New ransomware has been detected by malware researcher Michael Gillespie (@demonslay335) which is very similar to the Xorist virus family but is not such. The virus has the objective to encrypt the files on your computer making them non-accessible to you, and it adds the .REVOLUTION file extension to them. Then, the virus drops a ransom note as an InfoFiles.txt which has the only purpose to notify the victims that they must pay for a decryption key after contacting the cyber-criminals via e-mail to “email@example.com”. If your PC has been attacked by this ransomware virus, we recommend that you read this article thoroughly and learn how to remove it and restore files that have been encrypted by it on your computer.
|Short Description||A file-encryption type of malware. Aims to extort the victims for their important files.|
|Symptoms||Encrypts the files adding the .REVOLUTION file extension after their own one. Drops ransom note, named InfoFiles.txt|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files|
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.REVOLUTION Ransomware Distribution Methods
The creators of the Xorist-like ransomware virus have used various tools to help them spread this ransomware infection to infect as many users as possible. They may upload the malicious files of .revolution file ransomware on torrent sites or suspicious software download sites, making them appear as if they were legitimate types of files, like software setups, game cracks, patches and others.
The primary method of spreading the .revolution file virus, however, may be via e-mails that resemble legitimate messages which claim to have an important attachment on them. One example of such e-mails may be seen below:
Besides invoices, receipts, the cyber-criminals may also use suspicious banking activity reports, just to get you to open the malicious attachment. The attachment may be uploaded to a Dropbox or other file-sharing site online or may be uploaded directly In the e-mail as an archive. It may contain the following files in it:
→ .exe .bat .vbs .wsf .js .hta .htm
Some e-mails may even have Microsoft Word documents that could contain malicious macros in them, meaning that after you open the document, it asks you to enable its content to read it and that is the moment when the script infects your computer with .revolution file ransomware.
.REVOLUTION Ransomware – Activity
As soon as it infects your computer system, the .revolution files virus may connect to a remote host and from it download it’s malicious files. The malicious files may be of different types and most likely reside in the following Windows locations:
After the files are dropped on the computer, the ransomware automatically executes them. Each file may have a different purpose. One of them may be a batch file (.bat) which could be executed as an administrator in the background without you noticing it. The file may run commands as an administrator in Windows. These commands may delete the shadow volume copies on the infected computer and may look somewhat like the following:
In addition to the files dropped is the ransom note of the .revolution ransomware, named InfoFiles.txt. It has the following message to victims:
All your important files were encrypted on this PC.
All files with .revolution extension are encrypted.
Encryption was produced using unique private key RSA-1024 generated for this computer.
To decrypt your files, you need to obtain private key + decrypt software.
The single copy of the private key, with will allow you to decrypt the files, is locate on a secret server on the internet.
To retrieve the private key, you need to contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org send us an email your InfoFiles.txt file and wait for further instructions.
For you to be sure, that we can decrypt your files – you can send us a 1-2 not very big encrypted files and we will send you back it in a decrypted form free.
To send files you can use https://dropmefiles.com/
Do not waste your time! After 72 hours the main server will double your price!
Your personal id:
[redacted] E-mail address to contact us:
Reserve email address to contact us:
Other files dropped may be programmed with functions within them that may create registry entries (value strings) in the following Windows sub-keys, that run a program automatically on Windows start-up:
.REVOLUTION File Virus – Encryption Process
The .REVOLUTION ransomware claims to use RSA-1024 encryption in order to make the files unable to be accessed again. The files targeted by this ransomware infection are often used types of files. But .revolution file virus is also careful to skip encrypting files in the system folders of Windows so that it is possible for the victim to still use the computer. The files targeted for encryption may have the following file extensions embedded to them:
→ “PNG .PSD .PSPIMAGE .TGA .THM .TIF .TIFF .YUV .AI .EPS .PS .SVG .INDD .PCT .PDF .XLR .XLS .XLSX .ACCDB .DB .DBF .MDB .PDB .SQL .APK .APP .BAT .CGI .COM .EXE .GADGET .JAR .PIF .WSF .DEM .GAM .NES .ROM .SAV CAD Files .DWG .DXF GIS Files .GPX .KML .KMZ .ASP .ASPX .CER .CFM .CSR .CSS .HTM .HTML .JS .JSP .PHP .RSS .XHTML. DOC .DOCX .LOG .MSG .ODT .PAGES .RTF .TEX .TXT .WPD .WPS .CSV .DAT .GED .KEY .KEYCHAIN .PPS .PPT .PPTX ..INI .PRF Encoded Files .HQX .MIM .UUE .7Z .CBR .DEB .GZ .PKG .RAR .RPM .SITX .TAR.GZ .ZIP .ZIPX .BIN .CUE .DMG .ISO .MDF .TOAST .VCD SDF .TAR .TAX2014 .TAX2015 .VCF .XML Audio Files .AIF .IFF .M3U .M4A .MID .MP3 .MPA .WAV .WMA Video Files .3G2 .3GP .ASF .AVI .FLV .M4V .MOV .MP4 .MPG .RM .SRT .SWF .VOB .WMV 3D .3DM .3DS .MAX .OBJ R.BMP .DDS .GIF .JPG ..CRX .PLUGIN .FNT .FON .OTF .TTF .CAB .CPL .CUR .DESKTHEMEPACK .DLL .DMP .DRV .ICNS .ICO .LNK .SYS .CFG” Source:fileinfo.com
After the encryption has completed, the ransomware virus adds the .revolution file suffix to the files, making them look like the following:
Remove Revolution Ransomware and Restore .revolution Encrypted Files
To fully remove this ransomware virus, it is strongly advisable to focus on following the instructions for removal below. Since manual instructions cannot guarantee that you will fully remove .revolution file virus, automatic removal is always recommended. The best way to remove .revolution ransomware automatically according to security experts is using an anti-malware software which will delete all objects associated with this virus and make sure your computer is protected in the future as well.
