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Scarabey Ransomware – How to Remove + Restore .scarab Files

This article has been created in order to help you by explaining how to remove Scarabey ransomware virus from your computer system and how to restore .scarab encrypted files.

A new ransomware version of the notorious Scarab ransomware virus, calling itself Scarabey, which hit computer in the summer of last year has come back in a new iteration according to malware researcher going by the nickname vhioureas. The malware’s primary purpose is to render the files on your computer after it encrypts them no longer able to be opened until you pay a hefty ransom fee in order to get those files restored back to their original state. In the event that your PC has suffered an attack with the new variant of Scarab ransomware, we strongly advise you to remove this malware and try to restore .scarab encrypted files, preferrably by reading the following article.

Threat Summary

Name Scarabey Ransomware
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description Aims to encrypt the files on the computers which are infected by it and then hold them hostageuntil the victim follows the instructions on it’s ransom note.
Symptoms The Scarab ransomware infection leaves behind the files no longer openable with the .scarab file extension to them.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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Scarabey v2 Ransomware – Infection Process

In order to infect victims, the new variant of Scarab ransomware aims to perform series of activities on the victim PC, primarily targeting the victims via an RDP dropping of files on victim’s computers as well as company servers.

Furthermore, the virus does not infect directly via samples as it is written in Dephi without the C++ encapsulation which means that the virus uses a more sophisticated method for evasion and detection.

Regarding the methods of infection, the malware may cause the infection via multiple different methods, the most likely of which are:

  • Via fake setups of programs.
  • Via fraudulent software cracks or license activators.
  • Via other fake programs available online.
  • Via documents that seem legitimate and are sent through spam e-mails as e-mail attachments.
  • Through web links sent as spam messages in comment sections or social media chats.

Scarabey v2 Ransomware – Analysis and Activity

Scarab Ransomware’s new version which has been created with more abilities to perform malicious activities on victim computers. The new variant can be recognized by it’s ransom note which leads experts to believe that may be translated via Google Translate from Russian to Engish. The ransom note, named englishTansRansomSCARAB.txt, provides the following message to victims:

Good afternoon. Your computer has been infected with Scarabey. All data is encrypted with a unique key, which is only with us.
Without a unique key – files can not be restored.
24 files are deleted every 24 hours. (we have copies of them)
If you do not run the decryption program within 72 hours, all the files on the computer are completely deleted, without the possibility of recovery.
Read carefully how to recover aII encrypted data.
Scarabey
You can restore files as follows:
1. contact us by e-mail: Support56@cock.li
Send your ID and 2 files, up to 1 mb each.
We decrypt them, to prove the possibility of deciphering.
also receive instruction on payment. (payment will be in bitcoin)
report your ID and we will turn off any deletion of files
(if you do not provide your ID, every 24 hours will be
deleted by 24 files. If you tell ID- we will turn it off) 5
2. pay and confirm the payment.
3. After payment receive a decoder. Which will restore your data and turn off the function of deleting files.
You have 48 hours to pay.
If you do not have time to pay for 48 hours, the price of decryption is increased by 2 times.
To recover files, without losses, and at a minimum rate, you must pay within 48 hours.
l For detailed instructions, please contact email: Support56@cock.li
-After starting the decoder, the files are decoded within an hour.
If you try to scan or decrypt the data yourself – you can lose your files forever.
Decoders of other users are incompatible with your data, as each user
unique encryption key
Your ID

In addition to this, several other changes are also introduced with this variant of the ransomware, making it more dangerous. While in the original version of the malware it claims that the longer the victim waits, the price of the ransom is likely to go up, the newer Scarabey version claims to directly delete 24 files each 24 hours, which is quite the motivator to pay the ransom. However, researchers were later able to establish that this is only a scare tactic by the cyber-criminals in order to get victims to pay the ransom faster.

When we take a look inside of the virus files, it quickly becomes evident that the Scarabey ransomware’s latest version is written in Delphi. Its initial course of action after the virus infects your computer is to check if it has been ran before on the infected computer by checking the parameters on the computer attacked by it.

The malware also checks if the following Windows registry key has been set on the attacked device:

→ Software\ILRTISo\idle

If it is running ofr the first time on the victim PC, the virus executes the following command in Windows Command Prompt as an administrator with the purpose to exist in the %Temp% directory under the name sevnz.exe:

→ cmd.exe /c copy /y C:\Users\virusLab\Desktop\9a02862ac95345359dfc3dcc93e3c10e.exe “C:\Users\virusLab\AppData\Roaming\sevnz.exe”

After doing so, the Scarabey ransomware virus runs a process which executes the file sevnz.exe, previously copied:

→ %AppData%\Roaming\sevnz.exe

After doing so, the malware opens the process cmd.exe via a JavaScript code which triggers a script. The script has been reported to be the following:

→ “mshta.exe “javascript:o=new ActiveXObject(‘Scripting.FileSystemObject’);setInterval(function(){try{o.DeleteFile(‘9a02862ac95345359dfc3dcc93e3c10f.exe’);close()}catch(e){}},10);””

This command aims to delete the process of the virus after it’s activity is complete. In addition to this, the new version of Scarab Ransomware has also been reported to directly delete the shadow volume copies on the infected computer system to prevent victims from recovering their data:

