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What Is WRUI Virus

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WRUI is the name of a nasty ransomware virus that belongs to a notorious family of malware, called STOP/DJVU. This ransomware uses the .wrui extension which it ads after it encrypts your files, preventing you from opening them. Its main purpose of the activity is to get you to follow the instructions laid out in the _readme.txt ransom note which it leaves for you to see after it infects your computer. The end goal of the people behind this infection is to extort you into paying a large ransom fee in BitCoin if you want to see your files working again. We strongly recommend that you refrain from trusting these criminals and look for other ways to get your files back.

Read this article if you want to learn how this virus works and how to remove it and try to get your files to open again.

WRUI Summary

Name WRUI also known as Trojan.GenericKD.35978248, Trojan.Win32.Stop.j!c, Trojan.Ransom.Stop, Trojan.Ransom.Stop, A Variant Of Win32/Kryptik.HIMQ, Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Stop.qq – VirusTotal
File Extension .wrui
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description The ransomware encrypts files on your computer system and demands ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
Symptoms This variant of STOP ransomware will encrypt your files by appending the .wrui virus extension to them.
Ransom Demanding Note _readme.txt
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Torrent Files
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WRUI Ransomware – How Does It Work?

WRUI is part of a virus family with hundreds of variants, called “STOP Ransomware”. This virus family includes variants, like LMAS, URNB and YRNB cryptoviruses. They all have the same target – your important files.

WRUI virus may enter your computer via two main ways – by e-mail or if the malware is downloaded from some shady software download site or torrent site with a low reputation.

If the WRUI virus is downloaded from a risky website, it could pretend to be a file you were probably looking for in the first place, just had the bad luck to find it in this site. What the criminals do is they usually mask the infection file of this ransomware as one of the following files:

  • Software activator.
  • Key generator.
  • Crack.
  • Patch.

WRUI virus may also infect your computer by e-mail. If so, this nasty malware will arrive as an urgent message that contains an e-mail attachment that seems very important. Below you can see some examples of attachments used by cyber-criminals on virus e-mails:

  • Invoice.
  • Receipt.
  • Document that is important.

Whatever the case of infection with WRUI virus may be, once you have triggered the infection file, it may connect to a command and control server and download the ransomware files directly in the following folders of your system drive:

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

Among the files dropped is the ransom note of this virus, that is called _readme.txt and contains the extortionists’ message:

STOP ransomware virus ransom message

Then, this virus may assume administrator rights over your Windows computer and these may help it run its malicious files that may trigger the following virus activities on your computer system:

  • Create mutexes.
  • Obtain read and write permissions.
  • Check if you are running in a virtual evironment or no.
  • Check if it has previosly infected your PC and if so, the virus does not encrypt and shuts down.

.wrui Files

The WRUI virus ransomware may scan your computer for the following types of files to encrypt:

  • Document file types.
  • Image files.
  • Videos.
  • Audio file formats.

In order to make the files no longer able to be opened, the WRUI ransomware virus may use the AES encryption algorithm. This replaces key data from the original file with data from the cipher, making its recovery impossible, unless you have a decryptor or the decryption key that corresponds to that file. The criminals want you to pay around $1000 and they promise to get you a free WRUI decryptor. But we strongly recommend not to trust these people and look for other means to get your files to work again.

Remove WRUI Virus and Try to Recover Data

WRUI can be removed from your computer system if you make sure to follow the removal instructions below. They are created so that they can provide adequate assistance in the elimination of the virus files this threat drops on your PC. For the most effective removal, security professionals recommend downloading an expert malware removal program. Such software will automatically detect and remove any malware that may currently be present on your computer and protect it in the future.

For the .wrui files recovery, we suggest that you wait for a WRUI decryptor to be released. When this virus encodes files, it makes them with offline and online decryption keys. Usually, Emsisoft researchers release a decryptor for free after a couple of weeks, so we suggest you NOT paying the ransom and wait to try out this decryption software. If your keys are online, then do not despair, because you might still be able to get your files back by trying our alternative file recovery methods listed below. They may not be a 100% solution to decrypt all your files, but with their help, you could get at least some of your files to work again.

Also read: Most popular Windows files used by Malware

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove WRUI from Windows.


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

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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 WRUI 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 WRUI 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 WRUI 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.

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Step 4: Scan for WRUI 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 WRUI.

Ransomware infections and WRUI 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 WRUI from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall WRUI 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 WRUI:

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 WRUI. 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 WRUI. 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 WRUI 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 WRUI. 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 WRUI.

Ransomware infections and WRUI 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.


WRUI FAQ

What is WRUI ransomware and how does it work?

WRUI 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 WRUI ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.WRUI 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 WRUI 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 .WRUI files?

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

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like WRUI 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.

How to Report Ransomware to Authorities?

In case your computer got infected with a ransomware infection, you can report it to the local Police departments. It can help authorities worldwide track and determine the perpetrators behind the virus that has infected your computer. Below, we have prepared a list with government websites, where you can file a report in case you are a victim of a cybercrime:

Cyber-security authorities, responsible for handling ransomware attack reports in different regions all over the world:

Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.

3 Comments
  1. AvatarKiyoshi

    Is this a new kind of virus? I got infected by this virus yesterday night when I was trying to download a video from YouTube using IDM like I always do, then I fell asleep. By the time I woke up I was going to launch my game but then I realized that I somehow can’t open it and I quickly go to the folder and found that nearly all of the files(including other program and system files) have changed their extensions from their default ones to . wrui files. I searched online for a solution but I found that every guide seems to be 2 weeks or newer.

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    1. Milena DimitrovaMilena Dimitrova

      Yes, this is the latest variant of STOP/DJVU ransomware. You can try running the official decrypter (open this article: sensorstechforum.com/remove-stop-ransomware/). However, it is highly likely that your files were encrypted by an online key, meaning that decryption is nearly impossible. You can also try using the alternative methods we have provided (using a data recovery software).

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  2. AvatarVarad Gorwadkar

    can i get deryption tool for .wrui type of extension somebody please help mee

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