Remove Insane Ransomware - Restore .insane Files

Remove Insane Ransomware – Restore .insane Files

This article will help you remove Insane ransomware absolutely. Follow the ransomware removal instructions given at the end of the article.

Insane is a virus that encrypts your files and demands money as a ransom to get your files restored. Files are locked with the RSA-2048 military grade encryption algorithm. The Insane cryptovirus will encrypt your data and files, while also appending the .insane extension to each file. Keep on reading the article and see how you could try to potentially recover some of your files.

Threat Summary

TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer machine and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files with the RSA 2048-bit encryption algorithm. All locked files will have the .insane extension.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Insane Ransomware – Decrypter Update

Update! A decryption tool is now available for the Insane ransomware! The tool was created by the malware researcher Michael Gillespie and can be downloaded from the following link, wrapped inside a .zip archive: Decryption Tool. You need an encrypted file along with its original and the files can be decrypted even if their size is under 10 MB. The decryptor works for the following variants: Insane, desuCrypt and DEUScrypt.

Insane Ransomware – Methods of Distribution

Insane ransomware might spread its infection in various methods. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the Internet, 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 machine will become infected. You can see the detections of such a file on the VirusTotal service right down here:

Insane 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 the forum section.

Insane Ransomware – In-Depth Analysis

Insane is a virus that encrypts your files and shows a window with instructions on the screen of your computer device. The extortionists want you to pay a ransom for the alleged restoration of your files.

Insane ransomware could make entries inside 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.

After encryption the Insane virus creates a ransom inside a file called “How_decrypt_files.txt”. You preview its contents from the screenshot below:

The note states the following:

If you want restore your files write on email – [email protected]

The following e-mail address is used to contact the cybercriminals:

With the DesuCrypt variant, an image might replace your current Desktop Background when your files are being encrypted, displaying a part of the ransom note message. You can preview the picture from the following screenshot:

The above image is placed by the desuCrypt.pdb file which is used by Insane ransomware as well as the DesuCrypt ransomware, where that Desktop Background image is present.

It states the following:



As for the new DEUScrypt vriant, the ransomware is changed and contains more information. The not is showcased down here:

That ransom message is inside a file called note.txt and states the following:

All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC. If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail [email protected] have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us. After payment we will send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all your files.

The Insane ransomware virus demands that you do not interrupt its encryption process, while your files are being locked. You are demanded to contact the cybercriminals by e-mail ([email protected] for the newest DEUScrypt variant) and pay a ransom in some cryptocurrency. However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom. Your files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that. Moreover, giving money to cybercriminals will most likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or commit different criminal acts.

Insane Ransomware – Encryption Process

What is known for the encryption process of the Insane ransomware is that every file that gets encrypted will receive the [email protected] extension. The extension will be placed as a secondary extension, without altering the original extension of files, neither their original names. RSA is the encryption algorithm used to lock files on a system compromised by Insane ransomware using 2048-bit ciphers.

Currently, there is no list with the targeted extensions of files which are sought to get encrypted. If such a list becomes known, it will be posted here as an update to the article. 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 Insane 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 encryption process more efficient. That is due to the fact that the command eliminates one of the prominent ways to restore your data. If your computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially restore your files back to normal.

Remove Insane Ransomware and Restore .insane Files

If your computer got infected with the Insane 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.

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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