Ransomware virus reported to set the .uccu file extension on the files it has encrypted has been detected in different places around the globe. It is a mystery what “uccu” stands for, but one detail is confirmed – this specific ransomware uses a strong AES encryption algorithm. In addition to that the virus, has a very wide scope of the type of files it encrypts and its origins are so far a mystery. All users who have been affected by UCCU Ransomware should NOT pay any ransom money requested in its note and remove the virus using an advanced anti-malware tool. To revert any .uccu files, so far a decryptor has not been developed, but you can check this article for alternative solutions regarding partial file restoration.
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files with the strong AES cipher and asks a ransom payment for decryption.|
|Symptoms||Files are enciphered and become inaccessible. A ransom note with instructions for paying the ransom may appear on the user’s computer.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, File Sharing Networks.|
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|Data Recovery Tool||Windows 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.|
UCCU Ransomware – Methods of Infection
For UCCU Ransomware to successfully infect users with high success rate, it may use several tools that assist in the process of masking its files and slipping past undetected:
- Program obfuscators.
- Exploit Kits.
- Redirecting URLs.
- File archives.
Such tools not only allow for the malicious executable to run with escalated privileges and unnoticed but they also give the cyber-criminals many possibilities, like spreading it via spam e-mails with web links like the example below:
UCCU Ransomware – In Depth Analysis
As soon as its payload is dropped on the infected computer, it may be located in one of the following Windows folders:
- %User’s Profile%
The executable of the malware may have the following rather vulgar name:
In addition to that, UCCU Ransomware may create a registry entry in the RUN and RUNONCE keys for the “f*ckgod_jesu_crypt” executable file to start along with Windows and begin encrypting files. The Run and RunOnce keys in which this value string may be located are the following:
In addition to that, UCCU may delete the Shadow Copies of the infected computer, by executing the vssadmin command with one of its many parameters, for example:
The encryption process has a wide scope of files which are targeted. The most used file extensions are encrypted, but the ransomware evades the file extensions which contain important files that can break Windows. The file types targeted are the following:
In addition to that, the ransomware may perform other activities, like:
- Hide the encrypted files from the user.
- Leave a .txt file, picture or an HTML file which contain instructions on how to pay the ransom in Bitcoin.
Remove UCCU Ransomware and Restore Your Encoded Files
To fully delete this ransomware virus from your computer, we advise you to take into consideration that it may have also created other files on your computer when manually removing it. For maximum effectiveness, experts recommend using a more automatic approach – an advanced anti-malware scanner which will automatically, safely and effectively eradicated UCCU Ransomware from your PC.
If you wish to decrypt your files, follow this article – we will update it at its start (above) as soon as there is a working decryptor released for free. In the meantime, you may want to try using the methods in step “3. Restore files encrypted by UCCU” below. They are no guarantee that you will get any files back, but some users have reported recovering at least a minimal portion of the files using them.
- Guide 1: How to Remove UCCU from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of UCCU from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove UCCU from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase UCCU from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall UCCU from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove UCCU from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate UCCU from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove UCCU from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove UCCU
Step 2: Uninstall UCCU 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 UCCU 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 UCCU there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of UCCU from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall UCCU 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 UCCU 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.
Remove UCCU from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase UCCU from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall UCCU from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove UCCU from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the UCCU will be removed.
Eliminate UCCU from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.