This article will help you remove Viro ransomware effectively. Follow the ransomware removal instructions at the bottom.
Viro is the name of a newly-found ransomware cryptovirus. The ransomware is a variant of HiddenTear and is coded to encrypt your files and show a modified picture of Jesus Christ with the face of an unknown person. Also, the ransom note message is a small notification, which cannot be removed from your screen when trying to close it. Keep reading below to see how you could try to potentially restore some of your data.
|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 note message which can’t be closed. Your background will be changed to a modified image of Jesus Christ with the face of an unknown person.|
|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.|
Viro Ransomware – Infection Spread
Viro ransomware could spread its infection with various methods. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the World Wide Web, and researchers have gotten their hands on a malware sample. If that file lands on your computer system and you somehow execute it – your computer will become infected. You can see the detections of such a file on the VirusTotal service right here:
Viro ransomware might also distribute its payload file on social media and file-sharing services. Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Refrain from opening files right after you have downloaded them. You should first scan them with a security tool, while also checking their size and signatures for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the tips for preventing ransomware found in our forums.
Viro Ransomware – In-Depth Analysis
Viro is a virus that could encrypt your files and extort you to pay a ransom to get them back to normal. Malware researchers have discovered that it is a variant of the HiddenTear open-source project and although it encrypts files it might still be in its last stage of its development.
Viro ransomware might make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows environment. Such entries are typically designed in a way to launch the virus automatically with each start of the Windows operating system.
That ransom note message shows up inside a notification window, which seems to reappear when you try to close it. This is how it looks like:
That ransom note reads the following:
Your Computer has been infected by a Ransomware. Send us money and enter the password we send you if you want your files back.
There is also an image that is placed as your Desktop background, shown in the below screenshot:
That picture is a photoshopped image of Jesus Christ icon where his face is changed to the one of an unknown person.
The note of the Viro ransomware states that your files are encrypted. A ransom is demanded as payment for potentially unlocking your files in an unspecified sum of money. However, if you are asked to pay a ransom you should NOT under any circumstances pay it. Your files may not get restored, and nobody could guarantee that. Moreover, giving money to cybercriminals will likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or do other criminal activities.
Viro Ransomware – Encryption Process
As Viro ransomware is a HiddenTear variant it could seek to encrypt files with these 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 become inaccessible and might receive the same extension appended to it. The encryption algorithm which is implemented is undoubtedly AES since it is a variant of the HiddenTear open-source ransomware project.
The Viro cryptovirus could be set to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:
→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet
In case the command stated above is executed that would make the encryption process more efficient as it will eliminate one of the ways for restoring your data. If your computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially recover your files.
Remove Viro Ransomware and Restore Your Files
If your computer got infected with the Viro 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.