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Remove Paradise 2018 Virus Infections – Restore .paradise Files

Paradise 2018 Virus image ransomware note .paradise extension

Paradise 2018 virus is a newly discovered test version of a new threat. The security analysis reveals that it does not contain snippets from any of the famous malware families. It is possible that future versions of it are going to feature updated code that add newer functions. Read our complete Paradise 2018 virus removal guide to learn more about it.

Threat Summary

Name Paradise 2018
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description The ransomware encrypts sensitive information on your computer system with the .paradise extensions and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
Symptoms The ransomware will encrypt your files with a strong encryption algorithm.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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.exploit Virus File – Update November 2019 – A Decrypter Is Avaialble

There’s some very good news concerning the victims of Paradise ransomware – an official decrypter has been released.

The ransomware in its various iterations has been infecting users for more than two users. Not surprisingly, the new decrypter has been created by Emsisoft, and it can decrypt files encrypted by Paradise versions since 2017.

However, not all versions of the ransomware are decryptable. Here is the list of extensions that can be restored with the help of the Paradise ransomware decrypter:

  • .2ksys19
  • .p3rf0rm4
  • .prt
  • .exploit
  • .immortal
  • .Recognizer
  • .sambo
  • .paradise
  • .FC
  • .sev

As noted by Emsisoft:

The decryptor requires access to a file pair consisting of one encrypted file and the original, unencrypted version of the encrypted file to reconstruct the encryption keys needed to decrypt the rest of your data. The two files must be at least 3KB in size each. Please do not change the file names of the original and encrypted files, as the decryptor may perform file name comparisons to determine the correct file extension used for encrypted files on your system.

If you have been infected by the .paradise version of the ransomware, you can download the Paradise decrypter and restore your .paradise files.

Paradise 2018 Virus – Distribution Ways

The newly released Paradise 2018 virus is being distributed via different techniques, at the moment the current campaign is limited in size and is not useful in determining which is the main infection method.

The reports indicate that a major part of the collected Paradise 2018 virus samples have been obtained from phishing email messages. They are created using the design templates of well-known Internet companies and services in order to coerce the targets into interacting with it. The Paradise 2018 virus files may be either hyperlinked in the contents or directly attached.

The criminals can also construct fake download sites that are the other mechanism which is used to distribute infected payloads. Two popular types are the following:

  • Program Setup Packages — The hackers can take the installer files of popular applications and mod it with the virus code. They are then distributed via the email messages and download portals posing as the legitimate threat.
  • Malicious Documents — A similar strategy can be used with files of various types: text documents, spreadsheets, presentations and database. The embedded code is inserted in the form of a macros (script). Once the files are opened by the users they will be presented with a notification message asking them to enable them. If this is done the virus infection will be initiated.

The Paradise 2018 virus can also be embedded in browser hijackers — malicious browser extensions that are usually spread on the applications plugin repositories. Their aim is to redirect to a hacker-controlled site by posing as a legitimate and useful tool. In most cases the controllers use countefeiet developer credentials and post fake user reviews to coerce the users into installing it.

Paradise 2018 Virus – In-Depth Analysis

The Paradise 2018 virus is a newly released ransomware strain that uses the “Paradise” string name which has been used in the past by another threat. The initial code analysis concluded that they are not connected and this particular threat does not feature any code snippets from other ransomware families. As the identity of the hacker or group behind it is not known it is speculated that it has been made entirely by its operators.

The Paradise 2018 virus relies on a modular and complex infection engine that first scans the host system for any program that can interfere with its correct execution. It looks for specific signatures belonging to anti-virus software, debug environemnts and virtual machine hosts. Their real-time engines will be bypassed or completely removed.

Other similar ransomware expand further on this tactic by engaging a data harvesting component:

  • Campaign Optimization Metrics — It is used to help the hacker operators into optimizing the ongoing campaigns by harvesting useful data. This includes a list of the installed hardware components and certain operating system values.
  • Personal Information — It can reveal sensitive data about the victim’s identity by targeting strings containing their name, phone number, interests, location and passwords.

Further modifications that are done by the Paradise 2018 virus seek to modify the Windows Registry. The made changes can reflect on the way certain functions and services run. In most cases the overall system performance can also suffer.

To make file recovery more difficult the malicious engine can remove the Shadow Volume Copies and System Restore Data. In such cases the victim users will need to resort to a professional-grade solution. Refer to our instructions for more information.

In some cases the hackers can resort to the institution of a Trojan component which connects to a hacker-controlled server and allows the operators to spy on the users in real-time, as well as take over control of the affected machines at any given time.

There are several different signatures that have been assigned to this threat:

  • Generic.Malware.SFdld.AC7DFB8B
  • GenericRXFR-BF!A3C124F16AFA
  • Packed.Win32.TDSS.~AA
  • TR/ATRAPS.Gen
  • Trj/GdSda.A
  • Troj.Ransom.W32.Cryptor!c
  • Trojan ( 005336261 )
  • Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Cryptor.bta
  • Trojan.Cryptor!Yo31nLIa2B0
  • Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
  • W32/Trojan.BZYO-4452
  • Win32.Trojan.WisdomEyes.16070401.9500.9999

Paradise 2018 Virus — Encryption

The Paradise 2018 virus is similar to other ransomware threats by relying on a built-in list of target file type extensions. Typically the criminals aim to target the most widely used data, an example list can contain the following types:

  • Images
  • Videos
  • Music
  • Documents
  • Archives
  • Databases
  • Backups

Once the process is complete all files will be renamed with the .{help@badfail.info}.paradise extension. In addition to a standard ransomware message (created in a PARADISE_README_help@badfail.info.txt file) the ransomware spawn an application frame that reads the following text:

Paradise RANSOMWARE
Your files are encrypted!
Your personal ID:
[random characters] Your personal KEY:
[random characters]’

Remove Paradise 2018 Ransomware Virus and Restore .paradise Files

If your computer got infected with the Paradise 2018 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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As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • Profile of the content creator.
  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Paradise 2018 from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Paradise 2018

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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 Paradise 2018 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 Paradise 2018 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 Paradise 2018 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.

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Step 4: Scan for Paradise 2018 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 Paradise 2018.

Ransomware infections and Paradise 2018 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:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of Paradise 2018 from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Paradise 2018 and remove related files and objects

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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 Paradise 2018:

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 Paradise 2018. 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 Paradise 2018. 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 Paradise 2018 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 Paradise 2018. 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.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Paradise 2018.

Ransomware infections and Paradise 2018 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:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Paradise 2018 FAQ

What is Paradise 2018 ransomware and how does it work?

Paradise 2018 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 algorithm how 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.

How does Paradise 2018 ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Paradise 2018 Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, 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 Paradise 2018 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 .Paradise 2018 files?

You can't. At this point the .Paradise 2018 files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .Paradise 2018 files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by Paradise 2018 ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore ".Paradise 2018" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Paradise 2018 files.

These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How do I get rid of Paradise 2018 ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate Paradise 2018 ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Paradise 2018 files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Paradise 2018 ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

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 it can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way to get back some of your files 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.

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