Storm ransomware is a data locker malware that penetrates the computer in order to corrupt stored data on it and blackmails users into paying a ransom for their data. The threat is designed to open a ransom note file on the PC screen once it finishes the attack. The note provides the contact email address StormRansomware@gmail.com and urges victims to send money to a predefined Bitcoin address.
This removal guide aims to help you to get rid of all Strom ransomware malicious files and regain PC security. File recovery via alternative methods that prevent ransom payment is coming next.
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files on your computer and displays a ransom message afterward.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will encrypt your files and show up a ransom message with the demand of a ransom in BitCoin for data recovery.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by Storm |
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|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
Storm Ransomware – Distribution Methods
Ransomware attacks like Storm infect numerous online users worldwide via various delivery tactics. Hackers mostly prefer email campaigns for ransomware payloads distribution. Such emails pose as employees of legal services and are delivered directly to your inbox. The malicious ransomware code may be embedded in document file that needs to be downloaded and opened on the PC or injected into a web page that will download it automatically once visited. Corrupted web pages may also contaminate online advertising campaigns in order to redirect users who click on a banner, pop up, text and other types of online ads on malicious sites developed to auto-run the ransomware. Social media channels are another popular way of ransomware distribution as millions of users have registered accounts that visit every day.
Storm Ransomware – Technical Overview
The infection flow of Storm crypto virus is triggered by a single executable file. The analysis of Storm ransomware samples reveals that the file is named Stub.exe and appears to be assembled with .net compiler. Even though the primary goal of Storm ransomware is data encryption, it is performing various malicious activities that establish a permanent presence of its malicious files on the system. It may establish an online connection with domains controlled by hackers and then drop additional malware files or send hackers information about the infected host. It is also possible that Storm ransomware spawns essential processes that maintain system security to remain unnoticed until it encrypts the files.
Windows registry keys like Run and RunOnce are likely to be modified by the ransomware too. Storm ransomware may cause its payload to run automatically each time the Windows is started by adding entries under these keys:
The same keys are used for the sudden onset of Storm ransom note at the end of infection. It informs users about the corruption of their data and urges them to pay a ransom in order to receive the decryption key for Storm decryptor their files. What it reads is:
Hello You Are Hacked Now !! All your personal files have been encrypted ! if you want restore your data you have to pay ! Remember you can’t restore your data without our decryptor !!!!
Send mony to my bitcoin: ertyuioppoiuhygtfrdeRFTGYHDEZEFFZEF [Copy] Contact Me: StormRansomware@gmail(.)com
Hackers do not inform how much the demanded ransom is, but it should be transferred in Bitcoins. We want to inform all victims that according to security researchers the Bitcoin address is not valid and the email may also be a fake one. That’s why it is better to avoid any contact or negotiations with cyber criminals and deal with Storm removal by yourself as soon as possible.
Storm Ransomware – Encryption Process
To complete its main purpose, Storm ransomware utilizes its built-in encryption module. It is likely to apply the strong AES 256 cipher algorithm to all files that have one of the following file extensions:
→ .accdb, .aepx, .class, .docb, .docm, .docx, .dotm, .dotx, .idml, .indb, .indd, .indl, .indt, .java, .jpeg, .m3u8, .mpeg, .potm, .potx, .ppam, .ppsm, .ppsx, .pptm, .pptx, .prel, .prproj, .sldm, .sldx, .xlam, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xltm, .xltx
After encryption, each corrupted file seems to be broken and remains completely unusable. Encrypted data is probably renamed with a malicious file extension which is currently not known. During the encryption, process ransomware generates a unique decryption key and then sends it to cyber criminals.
To enhance the effect of encryption Storm ransomware may write a single command line in Command Prompt and delete all Shadow Volume copies stored on the PC. This way Storm ransomware prevents one of the possible data recovery approaches.
Remove Storm Ransomware and Restore Your Files
By following the step-by-step instructions below, you can remove Storm ransomware from the infected computer either manually or automatically. After removal back up all encrypted files and follow the data recovery guide to regain some files.
How to Remove Storm from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Storm
Step 2: Uninstall Storm 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Storm on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Storm there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for Storm with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Storm.
Ransomware infections and Storm 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.
If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:
Get rid of Storm from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Storm and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 Storm 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Storm files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Storm, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Storm on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac Storm aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.
What is Storm ransomware and how does it work?
Storm 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 Storm ransomware infect my computer?
Storm 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 Storm 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 .Storm files?
You can't. At this point the .Storm files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.
Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?
If a decryptor did not decrypt your .Storm files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by Storm 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 ".Storm" files (Other Methods)?
We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Storm 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 Storm 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 Storm ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Storm files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like Storm 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?
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.