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SHINIGAMI LOCKER – Remove It and Restore .shinigami Files

This article aims to show you how to remove SHINIGAMI LOCKER from your computer and how to restore .shinigami encrypted files.

A new ransomware was recently identified to infect users, going by the Japanese name Shinigami (God of Death). The ransomware virus aims to encrypt the files on the computers infected by it after which the virus renames them and adds the .shinigami file extension to them. Then, the ransomware also changes the wallpaper with a ransom note, containing full instructions on how to pay around $50 in BitCoins as a ransom and restore the files encrypted by this virus. If you are one of the victims of SHINIGAMI LOCKER ransomware, we strongly suggest you to read this article and learn how to remove this virus and try to get your files back without having to pay the ransom.

Threat Summary

Name SHINIGAMI LOCKER
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description Encrypts the files on the compromised computers after which demands $50 ransom payoff in BitCoin from victims in return for their files.
Symptoms The ransomware virus adds the .shinigami file extension to the encrypted files after which changes the wallpaper with the ransom note one.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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How Does SHINIGAMI LOCKER Infect

The infection process of SHINIGAMI LOCKER is conducted via multiple different methods. The primary one of those is via spammed e-mail messages, like the example image below demonstrates:

Usually such e-mails may carry a malicious e-mail attachment that may be of the following file types:

.doc, .docx, .exe, .pdf, .vbs, .cmd, .bat, .vbs, .tmp, .js, .wsf

If the files are documents, like .docx or .pdf files, for example, they may contain malicious macros that get you to click on the “Enable Content” button within them in order to initiate the infection process.

SHINIGAMI LOCKER – Analysis

Created by a hacker with the nickname narzull on Visual Studio 2017, SHINIGAMI LOCKER is a ransomware virus from the file encryption kind. The threat’s primary purpose is to extort you for BitCoins in return for your files. And it does not joke about it either. Upon infection, the malicious files of SHINIGAMI LOCKER are dropped on several different Windows folders:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Roam

After this has been done, the ransomware may begin it’s malicious activity. For starters, the virus may begin to employ various different types of modifications on your computer system, including modifying registry entires in your Windows Registry Editor. The primarily attacked Windows Registry keys by SHINIGAMI LOCKER are believed to be 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

In those sub-keys the ransowmare may drop value strings with data in them which points to the actual location of the malicious files belonging to SHINIGAMI LOCKER.

Other activity related to SHINIGAMI LOCKER is primarily connected with the virus deleting the shadow volume copies on your computer system. This activity is the primary one responsible for eliminating any chance of backup on your computer. It is achievable by executing the following commands without you noticing it:

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

After this has been done, the ransomware virus may change the wallpaper of the computers infected by it to the SHINIGAMI LOCKER one, looking like the following:


Text from the wallpaper:

SHINIGAMI LOCKER
YOU HAVE BEEN HACKED
YOUR FILES WERE ENCRYPTED
GET RID OF THIS IN FEW STEPS
STEP1 GO TO https://localbitcoins.com/
STEP2 PAY THE EXACT AMOUNT
REQUEST DELOW. MAKE SURE YOU PAY IT TO THE CORRECT ADDRESS
STEP 3 WAIT UNTIL THE PAYMENTIS CONFIRMED AND ENJOY YOUR PC

YOU NEED TO PAY BITCOIN WORTH 50$!
ANY ATTEMT ON CLOSING OR DELETING THIS SOFTWARE WILL DAMAGE YOUR PC

AMMOUNT: 50 $ ~ 0.01816 BTC BITCOIN WALLET FOR PAYMENT 1MBPSrn46eEVBHoypyjgfdCCf5DQxQsx3f

SHINIGAMI LOCKER – Encryption Process

In order to encipher the files on the computers it has attacked, SHINIGAMI LOCKER ransowmare uses the DES encryption algorithm. It is neither the newest or the strongest encryption algorithm but it is enough to render your encrypted files no longer able to be opened and if it is properly configured their decryption may be next to impossible. SHINIGAMI LOCKER may target files that have the following file types:

