Ransomware, discovered in December 2016, which has the Irish originating name Seoirse, actually encrypts the files on the computers using an AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) cipher. The ransomware demands victims to pay a hefty ransom fee of 0.5 BTC for the crooks to restore the encrypted files. Created by someone, calling him/herself Ricardo, the virus wishes happy birthday to Seoirse which in Irish means George. The virus has been oriented towards English-speaking users, and anyone affected by it are advised not to pay a dime. Furthermore, it is also strongly recommended for users to read the following article and learn how to remove Seoirse virus and try to restore the files.
|Short Description||Aims to encrypt the files on the compromised computer using an AES-256 encryption algorithm.|
|Symptoms||The virus will display an image stating the name Seoirse which in irish means George..|
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How Does Seoirse Ransomware Spread
For it to be successful during infection, the creators of the virus utilize a mixture of tools in order to generate and send a phishing e-mail message that has either a malicious attachment in it or a malicious URL pretending to be a legitimate web link or a button. Since the e-mails have a convincing message such as:
- “Your receipt is ready.”
- “Your order is confirmed.”
- “Please check the invoice of your order.”
… users who do not have experience tend to fall for these tricks and become infected with Seoirse ransomware.
.Seoirse Virus – Activity Information
Amongst the many activities the Seoirse threat performs on the user PC, the virus aims to create a file, named “Seoirse Ransom.exe” which is most likely downloaded from it’s command and control server (127.0.0.1/add.php).
Fortunately, the file is detected by many antivirus programs at the moment, but the bad news it that cyber-criminals may change the obfuscation and make it undetectable if they wish so or have the resources. Yet another reason why you should not pay the ransom:
Amongst the files Seoirse ransomware encrypts are:
- Documents of Microsoft Office.
- OpenOffice files.
- PDF documents.
- Text files.
- Database files.
- Audio files.
The ransomware is not reported to be highly spread, but the bad news is that it is not decryptable, meaning that researchers have not yet discovered mistakes in it’s encryption file. However, we will immediately update this article if decryption becomes available, and in the meantime we advise to follow the below-mentioned alternative methods to restore the files.
Restore Files Encrypted by .Seoirse Virus After Removing It
To restore the files, you need to back them up first, because the restoration process is a risky one. Then, it is strongly advisable to get rid of all traces of Seoirse ransomware before actually going into the decryption phase. To do this, we advise you to follow the removal instructions below. Experts advise if you lack extensive experience in malware removal to go and try using advanced anti-malware software to remove all objects belonging to this virus.
Then, you can try and use the alternative methods for file restoring in step “2. Restore files encrypted by Seoirse” below.