Remove WannaCash Ransomware - Restore Encrypted Files
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This article will aid you to remove WannaCash ransomware effectively. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.

WannaCash is a virus that encrypts your files and demands money as a ransom to get your files recovered. The WannaCash cryptovirus will encrypt your data and files, while placing the encrypted prefix to every one of them, and encase the file name in backets afterward. Continue reading the article and see how you could try to potentially recover some of your files.

Threat Summary

NameWannaCash
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them describing its terms in a note.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files by placing the encrypted extension to them.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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WannaCash Ransomware – Methods of Distribution

WannaCash ransomware might distribute its malicious files by using 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 computer device will become infected.

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 located at the corresponding forum thread.

WannaCash Ransomware – Detailed Analysis

WannaCash is a virus that encrypts your files and shows a ransom message, with instructions inside it, about the compromised computer device. The extortionists want you to pay a ransom fee for the alleged restoration of your files.

WannaCash ransomware could 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.

After encryption the WannaCash virus shows a ransom message inside a window screen named:

  • WannaCash

You can see the contents of the message from the following screenshot provided down here below:

The ransom message is written in Russian and states the following:

WannaCash
Система
ЯД кошелек [410017171730353] | Сумма: 4999
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Работа Windows 7 Home Basic приостановленна
Запрещен доступ ко всем файлам и дискам. Отключены горячие клавиши и рабочий стол.
Все размещенные файлы на дисках следующих расширений были зашифрованы симметричным алгоритмом блочного шифрования AES 256bit
.doc .docx .xls .xlsx .xlst .ppt .pptx .rtf .pub .pps .ppsm .pot .pages .indd .odt .ods .pdf .zip .rar .7z .jpg .png .mp4 .mov .avi .mpeg .flv .psd .psb
Блокировка не окончательна, может быть снята.
Примечание:
Восстановление, переустановка windows ни к чему не приведет. При попытке удалить или нарушить работу программы вы рискуете остаться с поврежденными файлами.
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Файлы
ЯД кошелек [410017171730353] | Сумма: 4999

C:\Program Files\Bandizip\data\EULA.rtf
C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Stationery\Bears.jpg
C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Stationery\Garden.jpg
C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Stationery\Green8ubbles.jpg
C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Stationery\HandPrints.jpg
C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Stationery\OrangeCircles.jpg
C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Stationery\Peacock.jpg
C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Stationery\Roses.jpg
C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Stationery\ShadesOfBlue.jpg
C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Stationery\SoftBlue.jpg
C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Stationery\Stars.jpg
C:\Program Files\DVD Maker\Shared\DissolveAnother.png
C:\Program Files\DVD Maker\Shared\DissolveNoise.png
C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\68.0.3440.75\Installer\chrome.7z
C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\68.0.3440.75\VisualElements\logo.png
C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\68.0.3440.75\VisualElements\logobeta.png
C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\68.0.3440.75\VisualElements\logobetalight.png
C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\68.0.3440.75\VisualElements\logocanary.png
C:\Program
Files\Google\Chrome\Application\68.0.3440.75\VisualElements\logocanarylight.png
C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\68.0.3440.75\VisualElements\logodev.png
***
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Разблокировка
ЯД кошелек [410017171730353] | Сумма: 4999

Мы гарантируем, что вы сможете безопасно и легко восстановить все свои файлы, а так же вернуть прежние состояние системы.
1. Переведите указанную сумму на Яндекс кошелек. Выберите наличный или безналичный расчет.
2. После успешного перевода нажмите на кнопку “я оплатил’а”, для проверки зачисления средств. При положительном результате система будет разблокирована в автоматическом режиме.
Но у нас не так много времени. Каждые 10 минут в случайном порядке будут безвозвратно удаляться защифрованые файлы.
Оплата:
[онлайн] [наличными] Разблокировка:
[я оплатил’а]

The note of the WannaCash ransomware virus states that your files are encrypted. You are demanded to pay 4999 Russian Rubles (near 80 US dollars) and transfer the sum via Yandex Money to allegedly restore your files as seen below:

However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum. Your files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that. Adding to that, giving money to cybercriminals will most likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or commit different criminal activities. That may even result to you getting your files encrypted all over again after payment.

WannaCash Ransomware – Encryption Process

What is known for the encryption process of the WannaCash ransomware is that every file that gets encrypted will become simply unusable. All encrypted files will receive the “encrypted” prefix appended to them. Filenames and their original extensions will be preserved but enclosed with round brackets and the “encrypted” word put before the brackets.

If the ransom note is correct, the following extensions will be targeted for the encryption process:

→.doc , .docx , .xls , .xlsx , .xlst , .ppt , .pptx , .rtf , .pub , .pps , .ppsm , .pot , .pages , .indd , .odt , .ods , .pdf , .zip , .rar , .7z , .jpg , .png , .mp4 , .mov , .avi , .mpeg, .flv , .psd , .psb

However, if the list becomes more complete, the article will get duly updated with the new additions.

The files used most by users and which are probably encrypted are from the following categories:

  • Audio files
  • Video files
  • Document files
  • Image files
  • Backup files
  • Banking credentials, etc

The WannaCash 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 above-stated command is executed that will make the effects of the encryption process more efficient. That is due to the fact that the command eliminates one of the prominent ways to restore your data. If a computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially restore some files back to their normal state.

Remove WannaCash Ransomware and Restore Encrypted Files

If your computer system got infected with the WannaCash 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.

Note! Your computer system may be affected by WannaCash and other threats.
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To remove WannaCash follow these steps:

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

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3. Scan for malware and unwanted programs with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
4. Try to Restore files encrypted by WannaCash
Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov is a tech-geek and loves everything that is tech-related, while observing the latest news surrounding technologies. He has worked in IT before, as a system administrator and a computer repair technician. Dealing with malware since his teens, he is determined to spread word about the latest threats revolving around computer security.

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