New version of Philadelphia ransomware, which was part of the Stampado variants has been released, again using the same .locked file extension. The difference in this version is that it demands .3 BTC from affected victims and features a new ransom message that is also a program with instructions for payment and decryption. The first variant of the virus was first discovered in September when it was put for sale as a service online. Luckily immediately after it’s release, researchers at EmsiSoft have cracked the virus, creating a free decryptor. It is yet to be seen whether or not decryption will be available for this ransomware variant as well. Until then we highly recommend to read this article and remove the Philadelphia virus completely and learn alternative methods on how to restore your files.
|Short Description||The malware encrypts users files using a strong encryption algorithm, making direct decryption possible only via a unique decryption key available to the cyber-criminals.|
|Symptoms||Philadelphia Ransomware leaves a ransom note and may delete random files from your computer based on the Russian roulette principle if the terms in the note are not met. Changed file names and the various file extensions may be used.|
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How Is the New Philadelphia Distributed
In order to be widespread, the second instance of Philadelphia ransomware may use a malicious file embedded in a malicious pdf document or a Microsoft Word file. The message in the file may be a fake letter from the government or a fake Invoice or any other type of written document or important file as the case with 1st variant of Philadelphia:
After the user opens the file, an exploit kit or a trojan may cause the infection. After this infection, the malware may remotely connect to the malicious servers of the cyber-criminals only to download the payload of Philadelphia onto the computer.
New Philadelphia Ransomware – More Information
As soon as the new variant of Philadelphia has infected a computer, it may immediately drop it’s files under different names in one of the commonly targeted Windows folders by malware where it can act in a privileged and obfuscated mode:
After the files are dropped on the user PC, the Philadelphia virus may begin to modify it’s settings. To begin with, the virus may target the Windows Update registry key to run a successful encryption via the update process:
After having done this, the Philadelphia malware may also immediately begin to encrypt files. Similar to the first version of Philadelphia, this one may target some or all and more of the following file extensions:
For encryption, Philadelphia may employ a cipher that generates a decryption key which is sent to the cyber-criminals’ server. The server may be located somewhere in South America, since the previous version of Philadelphia targeted primarily Brazillian users.
Files that were encrypted by the Philadelphia virus may or may not have their names changed and may appear as the following:
The affected users are convinced that their only way out is if they follow the ransom instructions of Philadelphia ransomware:
→“All your documents (databases, texts, images, videos, musics, source code, etc.) have been encrypted.
What can I do?
To decrypt your files you will need to buy the secret key from us.
You can use LocalBitcoins.com to buy bitcoins, or any other preferred method.
If for any reason you need to contact us write email to firstname.lastname@example.org”
Judging by the e-mail address used in this ransomware, it may target users in Europe. But bear in mind that since Stampado variants like Philadelphia have been released for sale in the deep web, it may target anyone on any place in the world and it is very difficult to pinpoint the exact area of impact.
Remove Philadelphia 2 Ransowmare and Restore Encrypted Files
To fully erase this variant of Philadelphia ransomware, advices are to focus on the instructions for ransomware removal which we have prepared for you below. In case you are having difficulty in manually locating the files that are associated with the new Philadelphia ransomware, experts always refer to anti-malware software as the best tool for effectively removing all files and registry values created by ransomware viruses.
To attempt and restore your files, we advise you to try the free decryptor for the first variant of Philadelphia and let us know in the comment section below whether or not it works for you. Below you will find instructions on how to use it:
- Guide 1: How to Remove Philadelphia from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Philadelphia on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Philadelphia in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Philadelphia from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Philadelphia from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Philadelphia from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Philadelphia from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Philadelphia Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Philadelphia from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Philadelphia
Step 2: Uninstall Philadelphia 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Philadelphia on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Philadelphia there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Philadelphia from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Philadelphia and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 Philadelphia 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Philadelphia files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Philadelphia, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Philadelphia from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Philadelphia from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Philadelphia from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Philadelphia from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Philadelphia will be removed.
Eliminate Philadelphia from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Philadelphia from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".