This article presents more details on a ransomware infection called .UNIT09 files virus and provides a step-by-step removal guide. In the guide, you will also find several alternative date recovery methods that may be helpful while attempting to restore locked data.
Infection with the so-called .UNIT09 files virus leads to the corruption of valuable files. For the purpose, this ransomware implements plenty of significant modifications that affect regular system performance. Its presence on the system is revealed by the appearance of a ransom message which is originally stored in the file $!READ ME.txt.
|Name||.UNIT09 Files Virus|
|Short Description||A ransomware that corrupts valuable files and wipe them from the system. Insists on ransom payment.|
|Symptoms||Important files appear renamed with the extension .UNIT09. They cannot be accessed which leads to ransom extortion.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by .UNIT09 Files Virus |
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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.|
.UNIT09 Files Virus – Distribution
For the spread of .UNIT09 files virus, hackers are likely to use some of the most popular techniques. Such are malspam, software installers, links to infected web pages, forums, social media channels, fake software update notifications and other.
Among all these techniques malspam is likely to be the main one. Like the majority of ransomware infections that are spread in massive email spam campaigns, .UNITE09 ransomware is also believed to be spread this way. The technique enables hackers to include ransomware’s payload in deceptive emails that pose as legitimate organizations and businesses. Components like URL addresses, in-text links, buttons, images, and file attachments are often presented in such emails as they could be all misused for the delivery of the ransomware payload.
In order to make you more prone to interact with such a component and as a result enable the ransomware to access your system, the text messages in these emails try to provoke a sense of urgency.
.UNIT09 Files Virus – Overview
Once .UNIT09 files virus manages to run its payload on a target computer system it initiates a sequence of malicious commands that support its smooth operation. Along with the payload file, the ransomware may establish a bunch of other malicious files during the infection flow. For their locations it may be designed to use some of the following system folders:
By executing malicious files in a predefined order, the ransomware implements plenty of significant modifications that affect the regular performance of major system components. One of the affected components is likely to be the Registry Editor and more precisely the registry keys Run and RunOnce stored there.
This could be explained by the fact that these two keys have the functionality to auto-execute various system and apps related processes. So when .UNITE09 adds malicious values under them, it becomes able to manipulate their functionalities which in turn is a step that enables its automatic load on each system start. So in order to prevent the occurrence of this nasty effect you should access the following registry directories, find all malicious values and delete them:
When.UNITE09 cryptovirs is likely to reveal its presence is at the end of the infection process. For the purpose, the threat drops a file named $!READ ME.txt and cause its automatic load. This file contains a ransom message that is likely to insist on contacting hackers in reference with a ransom payment.
Currently, the amount of files decryption ransom is not specified but what is almost sure is that hackers will want it converted in any cryptocurrency. For the sake of your security, we recommend you to avoid paying the ransom as this step does not guarantee the recovery of your corrupted files. Furthermore, as identified by security researchers, this threat acts like a wiper which means that it is impossible to recover your files. Eventually, hackers could only attempt to trick you once again and steal your money.
.UNIT09 Files Virus – Encryption Process
It is a threat composed to plague essential system settings in order to evade detection and reach the main infection stage – data encryption. So once this threat passes through all initial infection stages it activates a built-in encryption module. With the help of this module, .UNITE09 will scan probably all available drives in an attempt to locate target files and encode them one by one.
Eventually, all files that store important information could be corrupted:
- Audio files
- Video files
- Document files
- Image files
- Backup files
- Banking credentials, etc
Here is the full list of file extensions targeted by .UNITE09 files virus:
.access, .bfc, .cab, .certs, .cfg, .cgm, .chm, .cnt, .cnv, .config, .cpl, .dat, .data, .dll, .dpc, .eftx, .elm, .eps, .exe, .flt, .fnt, .gif, .hlp, .htm, .html, .inf, .its, .ja, .jar, .jfc, .jpg, .lex, .libraries, .manifest, .mid, .mml, .mmw, .mof, .msg, .msi, .mst, .pf, .png, .policy, .properties, .rll, .security, .src, .template, .thmx, .tlb, .ttf, .txt, .wav, .wmf, .wpg, .xml, .xrm-ms, .xsl
Since this ransomware appears to be a wiper, your files may be gone forever. So the best you can do is to remove all malicious files from your infected system and prevent it from further abuses.
Remove .UNIT09 Files Virus and Restore Data
The so-called .UNIT09 files virus is a threat with highly complex code designed to corrupt both system settings and valuable data. So the only way to use your system in a secure manner again is to remove all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. For the purpose, we prepared a removal guide that reveals how to clean and secure your system step by step.
- Guide 1: How to Remove .UNIT09 Files Virus from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of .UNIT09 Files Virus from Mac OS X.
How to Remove .UNIT09 Files Virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .UNIT09 Files Virus
Step 2: Uninstall .UNIT09 Files Virus 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 .UNIT09 Files Virus 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 .UNIT09 Files Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for .UNIT09 Files Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .UNIT09 Files Virus.
Ransomware infections and .UNIT09 Files Virus 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.
If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:
Get rid of .UNIT09 Files Virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall .UNIT09 Files Virus 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 .UNIT09 Files Virus 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 .UNIT09 Files Virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as .UNIT09 Files Virus, 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 .UNIT09 Files Virus on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac .UNIT09 Files Virus 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.
.UNIT09 Files Virus FAQ
What is .UNIT09 Files Virus ransomware and how does it work?
.UNIT09 Files Virus 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 .UNIT09 Files Virus ransomware infect my computer?
.UNIT09 Files Virus 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 .UNIT09 Files Virus 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 ..UNIT09 Files Virus files?
You can't. At this point the ..UNIT09 Files Virus files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.
Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?
If a decryptor did not decrypt your ..UNIT09 Files Virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by .UNIT09 Files Virus 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 "..UNIT09 Files Virus" files (Other Methods)?
We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore ..UNIT09 Files Virus 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 .UNIT09 Files Virus 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 .UNIT09 Files Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..UNIT09 Files Virus files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like .UNIT09 Files Virus 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?
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.