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Remove Purge Ransomware and Restore .purge Encrypted Files

purge-ransowmware-main-sensorstechforumA ransomware virus going by the name Purge has started infecting computers, adding the .purge file extension after it encrypts them with a strong AES-256 encryption algorithm. The ransomware virus has also been reported to use CBC (Cipher Block Chaining) mode which makes it extremely dangerous because it may break the encrypted files if the user tries to tamper with them in various ways. What is worse is that Purge ransomware gives users only one week to make the ransom payoff, and it uses Bitmessage to contact the cyber-criminals. All users who have become unfortunate victims of Purge Ransomware are advised to read this article to learn more about how to remove Purge ransomware virus and try other methods to restore the .purge AES-256 encoded files.

Threat Summary

Name

Purge Ransomware

TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionPurge ransomware encrypts users’ files with a strong AES-256 encryption algorithm and after that drops a “How to restore files.hta” file with ransom instructions.
SymptomsFiles with removed icons that cannot be opened with any software and have the .purge file extension.
Distribution MethodVia an Exploit kit, JavaScript attack or Trojan.Downloader.
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Purge Ransomware – Distribution

To be widespread and infect the maximum amount of users, Purge Ransomware can “Exist” in different forms. The most widespread method of infecting users is via spam and phishing e-mails that resemble legitimate services and products. One example is this fake linked in an e-mail that may fool users into clicking the “add-me” button which may redirect to a malicious URL which may cause a drive-by download to the user PC.

Another method is if the e-mail pretends to send out an important attachment under convincing e-mail topics, such as:

  • “Your PayPal Receipt.”
  • “Your Bank Account Has been Suspended.”
  • “Your Invoice.”
  • “Purchase Successful. Delivery Confirmation Notice.”

The e-mails may contain attachments that may pretend to be Microsoft Office documents, pictures, Adobe Reader files. The files, however, may be obfuscated and disguised executables as well as .js files and upon opening them users may get the payload of Purge ransomware.

Purge Ransomware – More Information

As soon as Purge ransomware’s payload carrying executable is started on your computer, it may drop it’s malicious files. They are usually be located in the following targeted Windows folders:

  • %SystemDrive%
  • %Temp%
  • %AppData%
  • %Roaming%
  • %User’s Profile%
  • %System32%

The files may contain randomly generated alpha-numerical names or names that resemble legitimate Windows processes, like csmss.exe or svchost.exe, for example.

After this has been done, Purge ransomware may “attack” the Windows Registry Editor, modifying the Run and RunOnce keys, by adding values that make the malicious executables run when you start Windows. The keys’ location is 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

After this has been done, the ransomware may initiate the file encoding process. Purge ransomware may look for a wide variety of types of files to encrypt. These can be:

  • Videos.
  • Photos and other image files.
  • Audio files.
  • Different types of Microsoft Office and other documents.
  • Adobe Reader documents.
  • File types belonging to often used programs, like Photoshop, Virtual Box, and others.

The encrypted files have the .purge file extension added after encryption:

purge-encrypted-file-sensorstechforum

To encrypt the files, Purge ransomware pretends to use an RSA cipher, but in reality, it uses an extremely strong AES-256 algorithm, direct decryption for which may take many years to crack, unless the malware has holes in its code and gives it away or the user pays the ransom.

And this is not where the Purge ransomware nightmare ends. The virus also uses a mechanism, known as CBC-mode (cipher block chaining mode). It contains technology called Initialization Vector (IV) in combination with a mechanism that chains the different portions of the files in blocks. These blocks are separated but in the same time interconnected as well. As soon as the user tries to perform a decryption or modify the files in any way, they become corrupted permanently beyond decryption. And what is worse, is that you have no way of known whether or not it has already happened if you tampered with the files.

After the encryption of the files, like other notorious ransomware viruses, Purge ransomware adds its ransom note in a “How to restore files.hta” file. It has the following threatening message to get it’s victims to pay the ransom:

→ “YOUR FILES HAVE BEEN ENCRYPTED!
You personal ID {PID}
Your files have been encrypted with a powerfull strain of a virus called ransomware.
Your files are encrypted using RSA encryption, the same standard used by the military and banks. It is currently impossible to decrypt files encrypted with rsa encryption.
Lucky for you, we can help. We are willing to sell you a decryptor UNIQUELY made for your computer (meaning someone else’s decryptor will not work for you). Once you pay a small fee, we will instantly send you the software/info neccessary to decrypt all your files, quickly and easily.
To get in touch with us email us at powerbase@tutanota.com.In your email write your personal ID (its located at the up of the page, it is a string of random characters). Once we receive your personal ID, we will send you payment instructions.
As proof we can decrypt you files, we may decrypt one small file for the test.
If you dont get answer from powerbase@tutanota.com in 10 hours
Register here: http://bitmsg.me (online sending message service Bitmessage)
Write to address BM-2cUrKsazEKiamN9cZ17xQq9c5JpRpokca5 with you email and personal ID
When you payment will bee confirmed, You will get decrypter of files on you computer.
After you run decrypter software, all you files will be decrypted and restored.
IMPORTANT!
Do not try restore files without our help; this is useless and you may lose data permanently
Decrypters of others clients are unique and work only on PC with they personal ID.
We can not keep your decryption keys forever, meaning after one week after you have been infected, if you have not paid, we will not be able to decrypt your files. Email us as soon as you see this message; we know exactly when everyone has been encrypted and the longer you wait, the higher the payment gets.”

Not only do the cyber-criminals behind this nasty virus threaten to destroy the decryption keys sent to their servers after the encryption is complete, but they also claim the price will go up the more time passes.

Purge Ranosmware – Conclusion, Removal and File Restoration Alternatives

As a bottom line, Purge ransomware has been created for one and the only purpose, to generate profit at your important files’ expense. Malware writers strongly advise users NOT to pay any ransom money for several obvious reasons:

  • You support the cyber-criminals’ organization.
  • Paying may not get access to their files back.

To remove Purge ransomware, users are advised to follow the instructions after this article. They are methodologically arranged to make sure the virus is gone for good. For maximum effectiveness, experts also advise having a reliable anti-malware program that will make sure your computer stays protected from ransomware viruses in the future as well.

We do not advise trying to directly decrypt files encoded by Purge ransomware, because of the CBC mechanism. Instead, you may want to try the alternative methods that “go around” direct decryption in step “3. Restore file encrypted by Purge Ransomware” below.

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Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Purge Ransomware from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Purge Ransomware

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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 Purge Ransomware 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 Purge Ransomware 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 Purge Ransomware 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 Purge Ransomware 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.

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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 Purge Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and Purge Ransomware 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 Purge Ransomware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Purge Ransomware 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 Purge Ransomware:

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 Purge Ransomware. 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 Purge Ransomware. 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 Purge Ransomware 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 Purge Ransomware. 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 Purge Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and Purge Ransomware 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.


Purge Ransomware FAQ

What is Purge Ransomware ransomware and how does it work?

Purge Ransomware 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 Purge Ransomware ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Purge Ransomware 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 Purge Ransomware 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 .Purge Ransomware files?

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

One way to restore files, encrypted by Purge Ransomware 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 ".Purge Ransomware" files (Other Methods)?

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Purge Ransomware 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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