→ ActiveXObject(“WScript.Shell”);
cmd.exe /c wbadmin DELETE SYSTEMSTATEBACKUP -keepVersions:0”
cmd.exe /c wmic SHADOWCOPY DELETE”
cmd.exe /c vssadmin Delete Shadows /All /Quiet”
cmd.exe /c bcdedit “
new ActiveXObject(“WScript.Shell”
cmd.exe /c wbadmin DELETE SYSTEMSTATEBACKUP-keepVersions:0”
cmd.exe /cwmicSHADOWCOPYDELETE”0
cmd.exevssadminDeleteShadows /All/Quiet”
cmd.exe /c bcdedit /set {default} recoveryenabled No”,
cmd.exe /c bcdedit /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures”

Then, the Scarabey ransomware infection performs a rather sophisticated and clever activity which eliminates completely Windows’s file defense. The activities of this malware consist of shutting down processes that are important for Windows and that may prevent the malware from modifying (encrypting) the files on the compromised computer. However, most of these processes, if active and being ended, will be reactivated by Windows and this is why, the virus has a thread which “looks” for the processes which are reactivated over a short timespan and as soon as they run again, the malware shuts those processes down completely. The targeted Windows processes by Scarabey are the following:

→ agntsvc.exe
isqlplussvc.exe
ncsvc.exe
msftesql.exe
sqlagent.exe
sqlbrowser.exe
sqlservr.exe
sqlserver.exe
sqlwriter.exe
oracle.exe
ocssd.exe
dbsnmp.exe
synctime.exe;
mydesktopqos.exe
agntsvc.exe
isqlplussvc.exe
xfssvccon.exe
mydesktopservice.exe
ocautoupds.exe
agntsvc.exe
agntsvc.exe
agntsvc.exe
encsvc.exe
firefoxconfig.exe
tbirdconfig.exe
ocomm.exe
mysqld.exe
mysqld-nt.exe
mysqld-opt.exe
dbeng50.exe
sqbcoreservice.exe

Scarabey Ransomware Virus – Encryption Process

The malware preforms a so-called encryption loop which is basically checking over and over again for a mutex which can stop it from encrypting, based on specific criteria. However, if such mutex is not found, the malware begins to perform the encryption by checking absolutely every folder and file, carefully avoiding files that are from the .dll and .exe file formats. When the Scarabey ransomware version performs the encryption procedure, the malware uses the AES encryption algorithm on the files which is with 256-bit strength and an AES-ALGO labeled function. The virus encrypts each file by using 16-characted blocks, which is normal as it’s running AES encryption and each of the 16 characted blocks from the file it encodes are 128-bit encrypted. In addition to this, the ransomware also performs another encryption activity whih is to apply CBS (Cipher Block Chaining). This is essentially linking the files one to another in order to link them into a chain to additionally make the decryption of those files more difficult. So if we were to explain this the simplest way is if you have file A and file B which is encrypted after file A, part of the code in file A serves as identification and initialization that the next block of encrypted data is located in file B. So to determine how to decrypt file B, you are obliged to look into file A’s code and investigate which is the next file.

But to decrypt the actual files is also next to impossible since, the algorithm itself also generates a unique decryption key which is assymetric and only paying the ransom can so far get you that key accompanied by a decryption software. However, if you come across your files to be encrypted with the .scarab file extension added to them, experts advise not to pay the ransom as:

  • You support their cyber-criminal operations.
  • They cannot guarantee that you will get your files back after paying.

How to Remove Scarabey Ransomware and Restore .scarab Encrypted Files

In order to make sure that this malware is permanently gone from your computer, you should follow the manual or automatic removal instructions down below. If you have the experience in removing ransomware manually, we advise you to focus on the first 2 steps from the manual removal and to look for the registry files which we have explained in the analysis part above. Otherwise, if you want a more automatic and faster solution and lack the expertise in malware removal, we urge you to download an advanced anti-malware program, which aims to automatically perform the removal operation of Scarab ransomware and secures your computer against future infections in real-time.

If you want to restore files that have been encrypted by this ransomware infection, we advise you to try out the alternative tools for file recovery down below in step “2. Restore files encrypted by .scarab Files Virus”. They may not guarantee fully that you will recover all of the files, but if you haven’t reinstalled your OS already, there is a good chance that you might just restore them.

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Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Scarabey Ransomware from Windows.


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

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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 Scarabey Ransomware 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 Scarabey Ransomware 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 Scarabey Ransomware 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 Scarabey Ransomware 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'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

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

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

Ransomware infections and Scarabey Ransomware 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 Scarabey Ransomware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Scarabey Ransomware 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 Scarabey Ransomware:

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 Scarabey Ransomware. 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 Scarabey Ransomware. 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 Scarabey Ransomware 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 Scarabey Ransomware. 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 Scarabey Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and Scarabey Ransomware 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.


Scarabey Ransomware FAQ

What is Scarabey Ransomware ransomware and how does it work?

Scarabey Ransomware 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 Scarabey Ransomware ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Scarabey Ransomware 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 Scarabey Ransomware 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 .Scarabey Ransomware files?

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

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Scarabey Ransomware 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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