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Remove .RESURRECTION Ransomware and Restore Files

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 resurrection777@protonmail.com 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.

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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.

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  • 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.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Resurrection-Ransomware from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Resurrection-Ransomware

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Resurrection-Ransomware 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Resurrection-Ransomware on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines 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

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Resurrection-Ransomware there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

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Step 4: Scan for Resurrection-Ransomware with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Resurrection-Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and Resurrection-Ransomware 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.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

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.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of Resurrection-Ransomware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Resurrection-Ransomware and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Resurrection-Ransomware:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Resurrection-Ransomware. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Resurrection-Ransomware. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 Resurrection-Ransomware 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Resurrection-Ransomware. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Resurrection-Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and Resurrection-Ransomware 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.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

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.


Resurrection-Ransomware FAQ

What is Resurrection-Ransomware ransomware and how does it work?

Resurrection-Ransomware 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 Resurrection-Ransomware ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Resurrection-Ransomware 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 Resurrection-Ransomware 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 .Resurrection-Ransomware files?

You can't. At this point the .Resurrection-Ransomware 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 .Resurrection-Ransomware files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by Resurrection-Ransomware 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 ".Resurrection-Ransomware" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Resurrection-Ransomware 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 Resurrection-Ransomware 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 Resurrection-Ransomware ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Resurrection-Ransomware files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Resurrection-Ransomware 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.

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