How to remove Bitenc Ransomware and decrypt .bitenc files

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What is Bitenc Ransomware

Bitenc is a new file encryptor originating from the Mallox ransomware family. Malware of this type is designed to encrypt victims’ files and demand payment in exchange for the decryption key. Once Bitenc Ransomware infects a system, it will scan the system for potentially important file types (e.g., documents, images, videos, etc.) and write secure ciphers over the targeted data. In addition, the virus also appends its custom .bitenc extension. For instance, a file originally named 1.pdf will change to 1.pdf.bitenc and become no longer accessible. The appendance of new extensions is usually done to simply highlight the blocked data and make victims spot the effects of encryption. Following successful encryption, developers behind Bitenc Ransomware present their ransom demands within the FILE RECOVERY.txt text note which is created on the victim’s desktop.

FILE RECOVERY.txt
Hello
Your files are encrypted and can not be used
To return your files in work condition you need decryption tool
Follow the instructions to decrypt all your data
Do not try to change or restore files yourself, this will break them
If you want, on our site you can decrypt one file for free. Free test decryption allowed only for not valuable file with size less than 3MB
How to get decryption tool:
1) Download and install TOR browser by this link: hxxps://www.torproject.org/download/
2) If TOR blocked in your country and you can't access to the link then use any VPN software
3) Run TOR browser and open the site: -
4) Copy your private ID in the input field. Your Private key: -
5) You will see payment information and we can make free test decryption here
Our blog of leaked companies:
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Victims are encouraged to follow the outlined instructions, which imply initiating communication with swindlers via the provided TOR Browser website. There, victims will see the necessary information regarding payment and also the possibility to decrypt 1 file for free (non-valuable and less than 3MB). By doing so, extortionists seek to illustrate their decryption abilities and also push victims to pay the ransom amount. At the bottom of the text note, cybercriminals list their blog of leaking previous company victims. This could suggest that Bitenc Ransomware targets only large entities and leak the collected data in case the ransom is unpaid. In addition, Bitenc developers also warn against modifying or attempting to restore files yourself as this may lead to permanent damage. Unfortunately, this information is partially true if you want to decrypt files with third-party tools. For now, there are no known third-party decryptors that could safely bypass Bitenc’s ciphers and restore access to files. The only two ways victims can use to return their data are either to take the risk and collaborate with cybercriminals, or recover files from an available backup. Backups are copies of files stored on external storage (e.g., cloud, USB pen drives, etc.) that were not affected at the time of infection. Using a backup is always a safer and completely free option. Unless you are planning to pay the ransom, deleting ransomware is paramount to not let it encrypt other files at the time of manual recovery. It is also important to remove it after decrypting files with cybercriminals if you decide to. The only downside of self-recovery is alas the risk of having your data published by threat actors eventually. Follow our guide below to do so and get protection against such threats in the future. You will also see some reputable third-party decryption/recovery software recommended in our guide, however, this recommendation is general and does not guarantee the tools will successfully decrypt files modified by Bitenc Ransomware.

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How Bitenc Ransomware infected your computer

Ransomware infections are typically propagated via phishing e-mail letters, infected software installers (pirated or cracked), exploit kits, trojans, fake updates/license cracking tools, unprotected RDP configuration, unreliable ads, backdoors, keyloggers, and other dubious channels. As a rule, users become exposed to infection threats after downloading or opening some malicious file or link. This is typically employed in malicious e-mail spam letters. Developers can disguise ransomware (or other malware) as a legitimate file (.DOCX, .XLSX, .PDF, .EXE, .ZIP, .RAR, or .JS extensions) and impersonate legal companies/entities (e.g., delivery companies, tax authorities, banks, and so forth) to avoid being doubted by inexperienced or naive users. Interacting with content from such e-mail messages is dangerous and can lead to the installation of malware. Links attached to malvertising e-mails can lead to fake websites asking for users’ credentials. These websites can be used for recording the entered data and hacking accounts associated with it. To summarize, you should always avoid interacting with dubious download sources, torrent-sharing pages, suspicious ads, potentially malicious attachments/links, and other kinds of risky content. Download software only from official resources to prevent drive-by (stealth) installations of malware. Read our guide below to learn more about establishing protection against threats like ransomware (and other malware) in the future.

