This article provides information about a version of Scarab data locker ransomware dubbed Scarab-Deep. By reaching the end of the article, you will know how to remove the threat and which alternative methods to use in order to potentially restore .deep files.
Scarab-Deep is the name given to another version of Scarab ransomware recently found by security researchers. This version is associated with the extension .deep which renames all corrupted files. An infection with this ransomware loads to heavy modifications of various system settings. All changes support the main phase of the attack – data encryption. Following encryption, a ransom note appears on the screen to inform about the impact of the threat and instruct infected victims how to obtain the specific decryption key.
|Short Description||A data locker ransomware that utilizes strond cihper algorithm to encrypt files on stored on the infected computer. Then it demands a ransom for decryption solution.|
|Symptoms||Important files are locked and renamed with .deep extension. They remain unusable until a ransom is paid.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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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.|
Scarab-Deep Ransomware – Distribution
The infection process with this Scarab-Deep ransomware infection begins when its payload is started on the system. For the distribution of its payload hackers bet on various shady techniques. All these techniques aim to conceal the malicious code and trick you into installing it on your PC.
Email spam messages appear to be the most preferred technique used by threat actors. It allows them to send deceptive email messages that pose as representatives of legitimate services. They may use the names of like popular websites, your internet provider, any logistics company, your bank or even any governmental institution. As of the text message it usually attempts to make you believe that you need to open an attached file or click a presented link as soon as possible because they hide extremely important information or one-time offer just for limited time. And in case that you take the bite, you unnoticeably allow Scarab-Deep ransomware to infect your system.
In order to detect the attack before it’s too late you could use a free online file extractor that will check the file for malicious traits. After, the scan you could make an informed decision whether it is safe to open this file on your PC or delete it immediately from the system.
Scarab-Deep Ransomware – Overview
Scarab-Deep is a newly discovered iteration of Scarab ransomware. Security researchers detected it and reported that it uses the extension .deep.
Similar to some previous Scarab iterations reported by our team like Rebus, [email protected] Files Virus and [email protected] Crypto Virus Scarab-Deep attacks computers worldwide in order to encrypt sensitive data stored on their drives and blackmail victims into paying a ransom for file decryption.
In order to fulfill the attack Scarab-Deep ransomware needs to establish its malicious files on the system first. Its malicious files plague some essential settings in order to keep it hidden during the infection process and ensure its persistent presence on the system after the attack.
Malicious ransomware files may be dropped or created in some of the following folders:
At the end of the attack, a ransom message appears on the screen to reveal the presence of the ransomware and inform about the corruption of important files. The message aims to blackmail victims into contacting hackers at a given email in order to receive more instructions on how to pay the ransom.
The note is contained in a file called HOW TO RECOVER ENCRYPTED FILES.TXT and here is all that the message reads:
Your files are now encrypted!
Your personal identifier:
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC.
Now you should send us email with your personal identifier.
This email will be as confirmation you are ready to pay for decryption key.
You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us.
After payment we will send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all your files.
Contact us using this email address: [email protected]
Free decryption as guarantee!
Before paying you can send us up to 3 files for free decryption.
The total size of files must be less than 10Mb (non archived), and files should not contain
valuable information (databases, backups, large excel sheets, etc.).
How to obtain Bitcoins?
* The easiest way to buy bitcoins is LocalBitcoins site. You have to register, click
‘Buy bitcoins’, and select the seller by payment method and price:
* Also you can find other places to buy Bitcoins and beginners guide here:
* Do not rename encrypted files.
* Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
* Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price
(they add their fee to our) or you can become a victim of a scam.
It is advisable to avoid contacting cyber criminals as they can only scam you once again and steal your money. In order to regain the security of your infected PC you need to remove all malicious files and objects associated with the ransomware as soon as possible.
Scarab-Deep Ransomware – Encryption Process
Similar to its predecessors Scarab-Deep ransomware plagues computer systems in order to locate predefined types of files and encrypt them with the help of sophisticated cipher algorithm. The encryption process transforms all target files in a way that you cannot use them anymore.
So in case of infection it is likely that files that store sensitive information will remain inaccessible until an efficient recovery solution restores their original code. All of the following files may be corrupted by Scarab-Deep ransomware:
- Audio files
- Video files
- Document files
- Image files
- Text files
- Backup files
- Banking credentials, etc
After encryption, all corrupted files could be recognized by the extension .deep that stands at the end of their names.
In order to eliminate one of the possible data recovery options Scarab-Deep crypto virus accesses the Command Prompt panel where it enters a specific command to delete all Shadow Volume Copies stored by the Windows operating system. The command shown below is entered by the ransomware:
→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet
Happily, there are other available methods that may help you to restore a few to all .deep files. Keep reading to find some of them.
Remove Scarab-Deep Ransomware and Restore .deep Files
Below you could find how to remove Scarab-Deep step by step. To remove the ransomware manually you need to have a bit of technical experience and ability to recognize traits of malware files. Beware that ransomware is a threat with highly complex code that plagues 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 a tool will keep your system protected against devastating threats like Scarab-Deep and other kinds of malware that endanger your online security.
After you remove the ransomware make sure to check the “Restore Files” step listed in the guide below. But before you take any further actions, don’t forget to back up all encrypted files to an external drive in order to prevent their irreversible loss.