What is CommonRansom Ransomware

CommonRansom is classified as a ransomware virus that encrypts data stored on infected devices to demand payment for its return. This version was discovered by a malware researcher named Michael Gillepsie. Just like many ransomware infections, CommonRansom assigns its own extension to highlight the blocked data. All data that got encrypted by CommonRansom will change like this file here – 1.pdf > 1.pdf.[old@nuke.africa].CommonRansom. After this, one more thing left to initiate by the virus is ransom note creation. The name of the note is DECRYPTING.txt and it is put to each folder with infected files.

DECRYPTING.txt

+-----------------------+
¶----+CommonRansom+-----¶
+-----------------------+
Hello dear friend,
Your files were encrypted!
You have only 12 hours to decrypt it
In case of no answer our team will delete your decryption password
Write back to our e-mail: old@nuke.africa
In your message you have to write:
1. This ID-[-] 2. [-]:PORT(rdp) of infected machine
3. Username:Password with admin rights
4. Time when you have paid 0.1 btc to this bitcoin wallet:
35M1ZJhTaTi4iduUfZeNA75iByjoQ9ibgF
After payment our team will decrypt your files immediatly
Free decryption as guarantee:
1. File must be less than 10MB
2. Only .txt or .lnk files, no databases
3. Only 5 files
How to obtain bitcoin:
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.
hxxps://localbitcoins.com/buy_bitcoins
Also you can find other places to buy Bitcoins and beginners guide here:
hxxp://www.coindesk.com/information/how-can-i-buy-bitcoins/

This note says victims have 12 hours ahead to request data decryption, otherwise, there will be no chance to return it anymore. There is also a template that should be used when contacting cybercriminals by their e-mail address. The attached template is actually very suspicious since it requests victims to write their PC RDP port, a username along with password used to log into the system, and the time when you paid 0.1 BTC to the outlined crypto address. Cybercriminals claim this information and payment are necessary to unblock your data. We warn you to not trust it – information like RDP port and log-in credentials will help cybercriminals hack your system to get remote access to the entire PC. By doing so, they will be able to track your activity and record sensitive data like passwords, banking data, and other valuable sorts of information. This is why paying the ransom becomes even more dangerous and must be avoided for sure. In addition to this, extortionists also offer the victims to send up to 5 files (only .txt or .lnk extensions) less than 10MB to test free decryption. This would not make any sense as long as we know their real intentions already. At this point, no third-party tool is officially approved to be capable of decrypting CommonRansom files. This is because such malware creates its own ciphers that are hard to break manually. You can give it a try using the tools recommended by us below, but note that this is less likely to help. We would rather advise you to use backup copies if such were created and stored prior to the infection. In case of their presence, you can recover your data easily and without problems. No matter what path of recovery you choose, it is important to delete the virus in the first order, otherwise, it may continue decryption and spread onto neighboring networks. We will show you everything in the instructions below.

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How CommonRansom Ransomware infected your computer

As a rule, distribution channels for all ransomware infections remain to be the same – Malicious spam letters, trojans, backdoors, keyloggers, unreliable downloads of pirated or cracked software from potentially unwanted resources (Torrent clients, Gnutella, eMule, etc.), fake updates, remote hacking, and other vectors like that. Despite such a variety, most cybercriminals choose to infect systems by spamming users with malicious e-mail letters. These e-mails include files that store executable scripts or links leading to infected pages. Malware developers tend to take .DOCX, .PDF, .EXE, .RAR, .ZIP, or .JS files and change them with executable scripts. Such scripts are meant to initiate the installation of a malicious program after users access the file. In principle, all channels we mentioned above capitalize on users’ lack of carefulness and experience. This is what it is important to raise these two factors whilst using the web. Do not visit suspicious resources, click on advertising content or unknown links, and download software from unofficial or fake resources. By reducing these three activities, you will be able to stay more protected and calm when surfing the Internet.

  1. Download CommonRansom Ransomware Removal Tool
  2. Get decryption tool for .CommonRansom 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 CommonRansom Ransomware

Download Removal Tool

Download Removal Tool

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

Alternative Removal Tool

Download SpyHunter 5

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

CommonRansom Ransomware files:


DECRYPTING.txt
{randomname}.exe

CommonRansom Ransomware registry keys:

no information

How to decrypt and restore .CommonRansom files

Use automated decryptors

Download Kaspersky RakhniDecryptor

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Use following tool from Kaspersky called Rakhni Decryptor, that can decrypt .CommonRansom files. Download it here:

Download RakhniDecryptor

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 .CommonRansom 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 CommonRansom 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 .CommonRansom files

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  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 CommonRansom 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. CommonRansom 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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