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Remove Voldemort Virus and Restore Encrypted Files

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A new cryptovirus is on the loose. Discovered by the malware researcher Michael Gillespie, it is observed that it is themed around the Harry Potter novels. The ransomware uses a file named “voldemort.horcrux”, thus it is dubbed Voldemort ransomware.

The design pattern of the virus code is built upon inversion of control (IoC), which in short means that some functionality is changed due to additional code written by the malware maker. No ransom note and no extension is added, but just a hint of Voldemort’s snake “Nagini” inside the code and an image of the Voldemort character himself.

Threat Summary

NameVoldemort
TypeRansomware, Crypto-Virus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware will encrypt your files, while only changing their size.
SymptomsThe ransomware does not display a ransom note, and does not place an extension to files, but the data is still encrypted.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable Files
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Voldemort Virus – Spread

The Voldemort virus uses multiple ways to spread itself. The most popular one is with spam email campaigns which distribute the payload file of the ransomware in question. This type of email will try to make you believe that some urgent message or program is contained in the attached file which comes with the e-mail. In actuality, the attached file might look harmless, but the malicious payload of the virus will be inside. If you open the file, which is in most cases an executable, your computer machine will be infected and your data will get encrypted.

Other infection methods for the Voldemort virus could be in motion, that use social media networks and file sharing services. The malware maker could have put the malicious files on every such platform, as an extra way to infect unsustepcting users. Be careful when surfing the Web and avoid suspicious e-mails, files or links. Perform checks of all files that you have downloaded for their signatures, size, and do a scan with security software. You should read more tips to prevent ransomware in that forum topic.

Voldemort Virus – More Information

The Voldemort cryptovirus is a very strange ransomware as it does not create a ransom note with payment instructions, neither does it add any extension or prefix to the files it encrypts. The malware researcher Michael Gillespie has found the ransomware in the wild, so its still soon to say what damage might be done to users’ compromised computers. The name comes from the “voldemort.horcrux” created in the C:\temp\ directory and the following image found afterward:

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As you can see, the ransomware is themed around the Harry Potter fantasy novels written by J. K. Rowling. Specifically around the Voldemort character and his snake “Nagini”, which is included as a name for one of the payload dropping files. These files are mostly found as executables, but users have submitted more than one dropper file:

  • a1b0c47cc5d2ecb8ea634f436764c0b17c8ed59cc144739c77c069970642a102.exe
  • 1.exe
  • Nagini.exe
  • cd4e331d11f8eb70c4f2fd9d665ee654.virus
  • a1b0c47cc5d2ecb8ea634f436764c0b17c8ed59cc144739c77c069970642a102.bin

You can see its detections on VirusTotal here:

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The ransomware creates the following entry in the Windows Registry:

→HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\Voldemort=%CurrentFolder%

Still new, let’s hope the ransomware is decryptable and does not become a bigger threat than it is. The inversion of control (IoC) mechanism shows that the ransomware creator put some thought behind the code, so it might be made by a professional, ratheer than a script-kiddie that is copy-pasting code. The lack of a ransom note seems intentional, so the crypting virus might be made just to encrypt files with no decryption option.

The files which the ransomware encrypts have the following extensions:

→.doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx, .xls, .xlsx, .bmp, .png, .jpg, .jpeg, .exe, .pdf

UPDATE! However, there is a window that can come up on a newer version of the ransomware that displays an empty field for you to fill giving credit card access to the cybercriminals. The text in that window states the following:

Done encrypting!
Enter your credit card: ________
Get Key!
Enter your key to decrypt the files:
Decrypt Now!

Stay tuned for updates, if new activity arises around this malware.

Remove Voldemort Virus and Restore Your Files

If your computer got infected with the Voldemort ransomware virus, you should have some experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as fast as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect more computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide given below. To see ways that you can try to recover your data, see the step titled 2. Restore files encrypted by Voldemort.

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  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Voldemort from Windows.


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

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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 Voldemort 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 Voldemort 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 Voldemort 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.

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Step 4: Scan for Voldemort 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 Voldemort.

Ransomware infections and Voldemort 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 Voldemort from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Voldemort 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 Voldemort:

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 Voldemort. 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 Voldemort. 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 Voldemort 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 Voldemort. 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 Voldemort.

Ransomware infections and Voldemort 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.


Voldemort FAQ

What is Voldemort ransomware and how does it work?

Voldemort 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 Voldemort ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Voldemort 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 Voldemort 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 .Voldemort files?

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

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Voldemort 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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