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Seon Virus – How to Remove It (+Restore Files)

SIDENOTE: This post was originally published in November 2018. But we gave it an update in July 2019.

This article will aid you to remove Seon Virus. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.

Seon Virus is one that encrypts your data and demands money as a ransom to get it restored. Files will receive the .FIXT extension. The Seon Virus will leave ransomware instructions as a desktop wallpaper image. Keep on reading the article and see how you could try to potentially recover some of your locked files and data.

Threat Summary

Name Seon virus
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description The ransomware encrypts files by placing the .FIXT before the affected files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
Symptoms The ransomware will encrypt your files and leave a ransom note with payment instructions.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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Seon Virus V0.2 Released — July 2019 Update!

The Seon virus has been updated with a new version in July 2019 bearing the name Seon v0.2. It is being actively promoted through various mechanisms but by the large amount of detected signatures. This gives us the conviction that it once again spread using the common distribution tactics and possibly several ones are engaged at once.

The new ransomware note is different and is accompanied with a lockscreen instance which will make it very difficult to interact with the computer in the normal manner. This can also lead to the insertion of other components such as Trojans which allow the hackers to spy on the victims, hijack their data and take over control of their data.

Seon Virus – Distribution Techniques

The Seon virus is a new ransomware threat that was detected in a small distribution campaign. The published security reports indicate that it is of low quantity, meaning that it is probably a test launch or a developer test. The identity of the hacker or group behind it is still not known. No source code taken from any of the popular ransomware families was identified which means that it is possible that this is a custom-created threat.

It is very possible that the hackers will use the most popular tactics in order to maximize the number of potential victims. One of them relies on phishing email messages which are sent in bulk and use various scenarios. The messages will impersonate well-known companies or services that the recipients might use. The contents will use a familiar design and text that will coerce the users into interacting with a link leading to the ransomware file. The other tactic is the direct attachments of the virus to the messages.

Another popular method is the creation of fake web sites and portals. They are designed to impersonate vendors, download portals, reviews, media and other areas where software is usually found. These two methods are one of the primary ones used to spread infected payloads which are popular with ransomware. There are two popular types:

  • Infected Documents — This technique makes use of scripts that are built into the most popular document types: rich text documents, spreadsheets, presentations and databases. Whenever they are opened by the users a prompt will appear asking them to enable them. If this is then they will download the threat from a remote site and execute it on the local computer.
  • Application Installers — Ransomware-infected setup files are also used to spread viruses like Seon. They are made by taking the files from official sources and adding the necessary code additions.

These files can also be found on file sharing networks like BitTorrent. They are a popular source of both types of infected payloads.

Larger infections can be coordinated by utilizing browser hijackers. They are malicious web browser extensions made for the most popular applications. They are uploaded to their respective repositories with fake user reviews and developer credentials. Their descriptions will promise performance optimizations or the addition of new features. Once they are installed usually modifications to the browsers will take place — changes to its home page, search engine and new tabs page. When this is done the virus infection will be initiated.

Seon Virus – Detailed Analysis

As the virus infection does not originate from a well-known ransomware family it can be updated further with various components. The security analysis reveals that it contains only the ransomare engine which indicates that the captured versions might be test releases.

This means that updated versions can use a complex infection pattern. It may launch the following processes:

  • Data Theft — This module can be used to harvest information that can be used to assign an ID to each individual host: hardware components, operating system environment values and user settings. The other data type that is hijacked is information that can expose the user’s identity: their name, address, phone number, real-time location and any username and password combination strings.
  • Security Bypass — The harvested information can be used to scan for the presence of any anti-virus applications, virtual machine hosts or sandbox environments that can be used to detect and stop the threat. Their real-time engines can be bypassed or entirely deleted. If the Seon virus is unable to do so it may delete itself to avoid detection.
  • System Changes — The ransomware can modify the Windows registry, system configuration and other data. This can impact the operating system and any third-party applications. This can affect the functionality and overall system performance.
  • Persistent Installation — The virus may install itself as a persistent threat which means that it will be launched every time the computer boots. This will make it very difficult to remove. Additionally it may disable the ability to enter into the boot recovery menu.

Such threats can be extremely dangerous as they can be used to deploy various malware like Trojan — client software that will establish a secure connection to a hacker-controlled server. It will allow the criminal operators to take over control of the victim systems, hijack user data before and after the ransomware is engaged.

In the last few years the rise of cryptocurrency miner infections in some cases is linked ransomare infection. They are small client applications that download complex mathematical tasks and take advantage of the available system resources. When the tasks are complete the operators will receive income in the form of cryptocurrency.

Seon Virus – Encryption Process

The ransomware engine associated with the Seon viruw will be started when all pror components have completed execution. It will use a strong cipher to user data thereby encrypting it. Like other popular malware it will use a built-in list of target file type extensions. An example one can affect the following data:

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

As a result of the ransomware’s activity the processed files will receive the .FIXT extension. The accompanying ransomware note is called YOUR_FILES_ARE_ENCRYPTED.txt and reads the following:

SEON RANSOMWARE
all your files has been encrypted
There is only way to get your files back: contact with us, pay and get decryptor software
We accept Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies
You can decrypt 1 file for free
write email to kleomicro@gmail.com or kleomicro@dicksinhisan.us

Remove Seon Virus and Try to Restore Data

If your computer system got infected with the .FIXT 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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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Seon virus from Windows.


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

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 Seon 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'.

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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.

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 Seon virus.

Ransomware infections and Seon 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 Seon virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Seon 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 Seon 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 Seon 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 Seon 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 Seon 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 Seon 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 Seon virus.

Ransomware infections and Seon 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.


Seon virus FAQ

What is Seon virus ransomware and how does it work?

Seon 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 Seon virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Seon 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 Seon 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 .Seon virus files?

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Seon 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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