This article provides information about the ransomware dubbed RandomLocker as well as a step-by-step guide that provides removal and data recovery help.
RandomLocker ransomware is a new threat that compromises computer systems in order to encrypt sensitive data stored on the available hard drives. It appends the extension .rand to all encrypted files and then drops a ransom note that blackmails victims into paying a ransom for the private decryption key. Keep reading and learn how to remove RandomLocker ransomware and restore .rand files.
|Short Description||RandomLocker ransomware virus encrypts important files on the infected PC and then drops a ransom note to demand payment for the decryption of .rand files.|
|Symptoms||Important files have the extension .rand appended to their names. The access to them is completely restricted. A ransom note blackmails into ransom payment.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by RandomLocker |
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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.|
RandomLocker Ransomware – Distribution Tactics
RandomLocker ransomware infection is triggered by an executable file called Ransomware.exe as releveled by the analysis of its sample. Hackers could use several common methods for the distribution of this executable file. The main one is believed to be email spam campaigns. This method is preferred by bad actors as it allows them to craft email messages in a way that they seem legit and important. Such emails may impersonate representatives of well-known companies or even governmental institutions. Their text messages usually provide some kind of important information and insist that you need to download and open an attached file as soon as possible. Malicious attachments may be present as documents, invoices, tax payments, delivery receipts, reports and other. All they contain the infection code of RandomLocker. And in case that you download and open such a corrupted file it infects your PC with the ransomware.
For the sake of your security, you could use a free online file extractor each time before you open new file on your PC. Tools of this kind scan the code of each uploaded file for specific malicious traits. After, the scan you could see whether the uploaded file contains malicious elements or not. The information could help you to prevent corrupted files from infecting your PC.
RandomLocker – Analysis of the Infection
The infection begins once RandomLocker’s payload is running on the system. The payload may be designed to initiate the creation of additional malicious files that support the infection process. Malicious files usually are able to modify some essential system settings in order to plague it and achieve persistence. As most data locker ransomware RandomLocker is likely to access the Registry Editor and some malicious values that ensure its automatic execution on each Windows system start.
The Registry Editor is a database that stores all low-level settings for the operating system and the installed applications. RandomLocker’s values could be added under the registry sub-keys Run and RunOnce as they are able to run the processes which are listed there.
Additionally, RandomLocker crypto virus may be also set to scan the system for particular details and then sends them to its command and control server. It is possible after the ransomware establishes a connection with its server. If you want to prevent the collection of your sensitive data as well as the installation of additional malware on your PC, you should remove all ransomware files and objects from the infected device as soon as possible.
RandomLocker Ransomware – Data Encryption Process
RandomLocker ransomware is known to use AES algorithm for file encryption. With the help of this cipher the treat is able to modify the original code of target files and render them completely out of order so you can no longer access the information they store. Each corrupted file can be recognized by the extension .rand that is appears at the end of its name.
Threats of this kind are usually set to scan predefined folders to locate all target files. Eventually you may see all types of files listed below to be encrypted by RandomLocker ransomware:
At the end of the attack when your system is plagued and your files are corrupted, the crypto virus displays its ransom note on the PC screen. All that the note informs is:
→Ooops, your files have been encrypted!
Encryption was produced using unique key generated for this computer.
To decrypt files, you need to otbtain private key.
The single copy of the private key, with will allow you to decrypt the files, is located on a secret server on the internet;
The server will destroy the key within 24 hours after encryption completed.
Payment have to be made withinn 24 hours
To retrieve the private key, you need to pay 10$ in BTC
Bitcoins have to be sent to this address: 3GPg3tgwZakR5uTELzjMJRj1NarxHH9YdJ
After you’ve sent the payment send us an email to [email protected] with subject: UNLOCK ***
If you are not familiar with bitcoin you can buy it from here:
SITE: www localbitcoin.com
After we confirm the payment, we will send the private key so you can decrypt your system.
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By paying the ransom you only risk to lose your money and still have your .rand files corrupted. There is no guarantee that bad actors will provide a working decryption key as often the code of their ransomware is not working properly and even they don’t possess an efficient decryption key. Before you rush to pay the ransom be advised to check some of the alternative data recovery solutions listed in the guide below.
Remove RandomLocker Ransomware and Restore .rand Files
The removal of RandomLocker ransomware demands a bit of technical experience and malware recognition. However, there is no doubt that you should remove this nasty threat from the infected PC as quickly as possible. Only by its complete removal, you can prevent its spread across the whole network. Below you could find a step-by-step removal guide that provides both manual and automatic approaches. Beware that RandomLocker is a severe threat that plagues the whole system. Security researchers recommend the help of advanced anti-malware tool for maximum efficiency.
Once you remove RandomLocker ransomware make sure to check the step “Restore Files” listed in the guide below. But before that, it is recommendable to back up all encrypted files to an external drive in order to prevent their irreversible loss.