.volcano Files Virus (Ransomware) – How to Remove and Restore Data
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.volcano Files Virus (Ransomware) – How to Remove and Restore Data

This article has been created in order to explain what is the .volcano files virus and how to remove this ransomware from your computer plus how to restore encrypted files.

A new ransomware infection has been reported by malware researchers to infect unsuspecting users’ computers after which set the .volcano file extension to the encrypted files. The ransomware also drops a key.txt ransom note file which has instructions on how to pay in BitCoins for decryption. The .volcano files virus does not stop there, however – it also gives 48 hours of deadline in order to pay the ransom. If you computer has been infected by the .volcano files virus, recommendations are to read this article and learn how to remove it and restore your files.

Threat Summary

Name.volcano Files Virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionAims to encrypt the files on your PC and ask you to contact volcano666@cock.li and pay ransom in BitCoins in order to get them back.
SymptomsFiles are encrypted with an added .volcano file extension and a ransom note, named key.txt is also added to the encrypted files.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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.volcano Files Virus – Update December 2018

Update! A decryption tool is now available for this ransomware! The tool was created by the malware researcher Michael Gillespie and can be downloaded from the following link, wrapped inside a .zip archive: Decryption Tool. You need an encrypted file along with its original and the files can be decrypted even if their size is under 10 MB. The decryptor works for the following variants: Insane, desuCrypt, DEUScrypt, .volcano, .Everbe, .pain, .embrace, .Tornado and .twist .

.volcano Files Virus – Update June 2018

A decryption tool for this ransomware has been released. The malware researcher Michael Gillespie has discovered that .volcano Files Virus is a variant of EverBe ransomware and has updated the decryptor. You can download the decrypter from the following link, wrapped inside a .zip archive: Decryption Tool. You need an encrypted file along with its original and the files can be decrypted even if their size is under 10 MB.

.volcano Files Virus – Spread

In order to be replicated in the wild, this virus may be sent via massive spammed e-mail campaigns which aim to perform multiple different activities to trick victims into opening it as an attachment or clicking it as a web link. The e-mails often make it so as if they originate from big companies, from the likes of:

  • PayPal.
  • Amazon.
  • eBay.
  • LinkedIn.

In addition to this, the .volcano files virus may also be spread via other methods as well, such as being uploaded on websites and appear as if it is a legitimate:

  • Setup of a program.
  • Software license activator.
  • Crack.
  • Patch for software or games.
  • Key generator.

.volcano Files Virus – More Information

The .volcano files ransomware is the type of infection, whose primary purpose is to encrypt the files on your computer. As soon as it has infected a victim PC, the malware may connect to a remote host and download it’s payload. The payload may be dropped in the following Windows system folders:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Temp%

Among the files dropped on the victim’s PC, the .volcano files virus also drops it’s ransom note file, named key.txt. The ransom note aims to make sure the victim knows of it’s presence on the computer. It has the following message:

All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC. If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail: volcano666@tutanota.de.You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us. After payment we will send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all your files.In case of no answer in 48 hours write us to theese e-mails: volcano666@cock.li

As soon as the ransom note file of this infection is dropped, the .volcano files virus may set a registry entry with values to run the ransom note along with the malicious file of the virus each time you start your PC or log in. This happens by adding the entry in the Run or RunOnce Windows registry sub-keys. They have the following location:

→ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

In addition to this, the .volcano files virus will also make sure that the backups and shadow volume copies on the victim’s computer are deleted so that the files are significantly more difficult to be deleted this way. This procedure happens by running the following commands without you even noticing it in Windows Command Prompt:

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

.volcano Files Virus – Encryption Process

As soon as this ransomware virus has begun it’s encryption procedure, the malware starts by scanning the infected computer for specific file types to encrypt. These are usually file extensions associated with documents, videos, images and other file types. The virus may also be very careful when it comes to system files and it aims to avoid any programs that may damage your Windows. The files for which the .volcano ransomware may scan for and encrypt may be of 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”

After the .volcano files virus has finished it’s encryption process, the ransomware may add the .volcano file extension and the files can no longer be opened, because data from them is replaced with key data from the virus’s encryption algorithm. A unique decryption key can be used to decrypt those files, but the cyber-criminals are the only ones holding it. The files assume the following appearance after encryption:

We at SensorsTechForum will continue to track the .volcano infection and update this article as soon as security analysts have a breakthrough with it and a free decryption is available. In the meantime, we advise you to remove this virus and use the alternative methods we have listed below in order to attempt and restore your files.

Remove .volcano Files Virus and Try Restoring Your Files

To remove this ransomware virus completely from your computer system, recommendations are to follow the removal instructions underneath this article. They are created In order to help you to delete all of the malicious files either manually or automatically, based on your malware removal experience. If you lack such experience or want to be fully sure that you have effectively removed the .volcano files virus, experts advise downloading and scanning your PC with an advanced anti-malware program. Such software will make sure that all of the related files and objects to the .volcano ransomware are removed from your computer and your system remains protected against future infections as well.

If you are looking for ways to restore files, encrypted by the .volcano files virus, recommendations are to try the alternative methods for file recovery in step “2. Restore files, encrypted by .volcano Files Virus” below. They are created in order to help you restore as many files as possible without directly tampering with them, but bear in mind that they may not be 100% effective. Furthermore, we also advise you to perform a backup on all your files, since this ransomware infection may become decryptable in the future as well.

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Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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