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Ransomware

Articles about removing Windows lockers, Browser lockers, Crypto-viruses and other types of blackmailing threats.

How to remove GameCrypt Ransomware and decrypt .GameCrypt files

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GameCrypt Ransomware is a malicious software designed to encrypt files on an infected computer, demanding a ransom payment for their decryption. Upon infection, it appends the file extension .GameCrypt to all encrypted files, making them unusable until a victim complies with the ransom demands. This ransomware employs a sophisticated encryption algorithm to secure the files, typically utilizing AES, which renders the data inaccessible without the proper decryption key. Victims are often greeted with a ransom note titled how_to_back_files.hta, which is usually placed on the desktop or within the affected folders, instructing them on how to pay the ransom, often in cryptocurrency, to purportedly regain access to their files.

How to remove NullBulge Ransomware and decrypt your files

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NullBulge Ransomware represents a formidable new threat in the ever-evolving landscape of cybercrime, specifically targeting AI and gaming communities. Originating from the notorious LockBit family, this ransomware variant not only encrypts files but also appends a unique, random extension such as .uhei662ns to the filenames. Victims might see their files transformed from document.docx to document.docx.uhei662ns, making them inaccessible without the decryption key. NullBulge ransomware is known to employ robust encryption algorithms, typically AES-256, which ensures that the files remain locked until the ransom is paid. Additionally, the ransomware modifies the victim's desktop wallpaper to inform them of the breach and drops a ransom note, titled [extension].README.txt, in every affected directory. This note provides instructions on how to contact the cybercriminals, including links to TOR websites for secure communication and a personal decryption ID.

How to remove Qqjj Ransomware and decrypt .qqjj files

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Qqjj Ransomware is a type of malicious software that belongs to the Djvu ransomware family, designed to encrypt files on an infected computer and demand a ransom for their decryption. Once it infiltrates a system, it appends the .qqjj extension to the names of encrypted files, transforming a file like image.jpg into image.jpg.qqjj. This ransomware employs strong encryption algorithms, making it virtually impossible to decrypt the files without the proper decryption tool, which is typically only available to the attackers. Along with the encrypted files, Qqjj Ransomware drops a ransom note named _readme.txt on the desktop and in various folders, detailing the ransom payment instructions and contact information for the cybercriminals. Victims are usually instructed to pay $980, with a discount of 50% if they contact the attackers within 72 hours, reducing the ransom to $490.

How to remove ShrinkLocker Ransomware and decrypt your files

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ShrinkLocker Ransomware emerged on the landscape in April-May 2024 and has been a significant concern for security experts. This malicious program uses a combination of AES and RSA algorithms to encrypt user files, making them inaccessible without a decryption key. Interestingly, ShrinkLocker does not add specific file extensions to the encrypted files, which can make it more challenging to identify. Instead, it renames the system disk with an email address through BitLocker, urging victims to contact the attackers for decryption instructions. The ransom note associated with ShrinkLocker is not a conventional text file or document. Instead, the ransom note is a new sign that appears on the system disk in the form of an email address. This detail implies that the ransomware primarily targets administrators who may overlook this change without booting into a recovery environment.

How to remove Labour Ransomware and decrypt .labour files

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Detected during a malware sample examination on VirusTotal, Labour Ransomware is a type of cyber malicious software that encrypts files on infected systems, effectively taking them hostage. Upon encryption, it appends the .labour extension to the original file names, transforming files like 1.jpg into 1.jpg.labour. Victims are alerted to the encryption through a ransom note created as a text file named README.txt, typically placed in prominent directories. The note demands the victim email the attacker (often to email addresses like bfe1234@yahoo.com) and provide a unique ID alongside a private IP address. Additionally, it threatens the publication of sensitive files on deep web forums if the ransom isn't paid promptly. Generally, paying the ransom is not advisable as attackers frequently fail to provide legitimate decryption tools even after payment.

How to remove Wikipedia Ransomware and decrypt .wikipedia files

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Wikipedia Ransomware is a type of malicious cryptovirus that targets individual and organizational data by encrypting files and demanding a ransom for decryption. It appends the .wikipedia extension to the names of the encrypted files, rendering them inaccessible without the unique decryption key. This ransomware often uses a robust combination of encryption algorithms, such as AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) and RSA (Rivest-Shamir-Adleman) to secure the files, making it extremely difficult to decode the data without the proper decryption key. Victims typically find a how_to_decrypt_files.txt file within affected directories, which serves as the ransom note. This note provides instructions on how to pay the ransom, usually in Bitcoin, and contains threats that further attempts to decrypt the files without following the cybercriminals' guidelines may result in permanent data loss.

How to remove Ursq Ransomware and decrypt .ursq files

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Ursq Ransomware is a sophisticated and malicious program categorized under the ransomware-type family known as Makop. This insidious software encrypts various file types on the infected system, rendering them inaccessible until a ransom is paid. Victims will notice that their once-accessible files now bear the extension .ursq, appended to their original names. For instance, a file initially labeled as document.txt would appear as document.txt.[uniqueID].[email].ursq. Utilizing complex cryptographic algorithms, this ransomware ensures that data remains locked away unless the cybercriminals' decryption keys are obtained, making unauthorized decryption nearly impossible. Once encryption is complete, Ursq creates a ransom note named +README-WARNING+.txt on the affected device, usually placed in every directory containing encrypted files. This note provides instructions on how victims can pay the ransom to retrieve their data, further warning them against utilizing third-party recovery tools or antivirus software as such actions may corrupt the encrypted files beyond repair.

How to remove FastWind Ransomware and decrypt .FastWind files

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FastWind Ransomware is a notorious malware variant that belongs to the GlobeImposter family. This type of ransomware is designed specifically to encrypt users' files, rendering them inaccessible, and subsequently demand a ransom for decryption. Upon infection, it appends the .FastWind extension to compromised files. For instance, a file named photo.jpg would be renamed to photo.jpg.FastWind. The ransomware then generates a ransom note in the form of an executable file named HOW TO BACK YOUR FILES.exe. When executed, this file presents victims with instructions on how to contact the attackers via specific email addresses to negotiate the decryption of their files. The ransom note stresses that victims must send a sample encrypted file along with their personal ID and await further instructions after payment.