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One of the most vicious malware threats ever to affect users on a global scale – TeslaCrypt ransomware, has appeared yet again with another variant. This time, the crypto-malware uses a .mp3 file extension and possibly employs improvements in its code. Such improvements may make the decryption process even more difficult. Despite the fact that TeslaCrypt demands ransom money to unlock the encrypted files on a victim’s computer, we strongly advise users not to pay. Instead, keep trying with the methods we regularly update in our removal articles to restore files.

UPDATE! A free decryptor has been released for files encoded by TeslaCrypt 3.0 ransomware. To learn how to decrypt your files, please visit the following article.

Threat Summary

NameTeslaCrypt 3.0
TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionThe notorious TeslaCrypt ransomware encrypts user files and requests a payment to retrieve them.
SymptomsThe user may witness his files to have the .mp3 file extension as well as his wallpaper changed and new ransom note type of files(.txt, .html, .png) on his PC.
Distribution MethodVia malicious URLs or attachments and a Trojan.Downloader
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User ExperienceJoin our forum to Discuss TeslaCrypt .mp3 Ransomware.
Data Recovery ToolWindows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.

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TeslaCrypt 3.0 Ransomware – How Does It Spread

TeslaCrypt is mainly spread via exploit kits and Trojans, such as the Miuref.B Trojan. These can be found attached to an email the victim may have opened as a malicious URL or a spam attachment of an archive file. It may contain either infected document files or malicious URLs that lead to such. The most commonly used malicious files are of the following file extensions:

  • .bat, .cmd, .dll, .tmp, .exe

The spam emails featured may resemble a legitimate service the user has been registered in. Examples may be as follows:

  • “Your payment receipt from PayPal.”
  • “Free gift from eBay.”
  • “Bank Reciept from {Bank Name}.”

TeslaCrypt 3.0 Ransomware In Detail

Unlike other Tesla variants, this one is more sophisticated. This is because, besides using CryptoWall’s ransom note, to resemble another devastating malware, TeslaCrypt supports a significantly larger range with file extensions that it can encrypt.

TeslaCrypt performs the following methodological steps when it infects your computer:

Step 1: Payload Drop

The payload has random characters, and it is located in:

  • %User’sProfile%\Application Data

TeslaCrypt 3.0 then makes a registry entry for the .exe to run every time Windows has started. It is located in the following key:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\run\

And it is set with the following data:

  • “addon_v{number}” = “%User’sProfile%\Application Data\{payload .exe}

After this the crypto-malware also makes a registry entry with hexadecimal digits in the following key:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\xxxsys\

Step 2: File Encryption

According to Symantec Threat Response researchers, once its malicious .exe has been started, the crypto-malware then scans for and encrypts files with these extensions:

.7z .rar .m4a .wma .avi .wmv .csv .d3dbsp .sc2save .sie .sum .ibank .t13 .t12 .qdf .gdb .tax .pkpass .bc6 .bc7 .bkp .qic .bkf .sidn .sidd .mddata .itl .itdb .icxs .hvpl .hplg .hkdb .mdbackup .syncdb .gho .cas .svg .map .wmo .itm .sb .fos .mcgame .vdf .ztmp .sis .sid .ncf .menu .layout .dmp .blob .esm .001 .vtf .dazip .fpk .mlx .kf .iwd .vpk .tor .psk .rim .w3x .fsh .ntl .arch00 .lvl .snx .cfr .ff .vpp_pc .lrf .m2 .mcmeta .vfs0 .mpqge .kdb .db0 .DayZProfile .rofl .hkx .bar .upk .das .iwi .litemod .asset .forge .ltx .bsa .apk .re4 .sav .lbf .slm .bik .epk .rgss3a .pak .big .unity3d .wotreplay .xxx .desc .py .m3u .flv .js .css .rb .png .jpeg .txt .p7c .p7b .p12 .pfx .pem .crt .cer .der .x3f .srw .pef .ptx .r3d .rw2 .rwl .raw .raf .orf .nrw .mrwref .mef .erf .kdc .dcr .cr2 .crw .bay .sr2 .srf .arw .3fr .dng .jpe .jpg .cdr .indd .ai .eps .pdf .pdd .psd .dbfv .mdf .wb2 .rtf .wpd .dxg .xf .dwg .pst .accdb .mdb .pptm .pptx .ppt .xlk .xlsb .xlsm .xlsx .xls .wps .docm .docx .doc .odb .odc .odm .odp .ods .odt

