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WildFire Locker Ransomware – Remove It And Restore .wflx Files

note-sensorstechforum-wildfire-ransomwareA virus known as WildFire Locker has been reported to begin impacting users on a serious scale, encrypting files and adding a .wflx extension after their original ones. By doing so, the WildFire Locker virus denies access to users and leaves instructions in which it demands the sum of 299 euros or US dollars. Users who have been infected by this nasty virus should immediately remove it instead of following the instructions In its ransom note. We strong recommend reading this article if you want to learn how to easily remove WildFire Locker yourself and try to restore your files.

UPDATE! A decryptor has been released for the victims of WildFire Locker ransowmare. We have created instructions on how to decrypt your files for free. You can find them on the following link.

Threat Summary

Name

WildFire Locker

TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionEncrypts files asking for 299 USD or EUR in ransom payoff to decode them.
SymptomsThe user may witness a ransom note as a wallpaper, html file and a .txt document. Files are appended .wflx file extension.
Distribution MethodVia an Exploit kit, JavaScript or a Trojan.
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WildFire Locker – Infection Mechanism

To infect users successfully, WildFire Locker uses advanced techniques to spread its malicious files across computers. Those techniques may include the usage of either malicious URLs or malicious files uploaded as attachments. Some of the most preferred techniques used by cyber-criminals to infect users are:

  • Malicious JavaScript.
  • Browser redirects.
  • Exploit Kit Attacks.

The cyber-criminals also take advantage of massive spam campaigns which may include the usage of spamming software on different places:

  • E-mails.
  • Social media.
  • Forums and other websites which include user comments.

WildFire Ransomware In Depth

After a successful infection is confirmed, WildFire ransomware may connect to the C&C (Command and Control) server of the cyber-criminals and send the following information to the crooks:

  • Private identification number.
  • IP Address and other system information.
  • Operating system and security software information.

After doing so, this virus may drop several files onto the infected computer, main of which may be its ransom note files and the malicious executable associated with it:

  • HOW_TO_UNLOCK_FILES_README_({UNIQUE PRIVATE ID}).html
  • HOW_TO_UNLOCK_FILES_README_({UNIQUE PRIVATE ID}).txt
  • C:/Users/{User’s Profile}/Local/…/{malicious executable}.exe

WildFire ransomware also has a wide variety of extensions which it is pre-programmed to scan for and encrypt. They are associated primarily with the following types of files:

  • E-mail messages.
  • Videos.
  • Pictures.
  • Audio files.
  • Microsoft Office Documents.
  • Adobe Reader Documents.
  • VM Virutal Box Documents.

In addition to that, WildFire Ransomware also may modify the following registry entry to change the default wallpaper of the user PC:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop with value “Wallpaper = {location of the ransom note background image}”

The message on both the .txt file and the wallpaper image is the following:

→ “All your files have been encrypted by WildFire Locker
All your files have been encrypted with an unique 32 characters long password using AES-256 CBC encryption.
The only way to get your files back is by purchasing the decryption password!
The decryption password will cost $/€299.
You have untill woensdag 6 juli 2016 UTC before the price increases to $/€999!
Antivirus software will NOT be able to recover your files! The only way to recover your files is by purchasing the decryption password.
Personal ID: {random A-Z 1-9}
Visit one of the websites below to purchase your decryption password!
http://exithub1.su/{random A-Z 1-9}
http://exithub2.su/{random A-Z 1-9}
If these websites don’t work follow the steps below
1. Download the TOR Browser Bundle https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en#downloads
2. Install and then open the Tor Browser Bundle.
3. Inside the Tor Browser Bundle navigate to gsxrmcgsygcxfkbb.onion/{random A-Z 1-9}

Regarding encryption, WildFire uses a very strong encryption, called AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) which is 256 bits in strength. In addition to this cipher, the WildFire ransomware also uses a CBC (cipher block chaining) to additionally sophisticate the situation for the user and make direct decryption risky.

The encoded files by WildFire ransomware have the following file extension:

→ A Document.pdf.wflx

In addition to that, WildFire also leaves an HTML file which points to payment instruction pages reported to look like the following:
note-pay-sensorstechforum.com

The WildFire Locker payment platform also has something very interesting – direct chat communication with the cyber-criminals:

helpdesk-wildfire-ransomware-sensorstechforum

Remove WildFire Ransomware and Try to Get Back Encrypted Files

WildFire ransomware virus is malware which may prove to be tricky for removal because it may have multiple copies, fail-safe mechanisms and other settings that may prevent it from being removed or cause damage to Windows on deletion.

This is why security experts recommend deleting all files and registries associated with this virus thoroughly. In case you are having difficulty doing this manually, experts strongly advise users to remove this virus automatically using an advanced anti-malware program. This will assist In deleting all associated objects as well as protect you in the future.

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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 WildFire Locker from Windows.


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

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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 WildFire Locker 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 WildFire Locker 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 WildFire Locker 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 WildFire Locker 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.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

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

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

Ransomware infections and WildFire Locker 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 WildFire Locker from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall WildFire Locker and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


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 WildFire Locker:

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 WildFire Locker. 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 WildFire Locker. 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 WildFire Locker 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 WildFire Locker. 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 WildFire Locker.

Ransomware infections and WildFire Locker 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.


WildFire Locker FAQ

What is WildFire Locker ransomware and how does it work?

WildFire Locker 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 WildFire Locker ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.WildFire Locker 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 WildFire Locker 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 .WildFire Locker files?

You can't. At this point the .WildFire Locker 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 .WildFire Locker files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like WildFire Locker 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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