Remove Scarab-Danger Ransomware - Restore @xmpp.jp Files
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Remove Scarab-Danger Ransomware – Restore @xmpp.jp Files

This article will aid you to remove Scarab-Danger ransomware in full. Follow the ransomware removal instructions given at the end of the article.

Scarab-Danger is a cryptovirus that encrypts your files and demands money as a ransom to get your files restored. Some malware researchers state that the AES military grade algorithm is used for encryption. The Scarab-Danger virus will encrypt your files, while placing the .fastsupport@xmpp.jp or the .fastrecovery@xmpp.jp extension to them. Keep on reading the article and see how you could try to potentially restore some of your files.

Threat Summary

NameScarab-Danger
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files with the AES encryption algorithm. All locked files will become unusable after encryption which will leave them with the .fastsupport@xmpp.jp or the .fastrecovery@xmpp.jp extension.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Scarab-Danger Ransomware – Spread

Scarab-Danger ransomware might spread its infection in various ways. 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.

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 located at the corresponding forum thread.

Scarab-Danger Ransomware – Insight

Scarab-Danger is a virus that encrypts your files and places an .txt file, with instructions inside. The cryptovirus is written on Delphi. The extortionists want you to pay a ransom fee for the alleged restoration of your files. The ransom fee may vary in regard to the different victims. Scarab-Danger is allegedly a variant of the Scarab Ransomware Family. Some of the variants are the following:

Scarab-Danger ransomware could 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.

After encryption the Scarab-Danger virus shows a ransom message located inside one of the following files:

  • HOW TO RECOVER ENCRYPTED FILES-fastsupport@xmpp.jp.txt
  • HOW TO RECOVER ENCRYPTED FILES-fastrecovery@xmpp.jp.txt

You can see the contents of the fastsupport@xmpp.jp.txt file, from the screenshot given below:

The ransom note is written in English and states the following:

Danger: our contacts change every 3 days, do not hesitate, contact us immediately. Then we will not be available.

Attention: if you do not have money then you do not need to write to us!

The file is encrypted with the RSA-2048 algorithm, only we can decrypt the file.

====================================================================================================
Jabber: fastsupport@xmpp.jp
If you do not have a jabber. To write to us to register: https://www.xmpp.jp
====================================================================================================
Your files are encrypted!
Your personal identifier:
6A02000000000000F34F20C81592C711002008045B22C3F5DF98EB439D51B8849631B9BD6173B1A709ABEE8B1E3BEFBA90EF
F9B65AC34A9FDADAD931D555B61F872ECFA8A1BC6A04628C77A85D9156215EDA0D1ECDF99947C7257796DAECD8DC526DC8EC
D69675850EBB3E970CCAF0F350D078B3E610F595F34261EC7A16A44A10662AB6A326DC40D54740ECF86E40BE28C89DF49A6B
4525426B2FA15E1B5597C2706250779E7B990B24F59D3CBD3B5C3796D051F6655F57C5911ABA30BE3AF271A224CE9E6F68EB
D2718FFECBF8261DD45F83CB34992E3C3B071330877F19B8AD2A9735D5DF5ECBBF24A22EDC60C287A6A67BAA3AB93F1F31AD
0F922014594FA67F397F6233F1E30081B8E0D7F44F82C18496B1018BB4EFEA03A37C451AA0651B756083C6580AD81587D262
8D689C9D7F621749EFC89855B0256666D30FFF0F
====================================================================================================
To decrypt files, please contact us by jabber:
fastsupport@xmpp.jp
====================================================================================================

The file is encrypted with the RSA-2048 algorithm, only we can decrypt the file.

Attention: if you do not have money then you do not need to write to us!

Danger: our contacts change every 3 days, do not hesitate, contact us immediately. Then we will not be available.

The note of the Scarab-Danger ransomware virus states that your files are encrypted. You are demanded to pay money to allegedly restore your files. However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum. Your files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that. Adding to that, giving money to cybercriminals will most likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or commit different criminal activities. That may even result to you getting your files encrypted once again.

Scarab-Danger Ransomware – Encryption Process

What is known for the encryption process of the Scarab-Danger ransomware is that every file that gets encrypted will become simply unusable. All encrypted files will receive the .fastsupport@xmpp.jp, .fastrecovery@xmpp.jp extension appended to them or any other that is an email address related to the Jabber service messaging system.

Some researchers argue whether the AES encryption algorithm is used for the file encryption. They also believe the ransomware is decryptable, but an official decrypting program has yet to be released.

In addition to the encryption and new extension, any locked file will also get renamed with a scrambling of random letters and numbers. An example of one such transformed file is the following:

  • 73fycFD3fdsds9GBUcKZHPfSvfavm4+Ynhf4rfekwcL.fastsupport@xmpp.jp

The full list with the targeted extensions of files which are sought to get encrypted is currently unknown. However, if it becomes known, it will be posted here as an update to the article.

The files used most by users and which are probably encrypted are from the following categories:

  • Audio files
  • Video files
  • Document files
  • Image files
  • Backup files
  • Banking credentials, etc

The Scarab-Danger 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

In case the above-stated command is executed that will make the effects of the encryption process more efficient. That is due to the fact that the command eliminates one of the prominent ways to restore your data. If a computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially restore some files back to their normal state.

Remove Scarab-Danger Ransomware and Restore @xmpp.jp Files

If your computer system got infected with the Scarab-Danger 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.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Scarab-Danger from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Scarab-Danger

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We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

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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 Scarab-Danger 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 Scarab-Danger 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 Scarab-Danger 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 Scarab-Danger 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.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Scarab-Danger.

Ransomware infections and Scarab-Danger 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:

If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:

and

2. On the download page, click on the "Download" button:

3. Click on "Save File" button:

4. Accept all agreements and click "Next":

5. After all the "Next" steps, click on "Install" and then wait for the installation to complete:

6. Run the software. Click on the location to scan for missing or deleted files and click on "Scan":

7. Wait for the scan to complete, it may take some time. Be advised that this scan is not 100% guaranteed to recover all files, but it does have some chance to get your data back:


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of Scarab-Danger from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Scarab-Danger 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 Scarab-Danger:

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 Scarab-Danger. 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 Scarab-Danger. 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 Scarab-Danger 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 Scarab-Danger. 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 Scarab-Danger files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Scarab-Danger, 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.


Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Scarab-Danger on your Mac.

Ransomware for Mac Scarab-Danger aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. 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 recommended Data Recovery Mac app by clicking on the link underneath:

4 Comments

  1. AvatarVictor

    Hi Friend !

    A decrypter release ? they encrypt all my information ;(

    Reply
    1. AvatarYes

      Hello. I am also a victim, I read all over the web that Dr Web Rescue Kit is very effective, but I don’t even have access to it’s trial.

      Reply
  2. AvatarHelp

    Anybody find decrypter?
    Does anybody rescue file success ?

    Reply
  3. AvatarMuhammad irfan

    Dear i am victim my all file are changes jp mode help any one

    Reply

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