TeslaCrypt adds the .mp3 file extension to the files, for example:

  • New Excel Worksheet.docx.mp3

The files appear to be corrupt and upon opening the user may witness that Windows begins to look for a way to open them:

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When the file is checked, it is becoming clear that a very strong mixture of AES-256, SHA256 and ECHD encryption algorithms have been used:

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In addition, the ransomware creates a “__sys_{random numbers}” mutex and then connects to several remote hosts:

  • http://ladiesdehaan(dot)be/modules/mod_cmscore/mzsy
  • http://chonburicoop(dot)net/tmp/mzsy
  • http://ferienwohnung-walchensee-pur(dot)de/tmp/mzsy
  • http://espoirsetvie(dot)com/modules/mod_cmscore/mzsy
  • http://ioasis(dot)org/modules/mod_fxprev/libraries/mzsy
  • http://polyhedrusgroup(dot)com/components/com_acymailing/views/user/tmpl/mzsy

Step 3: Notifying the user:

After finished with the encryption of the data, TeslaCrypt, creates several files:

  • _H_e_l_p_RECOVER_INSTRUCTIONS{ID}.png
  • _H_e_l_p_RECOVER_INSTRUCTIONS{ID}.txt
  • _H_e_l_p_RECOVER_INSTRUCTIONS{ID}.html
  • recover_file_{random_ID}.txt

The _H_e_l_p_RECOVER_INSTRUCTIONS{ID} files all contain the following ransom note:

TeslaCrypt 3.0 Ransom Note

”What happened to your files?
All of your files were protected by a strong encryption with RSA-4096.
More information about the encryption keys using RSA-4096 can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSA_(cryptosystem)
How did this happen?
!!! Specially for your PC was generated personal RSA-4096 KEY, both public and private.
!!! ALL YOUR FILES were encrypted with the public key, which has been transferred to your computer via the Internet.
Decrypting of your files is only possible with the help of the private key and decrypt program, which is on our secret server.
What do I do?
So, there are two ways you can choose: wait for a miracle and get your price doubled, or start obtaining BTC NOW, and restore your data easy way.
If You have really valuable data, you better not waste your time, because there is no other way to get your files, except make a payment.
For more specific instructions, please visit your personal home page, there are a few different addresses pointing to your page below:
[…] IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Your personal pages:
HTTP://[randomSYMBOLS](.)justmakeapayment.com/[…] HTTP://[randomSYMBOLS](.)brsoftpayment.com/[…] HTTP://[SYMBOLS].com/[…] https://[randomSYMBOLS].onion.to/[…] Your personal page (using TOR-Browser):
Your personal identification number (if you open the site (or TOR-Browser’s) directly): […]“

The “recover_file.txt” contains four lines of identification numbers, which represent accordingly the following information:

  • The BitCoin address.
  • The hex code for the public AES key which is 32 bytes in size.
  • ID hex.
  • ID of the used encryption.

Remove TeslaCrypt 3.0 and Restore .mp3 Encrypted Files

The bottom line is that the latest variant of Tesla has definitely improved and may have patched up several holes and weaknesses in its code, leaving the user without any way out but to decrypt his files.

However, experts strongly advise NOT to pay any ransom money for the following reasons:

  • You fund the cybercrime organization and it makes the ransomware even more impenetrable.
  • There is no guarantee that your files will be decrypted after you pay the ransom money.

It is strongly recommended to immediately remove this malware by using the methods outlined after this article. In them we have also included instructions on how to use different software to recover your files.

