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This article will aid you to remove Strawhat ransomware effectively. Follow the ransomware removal instructions at the end of the article.

Strawhat is the name of a ransomware cryptovirus. The ransomware is a variant of HiddenTear and is written to append a random extension to all encrypted files. The Strawhat virus might still be in development, but it will encrypt files on your computer machine if it gets infected with it. Continue to read below and see how you could try to potentially restore some of your files.

Threat Summary

NameStrawhat
TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer and displays a ransom message afterward.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and put a random extension to them after it finishes its encryption process.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Strawhat Ransomware – Infection

Strawhat 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:

Strawhat 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 our forums.

Strawhat Ransomware – Details

Strawhat 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 and that it might still be in development, but it encrypts.

Strawhat 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.

The ransom message is stored inside the following files:

  • YOUR_FILES_ARE_ENCRYPTED.txt
  • YOUR_FILES_ARE_ENCRYPTED.html

That ransom note can be viewed right down here:

It reads the following:

YOU BECAME VICTIM OF THE STRAWHAT RANSOMWARE!
The files on your computer have been encrypted with an military grade
encryption algorithm. There is no way to restore your data without a special decryption program.
Now you should send us email with your personal identifier.
This email will be as confirmation you are ready to pay for decryption key.
You have to pay for decryption in Bitcois. The price depends on how fast you
write to us.
Contact us for payment instructions and after you paid we will send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all your files.
Personal identifier: hpRXignKoOzlJnlsJblSOo3nQxUIs4kDX8
Contact email address: [email protected]

The note of the Strawhat ransomware states that your files are encrypted. 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 get involved with other criminal activities.

Strawhat Ransomware – Encryption

Strawhat ransomware seeks to encrypt files with the following 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, .crt, .csr, .flv, .key, .mdb, .mkv, .mpeg, .pem, .pptm, .sqlite3, .sqlitedb, .tif, .wma, .xlm, .xlsm, .xltm

Every single file that gets encrypted will receive a random extension appended to it. The encryption algorithm which is implemented is probably AES since it is a variant of the HiddenTear open-source ransomware project.

The Strawhat 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 Strawhat Ransomware and Restore Files

If your computer got infected with the Strawhat 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.

Note! Your computer system may be affected by Strawhat and other threats.
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To remove Strawhat follow these steps:

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Strawhat files and objects
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3. Scan for malware and unwanted programs with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
4. Try to Restore files encrypted by Strawhat

Berta Bilbao

Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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