.plomb Files Virus - How to Remove It
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.plomb Files Virus – How to Remove It

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In this article, you will find more information about .plomb files virus as well as a step-by-step guide on how to remove malicious files from the infected system and how to potentially recover files encrypted by this ransomware.

Infection with the so-called .plomb files virus leads to heavily modified system settings and encrypted files. Once encoded the files appear with a long sequence of strange extensions in their names. The last extension that could be seen is .plomb. The main purpose of this threat is to blackmail its victims into paying a ransom fee for .plomb files recovery. If you are a victim of this ransomware make sure to read thoroughly this article.

Threat Summary

Name.plomb Files Virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionA data locker ransomware that encodes files with strong cipher algorithm and demands a ransom for their decryption.
SymptomsImportant files are locked and renamed with .plomb extension. Ransom message extorts a ransom fee for decryption tool.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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.plomb Files Virus – Distribution

The main spread channel used by hackers is likely to be malspam. Emails that are part of such campaigns usually attempt to trick you into running malicious software on your device. For the purpose hackers often configure the emails to pose as representatives of legitimate institutions, businesses and services.

Most of the times they misuse the names of well-known brands such as

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Amazon. By applying this trick hackers aim to make you more prone to follow the instructions presented in the text message and eventually infect your device with their nasty threat.

They usually inject the ransomware activator in the code of a file attachment or in the source code of any web page. Both elements could be shown in the email. What we recommend you to do every time you have a doubt whether an email element is harmful or secure is checking its security status. The free help offered by some online scanners like VirusTotal and ZipeZip could save you a lot of troubles.

.plomb Files Virus – Overview

The .plomb files virus is nasty ransomware that is designed to infect computer systems in an attempt to reach valuable files, encode them and then demand a ransom for their recovery.

For the completion of all attack stages, .plomb ransomware needs to establish a bunch of malicious files. On one hand, it could initiate their direct creation on the system. On the other hand, .plomb could connect to a remote server and drop the files on the infected device. For the storage of these files, the threat could misuse the following system folders:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Temp%

Once the ransomware is done with this stage, it starts executing malicious files and objects in an order that is strictly defined in its code. By doing this, it becomes able to contaminate the settings of some essential system components.

Affected are likely to be some keys stored by the Window Registry database. So make sure to check all registries for malicious entries especially the sub-keys Run and RunOnce. Since these two keys are capable of loading all files and objects they store, .plomb ransomware could misuse their functionalities to gain persistence on the affected system.

At the end of the attack when all previous attack stages are completed, this cryptovirus like almost every other cryptovirus, drops a file that contains a ransom note. When this ransom note is opened it informs you about the presence of the nasty .plomb threat, notifies you about data corruption and attempts to blackmail you into paying a ransom fee to hackers.

Since you could never be sure that hackers will be good enough to contact you and send you an efficient decryptor, we recommend you to refrain from paying the ransom. There is always a chance that security experts will be able to crack the code of this threat and eventually release a free decryption tool for .plomb files. Meanwhile, you could attempt to restore some encrypted files with the help of alternative data recovery methods. But first, ensure that no malicious files are running on your system.

.plomb Files Virus – Encryption Process

To complete this stage, .plomb files virus needs to be sure that no active security measures will be able to detect its presence on the system. So this stage takes place in the middle of the attack. Once it begins, the ransomware activates a built-in encryption module. This module is designed to scan predefined system drives for target files and corrupt their original code by applying a sophisticated cipher algorithm.

At the end of this process, all files that are commonly used for the storage of important data may be encoded and marked with the extension .plomb

  • Audio files
  • Video files
  • Document files
  • Image files
  • Backup files
  • Banking credentials, etc

Remove .plomb Files Virus and Attempt to Restore Data

The so-called .plomb files virus is a threat with highly complex code designed to corrupt both system settings and valuable data. So the only way to use your infected system in a secure manner again is to remove all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. For the purpose, you could use our removal guide that reveals how to clean and secure your system step by step. In addition, in the guide, you will find several alternative data recovery approaches that may be helpful in attempting to restore files encrypted by .plomb ransomware. We remind you to back up all encrypted files to an external drive before the recovery process.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for three years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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