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This article has been created to display how to remove the Resurrection ransomware and restore .resurrection encrypted files.

A ransomware detected in the beginning of June 2017 has been reported to demand the sum of 1.77 BTC from it’s victims to restore files it has encrypted via the AES encryption algorithm upon infection. To intimidate and further scare the victim into paying the ransom, the virus drops a ransom note, named Readme.html which interestingly enough plays music from the Harry Potter movies. In case you have become a victim of the .resurrection file virus, we urge you to read this article thoroughly.

Threat Summary

NameResurrection-Ransomware
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionEncrypts the files on infected computers, using AES cipher and demands 1.77 BTC to be paid to decode them.
SymptomsThe virus adds the .resurrection file extension and drops a ransom note, named Readme.html. Plays music in the background.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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Resurrection Virus – Distribution Methods

For it to be successful during the infection process, the Resurrection ransomware virus aims to be spread via different methods. The primary of those methods is believed to be via spammed e-mail messages. Such spam mail may contain convincing messages within It that usually aim to get victims to open either an e-mail attachment or click on a URL that may lead to the infection file.

Besides these methods of infection, other tools may also be used in order to infect victims. Such may be exploit kits, obfuscators, fake setups, malicious updates. Sometimes the cyber-criminals may even upload the files as fake executables in torrent websites.

Resurrection Ransomware -Analysis

As soon as the malicious executable of Resurrection ransomware has been opened, the virus may drop it’s payload on the files of the compromised computer. The payload may consist of more than one files with random file names. The malicious executable of Resurrection ransomware has a random name and is .exe file type. It and it’s support modules may be located in the following Windows Directories:

  • %AppData%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Temp%

After this has been done, the Resurrection ransomware virus may modify the registry editor on the compromised computer in order to make it possible to display it’s ransom note Readme.html and run the malicious executable automatically on Windows startup. The usually targeted Windows registry keys 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

In these registry sub-keys, registry values may be created with data in them that points out to the location of the files. But you have to know the file names for this and the Resurrection ransomware’s malicious executable drops a file with a randomly generated name, which makes detecting them more difficult.

In addition to interfering with the Windows Registry Editor, Resurrection ransomware may also interfere with critical Windows processes in order to obtain Administrative rights. These may be used to run administrative Windows Command Prompt in the background with the following commands:

→ process call create “cmd.exe /c
vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /quiet
bcdedit.exe /set {default} recoveryenabled no
bcdedit.exe /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures

Among the activities of this ransomware infection is to drop it’s ransom note. It is named Readme.html and has the following content:

Hi, this is not your luck day because this is not a joke, all your files has been encrypted with Resurrection-Ransomware
If you waut to retrieve all of your files I recommend you follow my simple instructions because you have no way out
Send me 1.77 Bitcoin (3918 USD Dollars or 3500 Euros) to this address: 1B1encH1cncoBjH64K1JfgLF1GqoY9dwpJ
If you do not know what bitcoins are or you do not know how to buy them, I suggest you visit the official site
https://bitcoin.org/en
https://bitcoin.org/en/exclianges
After making the payment please contact me [email protected] here you will receive the decryption key for your files.
You have to make payment upon expiration of this expiration you will lose forever all your files and your pc will be formatted.
I suggest you not to underestimate this message and to follow my instructions carefully……. TIC TAC THE TIME FLOWING

Resurrection Ransomware Encryption Process

In order to render the files on the computers infected by it no longer able to be opened, the Resurrection ransomware uses the AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) cipher. For the file encryption, Resurrection ransomware hunts for different types of files to encode. The primary files encrypted with AES are usually:

  • Documents.
  • Music.
  • Videos.
  • Pictures.
  • Audio files.
  • Archives.
  • Other files related to often used programs.

The encryption process consists of replacing segments of data in the original file with encrypted text. Not the whole file is encrypted, only enough to make it no longer openable. In addition to these activities, the malware also appends the .resurrection file extension to the files that have been encrypted and they may appear like the following:

Remove Resurrection Ransomware and Restore .resurrection Encrypted Files

For the removal process of Resurrection ransomware, recommendations are to firstly backup all your files using the instructions below. Then, it is advisable to focus on removing the malicious files of this ransomware preferably by following the instructions below. For maximum effectiveness it is advisable to use an advanced anti-malware software. Such will make sure that your computer is completely clean from all the objects created by Resurrection ransomware.

In case you are looking for methods to restore your files in the event that they have been encrypted by this ransomware threat, we recommend that you follow the alternative tools for file restoration below in step “2. Restore files encrypted by Resurrection” below.

Note! Your computer system may be affected by Resurrection-Ransomware and other threats.
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To remove Resurrection-Ransomware follow these steps:

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Resurrection-Ransomware files and objects
2. Find files created by Resurrection-Ransomware on your PC

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3. Scan for malware and unwanted programs with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
4. Try to Restore files encrypted by Resurrection-Ransomware

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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