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Remove Ssimpotashka@gmail.com Virus (Scarab Ransomware) – Restore Files

Ssimpotashka@gmail.com Virus Virus image ransomware note  .recme extension

The Ssimpotashka@gmail.com Virus virus is a new version of the Scarab ransomware family. It has been detected in an ongoing attack that carries the new versions. Like the previous versions it is capable of inflicting much damage to the victim hosts.

Threat Summary

Name Ssimpotashka@gmail.com
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description The ransomware encrypts sensitive information on your computer system with the .recme extensions and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
Symptoms The ransomware will encrypt your files with a strong encryption algorithm.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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Ssimpotashka@gmail.com Virus Virus – Distribution Ways

The Ssimpotashka@gmail.com virus as a new strain of the Scarab ransomware family uses the same delivery tactics as its previous versions. This indicates that various hackers and groups are heavily utilizing the main source code to create their own versions of the ransomware.

A main delivery tactic is the use of email SPAM messages utilizing various social engineering tactics. The hackers attempt to impersonate well-known companies and services by sending the ransomware files either attached directly or hyperlinked in the body contents. They are also one of the top choices for distributing infected payloads. There are two main types that are the most common:

  • Application Installers — The virus code can be embedded in software installers of popular applications. The hackers typically choose programs that are popular with the common users: creativity apps, productivity software and system utilities.
  • Documents — A similar strategy can be used to manipulate documents of various types: rich text documents, spreadsheets, presentations or databases. Once they are opened by the victims a notification prompt will appear asking them to enable the built-in scripts (macros). When this is done the infection follows.

The criminals can also construct fake download portals where they can upload the dangerous samples. They typically imitate well-known sites and services by hijacking their design, images and other associated web elements. The hackers can also utilize similar sounding domain names to further confuse the users.

The hackers can spread the Ssimpotashka@gmail.com virus using browser hijackers, they represent malicious web browser plugins that are usually spread on the relevant plugin repositories. The operators use fake credentials and user reviews, along with an elaborate description. They are developed for the most popular web browsers: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.

Ssimpotashka@gmail.com Virus Virus – In-Depth Analysis

Ssimpotashka@gmail.com virus is detected to be the newest strain of the Scarab ransomware family. The code similarities showcase that an individual hacker or group have taken the main source code and modified it according to the intended targets. Instead of using a regular virus release name they have opted to name the threat using the contact e-mail address.

The initial security analysis reveals that the main engine is capable of launching several components against the infected hosts in a predefined sequence. The first action that is done against the target machines is the data harvesting one. It can harvest sensitive information belonging to the users that is classified into two main types:

  • Private Data — This type of data can reveal the user’s identity by looking our for strings such as their name, address, telephone number, location, interests and etc.
  • Campaign Metrics — Another set of information can be gathered about the victim systems that is used by the hacker operators to optimize their attack campaigns. The collected data might include the chosen regional settings, certain operating system values and a report of all installed hardware components.

All of the collected information can be forwarded to the next module, part of the virus sequence. It is called stealth protection and is intended to look out for processes that can interrupt the virus processes. The list includes anti-virus programs, sandbox environments and virtual machine hosts.

Like other advanced viruses it can also create a hacker-controlled server connection to a malicious server. It can be used to spy on the victims in real time, as well as take over control of their machines. This connection can also be used to deploy additional threats.

The Ssimpotashka@gmail.com virus can continue with system manipulation of the infected hosts. Examles actions include the modification and creation of new entries to the Windows Registry. If the malicious engine changes any entries that belong to the operating system, then this may lead to overall performance issues. When the actions are done against specific user-installed applications then certain funcctions can be disabled. This component is related to the persistent state of execution action. This makes the virus run every time the computer boots by creating entries for it. To make user recovery difficult it disables access to the boot recovery menu and may hinder other Windows options as well.

It is believed that the current versions of the Scarab ransomware family, including the Ssimpotashka@gmail.com virus are being created in a RaaS (ransomware as a service) scenario. This means that a certain individual or group holds the source code and offers customization options in underground sales.

To make data recovery more difficult the engine can remove the identified Shadow Volume Copies of sensitive copies. This renders file recovery possible only with a professional-grade, refer to our instructions for more information.

The fact that the virus continues to proliferate gives security researchers reasons to believe that the attacks will continue with further versions. Each subsequent version might include a code change that will incrementally make Scarab more complex. The modular engine identified in its code can be continuously upgraded to induce various system changes.

Ssimpotashka@gmail.com Virus Virus -Encryption

Once all built-in commands have finished execution the ransomware engine will be started. Like previous Scarab ransomware strains the Ssimpotashka@gmail.com virus it uses a strong cipher in combination with a built-in list of target file data. It may include any of the following:

  • Images
  • Music
  • Videos
  • Documents
  • Archives
  • Backups
  • Databases

All target data is encrypted with a strong cipher and renamed with the .ssimpotashka@gmail.com extension. The ransomware note is created in a HOW TO RECOVER ENCRYPTED FILES.TXT which reads the following:

YOU FILES WAS ENCRYPTED
YOURS PERSONAL IDENTIFICATOR
[random characters] [WHAT HAPPENED] Your important files produced on this computer have been encrypted due a security problem
If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail: ssimpotashka@gmail.com
You have to pay for decryption. The price depends on how fast you write to us.
After payment we will send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all your files.
[FREE DECRYPTION AS GUARANTEE] Before paying you can send to us up to 3 files for free decryption.
Please note that files must NOT contain valuable information
and their total size must be less than 1Mb
[ATTENTION] Do not rename encrypted files
Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss
If you not write on e-mail in 2 day – your key has been deleted and you cant decrypt your files

Remove Scarab Ransomware Virus and Restore .ssimpotashka@gmail.com Files

If your computer got infected with the Scarab Ransomware 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 Ssimpotashka@gmail.com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Ssimpotashka@gmail.com

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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 Ssimpotashka@gmail.com 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 Ssimpotashka@gmail.com 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 Ssimpotashka@gmail.com 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.

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Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
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Step 4: Scan for Ssimpotashka@gmail.com 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.

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

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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.

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

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Ssimpotashka@gmail.com.

Ransomware infections and Ssimpotashka@gmail.com 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:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of Ssimpotashka@gmail.com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Ssimpotashka@gmail.com and remove related files and objects

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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 Ssimpotashka@gmail.com:

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 Ssimpotashka@gmail.com. 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 Ssimpotashka@gmail.com. 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 Ssimpotashka@gmail.com 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 Ssimpotashka@gmail.com. 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.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Ssimpotashka@gmail.com.

Ransomware infections and Ssimpotashka@gmail.com 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:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Ssimpotashka@gmail.com FAQ

What is Ssimpotashka@gmail.com ransomware and how does it work?

Ssimpotashka@gmail.com 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 algorithm how 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.

How does Ssimpotashka@gmail.com ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Ssimpotashka@gmail.com Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, 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 Ssimpotashka@gmail.com 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 .Ssimpotashka@gmail.com files?

You can't. At this point the .Ssimpotashka@gmail.com files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .Ssimpotashka@gmail.com files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by Ssimpotashka@gmail.com ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore ".Ssimpotashka@gmail.com" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Ssimpotashka@gmail.com files.

These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How do I get rid of Ssimpotashka@gmail.com ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate Ssimpotashka@gmail.com ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Ssimpotashka@gmail.com files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Ssimpotashka@gmail.com ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

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 it can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way to get back some of your files 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.

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