Notorious STOP Ransomware continues its distribution with minor modifications. Since the middle of July 2019, new extensions appeared: .vusad, .gehad, .madek or .berosuce. At the same time, it distributes the AZORult trojan-stealer, which steals confidential information. It is capable of stealing various user data: information from files, browser history, passwords, cookies, online banking credentials, crypto-currency wallets, and more. Virus modifies the hosts file to block Windows updates, antivirus programs, and sites related to security news, selling antivirus software. This version of STOP Ransomware still uses following e-mail addresses: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Authors of STOP Ransomware promise to send decryption tool for encrypted files in exchange for $980 (or for $490, if the ransom is paid within 72 hours). We must warn the victims, that malefactors often don't keep promises, and cheat users without sending a decoder. We recommend you to remove the active infection of STOP Ransomware and use decryption tools available for .vusad, .gehad, .madek or .berosuce files. STOPDecrypter can decrypt encrypted data in certain circumstances.
Searchbaron.com is an annoying search redirect, that is caused by adware, installed on your Mac. It manifests itself in Safari, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers. Searchbaron.com may initiate multiple redirects until it reaches a final destination - search results page. Searchbaron.com redirects are caused by the malicious activity of applications like PasteBoard, Spotlight.app, Space.app. Such apps can be presented by the application, add-on, malicious device profile or just virus file or process. The chain of redirects, that Searchbaron.com starts serves the goal to collect information about user's browsing habits. This data is then actively used by advertising companies to create highly targeted ads.
Herad Ransomware is another devastating encryption virus from the series of STOP Ransomware (DJVU Ransomware). It got its name from .herad extension, that ransomware adds to the end of files it encrypts. From technical point of view, the virus remains the same as previous versions, for example, Burak Ransomware. From this note, we can learn, that malefactors offer to decrypt 1 file for free and can provide a "discount" if the user pays fast (within first 72 hours). Our experience and reports from multiple victims show, that those are false promises. Hackers rarely reply back after receiving the payment. However, do not despair - there are cases when your files can be decrypted. If during encryption process there was some internet connection loss or malfunction of hacker's servers, Herad Ransomware uses an offline key, that can be retrieved by a special tool called STOPDecrypter. Please, download it below, and read instructions on how to use it carefully. If STOPDecrypter is unable to help you, you can try some alternative methods to restore your photos, documents, videos, etc. There are standard Windows system functions, such as restore points, the shadow copies, previous versions of files, can be useful, although, malicious algorithms often prevent such opportunities.
Budak Ransomware is one of the subtypes of STOP Ransomware (or DJVU Ransomware) and has all the characteristics of this family of viruses. Malware blocks access to the data on victim's computers by encrypting it with AES encryption algorithm. STOP Ransomware is one of the longest living ransomware. First infections were registered in December 2017. Budak Ransomware is yet another generation of it and appends .budak extension to encrypted files. Good news is: there is a possibility for successful file decryption. However, several conditions should match. If affected PC was not connected to the internet, or malicious server, that generates keys was not accessible at the moment of infection there is a tool called STOPDecrypter, can decrypt files, encrypted by Budak Ransomware. We provide download link and instructions on how to use it below in the article. There are also some alternative ways to recover your photos, documents, videos, etc.
Phobos Ransomware is a virus, that encrypts user files using AES encryption algorithm and demands ~$3000 for decryption. Ransomware adds .phobos, .mamba, .phoenix, .actin, .actor, .blend, .adage .acton, .com, .adame, .acute, .karlos or .Frendi extensions to encoded files and makes them inaccessible. In order to confuse users and researchers Phobos Ransomware uses file-modification patterns and ransom notes similar to very wide-spread Dharma Ransomware. Especially after design change in January 2019, when they started to look like identically. However, there are certain differences in file-markers and appearance. After contacting the developers via one of the provided e-mails, they demand $3000 in BitCoins for decryption to be paid in 6 hours. Otherwise, the cost of decryption will increase up to $5000. At the moment automated decryptors for Phobos Ransomware do not exist. There is no proof, that malefactors send decryptors to the victims, that is why we do not recommend paying the ransom. Instead, try using instructions on this page to recover encrypted files. File-recovery software can restore some files from your hard-drive.