This article provides information about a ransomware dubbed OXAR as well as step-by-step removal and data recovery guide.
OXAR ransomware has a new version that appends the extension .FUCK to all encrypted files. It is known that OXAR is a HiddenTear based threat which in turn means that even with several modifications the code of this new iteration could be easily cracked by security experts. Another trait of this ransomware is a ransom note file called 1 What happens with my files.txt that blackmails victims into transferring ransom to hackers’ wallet. Keep reading and learn how to remove OXAR ransomware and restore .FUCK files.
|Short Description||OXAR ransomware virus encrypts files on your PC and drops a ransom note that demands payment for the decryption of .FUCK files.|
|Symptoms||This ransomware encrypts important files and then renames them with the extension
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files|
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OXAR Ransomware – Distribution
Several methods could be used for the distribution of OXAR’s payload. Mainly it may be spread in email spam campaigns in the form of attached files. In order to seem legit and make you more prone to open the attached files, such emails may impersonate representatives of well-known companies or even governmental institutions. The attached malicious files usually come as documents, archives, images and other commonly used file formats. The text message may be trying to convince you that you need to download and open the attached file as soon as possible. For the sake of your security, you could use a free online file extractor each time you download new file on your PC. Tools of this kind could quickly identify whether a file contains malicious elements or not by scanning its code for particular traits. Thus it could help you to avoid opening malicious files that plague your device.
Ransomware may infiltrate computer systems with the help of corrupted web pages as well. Bad actors could inject the malicious code into the source code of target web pages or and set them to download it directly on the devices of tricked users. They could also create copies of some pages and modify their components so they can download and automatically the ransomware after a user visits the corrupted page. As regards the malicious URLs of these web pages, they could be posted on social media channels, send in emails and spread via instant messaging services. Potentially unwanted programs that alter browser settings and cause numerous redirects to sites of unknown origin are often used for ransomware distribution as well.
OXAR Ransomware – More About the Infection
The infection begins once OXAR’s payload is running on the system. The threat aims to modify some essential system settings in order to plague it and achieve persistence. It is highly possible that OXAR will add malicious values under the registry sub-keys Run and RunOnce which will ensure its automatic execution on each Windows system start.
OXAR crypto virus may also be designed to scan the system for particular details so it can then send them to its command and control server. Once the threat establishes a connection with its server, it may drop additional malicious files on the compromised host. If you want to prevent malicious intenders from stealing sensitive data of yours, you should remove all ransomware files and objects from the PC immediately after infection.
At the end OXAR crypto virus drops a ransom note file to blackmail victims into paying a ransom for a decryption solution that can decrypt .FUCK files. The message could be found in a file named 1 What happens with my files.txt. Below you could see what it reads:
What Happened to My Computer?
Your important files are encrypted.
Many of your documents, photos, videos, databases and other files are no longer accessible because they have been encrypted. Maybe you are busy looking for a way to recover your files, but do not waste your time. Nobody can recover your files without our decryption service.
Can I Recover My Files?
Sure. We guarantee that you can recover all your files safely and easily. But you have not so enough time.
But if you want to decrypt all your files, you need to pay.
How Do I Pay?
Payment is accepted in Bitcoin only.
Please check the current price of Bitcoin and buy some bitcoins.
And send the correct amount to the address specified in this window.
We strongly recommend you to not remove this software, and disable your anti-virus for a while, until you pay and the payment gets processed. If your anti-virus gets updated and removes this software automatically, it will not be able to recover your files even if you pay!
Once the payment is sent, send us an e-mail to the specified address specifying your “Client ID”, you will be sent your decryption key in return. How to buy Bitcoins?
Step 1 : Create a portfolio on the Blockchain website at the address : https://blockchain.info/fr/wallet/#/signup
Step 2 : Sign in to your account you just created and purchase the amount shown : https://blockchain.info/wallet/#/buy-sell
Step 3 : Send the amount to the indicated Bitcoin address, once this is done send us an email with your “Client ID” you can retreive this in the file “instruction.txt” or “Whats Appens With My File.s.txt” in order to ask us the key of decryption of your data.
Contact us at : firstname.lastname@example.org
Send 20$ to Bitcoin at 1MFA4PEuDoe2UCKgabrwm8P4KztASKtiuv if you want decrypt your files !
Your Client ID is : [id]
No matter what hackers state, be advised to avoid ransom payment and remove the threat as soon as possible. Almost all ransomware viruses that are based on HuddenTear have been decrypted by security experts. So, the code of this new OXAR strain is expected to be cracked soon after the analyses of its samples are done. Expect us to update this article with the decryptor once it is released. Meanwhile, you could try to restore some of your .FUCK files with the help of the alternative data recovery solutions mentioned in the guide that follows.
OXAR Ransomware – Data Encryption
The encryption is applied to all types of files listed in the code of OXAR ransomware. The threat is likely to use strong cipher algorithm or combination of a few in order to modify the original code of target files and render them completely inaccessible. As OXAR is a HiddenTear based ransomware it is believed that all files that have one of the following extensions get encrypted after infection:
→.txt, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx, .odt, .jpg, .png, .csv, .sql, .mdb, .hwp, .pdf, .php, .asp, .aspx, .html, .xml, and .psd
Once files are corrupted they all receive the specific extension .FUCK that stands at the end of their names. You cannot open .FUCK files until a proper decryption solution that reverts their code is applied. But before you rush into ransom payment be advised to check out the alternative data recovery solutions listed in the guide below. By paying the ransom you only risk to lose your money and still have your .FUCK corrupted. There is no guarantee that bad actors will provide a working solution as often the ransomware code gets broken and doesn’t generate an efficient decryption key.
