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Remove Scarab-Deep Ransomware – Restore .deep Files

Remove Scarab-Deep Ransomware Restore .deep Files

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.

Threat Summary

Name Scarab-Deep
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
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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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, .infovip@airmail.cc Files Virus and .fastrecovery@airmail.cc 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:

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

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:
6A02000000000000C6A88B2C1D9……
[redacted] CD972FAB3C8064ADBD93CEE690E7…..
[redacted] 28B793284DAB2C24814C30301F0…..
[redacted] 1265ED682D9FD0D4B28B4B16898F28AF8BA83AB81D7D

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: mrdeep@protonmail.com

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:
https://localbitcoins.com/buy_bitcoins
* Also you can find other places to buy Bitcoins and beginners guide here:
https://www.coindesk.com/information/how-can-i-buy-bitcoins

Attention!
* 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.

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Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.

As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • Profile of the content creator.
  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Scarab-Deep from Windows.


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

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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 Scarab-Deep 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-Deep 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-Deep 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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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-Deep 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-Deep.

Ransomware infections and Scarab-Deep 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 Scarab-Deep from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Scarab-Deep 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 Scarab-Deep:

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-Deep. 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-Deep. 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-Deep 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-Deep. 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 Scarab-Deep.

Ransomware infections and Scarab-Deep 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.


Scarab-Deep FAQ

What is Scarab-Deep ransomware and how does it work?

Scarab-Deep 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 Scarab-Deep ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Scarab-Deep 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 Scarab-Deep 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 .Scarab-Deep files?

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

One way to restore files, encrypted by Scarab-Deep 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 ".Scarab-Deep" files (Other Methods)?

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Scarab-Deep 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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