.roland Files Virus (STOP) – WHAT IS IT + Remove It

.roland Files Virus (STOP) – WHAT IS IT + Remove It

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What are .roland files? What is .roland files virus? How to remove .roland variant of STOP ransomware. How to restore files with the .roland extension?

New variant of STOP ransomware, using the .roland file extension which it ads to the files, encrypted by it has been recently detected by security researchers. The ransomware’s main purpose is to encrypt the files on the computers infected by it and then extort the owner of the victimised computer to pay ransom in order to get the encrypted files to work again. If your computer has been infected by the .roland variant of STOP ransomware, we strongly suggest that you read this article thoroughly.

Threat Summary

Name.roland Files Ransomware
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionAims to encrypt the files on the computers of victims and then extort them to pay ransom to get the files to work again.
SymptomsFiles are encrypted with an added .roland file extension. A ransom note, called _open_.txt is also dropped on victimised computers.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
Detection Tool See If Your System Has Been Affected by .roland Files Ransomware


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User ExperienceJoin Our Forum to Discuss .roland Files Ransomware.
Data Recovery ToolWindows 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.

.roland Files Virus – Update

The good news for all victims of STOP .roland ransomware is that the security researcher Michael Gillespie cracked the code of this variant and released an updated version of his STOP ransomware decrypter. You can download it via the .roland decryption tool link. Have in mind that since the tool is designed to support specific offline IDs, it may not be effective for all occasions of .roland ransomware infections.

.roland Files Ransomware – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?

Once the .roland version of STOP ransomware has infected your computer, the virus may immediately situate its malicious files on your computer. They could be located in various different types of folders on the user computer, but primarily the main directories are created:

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

The ransomware virus may also drop it’s ransom note file, called _open_.txt and it has the following contents:

Don’t worry, you can return all your files!
All your files documents, photos, databases and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
What guarantees do we give to you?
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information
Don’t try to use third-party decrypt tools because it will destroy your files.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours.
To get this software you need write on our e-mail:

Reserve e-mail address to contact us:

Your personal ID:

After this version of STOP ransomware drops it’s virus files on the computers of victims, it may begin to create registry strings. The strings may contain data that may trigger different activities on the compromised computer. The following registry sub-keys have been reported to be affected:

→ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\ScreenSaveTimeOut
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

In addition to this, the .roland variant of stop ransomware may also begin to encrypt the files on your computer by scanning for them. But the .roland ransomware virus does not just encrypt any file. The malware scans for and encrypts only files, located in directories that are outside Windows system folders and driver directories. This is done to prevent your OS from being damaged so that you can still use your PC to pay ransom.

The files that are encrypted by the .roland version of STOP ransomware are usually often used files, like documents, images, videos, archives, virtual drivers and other often used files. After the files are encrypted, you cannot open them and they look like the following:

This is because STOP ransomware may overwrite fragments of data from the original with it’s encrypted analogue, making the file seem corrupt. The encryption process generates a decryption key, which if used in combination with the software provided by the crooks may get your files back. But this happens only after you pay the ransom, which is strongly inadvisable, since paying the ransom can only make your situation worse. Instead, the backup of your files and removal are the options you should go for.

Remove STOP Ransomware and Try to Restore .roland Files

To remove this variant of STOP ransomware, you can follow the instructions that are posted underneath this article. They have been created with the sole purpose of assisting you in getting rid of this virus either manually or automatically from your computer. If manual removal does not seem to help, it is strongly recommended to download and run a scan of your computer, using an advanced anti-malware software. Such tool is specifically created to scan for and remove all of the virus files on your computer and ensure that infection does not take place again.

Furthermore, if you want to restore files, encrypted by the .roland files virus, we suggest that you try the file recovery methods suggested underneath. They have been created with the main idea to help you try and restore files, encrypted by the .roland file ransomware, even though they may not be 100% guarantee for file recovery.


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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