Remove Jolly Roger Virus - Restore .Locked Files
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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 luisa91@you-spam.com 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.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Jolly Roger from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Jolly Roger

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Jolly Roger and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Jolly Roger on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Jolly Roger there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Jolly Roger with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Jolly Roger.

Ransomware infections and Jolly Roger aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:

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2. On the download page, click on the "Download" button:

3. Click on "Save File" button:

4. Accept all agreements and click "Next":

5. After all the "Next" steps, click on "Install" and then wait for the installation to complete:

6. Run the software. Click on the location to scan for missing or deleted files and click on "Scan":

7. Wait for the scan to complete, it may take some time. Be advised that this scan is not 100% guaranteed to recover all files, but it does have some chance to get your data back:


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of Jolly Roger from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Jolly Roger and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Jolly Roger:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Jolly Roger. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Jolly Roger. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Jolly Roger via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Jolly Roger. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove Jolly Roger files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Jolly Roger, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.


Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Jolly Roger on your Mac.

Ransomware for Mac Jolly Roger aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the recommended Data Recovery Mac app by clicking on the link underneath:

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