  1. Download Bitenc Ransomware Removal Tool
  2. Get decryption tool for .bitenc files
  3. Recover encrypted files with Stellar Data Recovery Professional
  4. Restore encrypted files with Windows Previous Versions
  5. Restore files with Shadow Explorer
  6. How to protect from threats like Bitenc Ransomware

Download Removal Tool

Download Removal Tool

To remove Bitenc Ransomware completely, we recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 from EnigmaSoft Limited. It detects and removes all files, folders, and registry keys of Bitenc Ransomware. The trial version of SpyHunter 5 offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE.

Alternative Removal Tool

Download Norton Antivirus

To remove Bitenc Ransomware completely, we recommend you to use Norton Antivirus from Symantec. It detects and removes all files, folders, and registry keys of Bitenc Ransomware and prevents future infections by similar viruses.

Bitenc Ransomware files:


FILE RECOVERY.txt
{randomname}.exe

Bitenc Ransomware registry keys:

no information

How to decrypt and restore .bitenc files

Use automated decryptors

Download MalloxDecryptor

rivitna mallox decryptor

Use the following tool from cybersecurity specialist rivitna called Mallox Decryptor, that can decrypt .mallab or .ma1x0 files. Download it here:

Download MalloxDecryptor

There is no purpose to pay the ransom because there is no guarantee you will receive the key, but you will put your bank credentials at risk.

Dr.Web Rescue Pack

Famous antivirus vendor Dr. Web provides free decryption service for the owners of its products: Dr.Web Security Space or Dr.Web Enterprise Security Suite. Other users can ask for help in the decryption of .bitenc files by uploading samples to Dr. Web Ransomware Decryption Service. Analyzing files will be performed free of charge and if files are decryptable, all you need to do is purchase a 2-year license of Dr.Web Security Space worth $120 or less. Otherwise, you don’t have to pay.

If you are infected with Bitenc Ransomware and removed from your computer you can try to decrypt your files. Antivirus vendors and individuals create free decryptors for some crypto-lockers. To attempt to decrypt them manually you can do the following:

Use Stellar Data Recovery Professional to restore .bitenc files

stellar data recovery professional

  1. Download Stellar Data Recovery Professional.
  2. Click Recover Data button.
  3. Select type of files you want to restore and click Next button.
  4. Choose location where you would like to restore files from and click Scan button.
  5. Preview found files, choose ones you will restore and click Recover.
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Using Windows Previous Versions option:

  1. Right-click on infected file and choose Properties.
  2. Select Previous Versions tab.
  3. Choose particular version of the file and click Copy.
  4. To restore the selected file and replace the existing one, click on the Restore button.
  5. In case there is no items in the list choose alternative method.

Using Shadow Explorer:

  1. Download Shadow Explorer program.
  2. Run it and you will see screen listing of all the drives and the dates that shadow copy was created.
  3. Select the drive and date that you want to restore from.
  4. Right-click on a folder name and select Export.
  5. In case there are no other dates in the list, choose alternative method.

If you are using Dropbox:

  1. Login to the DropBox website and go to the folder that contains encrypted files.
  2. Right-click on the encrypted file and select Previous Versions.
  3. Select the version of the file you wish to restore and click on the Restore button.

How to protect computer from viruses, like Bitenc Ransomware , in future

1. Get special anti-ransomware software

Use ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware

Famous antivirus brand ZoneAlarm by Check Point released a comprehensive tool, that will help you with active anti-ransomware protection, as an additional shield to your current protection. The tool provides Zero-Day protection against ransomware and allows you to recover files. ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware is compatible with all other antiviruses, firewalls, and security software except ZoneAlarm Extreme (already shipped with ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware) or Check Point Endpoint products. The killer features of this application are: automatic file recovery, overwrite protection that instantly and automatically recovers any encrypted files, file protection that detects and blocks even unknown encryptors.

Download ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware

2. Back up your files

idrive backup

As an additional way to save your files, we recommend online backup. Local storage, such as hard drives, SSDs, flash drives, or remote network storage can be instantly infected by the virus once plugged in or connected to. Bitenc Ransomware uses some techniques to exploit this. One of the best services and programs for easy automatic online backup is iDrive. It has the most profitable terms and a simple interface. You can read more about iDrive cloud backup and storage here.

3. Do not open spam e-mails and protect your mailbox

mailwasher pro

Malicious attachments to spam or phishing e-mails are the most popular method of ransomware distribution. Using spam filters and creating anti-spam rules is good practice. One of the world leaders in anti-spam protection is MailWasher Pro. It works with various desktop applications and provides a very high level of anti-spam protection.

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