Termite virus is a recently discovered ransomware which contains code taken from various popular hacker weapons. It uses a strong cipher to process user data according to a built-in list of target file types, they are renamed with the .aaaaaa extension. Our article provides an overview of the virus operations and it also may be helpful in attempting to remove the virus.
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts sensitive information on your computer system with the .aaaaaa extension and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will encrypt your files with a strong encryption algorithm.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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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.|
Termite Virus – Distribution Ways
The Termite virus has been spotted in a limited test campaign. It appears that the current attacks appear to target computers users worldwide. The criminals can use various techniques in order to maximize the number of infected hosts.
A popular method is to coordinate SPAM email campaigns containing various social engineering tactics. They are designed to appear as legitimate notifications such as password reminders, software update messages and etc. The associated Termite virus files can be directly attached or linked in the body contents.
Another technique is the use of download portals that imitate the legitimate vendor download sites and popular Internet portals.
Together with the emails these two methods are the primary methods for spreading infected payload carriers. Two example types are the following:
- Macro-Infected Documents — The hackers can embed the virus payload into document files of various types: presentations, rich text files, spreadsheets and databases. Whenever they are opened a notification prompt will appear asking them to enable the built-in scripts. If this is done the virus infection will begin.
- Application Installers — The scripts leading to the Termite virus infection can be bundled in installers for popular applications, updates, plugins and etc. The criminals often choose software that is popular with end users: creativity suites, system utilities and etc.
The fake download pages, emails and other content that may deliver the threat can make use of various scripts — redirects, pop-ups, banners, in-line links and etc.
Advanced infection campaigns can be achieved through the installation of browser redirects — they are malicious plugins made for the most popular web browsers. The criminals usually spread them on the various repositories or download portals. The hackers post the entries with fake user reviews or developer credentials in order to coerce the users into downloading them. An usual method is to promise them new features or browser enhancements that are not typically found on the standard browsers. One of the first actions done afer the infection is to redirect the victim users to a hacker-controlled site. This is done by changing the default settings — home page, search engine and new tabs page. After this is done the virus files will be deployed to the systems.
Termite Virus – In-Depth Analysis
The security analysis of the Termite virus shows that the code contains samples from various different threats: a generic coin miner, the XiaaoBa ransomware and typical virus operations. This shows that the criminals behind it may have been customizing their own variant or have ordered it from the underground hacker markets. The inclusion of XiaoBa code shows that one of the target groups may be Chinese speaking users. However to this date the infections seem to target users on a worldwide scale.
The modular engine can be fine tuned according to each campaign. It contains several different components that are called in stages. One of the first actions conducted by it is an information hijacking command. It can search and identify for strings that are grouped into two main categories:
- Personal Information — The engine can be programmed into harvesting data that can expose the identity of the victims. The collected information usually consists of their name, address, phone number, location and any stored account credentials. The data can be used for various identity theft and financial abuse crimes.
- Campaign Metrics — The analysis shows that the Termite virus engine also scans for specific operating system values and installed hardware components.
The analysis shows that the built-in engine may exhibit certain stealth protection features. This means that it scan for the presence of certain anti-virus programs, sandbox environments or virtual machine hosts. Their real-time engines will be blocked or entirely removed to evade potential discovery of the infection.
Following this the virus engine will be able to freely commit various system changes. They include hookups to system or application processes which allows the Termite Virus to harvest and manipulate strings and user commands in them. Further manipulations can include changes to the Windows Registry. This can affect both user-installed applications and the operating system as a whole. This can result in the inability to execute certain processes or cause overall performance issues. When combined with boot menu modifications it can lead to a persistent state of installation — this means that it will start automatically once the computer is powered on. Usually this also results in the inability to start the recovery menu which renders many manual removal instructions useless.
Many of the infections can be programmed into deleting System Restore files — both Shadow Volume Copies and Restore Points can be removed. Effective restore operations can be made only when used in combination with a professional-grade recovery solution. Refer to our instructions for more details.
The Termite virus can also interact with the Windows Volume Manager — this allows it to access any removable storage devices and network shares. As a result this can be used as a powerful method for infecting whole networks. If configured so the ransomware can also deliver a Trojan horse infection. It can set up a secure connection to a hacker-controlled server. It allows the criminals to spy on the victims in real time, steel user data and take over control of their machines.
The security analysis shows that some of the Termite Virus infections can lead to the deployment of cryptocurrency minres. They are special applications that take advantage of the available system resources in order to carry out complex infections. When they are reported to a special server (mining pool) the hacker operators will receive rewards in the form of digital currency (Bitcoin, Monero and others).
Termite Virus — Encryption
Upon the completion of all prior modules the ransomware engine will be started. Like most typical strains it uses a built-in list of target data which are to be encrypted with a strong cipher. A typical list will target the following file types:
All victim data will be renamed with the .aaaaaa. Instead of a tradiitonal ransomware note the threat will present a lockscreen instance. It may block the ordinary interaction with the computer until it is removed.
Remove Termite Virus and Restore Encrypted Files
If your computer system got infected with the Termite 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.
How to Remove Termite virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Termite virus
Step 2: Uninstall Termite 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Termite virus 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 Termite virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for Termite virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Termite virus.
Ransomware infections and Termite 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.
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 Termite virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Termite virus 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 Termite 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:
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 Termite virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Termite virus, 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 Termite virus on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac Termite virus 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.
Termite virus FAQ
What is Termite virus ransomware and how does it work?
Termite 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 Termite virus ransomware infect my computer?
Termite 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 Termite 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 .Termite virus files?
You can't. At this point the .Termite virus 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 .Termite virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by Termite 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 ".Termite virus" files (Other Methods)?
We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Termite 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 Termite 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 Termite virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Termite virus files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like Termite 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?
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.