Manually delete TeslaCrypt 3.0 from your computer

Note! Substantial notification about the TeslaCrypt 3.0 threat: Manual removal of TeslaCrypt 3.0 requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove TeslaCrypt 3.0 files and objects

Boot Your PC Into Safe Mode

1. For Windows 7,XP and Vista. 2. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10.

For Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:

1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
2. Select one of the two options provided below:

For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.

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For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.

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3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.

4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account

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While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.

Step 1: Open the Start Menu

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Step 2: Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.
Step 3: After reboot, the aftermentioned menu will appear. From there you should choose Troubleshoot.

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Step 4: You will see the Troubleshoot menu. From this menu you can choose Advanced Options.

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Step 5: After the Advanced Options menu appears, click on Startup Settings.

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Step 6: Click on Restart.
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Step 7: A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart.

2.Find malicious files created by TeslaCrypt 3.0 on your PC

Find malicious files created by TeslaCrypt 3.0

1. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10. 2. For Windows 7,XP and Vista.

For Newer Windows Operating Systems

Step 1:

On your keyboard press + R and write explorer.exe in the Run text box and then click on the Ok button.

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Step 2:

Click on your PC from the quick access bar. This is usually an icon with a monitor and its name is either “My Computer”, “My PC” or “This PC” or whatever you have named it.

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Step 3:

Navigate to the search box in the top-right of your PC’s screen and type “fileextension:” and after which type the file extension. If you are looking for malicious executables, an example may be “fileextension:exe”. After doing that, leave a space and type the file name you believe the malware has created. Here is how it may appear if your file has been found:

N.B. We recommend to wait for the green loading bar in the navination box to fill up in case the PC is looking for the file and hasn’t found it yet.

For Older Windows Operating Systems

In older Windows OS’s the conventional approach should be the effective one:

Step 1:

Click on the Start Menu icon (usually on your bottom-left) and then choose the Search preference.

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Step 2:

After the search window appears, choose More Advanced Options from the search assistant box. Another way is by clicking on All Files and Folders.

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Step 3:

After that type the name of the file you are looking for and click on the Search button. This might take some time after which results will appear. If you have found the malicious file, you may copy or open its location by right-clicking on it.

Now you should be able to discover any file on Windows as long as it is on your hard drive and is not concealed via special software.

3.Fix registry entries created by TeslaCrypt 3.0 on your PC

Fix registry entries created by TeslaCrypt 3.0 on your PC.

Some malicious scripts may modify the registry entries of your computer to change different settings. This is why manual clean up of your Windows Registry Database is strongly recommended. Since the tutorial on how to do this is a bit lenghty, we recommend following our instructive article about fixing registry entries.

Automatically remove TeslaCrypt 3.0 by downloading an advanced anti-malware program

1. Remove TeslaCrypt 3.0 with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

Remove TeslaCrypt 3.0 with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Install SpyHunter to scan for and remove TeslaCrypt 3.0.2. Scan with SpyHunter to Detect and Remove TeslaCrypt 3.0.
Step 1:Click on the “Download” button to proceed to SpyHunter’s download page.

It is highly 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.

Step 2: Guide yourself by the download instructions provided for each browser.
Step 3: After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to automatically update.

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Step1: After the update process has finished, click on the ‘Scan Computer Now’ button.
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Step2: After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any TeslaCrypt 3.0 files, click on the ‘Fix Threats’ button to remove them automatically and permanently.
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Step3: Once the intrusions on your PC have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart it.

2. Back up your data to secure it against infections and file encryption by TeslaCrypt 3.0 in the future

Back up your data to secure it against attacks in the future

IMPORTANT! Before reading the Windows backup instructions, we highly recommend to back up your data automatically with cloud backup and insure it against any type of data loss on your device, even the most severe. We recommend reading more about and downloading SOS Online Backup .

