This article will help you remove the Pirateware ransomware efficiently. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.
Pirateware is the name of a ransomware virus. Malware researchers believe that it is still in-development from the samples they have found, but that does not exclude the possibility of it spreading a finished variant. After encryption the ransomware is programmed to open a window, displaying a ransom message. The demanded ransom is 0.1 Bitcoins, and it will increase by that much every 3 days if there is no payment. Read on and find out what methods you could try to potentially recover some of your files in case they are encrypted.
|Short Description||The ransomware can encrypt files on your computer system although it might be still in development. No matter if it currently encrypts or not, it will still show a ransom note if you are infected and try to scare you into paying a ransom.|
|Symptoms||This ransomware virus demands you to pay the sum of about 250 US dollars as ransom in the form of Bitcoins.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
Pirateware Ransomware – Delivery Ways
Pirateware ransomware could be delivered in more than one way. However, the way that is the most widespread is via a payload dropper file which initiates the malicious script for the ransomware. A sample has been spotted by malware researchers and you can preview its analysis available on the VirusTotal service from down here:
The Pirateware ransomware might be using other ways to deliver the payload file, such as social media and file-sharing sites. Freeware applications found on the Internet could be promoted as helpful but also could hide the malicious script for this virus. Before opening any files after you have downloaded them, you should instead scan them with a security program. Especially if they come from suspicious places, such as emails or links. Also, don’t forget to check the size and signatures of such files for anything that seems out of place. You should read the ransomware preventing tips given in the forum section.
Pirateware Ransomware – Detailed Information
The Pirateware ransomware is a cryptovirus, that may or may not encrypt your files. Malware researchers have found malware samples of this new virus and believe that it is still in-development as the samples they have found do not encrypt files. That may be true, but it could also be temporary. Also, there might be other samples that encrypt files on a PC, but are not spread properly yet. The malware demands a ransom payment. Pirateware ransomware will pop up a window that serves as a ransom note with instructions, whether or not it encrypts your files. That can scare you into paying, if you are unaware of the situation.
In the future, the Pirateware ransomware could be set to make new registry entries in the Windows Registry to achieve a higher level of persistence. Those entries are usually designed in a way that will start the virus automatically with every launch of the Windows Operating System, like in the example given below:
The ransom message will load up inside a window and it can be seen in the below image:
The above message states the following:
What happend to my computer?
Your personal documents and files on this computer have Just been encrypted.
The original files have been deleted and will only be recovered by following the steps described below.
The encryption as done with a unique generated encryption key (using AES-256 and RSA-2048).
This means the encrypted files are of no use until they get decrypted using a key stored on a secret server.
The server will only release the key if the amount of Bitcoins displayed is payed.
How to get your hands on a key:
1. Create your own Bitcoin wallet and convert money into Bitcoins.
2. After you have sent the Bitcoins from your own Bitcoin adress type it into contact for addresses.
3. Go under Message and type l have bought a key and would like to receive it and then click “Submit Message”
4. After we have confirmed your purchase and you have gotten you key paste it into the key box and click “start decryption“.
Every third day the prices will increase by 0.1 bitcoin, so if you wait three days to pay it will be 0.2 bitcoins.
Remember the rule or you wont get your key!”
Price for key: 0.1 Bitcoins
Contact us directly here after purchase:
Your bitcoin adress for contact:
Send Bitcoins to this adress
Any attempt to corrupt or remove this
software will result in immediate
elimination of private key by the server.
The ransom sum that is demanded as payment for allegedly restoring your files is of 0.1 Bitcoin and it will increase with 0.1 for every 3 days that pass without payment. However, as the virus could be still in-development you should NOT in any case consider paying the cybercriminals. By paying, you can only motivate them to continue indulging in similar criminal acts and nobody can guarantee that you will recover your files.
Pirateware Ransomware – Encryption Process
There is no official list with file extensions that the Pirateware ransomware seeks to encrypt and the article will be updated if that changes. Encryption doesn’t seem to be working for currently found samples of this ransomware. The virus might still be in-development.
The Pirateware cryptovirus is more than likely to erase the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows Operating System by executing the following command:
→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet
If the above-stated command is inputted into the command prompt of the Windows operating system, that will make the encryption process more effective, as one of the main ways for file recovery will be gone. Continue reading to find out what methods you can try out to potentially restore your data.
Remove Pirateware Ransomware and Restore Your Data
If your computer got infected with the Pirateware 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.