What is WIN ransomware virus? It is a troublesome computer program that infects computer operating systems and encodes personal files stored on the drives. Afterward, it extorts a ransom fee from victims.
Security researchers have confirmed that currently, the threat is lurking around the web, trying to reach and infect PCs. The WIN ransomware has been identified as a strain of one of the popular ransomware family of threats called Phobos.
The moment WIN ransomware obtains access to a target operating system, it creates a bunch of malicious files that are set to interfere with essential system settings. Then a data encryption process occurs. During this process, the virus encodes certain types of personal files with a strong cipher. The process leaves files completely inaccessible.
Check out how to get rid of malicious WIN ransomware files and how to potentially recover .WIN files.
WIN Ransomware Summary
|Name||WIN also known as Win32:Phobos-D [Ransom] (Avast),
Gen:Variant.Ransom.Phobos.62 (BitDefender), HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic (Kaspersky)
|Short Description||Encrypts files on your computer and extorts a ransom fee for their recovery.|
|Symptoms||Important files are locked and renamed with .WIN extension. You see a ransom message that forces you to contact hackers for a decryption tool.|
|Ransom Demanding Notes||info.txt and info.hta|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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The WIN virus is primarily developed to encode personal data stored on PCs it infects. When started on a computer, the virus performs a long sequence of malicious operations that disrupt system security and enable it to obtain a persistent presence on the machine.
By activating malicious files, affecting system registries, and stopping essential legitimate processes, this strain of Phobos ransomware becomes able to launch a data encryption module.
When the threat launches this module, it encodes target personal files and prevents you from accessing their content. This virus corrupts files that are likely to store valuable data. Perhaps, the virus will scan drives and encodes the following types of files:
- Image files;
- Audio files;
- Document files;
- Video files;
- Backup files;
- Banking credentials, etc
All files corrupted by the WIN virus display show up on the infected sytem as .WIN files. They display two additional suffixes – an ID number and the email address firstname.lastname@example.org which hackers use for negotiations with victims. At the end of the attack, WIN ransomware drops two ransom messages to instruct victims on how to contact hackers and pay them a demanded ransom fee.
Similar to DLL Virus, Clman Virus, Acuna Virus, WIN ransomware strain of Phobos, created the ransom messages info.txt and info.hta. Here is a copy of the message presented by the text version of the WIN virus ransom note:
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
Write this ID in the title of your message –
In case of no answer in 24 hours write us to this e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
If there is no response from our mail, you can install the Jabber client and write to us in support of 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 tool that will decrypt all your files.
Free decryption as guarantee
Before paying you can send us up to 5 files for free decryption. The total size of files must be less than 4Mb (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:
Jabber client installation instructions:
Download the jabber (Pidgin) client from hxxps://pidgin.im/download/windows/
After installation, the Pidgin client will prompt you to create a new account.
In the “Protocol” field, select XMPP
In “Username” – come up with any name
In the field “domain” – enter any jabber-server, there are a lot of them, for example – exploit.im
Create a password
At the bottom, put a tick “Create account”
If you selected “domain” – exploit.im, then a new window should appear in which you will need to re-enter your data:
You will need to follow the link to the captcha (there you will see the characters that you need to enter in the field below)
If you don’t understand our Pidgin client installation instructions, you can find many installation tutorials on youtube – hxxps://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=pidgin+jabber+install
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.
Beware that a ransom payment may not help you to recover your locked .WIN files. It is possible that cybercriminals will send you a broken decryptor. They may also neglect your messages and stop answering.
Keep up with our ransomware removal guide and find out how to completely remove WIN ransomware virus from your infected PC. If you are looking for reliable data recovery solutions, you can also check the restore files step from the guide.
WIN Ransomware Virus Removal and Recovery Steps
The so-called WIN ransomware virus is a threat with highly complex code designed to corrupt both system settings and valuable data. Hence, the infected system could be used in a secure manner only after the complete removal of all malicious files and objects running on it.
That’s why we recommend that you complete all steps presented in the WIN ransomware removal guide below. Beware that manual ransomware removal is suitable for experienced computer users. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps navigate to the automatic part of the guide.
- Guide 1: How to Remove WIN Ransomware from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of WIN Ransomware on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove WIN Ransomware in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase WIN Ransomware from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall WIN Ransomware from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove WIN Ransomware from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate WIN Ransomware from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable WIN Ransomware Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove WIN Ransomware from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove WIN Ransomware
Step 2: Uninstall WIN Ransomware 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by WIN Ransomware on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by WIN Ransomware there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of WIN Ransomware from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall WIN Ransomware and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 WIN Ransomware 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove WIN Ransomware files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as WIN Ransomware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove WIN Ransomware from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase WIN Ransomware from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall WIN Ransomware from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove WIN Ransomware from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the WIN Ransomware will be removed.
Eliminate WIN Ransomware from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.
Remove Push Notifications caused by WIN Ransomware from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".