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URSA Ransomware

URSA ransomware encrypted codeThe so-called URSA ransomware is one of the latest cryptoviruses discovered in the wild. This means that the ransomware is currently circling the web, targeting vulnerable Windows systems. Once the URSA cryptovirus has sneaked into a system, it will start encrypting all its files. As a result of the infection, you will find the RECOVER_YOUR_FILES.TXT file in each folder containing encrypted data.

An example of a cryptovirus with many variants, each appending a different file extension name is the STOP/DJVU virus.

Ursa ransomware Summary

Name URSA ransomware
File Extensions This ransomware doesn’t rename the infected files.
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description The ransomware encrypts all files located on infected systems. A specially crafted message demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover encrypted files.
Symptoms All your important data is encrypted, and all your files cannot be accessed.
Ransom Demanding Note RECOVER_YOUR_FILES.TXT
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Freeware Installers
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URSA File Virus – How Did It Infect My Computer?

In other words, how is URSA being spread in the wild?

The most common methods of distributing ransomware such as URSA include pirated software and malicious email attachments. The two most common infection scenarios are:

  • 1.You have downloaded a piece of dubious software from an untrustworthy torrent or freeware site. Perhaps you wanted to use a free activation tool or some other seemingly useful application. In truth, most torrent websites contain unverified downloads that directly put you at risk of Trojans and ransomware. If you have downloaded a trojanized application, it may have opened the door to more severe infections, such as the URSA ransomware. That is why it is imperative to keep your operating system protected and patched at all times!
  • 2.You opened a malicious email attachment sent to you by a seemingly verified sender. Never forget that malspam (malicious spam) operators are smart enough to trick you into opening an infected email attachment. The attached file may look like a regular document, but in truth, it contains malicious code that could compromise your system severely. Opening an unexpected email attachment is very dangerous and shouldn’t be done without additional verification. If you are unsure whether the attached archive is malicious or not, you can always google it or ask someone from our team for assistance!

Other Technical Details about URSA Ransomware

This ransomware drops two ransom note files on the infected computer: “RECOVER_YOUR_FILES.HTML” and “RECOVER_YOUR_FILES.TXT”. The contents of the ransom note are the following:

All your files have been encrypted with URSA 1.0
* What happend to your files?
All of your files were protected by a strong encryption with RSA-2048 using Ursa 1.0
More information about the encryption keys using RSA-2048 can be found here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSA_(cryptosystem)
* What does this mean?
This means that the structure and data within your files have been irrevocably changed,
you will not be able to work with them, read them or see them, it is the same thing as losing them forever, but with our help, your can restore them.
* How did this happen?
Especially for you, on our server was generated the secret key pair RSA-2048 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?
Alas, if you do not take the necessary measures for the specified time then the conditions for obtaining the private key will be changed.
If you really value your data. then we suggest you go directly to your personal page. Do not waste valuable time searching for other solutions, because they do not exist.
Important information.
Your Personal Page: –
1. Download and install tor-browser www.torproject(.)org/download
2. After a successful installation, run the browser and wait for initialization.
3. Type or copy your personal page that you see above, into the address bar.
4. Follow the instructions on your personal page.

According to the ransom note, the ransomware uses the infamous RSA-2048 encryption algorithm. The cybercriminals also claim that the only way to restore access to the encrypted data is obtaining the private key and decryption program.

Of course, this is only possible if a ransom is paid, in the amount of $350. Even though the demanded ransom is not that big, paying it doesn’t guarantee you that you will have your files restored to normal. After all, you are dealing with cybercriminals.

Remove URSA File Virus from Your OS

You can remove the malicious intruder by following the removal instructions below the article.
We created these instructions with the sole purpose of helping you to remove as many malicious files as possible.

NOTE! If the manual removal steps don’t work for some reason, we would advise you to do what most cybersecurity experts would do – run a scan with an advanced anti-malware tool on your PC. Such a program aims to automatically detect and delete all malicious files and objects and protect your machine against future infections.

In terms of encryption of files locked by URSA, you can refer to the “Try to restore” step, which is part of the removal guide below. Please note that the alternative solutions we have given may not recover all affected files, but you may be able to restore some of your data partially.

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Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.

As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • Profile of the content creator.
  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Ursa ransomware from Windows.


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

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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 Ursa ransomware 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 Ursa ransomware 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 Ursa ransomware 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 Ursa ransomware 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.

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

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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.

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

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

Ransomware infections and Ursa ransomware 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 Ursa ransomware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Ursa ransomware and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
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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 Ursa ransomware:

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 Ursa ransomware. 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 Ursa ransomware. 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 Ursa ransomware 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 Ursa ransomware. 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 Ursa ransomware.

Ransomware infections and Ursa ransomware 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.


Ursa ransomware FAQ

What is Ursa ransomware ransomware and how does it work?

Ursa ransomware 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 Ursa ransomware ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Ursa ransomware 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 Ursa ransomware 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 .Ursa ransomware files?

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

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Ursa ransomware 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.

How to Report Ransomware to Authorities?

In case your computer got infected with a ransomware infection, you can report it to the local Police departments. It can help authorities worldwide track and determine the perpetrators behind the virus that has infected your computer. Below, we have prepared a list with government websites, where you can file a report in case you are a victim of a cybercrime:

Cyber-security authorities, responsible for handling ransomware attack reports in different regions all over the world:

Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.

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