This article will aid you remove ScorpionLocker ransomware effectively. Follow the ransomware removal instructions at the end.
ScorpionLocker is the name of a ransomware cryptovirus. The ransomware is a variant of HiddenTear and is designed to append the extension .ScorpionLocker to all encrypted files. The ScorpionLocker virus is connected to the H34rtBl33d Ransomware virus. Continue to read down below to see how you could try to potentially restore some of your file data.
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files on your computer and displays a ransom message afterward.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will encrypt your files and put the extension .ScorpionLocker to them after it finishes its encryption process.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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ScorpionLocker Ransomware – Infection Techniques
ScorpionLocker ransomware could spread its infection with various methods. 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. You can see the detections of such a file on the VirusTotal service right here:
ScorpionLocker ransomware might also distribute its payload file on social media and file-sharing services. 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 ZipeZip Malware Scanner Guide found in our forums to see how you can prevent some ransomware threats by scanning your email attachments.
ScorpionLocker Ransomware – Technical Data
ScorpionLocker is a virus that encrypts your files and extorts you to pay a ransom to get them decrypted. Malware researchers have discovered that it is a variant of the HiddenTear open-source project. The ransom payment is demanded in BitCoin.
ScorpionLocker ransomware might 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.
That ransom note can be seen from the following snapshot:
It reads the following:
YOUR PERSONAL FILES ARE ENCRYPTED
Your documents, photos, databases and other important files have been encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key, generated for this computer. Private decryption key is stored on a secret internet server and nobody can decrypt your files until you pay obtain the private key.
1. Pay amount 0.1 BTC (about if 1050 USD) to address 1GZ1TyxpJH6VuHkFUK8PY5fKKdvw8CQQiS
2. Transaction will take about 15-30 minutes to confirm,
Meet me: [email protected]
BTC Address: 1GZ1TyxpJH6VuHkFUK8PY5fKKdvw8CQQiS
The note of the ScorpionLocker ransomware states that your files are encrypted. The ransom payment for potentially unlocking your files is not stated. However, even if it was, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom. Your files may not get restored, and nobody could guarantee that. Moreover, giving money to cybercriminals will likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or commit other crimes.
The following window screen also shows up:
That is the C2 server login page with the URL address of http://h34rtbl33d.scorpionlocker[.]xyz/login.php which opens a Facebook page with the name “D3g1d5.Cyber.Crew”. From all the information, such as this URL address, the contact email left inside the ransom note message, the background image of the Web page and the code of the ScorpionLocker ransomware it becomes apparent that there is a connection with the H34rtBl33d Ransomware ( .d3g1d5 Files) Virus.
It is also not excluded and very likely that the authors of both malware threats are the same.
ScorpionLocker Ransomware – Encryption Process
As ScorpionLocker ransomware is a HiddenTear variant it could seek to encrypt files with these extensions:
→.txt, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .pdf, .pps, .ppt, .pptx, .odt, .gif, .jpg, .png, .db, .csv, .sql, .mdb.sln.php, .asp, .aspx, .html, .xml, .psd, .frm, .myd, .myi, .dbf, .mp3, .mp4, .avi, .mov, .mpg, .rm, .wmv, .m4a, .mpa, .wav, .sav, .gam, .log, .ged, .msg, .myo, .tax, .ynab, .ifx, .ofx, .qfx, .qif, .qdf, .tax2013, .tax2014, .tax2015, .box, .ncf, .nsf, .ntf, .lwp
Every single file that gets encrypted will receive the same extension appended to it, which is .ScorpionLocker. The encryption algorithm which is implemented is undoubtedly AES since it is a variant of the HiddenTear open-source ransomware project.
The ScorpionLocker 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
If the command stated above is executed that would make the encryption process even more efficient as it will eliminate one of the possible ways for restoring your data. If your computer machine was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially recover your data.
Remove ScorpionLocker Ransomware and Restore .ScorpionLocker Files
If your computer got infected with the ScorpionLocker 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.