This article will help you remove STOP ransomware totally. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.
STOP is the name of a virus that encrypts your files, while appending the .STOP extension to each file. Files are locked with both AES and RSA 1024-bit military grade encryption algorithms. The STOP cryptovirus will encrypt your data and when finished, it will demand money as a ransom to allegedly get your files restored. Keep on reading through the article to see how you could try to potentially recover some of your files.
STOP Ransomware Summary
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files on your computer machine and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will encrypt your files with the help of the AES and RSA encryption algorithms. All locked files will have the .STOP extension appended to them.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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STOP Ransomware – Decrypter Update
The latest news for the STOP/DJVU ransomware is that malware researchers of Emsisoft have released a new decryption tool, which is able to decrypt 148 variants of the ransomware out of 202+ available. The following extensions are supported by the decryption tool:
→ .gero, .hese, .seto, .peta, .moka, .meds, .kvag, .domn, .karl, .nesa, .noos, .kuub, .reco, .bora, .nols, .werd, .coot, .derp, .meka, .mosk, .peet, .mbed, .kodg, .zobm, .msop, .hets, .mkos, .nbes, .reha, .topi, .repp, .alka, .shadow, .djvu, .djvur, .djvuu, .udjvu, .uudjvu, .djvuq, .djvus, .djvur, .djvut, .pdff, .tro, .tfude, .tfudet, .tfudeq, .rumba, .adobe, .adobee, .blower, .promos, .promoz, .promorad, .promock, .promok, .promorad2, .kroput, .kroput1, .pulsar1, .kropun1, .charck, .klope, .kropun, .charcl, .doples, .luces, .luceq, .chech, .proden, .drume, .tronas, .trosak, .grovas, .grovat, .roland, .refols, .raldug, .etols, .guvara, .browec, .norvas, .moresa, .vorasto, .hrosas, .kiratos, .todarius, .hofos, .roldat, .dutan, .sarut, .fedasot, .berost, .forasom, .fordan, .codnat, .codnat1, .bufas, .dotmap, .radman, .ferosas, .rectot, .skymap, .mogera, .rezuc, .stone, .redmat, .lanset, .davda, .poret, .pidom, .pidon, .heroset, .boston, .muslat, .gerosan, .vesad, .horon, .neras, .truke, .dalle, .lotep, .nusar, .litar, .besub, .cezor, .lokas, .godes, .budak, .vusad, .herad, .berosuce, .gehad, .gusau, .madek, .darus, .tocue, .lapoi, .todar, .dodoc, .bopador, .novasof, .ntuseg, .ndarod, .access, .format, .nelasod, .mogranos, .cosakos, .nvetud, .lotej, .kovasoh, .prandel, .zatrov, .masok, .brusaf, .londec, .krusop, .mtogas, .nasoh, .nacro, .pedro, .nuksus, .vesrato, .masodas, .cetori, .stare, .carote, .gero, .hese, .seto, .peta, .moka, .kvag, .karl, .nesa, .noos, .kuub, .reco, .bora
If you see your variant among the ones above, it should be 100% decryptable now. Download the Emsisoft decryption tool linked in this sentence to see instructions on how to restore your files for free.
STOP Ransomware – Update July 2020
STOP Ransomware – Update June 2020
STOP Ransomware – Update May 2020
STOP Ransomware – Update April 2020
STOP Ransomware – Update March 2020
New variants of STOP ransomware virus have been detected in the wild:
STOP Ransomware – Update January 2020
New variants of STOP ransomware virus have been detected in the wild:
STOP Ransomware – Update December 2019
STOP ransomware virus new variants (that were released in the past month) – November 2019 update:
STOP Ransomware – Update October 2019
STOP ransomware virus new variants October 2019 update:
Security researchers are trying to make a newer version for the decrytion tool developed by Michael Gillespie which should work with newer versions of the ransomware, at least partially. People who have fallen victim to the STOP ransomware are still bearing hope, but right now the keys found and put into the 2.0 version of the decryptor are not working for a lot of them. That is due to the fact, that the virus itself is using a complex asymetrical encryption, which uses 2 keys for locking up files. In recent news it also becomes apparent that the .gero, .hese, .kvag, .meds, .moka, .nesa, .peta, .seto and some other, newer variants of the virus, can only be decrypted if they were using an OFFLINE key for the encryption process. Thus, not all victims will be able to decrypt their files with either decyption tool available (at least at this time).
STOP Ransomware – Update September 2019
STOP ransomware virus new variants September 2019:
The Retadup worm is a very dangerous threat which is described in several reports as one of the main carriers of STOP ransomware samples. A team of security experts have been able to devise a way of stopping the release of the worm which has rapidly decreased the number of infected computers with the STOP virus.
