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Schwerer Ransomware – Remove It and Restore Your Files

This article will help you remove Schwerer ransomware absolutely. Follow the ransomware removal instructions at the end of the article.

Schwerer is how a newly emerged ransomware cryptovirus is called. The virus is written in the AutoIt scripting language. The AES algorithm is used for the encryption process or at least that is what is stated in the ransom message. After encryption, your files will become inaccessible as the Schwerer cryptovirus will leave a ransom note with demands for payment. Proceed to read below and see how you could try to potentially restore some of your files.

Threat Summary

Name Schwerer
Type Ransomware
Short Description The ransomware virus encrypts files on your computer and demands payment for unlocking them.
Symptoms The ransomware will encrypt your files and then display a distinctive ransom message inside a window, after the encryption process is set and done.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executables
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Schwerer Ransomware – Update

Update! A “restore key generator” (decrypter) is now available for the Schwerer ransomware! The tool was created by the malware researcher Jiri Kropac and can be downloaded from the following link, wrapped inside a .zip archive: Restore Key Generator.

Schwerer Ransomware – Infection Spread

The Schwerer ransomware could spread its infection by using different methods. The payload file that initiates the malicious script for this ransomware that in turn infects your computer system is seen on the Web. Malware researchers have found a sample of the virus. You can see the sample and the detections of multiple security program vendors on the VirusTotal service by checking out the snapshot right here below:

Schwerer ransomware could also distribute its payload file on social media and file-sharing networks. Freeware which is found online could be presented as helpful but at the same time could be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Don’t open files immediately after downloading them, before you have checked them with a security tool. That goes especially if they come from dubious sources such as links and e-mails. Don’t forget to check the size and signatures of these files for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the ransomware preventing tips thread in the forum.

Schwerer Ransomware – Technical Description

Schwerer ransomware is a virus that is written with the AutoIt language. AutoIt is a freeware BASIC-like scripting language. The ransomware is made to encrypt files on a computer machine and ask for a ransom.

The Schwerer ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, launch or repress processes in Windows. Some entries are designed in a way that will start the virus automatically with each launch of the Windows Operating System. The following registry entry is entered by the virus:

→”HKCU\Software\Other\Schwerer” ,”complete” , “REG_SZ”

Whenever the encryption process is fully complete, a ransom note will be displayed in a window box. The note is written in the English language. Inside the window, you will find instructions on what to do for the restoration of your files.

You can preview the ransom note message here:

The ransom note reads the following:

All your computer file were encrypted with AES, only we can restore your files.
How to restore files :
Files encrypted : 2821
1. Send email to 897698@mail2tor.com containing your personal identifier (it is below)
2. We will send you a Bitcoin address, you must send 150€ to it within 3 days.
IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND BITCOIN EMAIL WILL CONTAIN INFORMATIONS
3. Once full amount is sent you email us again. (make sure to contain key)
A. We will send you key and you will paste into textbox below, that will restore files.
Your Identifier: 14df8b3376dd29b731f2c7ec8f610df8b33764a608
Restore key:
Restore files

From the ransom note of the Schwerer virus, we can see that the TOR network is used for the contact e-mail left by the cybercriminal. You should NOT pay, nor contact the criminal. The demanded ransom sum is precisely 150 Euros. If you pay, no guarantee exists in the world that you will recover your files back to normal. Moreover, giving money to crooks is very likely to motivate them to keep making more ransomware viruses or do other criminal activities.

Schwerer Ransomware – Encryption Process

Schwerer ransomware seeks to encrypt lots of files with different file extensions. Currently, the following list with file extensions is believed to be the main target for the encryption process of this ransomware:

→.7z, .bmp, .doc, .docm, .docx, .html, .jpeg, .jpg, .mp3, .mp4, .pdf, .php, .ppt, .pptx, .rar, .rtf, .sql, .tiff, .txt, .xls, .xlsx, .zip

Those are the most commonly used files by most Windows users. Every file that gets locked will be encrypted with the AES algorithm or at least that is what is stated inside the ransom note.

The Schwerer cryptovirus is quite possible to delete the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system by utilizing the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

If the command is indeed executed, the encryption process will become more viable that way, as one of the ways for decrypting your files will be gone. Continue reading and see what kinds of ways you can try out to potentially restore some of your files.

Remove Schwerer Ransomware and Restore Your Files

If your computer got infected with the Schwerer 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 Schwerer from Windows.


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

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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 Schwerer 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 Schwerer 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 Schwerer 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 Schwerer 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 Schwerer.

Ransomware infections and Schwerer 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 Schwerer from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Schwerer 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 Schwerer:

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 Schwerer. 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 Schwerer. 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 Schwerer 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 Schwerer. 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 Schwerer.

Ransomware infections and Schwerer 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.


Schwerer FAQ

What is Schwerer ransomware and how does it work?

Schwerer 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 Schwerer ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Schwerer 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 Schwerer 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 .Schwerer files?

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

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Schwerer 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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