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PAYMENT Ransomware Virus

In the unfortunate event that you cannot use your valuable files and they appear with a few strange extension appended to their names, you should know that a ransomware program is running on your PC. PAYMENT ransomware is malicious software that compromises computer operating systems with the goal to lock personal files and extort a ransom fee for their recovery. The last extension – .PAYMENT, the ransomware appends to the names of encrypted files is the one that defines its primary name. Another name of this ransomware is Phobos .PAYMENT virus. Actually, it is a derivative of the name of the threat on which PAYMENT is based. Currently, the threat is lurking across the web in active spread campaigns. Its malicious payload file may give landed on your PC by being concealed as a software update, torrent file, software package, email attachment, advertisement, or link on social media post.

The best decision you can make is to remove all PAYMENT ransomware files from the infected machine and proceed with a data recovery process.

PAYMENT Virus Summary

Name PAYMENT also known as Trojan.Ransom.Phobos.62, Gen:Variant.Ransom.Phobos.62, Gen:Variant.Ransom.Phobos.62 (B), Ransom:Win32/Phobos.PC!MTB
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Ransom Notes A pop-up window and a file called info.hta and a text file of the same name.
Short Description A data locker ransomware designed to damage computer systems and encrypt valuable personal fles.
Symptoms Important files are locked and renamed with a string of a few extensions. The last extension is .PAYMENT
Ransom message insists on ransom payment.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Torrent Files
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PAYMENT Ransomware – Distribution and Impact

The recently detected PAYMENT ransomware is identified to be a strain of one of the well-known ransomware family of viruses dubbed Phobos.

Like almost all other crypto viruses this threat has been released in the wild with the help of shady techniques like malspam, malvertising, freeware installers, fake software update notifications, and corrupted web pages.

All techniques have one and the same end goal – to trick people into running the malicious program on their PCs. Once this happens, PAYMENT ransomware obtains the right to trigger a long sequence of malicious actions that seriously damage the overall system security and performance.

The primary goal of the PAYMENT virus is one – to encode all files that are likely to store valuable information. So when it reaches the data encryption stage, it activates a special cipher module to complete the process. Unfortunately, this module is developed to utilize a very sophisticated cipher algorithm every time it detects a target file on the system.

As a result, corrupted files remain on the system but they are all inaccessible to you. It is not difficult to notice which files are encrypted by PAYMENT ransomware as they all have a few strange extensions added to their original names. The pattern is the following:

  • fileName.jpg.id[S279K973-3436].[ICQ_Cavallobtc].PAYMENT

Where the first one is your victim ID number, the second is an ICQ ID (ICQ_Cavallobtc) associated with hackers and the third is the official one .PAYMENT.

One way to spot the attack on time and prevent it from causing further damage to your PC and data is the sluggish performance of all apps running at that moment. However, most of the time people don’t expect that the worst is happening with their machines and become aware of the presence of the PAYMENT virus when it is too late for any prevention steps.

If the same thing happened to you, don’t worry as nothing is lost forever. There are well-established methods to deal with such a problem. People fall victim to ransomware attacks every day. We know how to help you and suggest that you keep reading to find out what you can do.

Surely, one possible thing to do is to follow the instructions provided by hackers. They could be found somewhere on the system stored by files info.hta and info.txt. Here is what the messages within these files recommend:

ATTENTION!!!!
Unfortunately for you, a major IT security weakness left you open to attack, your files have been encrypted with ciphers more advanced than those used for diplomatic communications, you can spend days and months searching for a magical way to decrypt your files, but rest assured we are the only people who can help you recover your files, there is no free tool
If you want to restore them, install ICQ software on your PC hxxps://icq.com/windows/ or on your mobile phone search in Appstore / Google market “ICQ”
Write to our ICQ @Cavallobtc hxxps://icq.im/Cavallobtc
Write this ID in the title of your message –
Free decryption as guarantee
Before paying you can send us up to 5 files for free decryption. The total size of files must be less than 4Mb (non archived), and files should not contain valuable information. (databases,backups, large excel sheets, etc.)
Attention!
Do not rename encrypted files.
Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price (they add their fee to our) or you can become a victim of a scam.

The information stored by the file info.txt:

If you are the IT manager and you are reading this, that means that you messed up, you were asleep at the wheel. Contact us and we can resolve this situation without major complication, if you are the owner of the company and you are reading this than the decision is yours, throw your hard drives in the trash or contact us and pay a nominal fee to recover your data, but know that your security practices have failed you and either way something needs to be done
If you want to restore them, install ICQ software on your PC hxxps://icq.com/windows/ or on your mobile phone search in Appstore / Google market “ICQ”
Write to our ICQ @Cavallobtc hxxps://icq.im/Cavallobtc
Attention!
Do not rename encrypted files.
Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.

Honestly, we don’t think that following cybercriminals’ advice is a good idea. Instead, we suggest that you clean any present malicious files from the infected computer and consider the help of alternative data recovery methods. All steps are listed below.

Remove PAYMENT Virus (Phosbos Ransomware)

The so-called PAYMENT ransomware virus is a threat with highly complex code that heavily damages both essential system settings and valuable data. So the only way to use your infected system securely again is to remove all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. For this purpose, you could follow our step-by-step removal guide.

In the event that you want to attempt to restore .PAYMENT files with the help of alternative data recovery methods, do check step four – Try to Restore files encrypted by PAYMENT. We remind you to back up all encrypted files to an external drive before the recovery process.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove PAYMENT Virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove PAYMENT Virus

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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 PAYMENT Virus 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 PAYMENT Virus 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 PAYMENT Virus 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 PAYMENT Virus 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.

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

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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.

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

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by PAYMENT Virus.

Ransomware infections and PAYMENT Virus 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 PAYMENT Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall PAYMENT Virus 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 PAYMENT Virus:

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 PAYMENT Virus. 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 PAYMENT Virus. 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 PAYMENT Virus 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 PAYMENT Virus. 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 PAYMENT Virus.

Ransomware infections and PAYMENT Virus 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.


PAYMENT Virus FAQ

What is PAYMENT Virus ransomware and how does it work?

PAYMENT Virus 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 PAYMENT Virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.PAYMENT Virus 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 PAYMENT Virus 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 .PAYMENT Virus files?

You can't. At this point the .PAYMENT Virus 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 .PAYMENT Virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by PAYMENT Virus 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 ".PAYMENT Virus" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .PAYMENT Virus 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 PAYMENT Virus 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 PAYMENT Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .PAYMENT Virus files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like PAYMENT Virus 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.

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:

Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.

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