you send the bitcoin email to :
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
use all email to communicate with the information of username and pcname and the time you send bitcoins.
When we will confirme the transaction you will receive decryption key and decryption program.
You have 5 days to make transaction after that your decryption key will be deleted. And your files gone forever.

The ransomware is reported to be a HiddenTear/EDA2 variant by the malware researcher Karsten Hahn. You can read more about the HiddenTear/EDA2 open-source project from the corresponding article in the blog.

Inside the note of HugeMe ransomware there are three different e-mail addresses provided for contacting the cybercriminals. However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay these crooks, neither should you contact them. Your files may not get restored, and nobody could guarantee it. Furthermore, giving money to these criminals will likely motivate them to distribute other ransomware viruses or do more criminal activities.

The following list contains 473 different file extensions that the HugeMe ransomware seeks to encrypt:

→.1cd, .3d, .3d4, .3df8, .3fr, .3g2, .3gp, .3gp2, .3mm, .7z, .aac, .abk, .abw, .ac3, .accdb, .ace, .act, .ade, .adi, .adpb, .adr, .adt, .ai, .aim, .aip, .ais, .amf, .amr, .amu, .amx, .amxx, .ans, .ap, .ape, .api, .arc, .ari, .arj, .aro, .arr, .arw, .asa, .asc, .ascx, .ase, .asf, .ashx, .asmx, .asp, .asr, .avi, .avs, .bak, .bay, .bck, .bdp, .bdr, .bib, .bic, .big, .bik, .bkf, .blp, .bmc, .bmf, .bml, .bmp, .boc, .bp2, .bp3, .bpl, .bsp, .cag, .cam, .cap, .car, .cbr, .cbz, .cc, .ccd, .cch, .cd, .cdr, .cer, .cfg, .cgf, .chk, .clr, .cms, .cod, .col, .cp, .cpp, .cr2, .crd, .crt, .crw, .cs, .csi, .cso, .ctt, .cty, .cwf, .dal, .dap, .dbb, .dbf, .dbx, .dcp, .dcr, .dcu, .ddc, .ddcx, .dem, .der, .dev, .dex, .dic, .dif, .dii, .dir, .disk, .divx, .diz, .djvu, .dmg, .dng, .dob, .doc, .docm, .docx, .dot, .dotm, .dotx, .dox, .dpk, .dpl, .dpr, .dsk, .dsp, .dvd, .dvi, .dvx, .dwg, .dxe, .dxf, .dxg, .elf, .eps, .eql, .erf, .err, .euc, .evo, .ex, .exif, .f90, .faq, .fcd, .fdr, .fds, .ff, .fla, .flp, .flv, .for, .fpp, .gam, .gif, .grf, .gthr, .gz, .gzig, .h3m, .h4r, .htm, .html, .idx, .img, .indd, .ink, .ipa, .isu, .isz, .itdb, .itl, .iwd, .jar, .jav, .java, .jc, .jfif, .jgz, .jif, .jiff, .jpc, .jpeg, .jpf, .jpg, .jpw, .js, .kdc, .kmz, .kwd, .lbi, .lcd, .lcf, .ldb, .lgp, .log, .lp2, .ltm, .ltr, .lvl, .mag, .man, .map, .max, .mbox, .mbx, .mcd, .md3, .mdb, .mdf, .mdl, .mdn, .mds, .mef, .mic, .mip, .mlx, .mod, .moz, .mp3, .mp4,.mpeg, .mpg, .mrw, .msg, .msp, .mxp, .nav, .ncd, .nds, .nef, .nfo, .now, .nrg, .nri, .nrw, .odb, .odc, .odf, .odi, .odm, .odp, .ods, .odt, .oft, .oga, .ogg, .opf, .orf, .owl, .oxt, .p12, .p7b, .p7c, .pab, .pak, .pbf, .pbp, .pbs, .pcv, .pdd, .pdf, .pef, .pem, .pfx, .php, .pkb, .pkh, .pl, .plc, .pli, .pm, .png, .pot, .potm, .potx, .ppd, .ppf, .pps, .ppsm, .ppsx, .ppt, .pptm, .pptx, .prc, .prt, .psa, .psd, .pst, .ptx, .puz, .pwf, .pwi, .pxp, .qbb, .qdf, .qel, .qif, .qpx, .qtq, .qtr, .r3d, .ra, .raf, .rar, .raw, .res, .rev, .rgn, .rng, .rrt, .rsrc, .rsw, .rte, .rtf, .rts, .rtx, .rum, .run, .rv, .rw2, .rwl, .sad, .saf, .sav, .scm, .scn, .scx, .sdb, .sdc, .sdn, .sds, .sdt, .sen, .sfs, .sfx, .sh, .shar, .shr, .shw, .slt, .snp, .so, .spr, .sql, .sqx, .sr2, .srf, .srt, .srw, .ssa, .std, .stt, .stx, .sud, .svi, .svr, .swd, .swf, .tar, .tax2013, .tax2014, .tbz2, .tch, .tcx, .text, .tg, .thmx, .tif, .tlz, .tpu, .tpx, .trp, .tu, .tur, .txd, .txf, .txt, .uax, .udf, .umx, .unr, .unx, .uop, .upoi, .url, .usa, .usx, .ut2, .ut3, .utc, .utx, .uvx, .uxx, .val, .vc, .vcd, .vdo, .ver, .vhd, .vmf, .vmt, .vsi,.vtf, .w3g, .w3x, .wad, .war, .wav, .wave, .waw, .wb2, .wbk, .wdgt, .wks, .wm, .wma, .wmd, .wmdb, .wmmp, .wmv, .wmx, .wow, .wpd, .wpk, .wpl, .wps, .wsh, .wtd, .wtf, .wvx, .x3f, .xl, .xla, .xlam, .xlc, .xlk, .xll, .xlm, .xlr, .xls, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xltx, .xlv, .xlwx, .xpi, .xpt, .xvid, .xwd, .yab, .yps, .z02, .z04, .zap, .zip, .zipx, .zoo

Each of the files that gets encrypted will receive the same extension appended to the end of their names, and that is the .encrypted extension. The encryption which is utilized by the ransomware is believed to be AES as that is the encryption algorithm used by HiddenTear variants.

The HugeMe cryptovirus is reported to delete the Shadow Copies from the Windows operating system by utilizing the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

Keep on reading and check out what type of ways you can try to potentially restore some of your files.

Remove HugeMe Ransomware and Restore .encrypted Files

If your computer got infected with the HugeMe 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.

Manually delete HugeMe from your computer

Note! Substantial notification about the HugeMe threat: Manual removal of HugeMe requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

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

Automatically remove HugeMe by downloading an advanced anti-malware program

1. Remove HugeMe with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool and back up your data
2. Restore files encrypted by HugeMe
Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

Berta Bilbao

Berta is the Editor-in-Chief of SensorsTechForum. She is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space.

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