If you want to restore files, encrypted with the .revolution file extension, it is recommended to try out the methods in step “2. Restore files encrypted by .REVOLUTION Ransomware” below. They are in no way 100% effective for restoring all your files but may help recover most of your important files after all.
What is .REVOLUTION Ransomware Ransomware?
.REVOLUTION Ransomware 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 algorithms 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.
Can .REVOLUTION Ransomware Ransomware Cayse Damage?
Yes, ransomware can damage your computer. Ransomware is a malicious software that is designed to block access to your computer or files until a ransom is paid.
Ransomware can also damage your system, corrupt data and delete files, resulting in the permanent loss of important files.
Should I Ignore Viruses, Like .REVOLUTION Ransomware?
No, you should never ignore ransomware. It can encrypt your data and block access to your computer, making it impossible to access your files until you pay a ransom.
Ignoring ransomware could lead to the permanent loss of your data, as well as the potential for the ransomware to spread to other computers on your network. Additionally, paying the ransom does not guarantee that your data will be recovered.
How Does .REVOLUTION Ransomware Infect?
Via several ways..REVOLUTION Ransomware Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing emails, 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 .REVOLUTION Ransomware 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 ..REVOLUTION Ransomware files?
You can't. At this point, the ..REVOLUTION Ransomware files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted using a specific decryptionkey for the particular algorithm.
What to Do If a Decryptor Does Not Work?
Do not panic, and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your ..REVOLUTION Ransomware files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
Can I Restore "..REVOLUTION Ransomware" Files?
Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore ..REVOLUTION Ransomware files.
These methods are in no way 100% guaranteed that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.
How To Get Rid of .REVOLUTION Ransomware Virus?
The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti-malware program.
It will scan for and locate .REVOLUTION Ransomware ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..REVOLUTION Ransomware files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like .REVOLUTION Ransomware ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts.
What to Do If I Cant Get The Files Back?
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 can be re-downloaded from the web.
- Another clever way 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.
How to Report Ransomware to Authorities?
In case your computer got infected with a ransomware infection, you can report it to the local Police departments. It can help authorities worldwide track and determine the perpetrators behind the virus that has infected your computer.
Below, we have prepared a list with government websites, where you can file a report in case you are a victim of a cybercrime:
Cyber-security authorities, responsible for handling ransomware attack reports in different regions all over the world:
Germany - Offizielles Portal der deutschen Polizei
United States - IC3 Internet Crime Complaint Centre
United Kingdom - Action Fraud Police
France - Ministère de l'Intérieur
Italy - Polizia Di Stato
Spain - Policía Nacional
Netherlands - Politie
Poland - Policja
Portugal - Polícia Judiciária
Greece - Cyber Crime Unit (Hellenic Police)
India - Mumbai Police - CyberCrime Investigation Cell
Australia - Australian High Tech Crime Center
Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.
Can You Stop Ransomware from Encrypting Your Files?
Yes, you can prevent ransomware. The best way to do this is to ensure your computer system is updated with the latest security patches, use a reputable anti-malware program and firewall, backup your important files frequently, and avoid clicking on malicious links or downloading unknown files.
Can .REVOLUTION Ransomware Ransomware Steal Your Data?
Yes, in most cases ransomware will steal your information. It is a form of malware that steals data from a user's computer, encrypts it, and then demands a ransom in order to decrypt it.
Can Ransomware Infect WiFi?
Yes, ransomware can infect WiFi networks, as malicious actors can use it to gain control of the network, steal confidential data, and lock out users. If a ransomware attack is successful, it could lead to a loss of service and/or data, and in some cases, financial losses.
Should I Pay Ransomware?
No, you should not pay ransomware extortionists. Paying them only encourages criminals and does not guarantee that the files or data will be restored. The better approach is to have a secure backup of important data and be vigilant about security in the first place.
What Happens If I Don't Pay Ransom?
If you don't pay the ransom, the hackers may still have access to your computer, data, or files and may continue to threaten to expose or delete them, or even use them to commit cybercrimes. In some cases, they may even continue to demand additional ransom payments.
Why Is the Ransom Paid in Crypto?
Cryptocurrency is a secure and untraceable form of payment, making it the ideal choice for ransom payments. It is difficult to trace, and the transactions are almost instantaneous. This means it is nearly impossible for authorities to track the payment and recover the money.
Can Ransomware Attack Be Detected?
Yes, ransomware can be detected. Anti-malware software and other advanced security tools can detect ransomware and alert the user when it is present on a machine.
It is important to stay up-to-date on the latest security measures and to keep security software updated to ensure ransomware can be detected and prevented.
Do Ransomware Criminals Get Caught?
Yes, ransomware criminals do get caught. Law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, Interpol and others have been successful in tracking down and prosecuting ransomware criminals in the US and other countries. As ransomware threats continue to increase, so does the enforcement activity.
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