Scarab-Bin Virus (Scarab Ransomware) – Remove and Restore .bin Files
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Scarab-Bin Virus (Scarab Ransomware) – Remove and Restore .bin Files

Scarab-Bin Virus image ransomware note .bin extension

Scarab-Bin Virus is a newly discovered release of the Scarab ransomware family. It is possible that future versions of it are going to feature updated code that add newer functions. Read our complete Scarab-Bin Virus removal guide to learn more about it.

Threat Summary

NameScarab-Bin
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts sensitive information on your computer system with the .bin extensions and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files with a strong encryption algorithm.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Scarab-Bin Virus – Distribution Ways

The Scarab-bin virus is distributed in the very same manner as previous iterations of the ransomware family.

Email phishing campaigns are used to spread fake email notification messages that are reminiscent of legitimate Internet services and companies. The Scarab-Bin virus files may be distributed as direct file attachments or links that are found in the body contents.

Another case is the use creation and maintenance of fake download sites that pose as legitimate portals. These two are mechanisms are also one of the preferred ways to spread infected payload carriers to the target systems. There are two main types:

  • Documents — The criminals can embed the Scarab-bin virus code into files of different types: spreadsheets, presentations, text documents and databases. Once they are opened by the victims a notification prompt will appear asking the users to enable the built-in scripts (macros). When this is done the infection will follow.
  • Application Installers — A similar tactic is used with installers of famous software packages: creativity suites, productivity and system utilities.

Scarab-bin virus strains can be distributed via browser hijackers that are in fact malicious web browser plugins. They are usually distributed via the official repositories using fake developer credentials and user reviews. An effective solution is to use an elaborate description that can attract many potential victims.

Scarab-Bin Virus – In-Depth Analysis

The Scarab-Bin virus follows the same set infection sequence as previous iterations of the ransomware engine. At the moment there is no information about the hacker or group behind it, however it is speculated that they have accessed the original Scarab source code from one of the hacker underground markets and have used it to create their own versions. The other possible explanation behind the new virus’s creation is a buy order to malware developers requesting a customized Scarab instance in return for a payment.

Depending on the included set of modules and the attack campaign the actual infection may begin with a data harvesting command. It instructs the virus engine to start gathering strings that are related to the user’s identity. The other type of harvested information is related to various data that can be used to optimize the attack campaigns. A sample list of the targeted information includes the following:

  • Personal Victim Information — The Scarab-bin virus engine can extract strings that can expose the victim’s identity: their name, address, telephone number, passwords and etc.
  • Hardware Information — A detailed report of the installed hardware components can be generated and acquired by the malicious engine.
  • Operating System Data — Most of the viruses of this type also acquire certain values set by the users such as regional settings and specific installation-related entries.

This data can then be processed by the stealth protection module which can be made part of the Scarab-Bin virus engine. Such components apply a signature scan that detects installations of anti-virus software, virtual machine hosts or sandbox environments. Their real-time engines will be disabled as part of the infection process.

Following the ransomware’s installation it can also launch various system modification commands that will make it possile to modify the target systems in various ways. One of the major modifications are done to the Windows Registry wherein entries belonging both to the operating system and any user-installed entries can be made. This can impact the performance of the infected hosts, as well as disable certain services and functions.

The malicious engine can take measures against the boot options by disabling access to the boot recovery menu. It can institute itself as a persistent threat that is started every time the computer is booted.

The other dangerous change that the Scarab-bin virus can inhibit to the systems is the introduction of a Trojan capability. This is done by setting up a secure connection to a hacker-controlled server. It is used by the criminals to spy on the victims and control their machine at any given time.

Scarab-Bin Virus — Encryption

The ransomware engine is started after all other components have finished running. In a similar way to previous versions it uses a built-in list to determine the target files that are to be encrypted with a strong cipher. An example list can include the following data types:

  • Archives
  • Backups
  • Images
  • Music
  • Videos
  • Documents

The victim files are renamed with the .bin extension which includes a string in brackets containing the hacker’s contact email address. The collected samples in the ongoing attack are labeled with the .[mrbin775@gmx.de].bin extension. They are accompanied by the following ransom note:

Your files are now encrypted!
Your personal identifier:
6A02000000000000***7DF100
For instructions for decrypting files, please write here:
mrbin775@gmx.de
mrbin775@protonmail.com
If you have not received an answer, write to me again!!

Update! As reported by security researchers this iteration of Scarab ransomware may also use the distinctive extension .bin2 to mark corrupted files.

Remove Scarab-Bin Ransomware Virus and Restore .bin Files

If your computer got infected with the Scarab-Bin 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.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Scarab-Bin from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Scarab-Bin

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

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 Scarab-Bin 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 Scarab-Bin 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 Scarab-Bin 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.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Scarab-Bin 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 Scarab-Bin.

Ransomware infections and Scarab-Bin 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:

If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:

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2. On the download page, click on the "Download" button:

3. Click on "Save File" button:

4. Accept all agreements and click "Next":

5. After all the "Next" steps, click on "Install" and then wait for the installation to complete:

6. Run the software. Click on the location to scan for missing or deleted files and click on "Scan":

7. Wait for the scan to complete, it may take some time. Be advised that this scan is not 100% guaranteed to recover all files, but it does have some chance to get your data back:


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of Scarab-Bin from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Scarab-Bin and remove related files and objects

OFFER
Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


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 Scarab-Bin:

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 Scarab-Bin. 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 Scarab-Bin. 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 Scarab-Bin 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 Scarab-Bin. 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.


Step 2: Scan for and remove Scarab-Bin files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Scarab-Bin, 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 Scarab-Bin on your Mac.

Ransomware for Mac Scarab-Bin 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.

1. Download the recommended Data Recovery Mac app by clicking on the link underneath:

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