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WannaRen Ransomware Virus (.WannaRen File) – Remove and Decrypt

.WannaRen file extension is placed on all of your files? WannaRen ransomware which locks files on a computer and demands money to be paid as a ransom for unlocking them, can now be decrypted for free. Cybercriminals have released the master decryption keys, which has helped the process of creating a decryptor.

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WannaRen Ransomware (.WannaRen Virus File)

WannaRen or otherwise known as .WannaRen Virus File is a ransomware type virus. It encrypts files by appending the .WannaRen extension to them, making them inaccessible. All encrypted files will receive the new extension as a secondary one. The WannaRen ransomware drops a ransom note, which gives instructions to victims on how they can allegedly restore their data by paying a ransom fee.

WannaRen Ransomware Virus

WannaRen Ransomware will encrypt all types of files such as audio, video, pictures, backups, banking data and other personal user files found on a compromised computer system.

Threat Summary

Name WannaRen
File Extension .WannaRen
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description The ransomware encrypts files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
Symptoms The WannaRen ransomware will encrypt your files by appending the .WannaRen extension to them, along with a unique identification number placing the new .WannaRen extension as a secondary.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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WannaRen Virus Update August 2020 – Free Decryptor Released by BitDefender

The cybercriminals who made the WannaRen ransomware have released the decryption keys for their WannaRen malware. With the keys available, BitDefender has made a statement and published an official decryption tool. China, Taiwan and other countries whose citizens have had their computers infected can now download and use the tool free of charge.

The WannaRen virus was released upon the world back in April 2020, and utilized the EternalBlue vulnerability to infect as much unpatched computers as possible. Another interesting thing to note is that the bigger half of the people got their machines infected after downloading an altered installer via the XiXi Software Center website, which is one of the biggest Chinese websites for downloading software.

.WannaRen Virus File – How Did It Infect My PC and What Happened?

.WannaRen Virus File might spread its infection via a payload dropper, which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware. The virus 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. Read the tips for ransomware prevention from our forum.

The ransomware encrypts your files and shows ransomware instructions inside a ransom note that is inside a GUI interface windows as showcased in the picture below:

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The note states the following:

我的電腦出了什麽問題?
您的壹些重要文件被我加密保存了。
照片、圖片、文檔、壓縮包、音頻、視頻文件、exe文件等,幾乎所有類型的文件都被加密了,因此不能正常打開。
這和壹般文件損壞有本質上的區別。
您大可在網上找找恢復文件的方法,我敢保證,沒有我們的解密服務,就算老天爺來了也不能恢復這些文檔。

有沒有恢復這些文檔的方法?
當然有可恢復的方法。只能通過我們的解密服務才能恢復。我以人格擔保,能夠提供安全有效的恢復服務。
但這是收費的,也不能無限期的推遲。

但想要恢復全部文檔,需要付款點費用。
是否隨時都可以固定金額付款,就會恢復的嗎,當然不是,推遲付款時間越長對妳不利。
最好3天之內付款費用,過了三天費用就會翻倍。
還有,壹個禮拜之內未付款,將會永遠恢復不了。

我們只會接受比特幣。首先,您需要支付解密服務費。
請發送0.05個的比特幣到該比特幣地址:1NXTgfGprVktuokv3ZLhGCPCjcKjXbswAM
發送以後,請復制本軟件上的本機KEY和您付款給我們比特幣的時間發送到我們的郵箱地址WannaRenemal@goat.si 。
我們收到比特幣以後就會把您的解密密碼發送到您的郵箱。您拿到密碼以後,在本軟件上輸入密碼,就可以解密所有文件!

聯系方式:WannaRenemal@goat.si

我強烈建議,為了避免不必要的麻煩,恢復工作結束之前,請不要關閉或者刪除該軟件,並且暫停殺毒軟件。
不管由於什麽原因,萬壹該軟件被刪除了,

A rough English translation of the note above will be the following:

What’s wrong with my computer?
Some of your important files have been encrypted and saved by me.
Photos, pictures, documents, compressed packages, audio, video files, exe files, etc., almost all types of files are encrypted and therefore cannot be opened properly.
There is an inherent difference between this and document corruption.
You can find ways to recover the documents online, and I guarantee that without our decryption service, even if God came to the rescue, it would not be possible to recover these documents.

Is there a way to restore these documents?
There are certainly ways to recover. It can only be restored through our decryption service. I am guaranteed by my character to provide safe and effective recovery services.
But it’s a fee, and it can’t be postponed indefinitely.

However, there is a point-of-payment fee to restore all documents.
Is it possible to pay a fixed amount at any time and it will be restored?
It is best to pay the fee within 3 days, after 3 days the fee will be doubled.
Also, if you don’t pay within a week, you will never be able to recover.

We will only accept bitcoins. First, you will need to pay for the decryption service.
Please send 0.05 bitcoins to the bitcoin address: 1NXTgfGprVktuokv3ZLhGCPCjcKjXbswAM
After sending, 請復制本軟件上的本機KEY和您付款給我們比特幣的時間發送到我們的郵箱地址WannaRenemal@goat.si.
We will send your decrypted password to your mailbox as soon as we receive the bitcoin. Once you have your password, enter it on this software and you can decrypt all your files!

Contact: WannaRenemal@goat.si

I strongly recommend that to avoid unnecessary hassle, do not close or delete the software and suspend the antivirus until the resumption is complete.
For whatever reason, in case the software is deleted.

You should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum.

The extortionists want you to pay a ransom for the alleged restoration of your files, same as with a lot of ransomware viruses. .WannaRen Virus File ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows system. All encrypted will receive the .WannaRen extension alongside a random generated one. That extension will be placed as a secondary one to each file and look something like .WannaRen. Audio, video, image files as well as documents, backups and banking data can be encrypted by the ransomware.

The .WannaRen Virus File 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

If your computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially restore your files back to normal.

Remove .WannaRen Virus File

If your computer got infected with the .WannaRen Virus File, 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.

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Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.

As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • Profile of the content creator.
  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove WannaRen from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove WannaRen

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall WannaRen 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by WannaRen on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by WannaRen there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for WannaRen with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by WannaRen.

Ransomware infections and WannaRen 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.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of WannaRen from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall WannaRen and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to WannaRen:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to WannaRen. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to WannaRen. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 WannaRen 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as WannaRen. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by WannaRen.

Ransomware infections and WannaRen 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.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


WannaRen FAQ

What is WannaRen ransomware and how does it work?

WannaRen 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 WannaRen ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.WannaRen 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 WannaRen 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 .WannaRen files?

You can't. At this point the .WannaRen files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .WannaRen files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by WannaRen 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 ".WannaRen" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .WannaRen 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 WannaRen 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 WannaRen ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .WannaRen files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like WannaRen 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?

There is still a lot you can do. 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.

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