|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files with a wide range of extensions and asks for money to decrypt them.|
|Symptoms||Files get locked and become unusable. A ransom message pops up.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Suspicious Sites|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware|
|User Experience||Join our forum to follow the discussion about Ransom32.|
|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.|
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Ransom32 Ransomware – Distribution Techniques
The most widespread distribution technique is known to be through malicious email attachments and spam emails. You may receive an email with the malware file attached. If you open the attachment, the ransomware is released. Currently, the file is reported to be a 22 MB self-extracting WinRAR archive, which is quite large, compared to other types of ransomware.
Around the Web, social networks, and file sharing services, there may be similar attachments and files containing the Ransom32 ransomware, disguised as something else.
Ransom32 Ransomware – Technical Information
The ransomware uses NW.js, which is a platform that you can write apps on, which are compatible with Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. Thus, specific scripts can be wrapped up in a Chromium package and be run automatically.
Ransom32 gets into your computer using an auto-extracting archive, and when executed will copy its files to a folder and then in the Google Chrome directory:
The copied files are very similar to those of Google Chrome and ones used in the Chromium project. And that is the purpose of that similarity – trying to trick you that some Google Chrome browser is installed. Alas, those files contain malicious scripts. The files are the following:
- chrome – contains a General Public License agreement.
- chrome.exe – NW.js code package that contains the ransomware.
- g – contains information of the ransomware’s settings.
- rundll32.exe – contains the Tor client.
- ffmpegsumo.dll, nw.pak, icudtl.dat, locales – data files required for NW.js to run properly.
- s.exe – contains a program named Optimum X Shortcut, used to create a shortcut for the ransomware in the Startup folder, so it runs on every start of the OS.
- msgbox.vbs – this file can be set to show a custom popup message with the ransom note.
- u.vbs – script used for deleting all files and folders in a directory. Likely used to delete some of the ransomware files after file encryption.
Afterwards, it runs the Tor client inside rundll32.exe to make a connection to the Tor network and be untraceable. That way it gets a unique BitCoin address that is used in the ransom message, so you know where to send the ransom money. We do not advise you that, as there is absolutely no guarantee that you will get your files back that way or even if the cyber criminals will contact you back.
Then, the ransomware starts locking files. It uses a 128-bit AES key to encrypt them. A different key is used for each file, and the key itself is encrypted with the RSA algorithm. Both AES and RSA are strong, military-grade algorithms and nearly impossible to break.
Ransom32 is known to search for and encrypt files with these extensions:
→.jpg ,.jpeg ,.raw ,.tif ,.gif ,.png ,.bmp ,.3dm ,.max ,.accdb ,.db ,.dbf ,.mdb ,.pdb ,.sql ,.*sav* ,.*spv* ,.*grle* ,.*mlx* ,.*sv5* ,.*game* ,.*slot* ,.dwg ,.dxf ,.c ,.cpp ,.cs ,.h ,.php ,.asp ,.rb ,.java ,.jar ,.class ,.aaf ,.aep ,.aepx ,.plb ,.prel ,.prproj ,.aet ,.ppj ,.psd ,.indd ,.indl ,.indt ,.indb ,.inx ,.idml ,.pmd ,.xqx ,.xqx ,.ai ,.eps ,.ps ,.svg ,.swf ,.fla ,.as3 ,.as ,.txt ,.doc ,.dot ,.docx ,.docm ,.dotx ,.dotm ,.docb ,.rtf ,.wpd ,.wps ,.msg ,.pdf ,.xls ,.xlt ,.xlm ,.xlsx ,.xlsm ,.xltx ,.xltm ,.xlsb ,.xla ,.xlam ,.xll ,.xlw ,.ppt ,.pot ,.pps ,.pptx ,.pptm ,.potx ,.potm ,.ppam ,.ppsx ,.ppsm ,.sldx ,.sldm ,.wav ,.mp3 ,.aif ,.iff ,.m3u ,.m4u ,.mid ,.mpa ,.wma ,.ra ,.avi ,.mov ,.mp4 ,.3gp ,.mpeg ,.3g2 ,.asf ,.asx ,.flv ,.mpg ,.wmv ,.vob ,.m3u8 ,.csv ,.efx ,.sdf ,.vcf ,.xml ,.ses ,.dat
After the files are encrypted the ransom note pops up and the sum of $35 is demanded as a ransom. If you don’t pay after four days, the sum multiplies ten times, to $350 for the decryption key.
The easiest and most efficient way to restore your files from ransomware remains to be Backups. After removing the threat, you can use a backup, if you have any, to restore your data.
- Shadow Volume Copies
Currently, there is no information if Shadow Volume Copies are erased from the Windows OS. So, after removal, you should check the 5th section of the instructions written down below for a few ways in which you can try to restore your files.
Ransom32 Ransomware – Removal Guide
If you have been infected by the Ransom32 ransomware, you should have at least a little experience in removing malware. This ransomware can irreparably lock your files, so it is highly recommended that you act swiftly and follow the instructions provided below:
Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.
As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.
How to recognize trustworthy sources:
- Always check "About Us" web page.
- Profile of the content creator.
- Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
- Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.
How to Remove Ransom32 from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Ransom32
Step 2: Uninstall Ransom32 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Ransom32 on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Ransom32 there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for Ransom32 with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Ransom32.
Ransomware infections and Ransom32 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.
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.
Get rid of Ransom32 from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Ransom32 and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 Ransom32 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Ransom32 on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac Ransom32 aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money.
This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.
What is Ransom32 ransomware and how does it work?
Ransom32 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 Ransom32 ransomware infect my computer?
Via several ways.Ransom32 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 Ransom32 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 .Ransom32 files?
You can't. At this point the .Ransom32 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 .Ransom32 files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by Ransom32 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 ".Ransom32" files (Other Methods)?
Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Ransom32 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 Ransom32 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 Ransom32 ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Ransom32 files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like Ransom32 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.