A ransomware virus, that has a QR scanning code embedded in it’s ransom note so that a payoff in BitCoin can be paid by scanning the code from a phone with BitCoin wallet app. The virus has been detected in the end of May 2017 and has been reported to be spread only for Chinese users, but this does not mean that it can’t also be spread all over the globe. In case your computer has been infecred by the SmartRansom Chinese virus , we strongly advise you to read this article.
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts the files on the computers infected by it without adding anything to them. Demands sto scan a QR code for payment to get the files back. (BitCoin payoff)|
|Symptoms||SmartRansom, also known as Chinese ransomware displays a picture of a Chinese photo model and then changes it to the ransom note with the QR code and instructions.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files|
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SmartRansom Virus – Distribution Methods
SmartRansom virus is the type of malware that may be spread via malicious e-mail spam, also known as malspam. Such e-mail messages aim to trick the victim into opening an e-mail attachment which is usually in an archive (.zip, .rar, .etc). The e-mails portray the attachment as an invoice, letter of confirmation or other document that “must be opened immediately”.
In addition to infecting victims using this strategy, the SmartRansom ransomware may also infect a certain computer by taking advantage of fake installers, web injectors from malicious web links sent online and fake updates.
SmartRansom – Analysis
As soon as the infection with this ransomware virus occurs, multiple types of files are dropped on the victim’s computer. These files include the malicious executable of the virus, named SmartRansom.exe, as detected by Payload Security below:
This file aims to read information from the infected computer, like it’s name and GUID. Then it contacts the following two hosts via TCP port 80:
The executable also imports numerous .dll files spread among different Windows locations. These files aim to create registry entries in sub-keys, like the Run and RunOnce keys. This enables the virus to run alongside Windows’s boot process. If those entries are created, you can find them in the following sub-keys:
In addition to this activity, the ransomware also extracts an image which is set as a lockscreen image. The image, named AArI.jpg has the ransom note written in Chinese and can be exited from with the key combination Alt+F4:
Would you like to know who am I?
I am answering, your daddy.
I have enciphered your important computer files
You want to know how to get them back?
Scan the 2D code from your screen and pay me.
I will then send you the tool for decryption.
Do not forget to write down the key from the above part of the screen In order for me to help you decrypt this.
SmartRansom Encryption Process
The encryption process by SmartRansom is connected with targeting specific types of files to render no longer able to be opened. These files are reported by researchers to be the following:
→ .au3, .BMP, .CUR, .doc, .docx, .GIF, .ICO, .JPG, .MID, .MIDI, .pdf, .PNG, .ppt, .pptx, .prn, .psd, .rar, .txt, .WAV, .xls, .xlsx, .zip
After the files encrypted by SmartRansom have been encoded, the virus does not leave behind any file extension or marker on the files that is showing they have been encoded.
Remove SmartRansom Ransomware and Restore Encrypted Files
Before beginning the removal process of files encrypted by SmartRansom ransomware, researchers advise victims to backup their encrypted files before beginning the removal and recovery process.
To remove the SmartRasnom Chinese ransomware infection, you can follow either the manual or automatic removal instrucions below. However, since this virus creates multiple objects in various locations, cybersecurity experts advise removing SmartRansom automatically by using an advanced anti-malware program. It will not only fully remove this virus from your computer but will also make sure that your system is protected against future attempts on it’s security.
In case you are looking for methods to restore your files, at the moment there is no free decrypter. We will update this article as soon as there is one, so we suggest you to follow it. In the meantime, you can also try recovering your files by following the alternative methods in step “2. Restore files encrypted by SmartRansom” below. They are not 100% guarantee you will be able to restore the files, but with their aid, at least some of the data can be retrieved.
What is SmartRansom Ransomware?
SmartRansom is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.
Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithms to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.
Can SmartRansom Ransomware Cayse Damage?
Yes, ransomware can damage your computer. Ransomware is a malicious software that is designed to block access to your computer or files until a ransom is paid.
Ransomware can also damage your system, corrupt data and delete files, resulting in the permanent loss of important files.
Should I Ignore Viruses, Like SmartRansom?
