Remove VideoBelle Ransomware - Restore .locked Files

Remove VideoBelle Ransomware – Restore .locked Files


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This article will help you remove VideoBelle ransomware effectively. Follow the ransomware removal instructions at the bottom.

VideoBelle is the name of a French ransomware cryptovirus. The origin is unknown, but the ransom note is written in French. The ransomware is a variant of HiddenTear and is coded to place the extension .locked after encryption to all files which get encrypted. The VideoBelle virus displays a ransom note in a text file with a demanded ransom to be paid in Bitcoin. Keep reading below to see how you could try to potentially restore some of your files.

Threat Summary

Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer and displays a ransom message afterward.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and put the extension .locked to them after it finishes its encryption process.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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VideoBelle Ransomware – Infection Spread

VideoBelle ransomware could spread its infection with various methods. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the World Wide Web, and researchers have gotten their hands on a malware sample. If that file lands on your computer system and you somehow execute it – your PC will become infected. You can see the detections of such a file on the VirusTotal service right here:

VideoBelle ransomware might also distribute its payload file on social media and file-sharing services. Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Refrain from opening files right after you have downloaded them. You should first scan them with a security tool, while also checking their size and signatures for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the tips for preventing ransomware found in our forums.

VideoBelle Ransomware – Detailed Overview

VideoBelle is a virus that encrypts your files and extorts you to pay a ransom to get them back to normal. Malware researchers have discovered that it is a variant of the HiddenTear open-source project and that the ransom note is targeting French-speaking users. That doesn’t mean that other users can’t fall victim to the virus.

VideoBelle ransomware might make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows environment. Such entries are typically designed in a way to launch the virus automatically with each start of the Windows operating system.

That ransom note is inside a file called Message_Important.txt and it reads the following:

instruction à faire pour recuperer la clé de decryptage de vos fichiers crypter
email de contact : [email protected]
1) acheter des bitcoins de 150 £ ,euros à n’importe quelle site de bitcoins.
2) vous pouvez acheter rapidement les bitcoins ici
3) envoyer les bitcoins à cette adresse : 1NaJysikmSa96GfBAJXLfi4iNMoZiczbi
4) dès que je reçois les bitcoins je vous envoie la clé de decryptage par email.
divers information bitcoin

You can see how the note looks like from the below screenshot:

A rough translation in English states the following:

Instruction to retrieve the key to decrypt your files encrypt
Contact email: [email protected]
1) Buy bitcoins of £ 150, euros at any bitcoins site.
2) you can buy bitcoins quickly here
3) send the bitcoins to this address: 1NaJysikmSa96GfBAJXLfi4iNMoZiczbi
4) As soon as I receive the bitcoins I send you the decrypting key by email.
Various bitcoin information

The note of the VideoBelle ransomware states that your files are encrypted. A ransom sum of 150 euros is demanded as payment for potentially unlocking your files. You are pointed to the email: [email protected] to make it seem like this is the doing of the FBI. However, if you are asked to pay a ransom you should NOT under any circumstances pay any sum. Your files may not get restored, and nobody could guarantee that. Moreover, giving money to cybercriminals will likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or do other criminal activities.

VideoBelle Ransomware – Encryption Process

As VideoBelle ransomware is a HiddenTear variant it could seek to encrypt files with these extensions:

→.txt, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .pdf, .pps, .ppt, .pptx, .odt, .gif, .jpg, .png, .db, .csv, .sql, .mdb.sln.php, .asp, .aspx, .html, .xml, .psd, .frm, .myd, .myi, .dbf, .mp3, .mp4, .avi, .mov, .mpg, .rm, .wmv, .m4a, .mpa, .wav, .sav, .gam, .log, .ged, .msg, .myo, .tax, .ynab, .ifx, .ofx, .qfx, .qif, .qdf, .tax2013, .tax2014, .tax2015, .box, .ncf, .nsf, .ntf, .lwp

Every single file that gets encrypted will receive the same extension appended to it, which is .locked. The encryption algorithm which is implemented is undoubtedly AES since it is a variant of the HiddenTear open-source ransomware project.

The VideoBelle cryptovirus could be set to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

In case the command stated above is executed that would make the encryption process more efficient as it will eliminate one of the ways for restoring your data. If your computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially recover your files.

Remove VideoBelle Ransomware and Restore .locked Files

If your computer got infected with the VideoBelle ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.

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To remove VideoBelle follow these steps:

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove VideoBelle files and objects
2. Find files created by VideoBelle on your PC

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4. Try to Restore files encrypted by VideoBelle

Berta Bilbao

Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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