Remove Scarab-Walker Ransomware - Restore .JohnnieWalker Files

Remove Scarab-Walker Ransomware – Restore .JohnnieWalker Files

This article will aid you to remove Scarab-Walker ransomware completely. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.

Scarab-Walker is a virus that encrypts your files and demands money as a ransom to get your files restored. According to some malware researchers, all files of a compromised computer get locked with the AES military grade encryption algorithm. The Scarab-Walker cryptovirus will encrypt your data and files, while placing the .JohnnieWalker extension to them. Keep on reading the article and see how you could try to potentially recover some of your file data.

Threat Summary

NameScarab-Walker
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 .JohnnieWalker extension.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Scarab-Walker Ransomware – Distribution

Scarab-Walker 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.

In the below screenshot you can view the detection of the Scarab-Walker payload file made on the VirusTotal service:

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-Walker Ransomware – Overview

Scarab-Walker is a virus that encrypts your files and places an .txt file, with instructions inside. 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-Walker is allegedly a variant of the Scarab Ransomware Family. Some of the variants are the following:

Scarab-Walker 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-Walker virus shows a ransom message located inside the following file:

  • HOW TO DECRYPT WALKER INFO.TXT

You can see the contents of the .txt file, from the following screenshot given here:

The ransom note states the following:

=================================================
Walker
=================================================
YOUR FILES ARE ENCRYPTED!
Your personal ID
6A02000000000000***78F201
Your documents, photos, databases, save games and other important data was encrypted.
Data recovery the necessary decryption tool. To get the decryption tool, should send an email to:
[email protected]
Letter must include Your personal ID (see the beginning of this document).
In the proof we have decryption tool, you can send us 1 file for test decryption.
Next, you need to pay for the decryption tool.
In response letter You will receive the address of Bitcoin wallet which you need to perform the transfer of funds.
If you have no bitcoins
* Create Bitcoin purse: https://blockchain.info
* Buy Bitcoin in the convenient way
https://localbitcoins.com/ (Visa/MasterCard)
https://www.buybitcoinworldwide.com/ (Visa/MasterCard)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitcoin (the instruction for beginners)
– It doesn’t make sense to complain of us and to arrange a hysterics.
– Complaints having blocked e-mail, you deprive a possibility of the others, to decipher the computers.
Other people at whom computers are also ciphered you deprive of the ONLY hope to decipher. FOREVER.
– Just contact with us, we will stipulate conditions of interpretation of files and available payment,
in a friendly situation
– When money transfer is confirmed, You will receive the decrypter file for Your computer.
Attention!
* Do not attempt to remove a program or run the anti-virus tools
* Attempts to decrypt the files will lead to loss of Your data
* Decoders other users is incompatible with Your data, as each user unique encryption key
=================================================

The note of the Scarab-Walker 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-Walker Ransomware – Encryption Process

What is known for the encryption process of the Scarab-Walker ransomware is that every file that gets encrypted will become simply unusable. All encrypted files will receive the “.JohnnieWalker” extension appended to them. Some researchers argue whether the AES encryption algorithm is used for the file encryption.

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

Below you can see how the decryption tool that goes along with this ransomware variant looks:

It is still unknown if it works upon payment, but researchers say that the probability of it working is low.

The Scarab-Walker 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-Walker Ransomware and Restore .JohnnieWalker Files

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

Manually delete Scarab-Walker from your computer

Note! Substantial notification about the Scarab-Walker threat: Manual removal of Scarab-Walker requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

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

Automatically remove Scarab-Walker by downloading an advanced anti-malware program

1. Remove Scarab-Walker with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool and back up your data
2. Restore files encrypted by Scarab-Walker
Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools
Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov is a tech-geek and loves everything that is tech-related, while observing the latest news surrounding technologies. He has worked in IT before, as a system administrator and a computer repair technician. Dealing with malware since his teens, he is determined to spread word about the latest threats revolving around computer security.

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