Remove Jolly Roger Virus - Restore .Locked Files

Remove Jolly Roger Virus – Restore .Locked Files

This article will help you remove Jolly Roger ransomware completely. Follow the ransomware removal instructions at the end of this article.

Jolly Roger is the name of a new ransomware cryptovirus. This ransomware is a variant of the EDA2 open-source project. The virus places the extension .locked after encryption to all files which get locked. The Jolly Roger virus will demand a ransom to be paid for allegedly getting your files back to normal. Keep reading below to see how you could try to potentially restore some of your data.

Threat Summary

NameJolly Roger
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 .locked to them after it finishes its encryption process.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Jolly Roger Virus – Distribution

Jolly Roger ransomware could distribute 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 PC will become infected. You can see the detections of such a file on the VirusTotal service right here:

Jolly Roger ransomware might also distribute its payload file on social media and file-sharing services. You should always scan files you download with a security program. The ransomware connects to a C2 (Command&Control) server to download files and might give remote access to the cybercriminals, allowing them to spread the virus further. You should read the ransomware preventing tips given in our forum.

Jolly Roger Virus – Overview

Jolly Roger is a virus that could encrypt your files and extort you to pay a ransom to get them back to normal. Malware researchers have discovered that it is a variant of the EDA2 open-source project.

Jolly Roger 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.

Your Desktop Background will be changed to the following picture:

That picture is named wall.jpg and it says the following:

Read Instructions.rtf
KEEP CALM AND RECOVER YOUR FILES

See the ransom note that is placed on your Desktop after the encryption process completes:

That ransom note is in a file called Instructions.rtf and reads the following:

YOUR PC HAS BEEN INFECTED
Hello,
+We are the only ones in the world that can provide your files for you!
+When your PC was hacked, the files were encrypted and sent to a server we control!
+You must send 0.1 BTC about 250 USD to
15VUKaBP5YbNiKDhntf5FPAzzqJ9HYieEq
+Within 1 week from now to retrieve your files and prevent them from being leaked!
+When you have sent payment, please send email to [email protected] with:
1) Date Transaction
2) PC’s Name
3) Email to send you the KEY
+Once we confirm the transaction, we’ll send email with the key and the process to decrypt all your files
+Check your spam looking for Email Subject: AES Key lucky guy!
+You can purchase BITCOINS from many exchanges such as:
https://www.bitstamp.net/
https://www.bitfinex.com/
https://www.coinbase.com/
https://www.cryptsy.com/
https://localbitcoins.com/
or google for your country
*We are business people and treat customers well if you follow what we ask
*Remember your email is one-way, so don’t do anything stupid
*And please don’t waste time trying to decrypt with some local service, without the key is impossible, we use AES encryption
Thank you for your cooperation
Goodbye!

The background of the virus uses a variation of the pirate flag known as Jolly Roger, similarly to another ransomware – Alma Locker Ransomware. The note of the Jolly Roger ransomware states that your files are encrypted. A ransom of 0.1 Bitcoin is demanded as payment for potentially unlocking your files. However, 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 do other criminal activity.

Jolly Roger Virus – Encryption

Jolly Roger ransomware is reported to seek and encrypt files with the following extensions:

→.3df8, .3gp2, .accdb, .adpb, .amxx, .ascx, .ashx, .asmx, .ddcx, .disk, .divx, .djvu, .docm, .docx, .dotm, .dotx, .exe, .exif, .gthr, .gzig, .html, .indd, .itdb, .java, .jfif, .jiff, .jpeg, .locked, .mbox, .mpeg, .potm, .potx, .ppsm, .ppsx, .pptm, .pptx, .rsrc, .shar, .tax2013, .tax2014, .tbz2, .text, .thmx, .upoi, .wave, .wdgt, .wmdb, .wmmp, .xlam, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xltx, .xlwx, .xvid, .zipx

Every single file that gets encrypted will receive the same extension appended to it, which is .locked. The encryption algorithm which is implemented is AES as reported by malware researchers.

The Jolly Roger 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 command stated above is executed that would make the encryption process more efficient as it will eliminate one of the ways for restoring 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 data.

Remove Jolly Roger Virus and Restore .Locked Files

If your computer got infected with the Jolly Roger 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 Jolly Roger from your computer

Note! Substantial notification about the Jolly Roger threat: Manual removal of Jolly Roger 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 Jolly Roger files and objects
2. Find malicious files created by Jolly Roger on your PC

Automatically remove Jolly Roger by downloading an advanced anti-malware program

1. Remove Jolly Roger with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool and back up your data
2. Restore files encrypted by Jolly Roger
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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