Remove Outsider Ransomware (.protected Extension)

Remove Outsider Ransomware (.protected Extension)

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This article will aid you to remove .protected Files virus. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.

Outsider Ransomware, also known as .protected Files Virus will encrypt your data and demands money as a ransom to get it restored. Files will receive the .protected extension as a secondary one, without any changes made to the original name of an encrypted file. The .protected Files Virus will leave ransomware instructions inside a text file. Keep on reading the article and see how you could try to potentially recover some of your locked files and data.

Threat Summary

NameOutsider (.protected Files Virus)
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files by placing the .protected extension on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and leave a ransom note with payment instructions.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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.protected Files Virus (Outsider) – Distribution

The .protected Files ransomware might distribute itself via different tactics. 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 computer device will become infected. Below, you can see the payload file of the cryptovirus being detected by the VirusTotal service:

outsider ransomware .protected extension virustotal detections

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 located at the corresponding forum thread.

.protected Files Virus (Outsider) – In Detail

.protected Files Virus is actually ransomware, so it encrypts your files and opens a ransom note, with instructions inside it, about the compromised computer machine. The extortionists want you to pay a ransom fee for the alleged restoration of your data. The extension given to encrypted files by Outsider ransomware reminds of the

Computer systems have been infected with a virus that tries to imitate the CryptoWall 3.0 ransomware. The virus is also a ransomware type as it locks files and leaves a ransom message demanding 0.5 BitCoins to be paid for a...Read more
Protected Ransomware (.protected files), which is a Cryptowall 3 ransomware copycat and quite old. However, it is not excluded for those two threats to be related in some way.

.protected Files Virus 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 start the virus automatically with each boot of the Windows Operating System.

After encryption the .protected Files virus creates a ransom note inside a text file. The note is named HOW_TO_RESTORE_FILES.txt as you can see from the below screenshot:

outsider ransomware .protected extension ransom note

The note reads the following:

Your SERVER was tried to be attacked by an outsider.
Immediatly change your password, use a minimum of 8 characters in length.

All your personal files was encrypted with RSA public key (1024 bit) to SAVE them from a third party persons.
Now they are ENCRYPTED and SAFE!

To RESTORE all your files back immediatly, follow this few simple steps:

1) Our SECURE-SERVER service charge a payment for file decryption and preventing damage of your SERVER by 3th party persons;
2) After your SUCCESSFUL payment, write us an E-MAIL with your unique SERVER-ID and Payment ID;
3) Receive an DECRYPTION TOOL from us back to your E-MAIL;
4) Run the tool on your SERVER and safe-decrypt all your files back to NORMAL state.

We STRONGLY RECOMMEND you NOT to use any other decryption tool, files will be LOST! Only our DECRYPTION TOOL can turn back your files.

We guarantee:

100% Successful restoring all of your files
100% Satisfaction guarantee
100% Safe and secure service

As a proof, you can send us 1 file and we will DECRYPT it for free and send it back to you.

Our E-MAIL: [email protected]
Payment type: Bitcoin
Summ: $900
Our wallet: 1CfMU2eKnajfpnYvLbWR3m7jZRXujtx8Cm
[Redacted] ——————————————————————————
For any questions, write us: [email protected]

Even if a note is shown, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum. Your files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that. Adding to that, giving money to cybercriminals will most likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or commit different criminal activities. That may even result to you getting your files encrypted all over again after payment.

.protected Files Virus (Outsider) – Encryption Process

The encryption process of the .protected Files ransomware rather simple – every file that gets encrypted will become simply unusable. Files will get the .protected extension after being locked. The extension is placed as a secondary one, without any changes made to the original name of an encrypted file.

A list with the known, targeted extensions of files which are sought to get encrypted is currently very small. Files which get encrypted have the following extensions:

→ .doc, .docx, .jpg, .jpeg, .xls, .xlsx, .pdf

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 .protected Files 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 effects of 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 a computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially restore some files back to their normal state.

Remove .protected Files Virus (Outsider)

If your computer system got infected with the .protected Files 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.

Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov is a tech-geek and loves everything that is tech-related, while observing the latest news surrounding technologies. He has worked in IT before, as a system administrator and a computer repair technician. Dealing with malware since his teens, he is determined to spread word about the latest threats revolving around computer security.

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