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Scarab-Turkish Virus (Scarab Ransomware) – Remove and Restore .[email] Files

Scarab-Turkish Virus image ransomware note .[email] extension

Scarab-Turkish Virus is a Turkish variant of the Scarab ransomware family. It uses an improved encryption engine in order to encrypt sensitive user data. Read our complete Scarab-Turkish Virus removal guide to learn more about it.

Threat Summary

NameScarab-Turkish
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts sensitive information on your computer system with the .[email] 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-Turkish Virus – Distribution Ways

The Scarab-Turkish variant of the Scarab ransomware family is being distributed against users using the common tactics we have already seen in previous iterations.

One of the main methods is the use of email SPAM messages wherein the users receive messages that appear to be sent by legitimate companies. By utilizing social engineering tactics the criminals use hijacked elements from famous companies or services that are used to construct fake password reminders, notifications or login pages. When the users interact with them they may either directly download the Scarab-Turkish virus sample or redirect them to a page that contains a link to it.

A related is the creation of fake download sites — they represent fake copies of well-known Internet portals or download pages. They are constructed in a similar manner and along with the email messages are the main method for distributing infected payloads. There are two main types:

  • Documents — The criminals can send out documents that can take different forms containing malicious scripts (macros): text files, spreadsheets, presentations and databases. As soon as they are opened a notification message will appear asking the users to enable them. If this is done the virus infection sequence will be started.
  • Software Setup Packages — The criminals can take the legitimate installers of famous software that is often downloaded by end users and modify them with the Scarab-Turkish virus code. They are then uploaded to the hacker-operated download sites. Usually popular software is chosen: creativity suites, system utilities and productivity apps.

In certain cases the Scarab-Turkish virus can infect victim hosts via browser hijackers. They represent malicious plugins made for the most popular web browsers that are advertised as adding new useful features and etc. The most common place to find them is the official plugin repository for the associated browser. Usually the hackers use fake developer credentials and user reviews in order to manipulate the users into installing it.

Scarab-Turkish Virus – In-Depth Analysis

The Scarab-Turkish variant of the Scarab ransomware family follows the same behavior patterns as those of earlier strains.

The hackers behind it bundle instructions for each hacker-controlled campaign. Most common threats start with the data harvesting module. It is programmed into revealing sensitive information that is grouped into two main groups. The first group is responsible for disclosing personal user data which can be used to reveal the victim’s identity. The target strings include their real name, aliases, address, phone number, location, interests and account credentials. The other group of data is responsible for the campaign metrics — information that can be used to optimize the attacks. It usually consists of data about the victim’s installed hardware components and certain operating system values.

This data can be used by the stealth protection module which can scan the system for security measures that can interfere with the virus’s correct execution. This includes any anti-virus hosts, sandbox/debug environments and virtual machine hosts.

Following the successful infiltration the Scarab-Turkish strain it can be configured to commit various system changes. A list of the possible modifications include the following:

  • Windows Registry Entries Changes — The Scarab-Turkish virus can be instructed into modifying existing Windows Registry entries belonging both to the operating system and the end-user applications. This behavior can disable certain functions from working properly and cause overall system performance issues.
  • Persistent Threat — The Scarb-Turkish can be installed as a persistent threat. This means that the malicious module will be started every time the computer boots thereby disabling certain modules. This behavior has been observed to prevent users from entering the boot recovery menu which prevents the use of manual recovery instructions.
  • Trojan Module Installation — Some Scarab ransomware threats can install a Trojan horse module. It connects to a hacker-controlled server which can be used to spy on the victims, take over control of their machines and deploy other viruses.

Other components can be added at any time as the malware can communicate with the servers at any time. In certain configurations the strain can make data recovery difficult by deleting the Shadow Volume Copies and System Restore data. In this case the users will need to use a professional-grade data recovery software, refer to our instructions for more information.

Scarab-Turkish Virus — Encryption

The Scarab-Turkish virus strain follows the same encryption procedure as the last versions of the ransomware family. It uses a built-in list of target file data that is encrypted with a strong cipher. The list typically targets the following data types:

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

Like all prior Scarab ransomware it assigns an extension based on the hacker’s email address – the generic identifier is the .[email] extension, where the value is replaced with the criminal collective’s contact address. The current email is firmabilgileri@bk.ru which translates to the .[firmabilgileri@bk.ru] extension.

Instead of instantly displaying the ransomware note or lockscreen right after the encryption engine has completed it, it performs a region check. If the computer is not configured with a Turkish location setting it will block the PC. Otherwise it creates a ransomware note called HOW TO RECOVER ENCRYPTED FILES.TXT which reads the following:

