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.REVOLUTION Files Ransomware – Remove Virus and Restore Data

This blog post has been created to show you how you can remove the .revolution extension ransomware and restore files that have been encrypted by it.

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 “getyourfilles@bigmir.net”. 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.

Threat Summary

Name .REVOLUTION Ransomware
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
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:

  • %AppData%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Temp%

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 getyourfilles@bigmir.net 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:
getyourfilles@bigmir.net
Reserve email address to contact us:
getyourfilles@india.com

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:

→ 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

  • Your operating system version.
  • The IP address.
  • Location and language information.
  • MAC address.
  • Networking information.
  • .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.

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    Windows Mac OS X

    How to Remove .REVOLUTION Ransomware from Windows.


    Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .REVOLUTION Ransomware

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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 .REVOLUTION Ransomware 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 .REVOLUTION Ransomware 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 .REVOLUTION Ransomware 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 .REVOLUTION Ransomware 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.

    SpyHunter5-update-2018


    3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

    SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


    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.

    SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

    If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

    Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .REVOLUTION Ransomware.

    Ransomware infections and .REVOLUTION Ransomware 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 .REVOLUTION Ransomware from Mac OS X.


    Step 1: Uninstall .REVOLUTION Ransomware 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 .REVOLUTION Ransomware:

    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 .REVOLUTION Ransomware. 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 .REVOLUTION Ransomware. 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 .REVOLUTION Ransomware 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 .REVOLUTION Ransomware. 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 .REVOLUTION Ransomware.

    Ransomware infections and .REVOLUTION Ransomware 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.


    .REVOLUTION Ransomware FAQ

    What is .REVOLUTION Ransomware ransomware and how does it work?

    .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 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 .REVOLUTION Ransomware ransomware infect my computer?

    Via several ways..REVOLUTION Ransomware 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 .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.

    Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

    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.

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

    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% 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 .REVOLUTION Ransomware 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 .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. 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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