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Remove Samas DR Ransomware and Restore .iloveworld Files

samas-ransomware-dr-variant-sensorstechforum-comNew variant of the Samas ransomware has been reported to demand the sum of 1.7 bitcoins after it uses RSA encryption to encipher files of infected computers, adding the .iloveworld file extension to them. The ransomware then drops a PLEASE_READ_FOR_DECRYPT_FILES_{number}.html file which contains a long ransom note with instructions on how to pay 1.7 BTC to the cyber-criminals behind the virus. In case you have been infected by this virus, it is strongly inadvisable to conduct any ransom payoff since this may help cyber-criminals further replicate Samas ransomware. Instead we recommend following the instructions after this article to remove this virus and try to restore your files.

Threat Summary

NameSamas
TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files with RSA encryption cipher and asks a ransom payment of 1.7 BTC for decryption.
SymptomsFiles are encrypted with RSA-2048 bit encryption and become inaccessible with an added .iloveworld file extension to them. A ransom note with instructions for paying the ransom shows as PLEASE_READ_FOR_DECRYPT_FILES_{number}.html file.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, File Sharing Networks.
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Samas Ransomware’s Distribution Technique

The Samas virus may use different techniques to be spread. It may use pen testing deployment sent out from a remote server to cause infection. Such software gives an opportunity for cyber-crooks to discover vulnerabilities and select the correct exploit kit or obfuscator that will allow a successful infection.

Samas Ransomware – More Information

Similar to the previous variant of Samas ransomware virus, this one may also take advantage of activities which it has copied from a variety of other viruses in its code. One particular tool that has been reportedly associated with Samas ransomware is called PsExec, and it’s primary file is pre-programmed to remotely execute programs on the infected computer.

Not only this, but the Samas virus may also use other features from a Trojan horse, also known and detected as Samas, which was most likely created by the same developers.

The main executable of Samas ransomware is reported to be named gotohelldr.exe and it may include scripts such as the one that deletes the shadow copies on the infected computer with the following vssadmin command in quiet mode:

vssadmin delete shadows /for={DrivePartition} [/oldest | /all | /shadow={Identification of the shadow copies}] [/quiet]

Such commands might be used by the Samas virus to get rid of all the backups and file history on the affected device.

In addition to this, the virus may also download other malware on the infected computer, such as an MSIL trojan and other ransomware as well.

Samas Virus’s Encryption Process

To encrypt files the Samas ransomware may scan your computer for a wide variety of file types, for example:

→ “PNG .PSD .PSPIMAGE .TGA .THM .TIF .TIFF .YUV .AI .EPS .PS .SVG .INDD .PCT .PDF .XLR .XLS .XLSX .ACCDB .DB .DBF .MDB .PDB .SQL .APK .APP .BAT .CGI .COM .EXE .GADGET .JAR .PIF .WSF .DEM .GAM .NES .ROM .SAV CAD Files .DWG .DXF GIS Files .GPX .KML .KMZ .ASP .ASPX .CER .CFM .CSR .CSS .HTM .HTML .JS .JSP .PHP .RSS .XHTML. DOC .DOCX .LOG .MSG .ODT .PAGES .RTF .TEX .TXT .WPD .WPS .CSV .DAT .GED .KEY .KEYCHAIN .PPS .PPT .PPTX ..INI .PRF Encoded Files .HQX .MIM .UUE .7Z .CBR .DEB .GZ .PKG .RAR .RPM .SITX .TAR.GZ .ZIP .ZIPX .BIN .CUE .DMG .ISO .MDF .TOAST .VCD SDF .TAR .TAX2014 .TAX2015 .VCF .XML Audio Files .AIF .IFF .M3U .M4A .MID .MP3 .MPA .WAV .WMA Video Files .3G2 .3GP .ASF .AVI .FLV .M4V .MOV .MP4 .MPG .RM .SRT .SWF .VOB .WMV 3D .3DM .3DS .MAX .OBJ R.BMP .DDS .GIF .JPG ..CRX .PLUGIN .FNT .FON .OTF .TTF .CAB .CPL .CUR .DESKTHEMEPACK .DLL .DMP .DRV .ICNS .ICO .LNK .SYS .CFG” Source:fileinfo.com

As soon as it detects the files it is pre-programmed to encrypt, the virus scrambles portions of their source code which are enough to render the files unusable. The portions of code are replaced with a very sophisticated RSA-2048 encryption algorithm, which is also reported to be classified as a Suite.B cipher used by the DoD for secret files.

