The .ROLDAT ransomware is a new variant of the STOP/DJVU family. It is very probable that it is made by an inexperienced hacking group as it is based on the base code of the main virus threat. Such customization options are widely available on the underground markets and communities. These samples can be spread using the most common distribution methods.
One of the most popular methods is to coordinate email phishing messages that pose as notifications that have been sent in by services. The attachments and built-in content will lead to the ransomware infection. A similar technique is the creation of malware sites that have been made by the hackers and pose as legitimate and safe destinations: portals, download pages or even search engines. They are hosted on similar sounding domain names and even self-signed or stolen certificates.
Most of the virus threats of the STOP ransomware family can also be caused by interaction with dangerous payload carriers such as setup files of popular end-user software such as system utilities, creativity suites and etc. Likewise in a similar manner the dangerous scripts can be integrated into the most famous file formats: presentations, spreadsheets, text files and databases. When opened by the victims a pop-up message will be presented asking the users to enable the built-in macros which will trigger the .ROLDAT ransomware infection. A popular alternative is the upload of malware browser plugins which are also known as hijackers. They are frequently uploaded to the relevant repositories with fake descriptions, fake reviews and developer credentials.
Usually these infections begin with an advanced information gathering module which will extract certain strings. They can reveal the identity of the victim users which can be used for conducting various crimes including financial abuse and identity theft. The engine can also retrieve machine metrics which can be fed to a special algorithm which will create an unique ID for each affected machine.
The collected information can be used by another module called security bypass which will allow the virus engine to disable the software which can block the proper ransomware behavior pattern. The list of apps that are commonly targeted include anti-virus programs, sandbox environments, firewalls and virtual machine hosts.
As soon as this is done all kinds of system changes can occur. This includes the setting up of the threat as a persistent threat which means that it will start every time the computer is booted. A related mechanism is modification of entries found within the Windows Registry. It can create new strings for itself and modify already existing ones — this can lead to serious performance issues and data loss. The made infections with the .ROLDAT ransomware may also be used to install other viruses — Trojans, miners and hijackers.
When all changes have been committed the actual ransomware operations will take place. Using a strong cipher target user data will be processed. Like previous STOP family samples a built-in list of target file type extensions may be used: documents, archives, backups, music, videos, images and etc. In the end the .ROLDAT extension will be applied to them. An associated ransomware note will be created in order to coerce the victims into paying the hackers a decryption fee.
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files on your computer machine and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly restore them.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will blackmail the victims to pay them a decryption fee. Sensitive user data may be encrypted by the ransomware code.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by .ROLDAT Ransomware |
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|Data Recovery Tool||Windows 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.|
.ROLDAT Ransomware – Update
The good news for all victims of STOP .ROLDAT ransomware is that the security researcher Michael Gillespie has found a flaw in the code of this variant and released an updated version of his STOP ransomware decrypter.
So the moment you remove all malicious files and objects from your infected system you can enter our data recovery guide where you will find a download link for the free .ROLDAT decryption tool and learn how to proceed with the decryption process.
Have in mind that the tool is designed to support specific offline IDs, so it may not be effective for all occasions of .ROLDAT ransomware infections.
.ROLDAT Ransomware – What Does It Do?
.ROLDAT Ransomware could spread its infection in various ways. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the Internet. .ROLDAT Ransomware might also distribute its payload file on social media and file-sharing services. Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Read the tips for ransomware prevention from our forum.
.ROLDAT Ransomware is a cryptovirus that encrypts your files and shows a window with instructions on your computer screen. The extortionists want you to pay a ransom for the alleged restoration of your files. The main engine could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and interfere with processes in Windows.
The .ROLDAT Ransomware is a crypto virus programmed to encrypt user data. As soon as all modules have finished running in their prescribed order the lockscreen will launch an application frame which will prevent the users from interacting with their computers. It will display the ransomware note to the victims.
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.
The .ROLDAT Ransomware 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
If your computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially restore your files back to normal.
Remove .ROLDAT Ransomware
If your computer system got infected with the .ROLDAT Files 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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove .ROLDAT Ransomware from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of .ROLDAT Ransomware from Mac OS X.
How to Remove .ROLDAT Ransomware from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .ROLDAT Ransomware
Step 2: Uninstall .ROLDAT 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by .ROLDAT Ransomware on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by .ROLDAT Ransomware there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for .ROLDAT Ransomware with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .ROLDAT Ransomware.
Ransomware infections and .ROLDAT 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.
If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:
Get rid of .ROLDAT Ransomware from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall .ROLDAT Ransomware and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 .ROLDAT 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove .ROLDAT Ransomware files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as .ROLDAT Ransomware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .ROLDAT Ransomware on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac .ROLDAT Ransomware aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.
.ROLDAT Ransomware FAQ
What is .ROLDAT Ransomware ransomware and how does it work?
.ROLDAT 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 .ROLDAT Ransomware ransomware infect my computer?
.ROLDAT 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 .ROLDAT 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 ..ROLDAT Ransomware files?
You can't. At this point the ..ROLDAT Ransomware files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.
Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?
If a decryptor did not decrypt your ..ROLDAT Ransomware files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by .ROLDAT 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 "..ROLDAT Ransomware" files (Other Methods)?
We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore ..ROLDAT 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 .ROLDAT 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 .ROLDAT Ransomware ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..ROLDAT Ransomware files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like .ROLDAT 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?
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.