Remove OXAR Ransomware and Restore Files
The step-by-step removal guide below provides both manual and automatic approaches. Beware that the removal of OXAR crypto virus is not an easy task. It is a severe threat that plagues the whole system. Security researchers recommend the help of advanced anti-malware tool for maximum efficiency.
After you fulfill the removal process make sure to check the “Restore Files” step available in our guide below. But before that be advised to back up all encrypted files to an external drive and prevent their irreversible loss.
What is OXAR Ransomware?
OXAR is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.
Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithms to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.
Can OXAR Ransomware Cayse Damage?
Yes, ransomware can damage your computer. Ransomware is a malicious software that is designed to block access to your computer or files until a ransom is paid.
Ransomware can also damage your system, corrupt data and delete files, resulting in the permanent loss of important files.
Should I Ignore Viruses, Like OXAR?
No, you should never ignore ransomware. It can encrypt your data and block access to your computer, making it impossible to access your files until you pay a ransom.
Ignoring ransomware could lead to the permanent loss of your data, as well as the potential for the ransomware to spread to other computers on your network. Additionally, paying the ransom does not guarantee that your data will be recovered.
How Does OXAR Infect?
Via several ways.OXAR Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing emails, containing virus attachment.
This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.
After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.
Another way you may become a victim of OXAR is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.
How to Open .OXAR files?
You can't. At this point, the .OXAR files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted using a specific decryptionkey for the particular algorithm.
What to Do If a Decryptor Does Not Work?
Do not panic, and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .OXAR files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
Can I Restore ".OXAR" Files?
Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .OXAR files.
These methods are in no way 100% guaranteed that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.
How To Get Rid of OXAR Virus?
The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti-malware program.
It will scan for and locate OXAR ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .OXAR files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like OXAR ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts.
What to Do If I Cant Get The Files Back?
There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:
- Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
- Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
- Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted can be re-downloaded from the web.
- Another clever way is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
- You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.
More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.
How to Report Ransomware to Authorities?
In case your computer got infected with a ransomware infection, you can report it to the local Police departments. It can help authorities worldwide track and determine the perpetrators behind the virus that has infected your computer.
Below, we have prepared a list with government websites, where you can file a report in case you are a victim of a cybercrime:
Cyber-security authorities, responsible for handling ransomware attack reports in different regions all over the world:
Germany - Offizielles Portal der deutschen Polizei
United States - IC3 Internet Crime Complaint Centre
United Kingdom - Action Fraud Police
France - Ministère de l'Intérieur
Italy - Polizia Di Stato
Spain - Policía Nacional
Netherlands - Politie
Poland - Policja
Portugal - Polícia Judiciária
Greece - Cyber Crime Unit (Hellenic Police)
India - Mumbai Police - CyberCrime Investigation Cell
Australia - Australian High Tech Crime Center
Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.
Can You Stop Ransomware from Encrypting Your Files?
Yes, you can prevent ransomware. The best way to do this is to ensure your computer system is updated with the latest security patches, use a reputable anti-malware program and firewall, backup your important files frequently, and avoid clicking on malicious links or downloading unknown files.
Can OXAR Ransomware Steal Your Data?
Yes, in most cases ransomware will steal your information. It is a form of malware that steals data from a user's computer, encrypts it, and then demands a ransom in order to decrypt it.
Can Ransomware Infect WiFi?
Yes, ransomware can infect WiFi networks, as malicious actors can use it to gain control of the network, steal confidential data, and lock out users. If a ransomware attack is successful, it could lead to a loss of service and/or data, and in some cases, financial losses.
Should I Pay Ransomware?
No, you should not pay ransomware extortionists. Paying them only encourages criminals and does not guarantee that the files or data will be restored. The better approach is to have a secure backup of important data and be vigilant about security in the first place.
What Happens If I Don't Pay Ransom?
If you don't pay the ransom, the hackers may still have access to your computer, data, or files and may continue to threaten to expose or delete them, or even use them to commit cybercrimes. In some cases, they may even continue to demand additional ransom payments.
Why Is the Ransom Paid in Crypto?
Cryptocurrency is a secure and untraceable form of payment, making it the ideal choice for ransom payments. It is difficult to trace, and the transactions are almost instantaneous. This means it is nearly impossible for authorities to track the payment and recover the money.
Can Ransomware Attack Be Detected?
Yes, ransomware can be detected. Anti-malware software and other advanced security tools can detect ransomware and alert the user when it is present on a machine.
It is important to stay up-to-date on the latest security measures and to keep security software updated to ensure ransomware can be detected and prevented.
Do Ransomware Criminals Get Caught?
Yes, ransomware criminals do get caught. Law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, Interpol and others have been successful in tracking down and prosecuting ransomware criminals in the US and other countries. As ransomware threats continue to increase, so does the enforcement activity.
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