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.sell Files Virus (Paradise) – How to Remove It (+ Restore Files)

This article has been created in order to help you by showing how to remove the .sell files virus, a variant of Paradise ransomware and how to restore files that have been encrypted by it on your computer.

A new ransomware variant, going by the name of .sell files virus has been reported to infect unsuspecting victims’ computers and encrypt the important files on their computers. Being a variant of the notorious Paradises ransomware virus family, the .sell ransomware also adds a ransom note file, which is named #DECRYPT MY FILES#.html and has a random identification number within it. If you are among the victims of the .sell files virus, we advise you to read the following article and learn how to remove this ransomware and restore encrypted files.

Threat Summary

Name .sell Files Virus
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description A variant of Paradise Ransomware which encrypts the files and asks to contact support@all-ransomware.info in order to negotiate file decryption.
Symptoms Files are encrypted with an added .sell file extension and a ransom note, named #DECRYPT MY FILES# Is also added.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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.sell Files Virus – Infection Methods

In order to infect a given computer, the .sell files virus aims to perform different types of activities, which may involve:

  • Masking the virus from antivirus and other protection software.
  • Making sure that the infection file imitates a legitimate file successfully.
  • Making sure to connect safely to a command and control server to download the payload.

In order to infect the victims, the .sell virus may be spread via different means that may be both passive as well as active. If active, you may receive the virus as an e-mail attachment, accompanying a seemingly legitimate e-mail, that aims to fool you it comes from a big company. The most often used companies are eBay, PayPal, DHL, FedEx and others that are similar. The e-mails often imitate as if they are automated and come from the official company, like the example below shows:

In addition to via e-mail, the virus may also be uploaded as a file that pretends to be legitimate on websites, such as software providing sites or websites which contain torrents. The files which it may imitate are often sought after files, like:

  • Driver or software setups.
  • Game patches, cracks.
  • Key generators for programs or games.
  • Software license activators.

.sell File Ransomware – More Information

The .sell files virus is the type of rasomware infection which is from the file encryption kind, meaning that your files are rendered no longer usable and a decryption key is generated which can unlock them but only after you have paid a ransom “fee” to the hackers.

The virus begins it’s malicious activity by dropping it’s malicious files on your computer system. They may reside under different names in the following Windows directories:

After the files of the .sell files virus have been dropped, the ransomware may interfere with key system Windows files, which may allow it to run files and scripts as an administrator on the infected computer. In addition to this, the virus may also create mutants and copies of itself, which can result in it becoming significantly more difficult to remove manually.

Furthermore, the .sell files virus is also the type of infection which aims to make sure it’s presence is known by dropping a ransom note, named #DECRYPT MY FILES# that has the following content:

Your files are encrypted!
Paradise Ransomware Team!
Your personal ID
[redacted] Your personal KEY

WHAT HAPPENED!
Your important files produced on this computer have been encrypted due a security problem.
If you want to restore them, write to us by email.
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.
FREE DECRYPTION AS GUARANTEE!
Before payment you can send us 1-3 files for free decryption.
Please note that files must NOT contain valuable information.
The file size should not exceed 1MB.
As evidence, we can decrypt one file
HOW TO OBTAIN BITCOINS!
The easiest way to buy bitcoin 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/
write to Google how to buy Bitcoin in your country?
Contact!
e-mail:
or
e-mail:
Attention!
Do not rename encrypted files
Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss
You are guaranteed to get the decryptor after payment
As evidence, we can decrypt one file
Do not attempt to use the antivirus or uninstall the program
This will lead to your data loss and unrecoverable
Decoders of other users is not suitable to decrypt your files – encryption key is unique

In addition to this, the .sell files virus may also delete the shadow volume copies on the infected computer, just like the previous variant(https://sensorstechforum.com/remove-paradise-ransomware-restore-paradise-files/) may have done. This happens via the virus executing the following command in Windows Command Prompt as an administrator:

→ process call create “cmd.exe /c
vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /quiet
bcdedit.exe /set {default} recoveryenabled no
bcdedit.exe /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures

Furthermore, the ransomware may also add registry entries within the following Windows Registry sub-keys in order for it’s malicious files to run automatically when you boot Windows:

→ 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

.sell Files Virus – Encryption Process

In order to encrypt the files on the infected computer, the .sell ransomware may firstly scan for your important files and if it detects that files of these types exist, the virus will encrypt them. The files are usually commonly used ones that are likely important for you, such as:

  • Images.
  • Videos.
  • Archives.
  • Audio files.
  • Documents.

In order to encrypt the files on your computer, the Paradise ransomware virus may use an advanced cipher or a combination of two algorithms. These ciphers both aim to get your files to become no longer openable by replacing key data from the original files with data from the encryption algorithm. After encryption the virus generates a unique decryption key which corresponds to the encryption. The files may begin to appear like the following:

Picture.jpg.[id-23989213].[support@all-ransomware.info].sell

Remove Paradise Ransomware and Restore .sell Encrypted Files

In order to remove this virus, we recommend that you follow the removal instructions underneath this article. They are specifically created in order to help you to remove this variant of the virus either manually or automatically. Be advised that security experts strongly recommend removing Paradise ransomware automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware software which will ensure future protection of your computer as well.

In addition to removing this virus, in order to restore files that have been encrypted by this iteration of Paradise ransomware, we advise you to check the step “2. Restore files encrypted by .sell Files Virus”.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove .sell Files Virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .sell Files Virus

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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 .sell Files Virus 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 .sell Files Virus 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 .sell Files Virus 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 .sell Files Virus 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 .sell Files Virus.

Ransomware infections and .sell Files Virus 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 .sell Files Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .sell Files Virus 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 .sell Files Virus:

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 .sell Files Virus. 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 .sell Files Virus. 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 .sell Files Virus 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 .sell Files Virus. 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 .sell Files Virus.

Ransomware infections and .sell Files Virus 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.


.sell Files Virus FAQ

What is .sell Files Virus ransomware and how does it work?

.sell Files Virus 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 .sell Files Virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways..sell Files Virus 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 .sell Files Virus 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 ..sell Files Virus files?

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

One way to restore files, encrypted by .sell Files Virus 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 "..sell Files Virus" files (Other Methods)?

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .sell Files Virus 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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