SISTEMINIZDEKI DEGER GORULEN VERILERIN TUMU TARAFIMCA SIFRELENMISTIR.
VERILERINIZI GERI ALMAK ICIN ASAGIDA SIZE YAZDIGIM MAIL ADRESINDEN BANA ULASABILIRSINIZ.
BANA MAIL ADRESINIZDE IP ADRESINIZI GONDERMEYI UNUTMAYIN.
firmabilgileri@bk.ru
BUNUN YANINDA;
GENELDE SERVERINA GIRDIGIMIZ MUSTERILERIN TEREDDUTLERI ODEME YAPTIKTAN SONRA DOSYALARIMIZ GELMESSE KOMSUMUZ HACKLENDI DOSYALARI ACILMADI
EKSIK ACILDI VS. VS. VS. MALESEF SON ZAMANLARDA BU YAPTIGIMIZ ISIN TRENDLESMESI SONUCU BU TARZ SEREFSIZLIKLER YAPAN VAR PEKI BANA NASIL GUVENECEKSINIZ
SU SEKILDE BELIRTEYIM DAHA ONCE HACKLEDIGIM BIR FIRMAYI REFERANS AMACLI SOYLEYEBILIRIM ARAR SORARSINIZ
BIR DIGER KONUYA GELIRSEK
YAPTIGIMIZ SIFRELEMEYI BIZDEN BASKA ACABILEN YOK SAGA SOLA GONDERIYORSUNUZ SERVERLARI ADAMLAR SIZDEN ALACAGIMIZ RAKAMINDA USTUNE RAKAM EKLEYEREK
KENDILERI SIFRELERI COZMUS GIBI ISINIZI GORUYORLAR BIRCOK VERI KURTARMA FIRMASIYLADA CALISYORUZ, CALISYORUZ DERKEN ORTAKLIK VS. DEGIL SIZIN ONLARA GONDERDIGINIZ
SERVERLARIN SIFRELERINI SIZE DEGIL AYNI RAKAMA ONLARA VERIYORUZ ONLARDA KARLARINI EKLEYEREK SIZE VERI KURTARMA HIZMETINI VERMIS OLUYOR
BIR DIGER KONU LUTFEN SAAT 10:00’A KADAR DONMUS OLUN BUNUN NEDENLERINE GELIRSEK
GERCEKTEN COK YOGUN BIR TEMPO ILE CALISYORUZ BIZIM ICIN VAKIT SIZIN YAPACAGINIZ ODEMEDENDE ONEMLI BIR SONRAKI GUNUN SERVERLARININ HAZIRLANMASI SIFRELENMESI
BIZDE NETICEDE INSANIZ UYKU YEMEK SOSYAL AKTIVITELER DERKEN VAKTIMIZ KALMIYOR ELIMIZDE ONLARCA IS VARKEN GERIYE DONUP 1 ISLE UGRASAMIYORUZ SIFRELEDIGIMIZ VERILERIN
SIFRELERI 1234 KOYACAK KADAR AMATOR DEGILIZ YADA DATALARI RECOVERY PROGRAMLARI, SHADOW EXPLORER ILE KURTARACAGINIZ BIR SEKILDE BIRAKMIYORUZ YANI OYALANMANIN SAGA SOLA
SORMANIN BIR MANASI YOK VAKITLICE DONUN HERKES VAKITLICE ISINI YAPSIN
BIR DIGER KONU SAVCILIGA GIDECEK ARKADASLAR ICIN BU KISIM
BANKA HESAP NUMARASI ISTEYIP DURMAYN CUNKU BANKA HESABI KULLANMIYOR ODEMELERI BITCOIN ILE ALIYORUZ.
BIR DIGER KONU NE OLUR BU ISI 3 GUNDUR YAPIYORUM MUAMELESI YAPMAYIN BANA 5 YILDIR BU ISI YAPIYORUM 5 YILDIR KIMSE YAKALAYAMADI
SENMI YAKALAYACAKSIN BIR AKILLI SENMISIN ? HA YINE ISTEDIGIN KADAR UGRASABILIRSINIZ AMA LUTFEN BUNU BENI MESGUL EDEREK YAPMAYIN…
ODEMEDEN SONRA VERILECEK HIZMETLER
+SIFRELI DOSYALARI COZME
+ACIKLARINIZ HAKKINDA BILGILENDIRME (DISARDA FIZIKSEL YEDEGI OLUP ACIGI OGRENMEK ICIN YAZAN ARKADASLAR ODEME ALMDAN ANLATMIYORUZ)
DIPNOT: VAKIT VAKIT VAKIT EN ONEMLI SEY VAKIT SAAT 10 DEN ONCE DONUN.
Your personal identifier:
6A02000000000000***F5DED3F
firmabilgileri@bk.ru

Remove Scarab-Turkish Ransomware Virus and Restore .[email] Files

If your computer got infected with the Scarab-Turkish 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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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-Turkish from Windows.


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

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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-Turkish 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-Turkish 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-Turkish 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 Scarab-Turkish 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.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


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-Turkish.

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


Step 1: Uninstall Scarab-Turkish 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-Turkish:

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-Turkish. 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-Turkish. 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-Turkish 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-Turkish. 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 malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, 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-Turkish on your Mac.

Ransomware for Mac Scarab-Turkish 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:


Scarab-Turkish FAQ

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

Scarab-Turkish 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-Turkish ransomware infect my computer?

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

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

One way to restore files, encrypted by Scarab-Turkish 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-Turkish" 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-Turkish 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-Turkish 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-Turkish ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Scarab-Turkish files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Scarab-Turkish 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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