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Remove UnblockUPC Ransomware and Restore Encrypted Files

unblockupc-ransomware-sensorstechforum-ransomware-virus-comNew ransomware virus, named UnblockUPC has been detected by malware researchers to encrypt files with AES-128 encryption and ask 0.18 BitCoins as ransom money. The virus infects computers via different methods, such as e-mail spam after which uses the abovementioned cipher to encrypt the files on it. UnblockUPC also adds the enc prefix on the file names after it encrypts them. In addition tot his it also adds a screenlock that has a ransom note that acuses the user of downloading illegal files from the web and asking to pay a ransom payoff to restore access to the files. Malware researchers strongly suggest against paying the ransom money to cyber-criminals and to focus on restoring the files using alternative methods, like the ones in the removal manual below, while researchers discover a decryption solution.

Threat Summary

NameUnblockUPC
TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files with encryption cipher and asks a ransom payment of 0.18 BTC for decryption.
SymptomsFiles are encrypted with AES-128 bit encryption and become inaccessible with an added “enc” suffix to their names. A ransom note with instructions for paying the ransom shows as a screenlock and “Files Encrypted.txt and uid.txt” files appear with similar instructions as well.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, File Sharing Networks.
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UnblockUPC Ransomware – How Does It Infect

To cause a successful infection, the UnblockUPC virus may use a combination of different tools and methods with techniques that may cause an unnoticed slithering onto a victim computer. Such tools may be:

  • Exploit Kits.
  • Spam bots.
  • Malware obfuscators.
  • Malicious JavaScript.
  • File Joiners.
  • Disposable mail service.

Such tools may allow the malware to be spread in various forms, main of which is via having the UnblockUPC”s malicious executable sent to a user via e-mail as an attachment that seems to be legitimate. Usually most spam messages may include several different notifications such as:

  • “ Open this invoice.”
  • “ Please see the attachment below.”
  • “ Your purchase is complete. See delivery details below.”

Such deceitful messages often get users to open the e-mail attachment, and that is the main goal of the cyber-criminals behind UnblockUPC ransomware.

Another method of having this virus infect a given PC is by letting users download it by themselves via torrents, just like the the RAUM tool. Some even report that hackers have hacked accounts of torrent uploaders with a good reputation to conceal malware disguised as a legitimate torrent, like a game or useful software.
There are many methods by which UnblockUPC can spread, but the most likely technique may be via e-mail since 70% of ransomware viruses use this strategy simply because it is effective.

UnblockUPC Ransomware – In-Depth Analysis

As soon as this virus has infected your computer, UnblockUPC may connect to the cyber-criminals command server after which download from there all the malicious files of the virus on the infected computer. The virus targets the following folders and drops the following files:

→ In the %AppData% directory:
Local\Temp\{File with random letters and digits}
Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\einfo.exe
Roaming\uid.txt
Local\Temp\einfo.exe
In the %UserProfile% directory:
Desktop\decryptor.exe
Desktop\uid.txt
Desktop\Files encrypted.txt
Documents\Files encrypted.txt
Documents\decryptor.exe
Documents\uid.txt
In %ProgramData%:
uid.txt
encfiles.log
encinfor.jpg
uid.txt
{random characters}.dat

Besides those files, UnblockUPC ransomware may create many other files as well, such as multiple copies of the Files encrypted.txt and uid.txt ransom notes.

Before encrypting the files of the victim PC, the UnblockUPC virus may automatically start the einfo.exe file, which may be the encryptor, since this file is reported to self-delete after encryption. The UnblockUPC virus looks for a wide variety of pre-programmed in it’s code file extensions. If detected, they are encrypted with the strong AES -128-bit encryption algorithm. UnblockUPC targets primarily widely used types of files to encipher, like:

  • Videos.
  • Audio files.
  • Image files.
  • Microsoft Office files.
  • Adobe files.
  • Other files associated with widely used programs.

According to the malware researchers Demonslay335 and Grinler, the virus is also reported to add the ENC prefix to the enciphered files, for example:

→encNew Text Document.txt

Files that have been encrypted by UnblockUPC ransomware can no longer be opened with any type of software, except if the user pays the 0.18 BTC ransom money, according to the “ Files encrypted.txt” ransom note:

→“ You used to download illegal files from the internet. Now all of your private files has been locked and encrypted!
To unblock them visit one of these websites:
http://unblockupc.xyz
http://unblockupc.in
http://unblockupc.club
http://moscovravir.ru
http://213.167.243.215
http://185.45.192.17
Your UID: {Unique identifier}”

The UnblockUPC virus also adds a wallpaper-like image with the following notification:

→ Here you can unblock your files
You probably used to download illegal files from the internet…
Well, that’s why we encrypted all your private files on your computer.
But fortunately, you can unblock the for just… ~100 EURO (0.18 BTC)
I know, you probably don’t want to pay but believe me, its pretty good opportunity for you. We had access to all your private files, your email, Facebook, bank account, sometimes credit cards… And we only decided to encrypt your files and get 100 euros, we are not so bad!
There is no other way to unlock your files than paying us. If you want to do this, follow these steps:
1. First of all, we need to know your UID; it is your unique identification number; your unlock password is connected with these uid. It is located in uid.txt file on your Desktop or in My Documents/Documents folder.
2. Now you need to put your UID below, and press submit
This page will only work until {date} so better hurry up.
After {date} you won’t be able to unlock your files.” Source: Infected Users

UnblockUPC Ransomware – Conclusion

As a bottom line, the UnblockUPC Ransomware is a threat that is no joke, and it should be taken very seriously. Malware researchers are constantly working on developing free decryptors by reverse engineering malware samples like the once from UnblockUPC. This is the main reason why it is advisable not to pay the decryption fee to cyber-crooks and deal with the files and the virus yourself.

To remove UnblockUPC ransomware, it is recommended to follow the removal instructions below. They are divided in Manual and Automatic and if you are not tech savvy we recommend using the Automatic instructions because they will help you remove UnblockUPC completely at a click of a button.

To try and restore your files, we strongly suggest waiting until a decryptor for UnblockUPC has been released for your computer. Until then, you are welcome to try the not as effective alternative decryption and file restoration tools in step “2. Restore files encrypted by UnblockUPC” below.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove UnblockUPC from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove UnblockUPC

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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 UnblockUPC 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 UnblockUPC 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 UnblockUPC 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.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for UnblockUPC 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.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


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

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

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

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by UnblockUPC.

Ransomware infections and UnblockUPC 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 UnblockUPC from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall UnblockUPC 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 UnblockUPC:

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 UnblockUPC. 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 UnblockUPC. 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 UnblockUPC 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 UnblockUPC. 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 UnblockUPC.

Ransomware infections and UnblockUPC 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.


UnblockUPC FAQ

What is UnblockUPC ransomware and how does it work?

UnblockUPC 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 UnblockUPC ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.UnblockUPC 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 UnblockUPC 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 .UnblockUPC files?

You can't. At this point the .UnblockUPC 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 .UnblockUPC files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by UnblockUPC 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 ".UnblockUPC" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .UnblockUPC 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 UnblockUPC 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 UnblockUPC ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .UnblockUPC files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like UnblockUPC 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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