This article will aid you to remove .Wallet Files Virus effectively. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end.
.Wallet is the extension that will be placed to your files after they are encrypted by a new cryptovirus. Malware researchers have discovered that the virus is the latest variant of the BTCWare ransomware. After the payload of the ransomware is executed, your files will become encrypted and the virus will leave a ransom note with instructions for payment to allegedly restore the files to their original state. Continue to read below to see how you could try to potentially recover some of your files.
|Name||.Wallet Files Virus|
|Short Description||The ransomware virus encrypts files on your computer and a ransom note will be left demanding that you pay an unspecified amount of money in Bitcoins, after contacting the extortionists.|
|Symptoms||This ransomware will encrypt your files and then append the extension .Wallet on every encrypted file.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable Files|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by .Wallet Files Virus |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss .Wallet Files Virus.|
|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.|
.Wallet Files Virus – Update January 2018
The .Wallet Files Virus has a new version spreading around the Internet. Victims report that their encrypted files now contain two email addresses in the newly-added secondary extension placed on the files. You can see an example of how such a file looks like with the addresses, right here on the right. The two emails are email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org and malware researchers report that it is not common to see two emails in a single extension appended to encrypted files.
.Wallet Files Virus – Distribution
The .Wallet files virus could spread its infection via various methods. One of these methods is seen as the main one for spreading it, which is with a payload file that executes the malicious script for the ransomware, which in turn infects your computer system. Such a payload file can be seen distributed around the Internet via different outlets. Below you can see the detections of one such payload file on the VirusTotal service:
The .Wallet files virus could spread its payload file on social media sites and file-sharing networks. Freeware applications which are found on the Web could be presented as useful but at the same time could hide the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Avoid opening files straight away after you have downloaded them. That stands especially for ones that came from sources like suspicious e-mails or links. What you should rather do is to scan files before opening them with a security tool, while also checking their size and signatures for anything dubious. Also, you should read the ransomware prevention tips given in the forum section.
.Wallet Files Virus – In Detail
The .Wallet files virus takes its name from the .Wallet extension that it appends to all files that it encrypts. Malware researchers have made the discovery that the cryptovirus is a variant of the .BTCWare File Virus.
The .Wallet files virus could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, launch and repress processes in Windows. Some entries are designed in a way that will start the virus automatically with each boot of the Windows Operating System, and one such entry is shown down below:
The ransom note of the virus will be put inside your computer system after the encryption process is finished. The note is written in English, but that doesn’t mean that English-speaking users are the main target of the malware. Inside the note, you will view the payment instructions for allegedly recovering your files. The ransom note is inside a file called “FILES ENCRYPTED.txt”.
Another file with the text of the ransom note will open up in the screen showcased right here:
That ransom note reads the following:
All your files have been encrypted!
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 email@example.com
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.
Free decryption as guarantee
Before paying you can send us up to 3 files for free decryption. The total size of files must be less than 1Mb (non archived), and files should not contain valuable information. (databases,backups, large excel sheets, etc.)
How to obtain Bitcoins
The easiest way to buy bitcoins is LocalBitcoins site. You have to register, click ‘Buy bitcoins’, and select the seller by payment method and price.
Also you can find other places to buy Bitcoins and beginners guide here:
Do not rename encrypted files.
Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price (they add their fee to our) or you can become a victim of a scam.
The developers of this new BTCWare ransomware variant are using an e-mail address as a way to contact them. Instructions which are presented in the ransom note of the .Wallet files virus should not be followed. You should NOT under any circumstances write to the cybercriminals. Nobody could give you a guarantee that your files will get restored if you pay the ransom. However, you could try to get 3 of your files decrypted, in case you need to use them with a potential decryptor tool released in the near future.
.Wallet Files Virus – Encryption
The .Wallet files virus ransomware is a variant of BTCWare, so there is a high probability for it to target and encrypt files with the following extensions:
→.1c, .3fr, .accdb, .ai, .arw, .bac, .bay, .bmp, .cdr, .cer, .cfg, .config, .cr2, .crt, .crw, .css, .csv, .db, .dbf, .dcr, .der, .dng, .doc, .docm, .docx, .dwg, .dxf, .dxg, .eps, .erf, .gif, .htm, .html, .indd, .iso, .jpe, .jpeg, .jpg, .kdc, .lnk, .mdb, .mdf, .mef, .mk, .mp3, .mp4, .mrw, .nef, .nrw, .odb, .ode, .odm, .odp, .ods, .odt, .orf, .p12, .p7b, .p7c, .pdd, .pdf, .pef, .pem, .pfx, .php, .png, .ppt, .pptm, .pptx, .psd, .pst, .ptx, .r3d, .rar, .raw, .rtf, .rw2, .rwl, .sql, .sr2, .srf, .srw, .tif, .wb2, .wma, .wpd, .wps, .x3f, .xlk, .xls, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .zip
All files that get encrypted will receive the .[firstname.lastname@example.org]-id-*.Wallet extension appended to them, where “*” is where your specific ID will be placed as part of the extension. That is a secondary extension appended after the original one, and nothing iin the name before that is modified. Some malware researchers state that the algorithm being used for the encryption process is RSA but that information has not been confirmed yet.
The .Wallet files virus might delete the Shadow Volume Copies of the Windows Operating System. That will make the encryption process more viable since it will eliminate one way for a possible file recovery. Continue to read and see what ways you can try out to potentially recover some of your file data.
Remove .Wallet Files Virus and Restore Files
In case your computer got infected with the .Wallet files virus, you should have some 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 more computer systems. You should remove this ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided down below.