Worm Files Virus (Paradise) - How to Remove It
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Worm Files Virus (Paradise) – How to Remove It

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In this article, you will find more information about Worm files virus as well as a step-by-step guide on how to remove malicious files from an infected system and how to potentially recover files encrypted by this ransomware.

A new strain of Paradise ransomware has been spotted in the wild. It is configured to append the extension .worm to the names of encrypted files. Like the predecessors of Paradise ransomware, the so-called Worm files virus has the primary goal to extort a ransom fee from affected users. So at the end of the attack, Worm ransomware drops a ransom message file and creates specific entries in the Registry to load it automatically on the screen.

Threat Summary

NameWorm virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionRansomware infection that plagues computer systems, encodes valuable files with strong cipher algorithm and demands a ransom fee.
SymptomsImportant files cannot be opened. They appear with the extension .worm appended to their names. A message extorts ransom payment for files decryption.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Hacked Websites
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Worm Files Virus – Detailed Overview

One of the executable files that have been detected to trigger Worm virus attacks is named v6_40_.exe. The main spread method used for the propagation of Worm ransomware virus is malspam. Malspam is called to spam email messages that contain malicious code which they aim to deliver on computer systems. The ransomware payload may appear as a file attachment with embedded malicious code or a link to a hacked website that triggers an unnoticed download process when loaded in a web browser.

The moment Worm virus is activated on the system, it initiates a sequence of various malicious changes that affect essential system components. By doing this the ransomware evades detection and proceeds with the data encryption process. For the encryption of target files, Worm Paradise ransomware activates a built-in cipher module that scans system drives for certain types of files that are likely to store valuable user data. When it detects a target file the module transforms its code with the help of a sophisticated cipher algorithm. After encryption corrupted files receive the extensions [id-].[corpseworm@protonmail.com].worm

Unfortunately, all commonly used files listed below are likely to remain blocked by Worm ransomware:

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

At last, the threat drops a file that contains its ransom message. This file aims to convince you that you should contact hackers who will instruct you on how to pay a ransom fee for files recovery.

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Beware, ransom payment does NOT guarantee the recovery of .worm files. So our advice is to refrain from the ransom payment step. There are some alternative data recovery approaches that may help you to restore some .worm files. Don’t forget that security researchers may be able to find weaknesses in the code of Paradise ransomware. Once this happens they may release a free decryption tool. Keep an eye on our Worm virus removal guide for updates.

Remove Worm File Virus and Restore Data

The so-called Worm virus is a threat with highly complex code that heavily damages essential system settings and valuable files. So the only way to use securely your infected computer system is to remove all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. For the purpose, you should complete a specific removal guide. The ransomware removal guide that follows reveals how to clean the virus from the system – manually and automatically. If you don’t feel quite comfortable with the manual steps, it will be better to download the presented andvanced anti-malware tool as it will do the job for you.

In the event that you want to attempt to restore .worm files check step five – Try to Restore files encrypted by Elder Virus that reveals reliable alternative data recovery methods. We remind you that copies of all encrypted files should be kept on an external drive. This measure will prevent their inevitable loss.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for four years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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