This article will aid you remove RASTAKHIZ ransomware completely. Follow the ransomware removal instructions given at the end.
RASTAKHIZ is the name of a ransomware cryptovirus. The ransomware is a variant of HiddenTear and is written to append the extension .RASTAKHIZ to all encrypted files. The RASTAKHIZ virus will encrypt your files if your computer gets infected. Continue to read below to see how you could try to potentially restore some of your files.
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files on your computer and displays a ransom message afterward.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will encrypt your files and put the extension .RASTAKHIZ to them after it finishes its encryption process.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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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.|
RASTAKHIZ Ransomware – Infection
RASTAKHIZ ransomware could spread its infection with various methods. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the World Wide Web, and researchers have gotten their hands on a malware sample. If that file lands on your computer system and you somehow execute it – your computer system will become infected. You can see the detections of such a file on the VirusTotal service right here:
RASTAKHIZ ransomware might also distribute its payload file on social media and file-sharing services. Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Refrain from opening files right after you have downloaded them. You should first scan them with a security tool, while also checking their size and signatures for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the tips for preventing ransomware found in our forums.
RASTAKHIZ Ransomware – In Depth
RASTAKHIZ is a virus that encrypts your files and extorts you to pay a ransom to get them decrypted. Malware researchers have discovered that it is a variant of the HiddenTear open-source project. The ransom payment is demanded in BitCoin.
RASTAKHIZ ransomware might make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows environment. Such entries are typically designed in a way to launch the virus automatically with each start of the Windows operating system.
That ransom message appears in a window screen with the title “RASTAKHIZ” on top and can be viewed from the below screenshot:
It reads the following:
I have encrypted all your precious files including images, videos,
songs, text files, word files and e.t.c So long story short, you are screwed … but you are lucky in a way. Why is that ?? I am ransomware that leave you an unlimited amount of time to gather the money
to pay me. I am not gonna go somewhere, neither do your encrypted files.
1. Can i get my precious files back?
Answer: Ofcourse you can. There is just a minor detail. You have to pay to get them back.
2. Ok, how I am gonna get them back?
Answer: You have to pay 250 USD in bitcoin.
3. There isn’t any other way to get back my files?
4. Ok, what I have to do then?
Answer: Simply, you will have to pay 250 USD to this bitcoin address: 1Q5VprvKoBmPBncC7yZLURkcQ7FG9xnMKv . When time comes to send me the money, make sure
to include your e-mail and your personal ID(you can see it bellow) in the extra information box (it may apper also as ‘Extra Note’ or
‘optional message’) in order to get your personal decryption key, It may take up to 6-8 hours to take your personal decryption key.
5. What the heck bitcoin is?
Answer: Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency and a digital payment system. I recommend to use ‘Bitcoin Wallet’ as a bitcoin wallet, if you are new
to the bitcoin-wallet. Ofcourse you can pay me from whatever bitcoin wallet you want, it deosn’t really matter.
6. Is there any chance to unlock my files for free?
Answer: Not really. After 1-2 or max 3 years there is probably gonna be released a free decryptor. So if you want to wait … it’s fine.
As i said, i am not gonna go somewhere.
7. What i have to do after getting my decryption key?
Answer: Simple. Just press the decryption button bellow. Enter your decryption key you received, and wait until the decryption process is done.
8. How can I trust?
Answer: Don’t worry about decryption. We will decrypt your files surely because nobody will trust us if we cheat users.
Do not change the name of the crypto files or extensions!
Personal ID : [ID] Bitcoin Address : 1Q5VprvKoBmPBncC7yZLURkcQ7FG9xnMKv
TIME TO LOSE YOUR KEYS : 2017.11.18. 20:24:01
The note of the RASTAKHIZ ransomware states that your files are encrypted. The ransom payment for potentially unlocking your files is not stated. However, even if it was, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom. Your files may not get restored, and nobody could guarantee that. Moreover, giving money to cybercriminals will likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or commit other crimes.
RASTAKHIZ Ransomware – Encryption Process
As RASTAKHIZ ransomware is a HiddenTear variant it could seek to encrypt files with these extensions:
→.txt, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .pdf, .pps, .ppt, .pptx, .odt, .gif, .jpg, .png, .db, .csv, .sql, .mdb.sln.php, .asp, .aspx, .html, .xml, .psd, .frm, .myd, .myi, .dbf, .mp3, .mp4, .avi, .mov, .mpg, .rm, .wmv, .m4a, .mpa, .wav, .sav, .gam, .log, .ged, .msg, .myo, .tax, .ynab, .ifx, .ofx, .qfx, .qif, .qdf, .tax2013, .tax2014, .tax2015, .box, .ncf, .nsf, .ntf, .lwp
Every single file that gets encrypted will receive the same extension appended to it, which is .RASTAKHIZ. The encryption algorithm which is implemented is undoubtedly AES since it is a variant of the HiddenTear open-source ransomware project.
The RASTAKHIZ cryptovirus could be set to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:
→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet
If the command stated above is executed that would make the encryption process even more efficient as it will eliminate one of the possible ways for restoring your data. If your computer machine was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially recover your data.
Remove RASTAKHIZ Ransomware and Restore .RASTAKHIZ Files
If your computer got infected with the RASTAKHIZ ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.
Manually delete RASTAKHIZ from your computer
Note! Substantial notification about the RASTAKHIZ threat: Manual removal of RASTAKHIZ requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.