.raldug Files Virus (STOP Ransomware) – WHAT IS IT + Remove It

.raldug Files Virus (STOP Ransomware) – WHAT IS IT + Remove It

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What are .raldug files? What is .raldug files ransomware virus? How to remove STOP ransomware and try to restore .raldug encrypted files?

The .raldug ransomware virus is the type of virus whose main goal is to infect your computer without your consent and encrypt the important files in it. To reach its end goal, the .raldug ransomware may create multiple different files and obtain administrator rights. After the encryption, the files cannot be opened and they have the .raldug extension added to them. To remove the extension and recover the files, the crooks who are behind the .raldug ransomware may leave behind a ransom note file, called _open_.txt, that aims to give you instructions on how to buy BitCoin with real money and pay it to te crooks. If your computer has been infected by the .raldug ransomware virus, we strongly suggest that you read this article.

Threat Summary

Name.raldug Files Virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionAims to infect your computer and hold your files hostage until a ransom has been paid to the cyber-criminals behind it.
SymptomsFiles cannot be opened and have the .raldug file extension added as a suffix.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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Data Recovery ToolWindows 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.

.raldug Files Ransomware – Update

The good news for all victims of STOP .raldug ransomware is that the security researcher Michael Gillespie cracked the code of this variant and released an updated version of his STOP ransomware decrypter. You can download it via the .raldug decryption tool link. Have in mind that the tool is designed to support specific offline IDs, so it may not be effective for all occasions of .raldug ransomware infections.

.raldug Files Ransomware – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?

The main mean of distribution that is used by the .raldug files ransomware is usually spam e-mails that are carrying the infection file as an attachment. Such attachments may only appear as if they are important files, like:

  • Receipts.
  • Invoices.
  • Documents from a bank.
  • Other seemingly important files.

Once the documents are opened, infection with the .raldug variant of STOP ransomware is immediate and your files may become encrypted.

To encrypt the files on your computer, the .raldug ransomware may first drop several module files. They may be located in the %AppData% or other system directories. The files contain code which not only hides the virus from traditional antivurus protection, but also allows for the .raldug file ransomware to perform multiple malicious activities before encrypting your data, such as:

  • Check your IP and Mac addresses.
  • Obtain your system and language information.
  • Steal any saved passwords.
  • Check if the virus has been ran in a virtual drive.
  • Obtain data if the .raldug virus has been activated on the system before and self-delete itself plus stop encrypting files.
  • Create entries in the Run and RunOnce registry entries.
  • Delete any backed up files and shadow copies.

The main activity of the .raldug ransomware however is to scan your computer and encrypt your files. To reach this goal, the virus may go through documents, videos, images, audio, archive and a lot of other file types and encrypt all of them, excluding system files, belonging to Windows. After encryption, the .raldug ransomware leaves your files looking like the following:

In addition to encrypting your files, the .raldug ransomware virus also makes sure you know it was there. The malware drops the following ransom message, called _open_.txt:

Don’t worry, you can return all your files!
All your files documents, photos, databases and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
What guarantees do we give to you?
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information
Don’t try to use third-party decrypt tools because it will destroy your files.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours.
To get this software you need write on our e-mail:

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Remove STOP Ransomware and Try to Restore .raldug Files

In case your machine is infected by this iteration of the virus, then we advise you to not pay the ransom. You shouldn’t because for one, you cannot trust crooks with your files and in addition to this, you support their criminal activity. This is why you should remove the virus and save the files for when a public decryptor is released for free and in the meantime remove the threat by using the instructions below. If the first two manual removal steps do not seem to help you out, then you can remove this malware automatically, preferably by downloading and running a scan of your computer with an advanced anti-malware software. This program will help you to fully detect and remove all files, related to this virus from your PC.

If you want to restore your files, be advised that you can try the methods in the “Try to restore” step below. They come with no guarantee, but they are a good temporary solution that could help recover at least some of the data.


Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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