To back up your files via Windows and prevent any future intrusions, follow these instructions:

1. For Windows 7 and earlier 1. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 1. Enabling the Windows Defense Feature (Previous Versions)

1-Click on Windows Start Menu
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2-Type Backup And Restore
3-Open it and click on Set Up Backup
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4-A window will appear asking you where to set up backup. You should have a flash drive or an external hard drive. Mark it by clicking on it with your mouse then click on Next.
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5-On the next window, the system will ask you what do you want to backup. Choose the ‘Let Me Choose’ option and then click on Next.
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6-Click on ‘Save settings and run backup’ on the next window in order to protect your files from possible attacks by TeslaCrypt 3.0.
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1-Press Windows button + R
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2-In the window type ‘filehistory’ and press Enter
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3-A File History window will appear. Click on ‘Configure file history settings’
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4-The configuration menu for File History will appear. Click on ‘Turn On’. After its on, click on Select Drive in order to select the backup drive. It is recommended to choose an external HDD, SSD or a USB stick whose memory capacity is corresponding to the size of the files you want to backup.
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5-Select the drive then click on ‘Ok’ in order to set up file backup and protect yourself from TeslaCrypt 3.0.

1- Press Windows button + R keys.
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2- A run windows should appear. In it type ‘sysdm.cpl’ and then click on Run.
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3- A System Properties windows should appear. In it choose System Protection.
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5- Click on Turn on system protection and select the size on the hard disk you want to utilize for system protection.
6- Click on Ok and you should see an indication in Protection settings that the protection from TeslaCrypt 3.0 is on.
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Restoring a file via Windows Defense feature:
1-Right-click on the encrypted file, then choose Properties.
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2-Click on the Previous Versions tab and then mark the last version of the file.
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3-Click on Apply and Ok and the file encrypted by TeslaCrypt 3.0 should be restored.

3. Restore files encrypted by TeslaCrypt 3.0

Restore Files Encrypted by TeslaCrypt 3.0

Security engineers strongly advise users NOT to pay the ransom money and attempt restoring the files using other methods. Here are several suggestions:

To restore your data, your first bet is to check again for shadow copies in Windows using this software:

Shadow Explorer

If this method does not work, Kaspersky have provided a decryptors for files encrypted with the this and other encryption algorithms:

Kaspersky Decryptors

Another method of restoring your files is by trying to bring back your files via data recovery software. Here are some examples of data recovery programs:

There is also the technical option to use a network sniffer:

Another way to decrypt the files is by using a Network Sniffer to get the encryption key, while files are encrypted on your system. A Network Sniffer is a program and/or device monitoring data traveling over a network, such as its internet traffic and internet packets. If you have a sniffer set before the attack happened you might get information about the decryption key.

Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

Remove TeslaCrypt 3.0 Using Other Alternative Tools

STOPZilla Anti Malware
1. Download and Install STOPZilla Anti-malware to Scan for And Remove TeslaCrypt 3.0.
Step 1: Download STOPZilla by clicking here.
Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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Step 6: Review and click on the ‘Install’ button.
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Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button.

2. Scan your PC with STOPZilla Anti Malware to remove all TeslaCrypt 3.0 associated files completely.
Step 1: Launch STOPZilla if you haven’t launched it after install.
Step 2: Wait for the software to automatically scan and then click on the ‘Repair Now’ button. If it does not scan automatically, click on the ‘Scan Now’ button.
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Step 3: After the removal of all threats and associated objects, you should Restart your PC.

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6 Comments

  1. AvatarMichael

    I get error:3 when try installing on windows server 2008 R2. Can you help?

    Thanks

    Reply
  2. Avatarvishal patel

    Hi sir,

    my all files of word and excel encrypted into mp3. How can i decrypt it please. can you help me please. i m in big problem

    Reply
  3. AvatarPaul

    our office has been infect last 25 Feb, all are accounting computers and all documents has been infected. can somebody kill these people.

    Reply
  4. Avatarvivek

    My computer is also infected all the word excel, PDF ,jpg files are encrypted in to mp3. Let me know if find any help

    Reply
  5. Avataripsit jena

    Mycomputer is also infected all the word excel, PDF ,jpg files are encrypted in to mp3. Plz help sir

    Reply
  6. AvatarJohn O

    I’ve tried my best with recovery software. It’s very difficult since I can’t see the preview. Why can’t someone jut find these people and arrest them?

    Reply

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