Encrypted files by this variant of Samas contain the .iloveworld file extension after their names and may look like the picture below:

iloveworld-ransomware-sensorstechforum-virus-extension-samas

In addition to the encryption process, the Samas virus also drops a ransom note in the form of a .html file. The note is named PLEASE_READ_FOR_DECRYPT_FILES_{victimID} and has notification and instructions:

#What happened to your files?
“All your files encrypted with RSA-2048 encryption, For more information search in Google “RSA Encryption.”
#How to recover files?
RSA is an asymmetric cryptographic algorithm; You need one key for encryption and one key for decryption.
So you need Private key to recover your files.
It’s not possible to recover your files without private key
#How to get private key?
You can get your private key in 3 easy step:
Step1: You must send us 1.7 BitCoin for each affected PC OR 29 BitCoins to receive ALL Private Keys for ALL affected PCs.
Step2: After you send us 1.7 BitCoin, Leave a comment on our Site with this detail: Just write Your “Host name” in your comment.
*Your Host name is: WIN-{Unique identification}
Step3: We will reply to your comment with a decryption software. You should run it on your affected PC, and all encrypted files will be recovered.
*Our Site Address: http://5hvtr4qvmq76zyfq.onion/alpinism/
*Our BitCoin Address:1Ha4Y7QegJL2t577XK6inSUdCYAKKQC99sG
(If you send us 29 BitCoins For all PC’s, Leave a comment on our site with this detail: Just write “For All Affected PC’s” in your comment)
(Also if you want to pay for “all affected PC’s” You can pay 14 Bitcoins to receive half of keys(randomly) and after you verify it send 2nd half
How To Access To Our Site
For access to our site you must install Tor browser and enter our site URL in your tor browser.
You can download tor browser from https://www.torproject.org/download/download.html.en
For more information, please search in Google “How to access onion sites”
# Test Decryption #
Check our site, You can upload two encrypted files, and we will decrypt your files as demo.
#Where to buy Bitcoin
We advice you to buy Bitcoin with Cash Deposit or WesternUnion From https://localbitcoins.com/ or https://coincafe.com/buybitcoinwestern.php
Because they don’t need any verification and send your Bitcoin quickly.
#deadline
You just have 7 days to send us the BitCoin after 7 days we will remove your private keys and it’s impossible to recover your files”

Samas Ransomware – Removal and Restoration of .iloveworld Files

Since Samas is also believed by malware researchers to be a part of a RaaS scheme (ransomware as a service) and it may come in different variants with the same source code, malware researchers strongly advise for affected users to wait for a decrypter.

Samas Ransomware should be removed manually by following the instructions after this article. In case you do not feel sure that you will fully remove it manually, malware researchers strongly advise using an advanced anti-malware program that will delete all files associated with Samas automatically.

In case your files have the .iloveworld file extension, this means they are encrypted. At this point, there is no official decryption solution for free. However, it is strongly inadvisable to pay the 1.7 BitCoin ransom money to criminals. Besides this, we have also offered alternative solutions to decrypt your files in case they have been encrypted by this virus. They are not 100% guarantee you will decrypt your files, but if you are in luck, you may restore some of your files this way. The instructions may be found in step “2. Restore files encrypted by Samas” below.

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How to Remove Samas from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Samas

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

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 Samas 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 Samas 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 Samas 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.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Samas 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.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


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

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

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


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Get rid of Samas from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Samas and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


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 Samas:

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 Samas. 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 Samas. 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 Samas 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 Samas. 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.


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.



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Remove Samas from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase Samas from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall Samas from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove Samas from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Samas will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Samas from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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