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Remove RotorCrypt Ransomware – Decrypt .RAR Files

This article provides information on how to remove easily RotorCrypt ransomware and how to restore .RAR files without paying the ransom.

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Security researchers detected yet another version of RotorCrypt ransomware that is released in active attack campaigns. The threat encrypts files that store important information and appends the long extension !@#$_____ISKANDER@TUTAMAIL.COM_____$#@!.RAR to their names. Following encryption, the ransomware generated a ransom message to extort a ransom from victims.

Threat Summary

Name RotorCrypt
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description A data locker ransomware that utilizes strong cihper algorithm to modify the original code of target files stored on the infected computer. It renders files unusable and demands a ransom payment.
Symptoms Important files are locked and renamed with .RAR extension. A ransom message appears on PC screen and presents a contact email address.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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RotorCrypt Ransomware – Distribution

To infect users, this new RotorCrypt ransomware strain may be spread via several different methods. Some of the main are:

  • Spam email messages that aim to trick into downloading malicious file attachment or clicking malicious URL that causes a drive-by-download attack
  • Fake software updates, Windows system activators, game key generators and other scams that are designed to execute the malicious code after you click on them
  • Infected USB driver or other external drives

RotorCrypt (v .RAR) Ransomware – Overview

Security researchers detected yet another version of RotorCrypt ransomware that is released in active attack campaigns. The main trait of this new iteration is the specific extension it uses to mark encrypted files. When it encrypts a file it renames it with a long string of symbols followed by an email and the .RAR extension at the end.

However, data encryption is not the only impact caused by RotorCrypt ransomware. Before encryption stage, the threat needs to establish its malicious files on the system and plague essential system settings. So along with its payload, several other files may be dropped or created on the system. They may reside in some of the following system folders:

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

When all target files are encrypted and marked with the extension .RAR, the ransomware generates a ransom note file called INFO.txt to instruct victims how to obtain the specific decryption key. The message is short and presents text written in Russian. All that it reads is:

Для связи с нами используйте почту
ISKANDER@TUTAMAIL.COM

Translated in English the message reads:

For communication with us, use the mail
ISKANDER@TUTAMAIL.COM

It lefts basic questions unanswered including: how much is the ransom, how it should be transferred, is there any time frame after which the amount increases? Supposedly the ransom amount varies between $100 and $1000. In most cases hackers demand it to be transferred in Bitcoin cryptocurrency.

The good news for you is that the code of this nasty ransomware was cracked by security researchers so you don’t need to contact hackers either to transfer them the ransom. When you reach the guide at the end you will find out how to secure your PC and decrypt .RAR files.

RotorCrypt Ransomware – Encryption Process

Data encryption module of the .RAR variant of RotorCrypt ransomware is believed to be the same as those of its predecessors. This means that target files may be encoded with RSA cipher algorithm that is known to generate two keys – a public and a private. For the decryption, you should have the private key. After the ransomware encrypts the last target file it sends the key to a remote server controlled by hackers. Happily, there is no need to worry that you don’t have this key. As mentioned in the previous paragraph at the end of our guide you will find a free decryption solution for all your .RAR files.

As regards the files which the .RAR version of RotorCrypt encrypts they are reported to be the following:

.1cd, .avi, .bak, .bmp, .cf, .cfu, .csv, .db, .dbf, .djvu, .doc, .docx, .dt, .elf, .epf, .erf, .exe, .flv, .geo, .gif, .grs, .jpeg, .jpg, .lgf, .lgp, .log, .mb, .mdb, .mdf, .mxl, .net, .odt, .pdf, .png, .pps, .ppt, .pptm, .pptx, .psd, .px, .rar, .raw, .st, .sql, .tif, .txt, .vob, .vrp, .xls, .xlsb, .xlsx, .xml, .zip

The ransomware follows specific pattern that includes four symbols, a contact email address and the extension .RAR at the end. For example if you have saved a file with the name lifegoal.docx following encryption the ransomware will rename it to lifegoal.docx!@#$_____ISKANDER@TUTAMAIL.COM_____$#@!.RAR

Remove RotorCrypt Ransomware and Restore .RAR Files

The removal of RotorCrypt ransomware demands a bit of technical experience and ability to recognize traits of malware files. And there is no doubt that you should remove this nasty threat from the infected PC as soon as you detect it. Otherwise, it has the chance to spread its infection files across the whole network. Below you could find how to remove it step by step. Beware that ransomware has highly complex code that could plague not only your files but your whole system. So as recommended by security researchers you need to utilize an advanced anti-malware tool for its complete removal. Such tool will keep your system protected against devastating threats like RotorCrypt and other kinds of malware that endanger your online security. After the removal phase, you can proceed to the second phase which aims to help you decrypt the .RAR encrypted files for free.

Phase 1: Remove RotorCrypt

In order to fully erase RotorCrypt from your computer system, we have prepared manual and removal instructions which you can follow below. In the even that you are experiencing difficulties in manual removal, experts often advise to perform the removal automatically, preferably by downloading an advanced anti-malware software, which will make sure this malware is fully gone from your system and it remains protected against future infections as well.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove RotorCrypt from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove RotorCrypt

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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 RotorCrypt 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 RotorCrypt 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 RotorCrypt 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 RotorCrypt 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.

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

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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.

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

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

Ransomware infections and RotorCrypt 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 RotorCrypt from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall RotorCrypt 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 RotorCrypt:

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 RotorCrypt. 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 RotorCrypt. 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 RotorCrypt 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 RotorCrypt. 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 RotorCrypt.

Ransomware infections and RotorCrypt 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.


RotorCrypt FAQ

What is RotorCrypt ransomware and how does it work?

RotorCrypt 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 RotorCrypt ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.RotorCrypt 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 RotorCrypt 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 .RotorCrypt files?

You can't. At this point the .RotorCrypt 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 .RotorCrypt files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

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

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .RotorCrypt 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 RotorCrypt 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 RotorCrypt ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .RotorCrypt files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like RotorCrypt 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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