No, you should never ignore ransomware. It can encrypt your data and block access to your computer, making it impossible to access your files until you pay a ransom.
Ignoring ransomware could lead to the permanent loss of your data, as well as the potential for the ransomware to spread to other computers on your network. Additionally, paying the ransom does not guarantee that your data will be recovered.
How Does SmartRansom Infect?
Via several ways.SmartRansom Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing emails, containing virus attachment.
This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.
After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.
Another way you may become a victim of SmartRansom is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.
How to Open .SmartRansom files?
You can't. At this point, the .SmartRansom files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted using a specific decryptionkey for the particular algorithm.
What to Do If a Decryptor Does Not Work?
Do not panic, and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .SmartRansom files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
Can I Restore ".SmartRansom" Files?
Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .SmartRansom files.
These methods are in no way 100% guaranteed that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.
How To Get Rid of SmartRansom Virus?
The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti-malware program.
It will scan for and locate SmartRansom ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .SmartRansom files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like SmartRansom ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts.
What to Do If I Cant Get The Files Back?
There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:
- Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
- Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
- Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted can be re-downloaded from the web.
- Another clever way is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
- You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.
More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.
How to Report Ransomware to Authorities?
In case your computer got infected with a ransomware infection, you can report it to the local Police departments. It can help authorities worldwide track and determine the perpetrators behind the virus that has infected your computer.
Below, we have prepared a list with government websites, where you can file a report in case you are a victim of a cybercrime:
Cyber-security authorities, responsible for handling ransomware attack reports in different regions all over the world:
Germany - Offizielles Portal der deutschen Polizei
United States - IC3 Internet Crime Complaint Centre
United Kingdom - Action Fraud Police
France - Ministère de l'Intérieur
Italy - Polizia Di Stato
Spain - Policía Nacional
Netherlands - Politie
Poland - Policja
Portugal - Polícia Judiciária
Greece - Cyber Crime Unit (Hellenic Police)
India - Mumbai Police - CyberCrime Investigation Cell
Australia - Australian High Tech Crime Center
Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.
Can You Stop Ransomware from Encrypting Your Files?
Yes, you can prevent ransomware. The best way to do this is to ensure your computer system is updated with the latest security patches, use a reputable anti-malware program and firewall, backup your important files frequently, and avoid clicking on malicious links or downloading unknown files.
Can SmartRansom Ransomware Steal Your Data?
Yes, in most cases ransomware will steal your information. It is a form of malware that steals data from a user's computer, encrypts it, and then demands a ransom in order to decrypt it.
Can Ransomware Infect WiFi?
Yes, ransomware can infect WiFi networks, as malicious actors can use it to gain control of the network, steal confidential data, and lock out users. If a ransomware attack is successful, it could lead to a loss of service and/or data, and in some cases, financial losses.
Should I Pay Ransomware?
No, you should not pay ransomware extortionists. Paying them only encourages criminals and does not guarantee that the files or data will be restored. The better approach is to have a secure backup of important data and be vigilant about security in the first place.
What Happens If I Don't Pay Ransom?
If you don't pay the ransom, the hackers may still have access to your computer, data, or files and may continue to threaten to expose or delete them, or even use them to commit cybercrimes. In some cases, they may even continue to demand additional ransom payments.
Why Is the Ransom Paid in Crypto?
Cryptocurrency is a secure and untraceable form of payment, making it the ideal choice for ransom payments. It is difficult to trace, and the transactions are almost instantaneous. This means it is nearly impossible for authorities to track the payment and recover the money.
Can Ransomware Attack Be Detected?
Yes, ransomware can be detected. Anti-malware software and other advanced security tools can detect ransomware and alert the user when it is present on a machine.
It is important to stay up-to-date on the latest security measures and to keep security software updated to ensure ransomware can be detected and prevented.
Do Ransomware Criminals Get Caught?
Yes, ransomware criminals do get caught. Law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, Interpol and others have been successful in tracking down and prosecuting ransomware criminals in the US and other countries. As ransomware threats continue to increase, so does the enforcement activity.
About the SmartRansom Research
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