What is Evolution Ransomware
Evolution Ransomware is new ransomware-type virus with currently unknown genealogy. There are some indications, that it is based on the code of Everbe 2.0 Ransomware. Virus encrypts user’s files using AES encryption algorithm and adds .evolution extension to encoded files. After this ransomware creates !#_Read_me_for_revocery_#!.txt ransom note file on the desktop. Text file contains following message:
Hello ! All your data have been encrypted !
Don't worry , we can help you to return all your data.
Write to our email - email@example.com
In the subject write - id-xxxxxxxx .
If within 24 hours we didn't answer you , write to our backup email - firstname.lastname@example.org
After contacting the developers via one of the provided e-mails, they demand 2 BitCoins for decryption and offer to decrypt 1 file for free as a proof. After this they send wallet for sending funds. 2 BitCoins at the time of writing this article had equivalent of $8000. We do not recommend paying the ransom as there is no guarantee malefactors will send final decryptor. Currently, there are no decryption tools available for this type of crypto-virus. The only way to get all files back is to restore from backups. You can also try to use instructions and tools below to recover some important files. Please, follow this guide to remove Evolution Ransomware and decrypt .evolution files in Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7.
How Evolution Ransomware infected your PC
Evolution Ransomware virus is propagated via spam attack with malicious e-mail attachments and by manual PC hacking. Can be distributed by hacking through an unprotected RDP configuration, fraudulent downloads, exploits, web injections, fake updates, repackaged and infected installers. Virus assigns certain ID with the victims, that is used to name those files and supposedly to send decryption key. In order to prevent infection with this type of threats in future we recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 or Norton Antivirus.
Download Evolution Ransomware Removal Tool
To remove Evolution Ransomware completely, we recommend you to use Norton Antivirus from Symantec. It detects and removes all files, folders and registry keys of Evolution Ransomware.
How to remove Evolution Ransomware manually
It is not recommended to remove Evolution Ransomware manually, for safer solution use Removal Tools instead.
Evolution Ransomware files:
Evolution Ransomware registry keys:
How to decrypt and restore .evolution files
Use automated decryptors
Use following tool from Kaspersky called Rakhni Decryptor, that can decrypt .evolution files. Download it here:
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.
If you are infected with Evolution Ransomware and removed it 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 Phoenix Data Recovery Pro to restore .evolution files
- Download Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery Pro.
- Select location to scan for lost files and click Scan button.
- Wait until Quick and Deep scans finish.
- Preview found files and restore them.
Using Windows Previous Versions option:
- Right-click on infected file and choose Properties.
- Select Previous Versions tab.
- Choose particular version of the file and click Copy.
- To restore the selected file and replace the existing one, click on the Restore button.
- In case there is no items in the list choose alternative method.
Using Shadow Explorer:
- Download Shadow Explorer program.
- Run it and you will see screen listing of all the drives and the dates that shadow copy was created.
- Select the drive and date that you want to restore from.
- Right-click on a folder name and select Export.
- In case there are no other dates in the list, choose alternative method.
If you are using Dropbox:
- Login to the DropBox website and go to the folder that contains encrypted files.
- Right-click on the encrypted file and select Previous Versions.
- Select the version of the file you wish to restore and click on the Restore button.
How to protect computer from viruses like Evolution 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.
2. Back up your files
Regardless of success of protection against ransomware threats, you can save your files using simple online backup. Cloud services are quite fast and cheap nowadays. There is more sense using online backup, than creating physical drives, that can get infected and encrypted when connected to PC or get damaged from dropping or hitting. Windows 10 and 8/8.1 users can find pre-installed OneDrive backup solution from Microsoft. It is actually one of the best backup services on the market, and has reasonable pricing plans. Users of earlier versions can get acquainted with it here. Make sure to backup and sync most important files and folders in OneDrive.
3. Do not open spam e-mails and protect your mailbox
Malicious attachments to spam or phishing e-mails is 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 very high level of anti-spam protection.