Restore Ransomware Removal - Restore .r3store Files

Restore Ransomware Removal – Restore .r3store Files

This article will aid you to remove Restore ransomware fully. Follow the ransomware removal instructions at the bottom of this article.

Restore is a ransomware cryptovirus that displays a window with a ransom note message with its instructions for payment. The ransomware is a variant of HiddenTear and places the extension .r3store after the encryption process is done. The Restore virus will demand a ransom sum of 0.05 Bitcoins. Continue to read below to see how you could try to potentially restore some of your files.

Threat Summary

NameRestore (.r3store)
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer and displays a ransom message afterward.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and put the extension .r3store to them after it finishes its encryption process.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Data Recovery ToolWindows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.

Restore Ransomware – Spread

The Restore ransomware could spread its infection with various methods. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware could be spread around the Web. If that file lands on your computer machine and you somehow execute it – your computer will become infected.

Restore ransomware might also spread its payload file on social media and file-sharing sites. 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.

Restore Ransomware – In Detail

Restore is a virus that encrypts your files and extorts you to pay a ransom to get them back to normal. The ransomware is a variant of the HiddenTear project. A ransom note will be left inside a file called READ_IT.txt.

Restore 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.

Below, you can preview the ransom note text that is created after the encryption process is done:

That ransom note reads the following:

Your Files are encrypted.
(Pictures,Docs,Music etc..) Please do not
close this window as that will result in
serious computer damage. If you wish to use
your computer ever again and unlock your
files, Please send $450 Dollars in bitcoins to
the address at the bottem of the page.
Can I pay with anything else? Encrypted Files. How to buy Bitcoins?
I paid,Give me my files back!

The note of the Restore ransomware states that your files are encrypted. A ransom sum of 450 US dollars is demanded to be paid in Bitcoin for potentially unlocking your files. However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay this ransom sum. Your files may not get restored, and nobody could give you a real guarantee. Moreover, giving money to cybercriminals will likely motivate them to create more ransomware or do similar criminal activities.

Restore Ransomware – Encryption

As Restore ransomware is a HiddenTear variant it could search to encrypt files with the following 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

Each of the encrypted files will receive the same extension appended to them which is the .r3store extension. The encryption algorithm is most probably AES since it is a HiddenTear variant, but it is not excluded for other algorithms to have been implemented as another level of encryption.

The Restore cryptovirus might be modified to delete all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the aid of the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

If the command stated above is executed that would make the encryption process more effective since it eliminates one of the ways for recovering your data. In case your computer system has been infected with the ransomware and your files are locked, keep reading to find out how you could potentially recover them.

Restore Ransomware – Removal and Restoration of .r3store Files

If your computer got infected with the Restore 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.


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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