→ “PNG .PSD .PSPIMAGE .TGA .THM .TIF .TIFF .YUV .AI .EPS .PS .SVG .INDD .PCT .PDF .XLR .XLS .XLSX .ACCDB .DB .DBF .MDB .PDB .SQL .APK .APP .BAT .CGI .COM .EXE .GADGET .JAR .PIF .WSF .DEM .GAM .NES .ROM .SAV CAD Files .DWG .DXF GIS Files .GPX .KML .KMZ .ASP .ASPX .CER .CFM .CSR .CSS .HTM .HTML .JS .JSP .PHP .RSS .XHTML. DOC .DOCX .LOG .MSG .ODT .PAGES .RTF .TEX .TXT .WPD .WPS .CSV .DAT .GED .KEY .KEYCHAIN .PPS .PPT .PPTX ..INI .PRF Encoded Files .HQX .MIM .UUE .7Z .CBR .DEB .GZ .PKG .RAR .RPM .SITX .TAR.GZ .ZIP .ZIPX .BIN .CUE .DMG .ISO .MDF .TOAST .VCD SDF .TAR .TAX2014 .TAX2015 .VCF .XML Audio Files .AIF .IFF .M3U .M4A .MID .MP3 .MPA .WAV .WMA Video Files .3G2 .3GP .ASF .AVI .FLV .M4V .MOV .MP4 .MPG .RM .SRT .SWF .VOB .WMV 3D .3DM .3DS .MAX .OBJ R.BMP .DDS .GIF .JPG ..CRX .PLUGIN .FNT .FON .OTF .TTF .CAB .CPL .CUR .DESKTHEMEPACK .DLL .DMP .DRV .ICNS .ICO .LNK .SYS .CFG” Source:fileinfo.com

After it encrypts those files, SHINIGAMI LOCKER adds it’s distinctive file extension .shinigami and renames the files, so that they become no longer recognizable. The files encrypted by this virus no longer appear the same:

Remove SHINIGAMI LOCKER and Restore .shinigami Encrypted Files

If you want to remove this ransowmare infection, we would advise isolating SHINIGAMI LOCKER and then removing it via either the manual or automtatic removal methods which we have explained step-by-step below. According to malware researchers, the best way to deal with ransomware viruses that heavily modify Windows, like SHINIGAMI LOCKER is to use an advanced anti-malware tool that will ensure the removal of all files related to this cyber-threat automatically. Having such tool will also ensure that your computer is protected against future threats as well.

If you want to restore files that have been encrypted by this ransomware virus, we would strongly suggest following our alternative methods which we have suggested in step “3. Restore files encrypted by SHINIGAMI LOCKER” below. They are specifically designed to help you restore as many files as you can without having to pay the ransom. They may not be 100% effective, but you may get your important files back by using them. Also, we always recommend you to perform a backup of your encrypted files before following those methods.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove SHINIGAMI LOCKER from Windows.


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

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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 SHINIGAMI LOCKER 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 SHINIGAMI LOCKER 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 SHINIGAMI LOCKER 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 SHINIGAMI LOCKER 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 SHINIGAMI LOCKER.

Ransomware infections and SHINIGAMI LOCKER 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 SHINIGAMI LOCKER from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall SHINIGAMI LOCKER 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 SHINIGAMI LOCKER:

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 SHINIGAMI LOCKER. 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 SHINIGAMI LOCKER. 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 SHINIGAMI LOCKER 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 SHINIGAMI LOCKER. 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 SHINIGAMI LOCKER.

Ransomware infections and SHINIGAMI LOCKER 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.


SHINIGAMI LOCKER FAQ

What is SHINIGAMI LOCKER ransomware and how does it work?

SHINIGAMI LOCKER 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 SHINIGAMI LOCKER ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.SHINIGAMI LOCKER 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 SHINIGAMI LOCKER 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 .SHINIGAMI LOCKER files?

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

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like SHINIGAMI LOCKER 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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