This article provides information about a ransomware dubbed The Brotherhood as well as descriptive steps how to remove its malicious files from the system. The threat encrypts important files and demands a ransom payment. By reaching the end of the article, you will know also which alternative data recovery methods may help you to restore a few to all of the .ransomcrypt files.
The Brotherhood ransomware infection plagues essential system settings in order to trigger its encryption module and corrupt important files stored on the PC. It is associated with the specific extension .ransomcrypt that stands at the end of all encrypted files’ names. At the moment of writing this article hackers demand the insane amount of 100 BTC in exchange for their decryption solution. Instructions on how to pay the ransom are introduced by a ransom note file called RansomNote.jpg.
|Short Description||The ransomware encodes target files with the help of sophisticated cipher algorithm and blackmails vistims into paying a 100 BTC ransom.|
|Symptoms||Important files are locked and renamed with .ransomcrypt extension. They remain unusable until an efficient solution restores them to the original state.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by The Brotherhood |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss The Brotherhood.|
|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.|
The Brotherhood Ransomware – Distribution
The Brotherhood ransomware infection begins after its payload is started on a target host. In order for this to happen without your knowledge hackers bet on shady spread techniques that attempt to trick you to grant the malicious payload access to your system. The payload is usually an executable file that is started with the help of deceptive email attachments or malicious scripts embedded in the code of various web pages.
Hackers know that we all depend on our emails to receive the latest news important for us. And we receive many emails in our inbox on a daily basis. Knowing the facts bad actors often release massive email attack campaigns. The emails of these campaigns are designed to grab our attention, make us open them and interact with the elements they present. And their sole purpose is to trick us into opening the malicious code they carry on our devices. Hackers are experienced in exploiting human weaknesses so the messages they present in the emails aim to provoke a sense of urgency.
As regards the compromised email elements they are usually file attachments presented as important documents, pictures, invoices, notifications, bills, taxes or in-text links that open a new web page in the browser. Once opened the compromised attachment or the corrupted web page automatically triggers an infection with the devastating The Brotherhood ransomware.
The Brotherhood Ransomware – Overview
The so-called The Brotherhood ransomware is a nasty infection that is designed to plague computer systems with the primary purpose to encrypt important files stored on the drives. Hackers use the threat to blackmail computer users into paying a ransom for a decryption solution. However, the malicious files and objects created during the attack may enable them to activate other malware on the system as well. As a result, they may steal sensitive credentials or use certain computer resources to mine for any cryptocurrency.
Like many other ransomware samples familiar to our team including LockOn, PokemonGO, and GruxEr, The Brotherhood is based on the code of HiddenTear. Being a derivative of this ransomware family The Brotherhood uses the sophisticated cipher algorithm AES to transform the original code of predefined types of files and this way restrict the access to the information they store. If you want to understand more about the encryption stage navigate to the next paragraph.
In order to complete its main purpose which is data encryption the ransomware first needs to establish its malicious files on the system. By doing this it plagues essential system settings and attains persistent presence. Some of the changes are specially implemented to cause the automatic display of an image that depicts a ransom message. So at the end of the attack, a file named RansomNote.jpg could replace your desktop wallpaper to inform you of the following:
Your files have been encrypted. To decrypt your file, please transfer 100 BTC
to Bitcoin Address
Otherwise, you will lose your file today at 16:30:00hrs
HACKED THE BROTHERHOOD
The Brotherhood Ransomware – Encryption Process
At the moment of reporting this threat we found out that the ransomware is in its development stage and eventually encrypts only the files stored in Documents folder. However, once hackers release its final version the threat is likely to be able to corrupt all of the files sored with the following extensions:
→.txt, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .pdf, .pps, .ppt, .pptx, .odt, .gif, .jpg, .png, .db, .csv, .sql, .mdb.sln.php, .asp, .aspx, .html, .xml, .psd, .frm, .myd, .myi, .dbf, .mp3, .mp4, .avi, .mov, .mpg, .rm, .wmv, .m4a, .mpa, .wav, .sav, .gam, .log, .ged, .msg, .myo, .tax, .ynab, .ifx, .ofx, .qfx, .qif, .qdf, .tax2013, .tax2014, .tax2015, .box, .ncf, .nsf, .ntf, .lwp
Every single file that gets encrypted will be locked with the AES encryption algorithm and renamed with the specific .ransomcrypt extension. Once encrypted the files could not display the information they originally store. This devastating impact enables hackers to demand a ransom payment in exchange for the decryption solution they possess.
However, keep patience and don’t rush to pay them the demanded amount. Since there are alternative approaches to restore .ransomcrypt files there is no need to support their malicious activities. So be advised to check thoroughly the guide that follows. It may help you to resolve the problem by yourself.
Remove The Brotherhood Ransomware and Restore .ransomcrypt Files
Below you could find how to remove The Brotherhood step by step. To remove the ransomware manually you need to have a bit of technical experience and ability to recognize traits of malware files. Beware that ransomware is a threat with highly complex code that plagues not only your files but your whole system. So as recommended by security researchers you need to utilize an advanced anti-malware tool for its complete removal. Such tool will keep your system protected against devastating threats like The Brotherhood and other kinds of malware that endanger your online security.
After you remove the ransomware make sure to check the “Restore Files” step listed in the guide below. But before you take any further actions, don’t forget to back up all encrypted files to an external drive in order to prevent their irreversible loss.
- Guide 1: How to Remove The Brotherhood from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of The Brotherhood from Mac OS X.
How to Remove The Brotherhood from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove The Brotherhood
Step 2: Uninstall The Brotherhood 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 The Brotherhood 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 The Brotherhood there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for The Brotherhood with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by The Brotherhood.
Ransomware infections and The Brotherhood 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 The Brotherhood from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall The Brotherhood 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 The Brotherhood 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 The Brotherhood files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as The Brotherhood, 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 The Brotherhood on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac The Brotherhood 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.
The Brotherhood FAQ
What is The Brotherhood ransomware and how does it work?
The Brotherhood 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 The Brotherhood ransomware infect my computer?
The Brotherhood 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 The Brotherhood 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 .The Brotherhood files?
You can't. At this point the .The Brotherhood 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 .The Brotherhood files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by The Brotherhood 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 ".The Brotherhood" files (Other Methods)?
We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .The Brotherhood 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 The Brotherhood 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 The Brotherhood ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .The Brotherhood files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like The Brotherhood 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.