A large number of the domains and servers associated with the worm have been shut down by the experts. However this has not been enough to stop the spread of the STOP ransomware strains. It appears that while this worm is one of the most efficient sources of the infection, it isn’t the one and only.
In the meantime, security researcher Michael Gillespie, author of STOPDecrypter, reported that the operators of STOP ransomware have altered its code in newer versions. These changes make the way the decrypter work impossible, starting with .coharos, .gero, and .hese. Apparently, the cybercriminals started to utilize proper asymmetrical encryption, meaning the offline keys will no longer be valid for decryption after the release of the final keys Gillespie extracted.
The researcher is now working towards closing this decrypter, and continuing work on a new decrypter that will work only for the old versions of STOP (up to .carote). The new decrypter will completely replace STOPDecrypter once it’s released, and will work in a different way, the researcher said.
STOP Ransomware – Update August 2019
STOP ransomware virus continues to spread and bring new variants. These are the latest extensions that the STOP virus encrypts files with:
STOP (Djvu) Ransomware Decryptor
There is a decrypter tool released for STOP ransomware. The STOP decryption tool requires .NET Framework 4.5.2 installed or a later version. The tool was initially released for the .puma, .pumax, .pumas versions of the cryptovirus. Michael Gillespie reguralrly updates it to support newly discovered verions like .format, .access, .ndarod, .bopador, .novasof, .dodoc, .todar and other. You can download the tool via the Decryption Tool link here. The tool requires a pair of an original file and its encrypted version.
STOP Virus – Ways of Distribution
STOP 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. Here is a list of some malicious files known to be used for the activation of STOP ransomware:
STOP 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 tips for preventing ransomware found in the forum section.
STOP Virus – In-Depth Overview
STOP is a virus that encrypts your files and shows a window with instructions on your computer screen. The extortionists want you to pay a ransom for the alleged restoration of your files.
STOP 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 STOP virus will place a ransom note message inside a file called “!!!YourDataRestore!!!.txt”. You can see its contents from the following screenshot given down here:
The ransom note states the following:
All your important files were encrypted on this PC.
All files with .STOP extension are encrypted.
Encryption was produced using unique private key RSA-1024 generated for this computer.
To decrypt your files, you need to obtain private key + decrypt software.
To retrieve the private key and decrypt software, you need to contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org send us an email your !!!YourDataRestore!!!.txt file and wait for further instructions.
For you to be sure, that we can decrypt your files – you can send us a 1-3 any not very big encrypted files and we will send you back it in a original form FREE.
Price for decryption $600 if you contact us first 72 hours.
Your personal id:[Redacted]
E-mail address to contact us:
Reserve email address to contact us:
The following e-mail address is used to contact the cybercriminals:
The note of the STOP ransomware states that your files are encrypted. You are demanded to pay 600 US dollars in 3 days’ time, otherwise the price will change. However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom. Your files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that. Moreover, giving money to cybercriminals will most likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or commit different criminal acts.
STOP Virus – Encryption Process
What is known for the encryption process of the STOP ransomware is that every file that gets encrypted will receive the .STOP extension. The encryption algorithms used to lock the files are AES and RSA 1024-bit.
The targeted extensions of files which are sought to get encrypted are currently unknown and if a list is discovered, it will be posted here as the article gets updated. 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 STOP 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 encryption process more efficient. That is due to the fact that the command eliminates one of the prominent ways to restore your data. If your computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially restore your files back to normal.
Remove STOP Ransomware Virus and Restore .STOP Files
If your computer got infected with the STOP ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of STOP 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. Beware that the manual ransomware removal is suitable for more experienced computer users. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps navigate to the automatic part of the guide.
Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.
As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.
How to recognize trustworthy sources:
- Always check "About Us" web page.
- Profile of the content creator.
- Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
- Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.
- Guide 1: How to Remove STOP Ransomware from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of STOP Ransomware from Mac OS X.
How to Remove STOP Ransomware from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove STOP Ransomware
Step 2: Uninstall STOP Ransomware 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by STOP Ransomware on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by STOP Ransomware there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for STOP Ransomware with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by STOP Ransomware.
Ransomware infections and STOP Ransomware 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.
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.
Get rid of STOP Ransomware from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall STOP Ransomware and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 STOP Ransomware 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, 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 STOP Ransomware on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac STOP Ransomware 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.
STOP Ransomware FAQ
What is STOP Ransomware ransomware and how does it work?
STOP Ransomware 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 STOP Ransomware ransomware infect my computer?
Via several ways.STOP Ransomware 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 STOP Ransomware 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 .STOP Ransomware files?
You can't. At this point the .STOP Ransomware 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 .STOP Ransomware files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by STOP Ransomware 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 ".STOP Ransomware" files (Other Methods)?
Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .STOP Ransomware 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 STOP Ransomware 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 STOP Ransomware ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .STOP Ransomware files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like STOP Ransomware 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.