What is Rans-A Ransomware

Rans-A is a new file-encryptor variant that belongs to the Xorist family. After successfully infiltrating the system, the ransomware will proceed to encrypt potentially important data and add .Rans-A to the original filename. As a result, a previously accessible file like 1.pdf will change to 1.pdf.Rans-A and become access-restricted. The main goal of ransomware is to extort money from victims for the decryption of files. Thus, the virus displays an error message and creates a text file called HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt that both show decryption instructions (in Portuguese).

HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txtEnglish translation
Todos Dados/Backups foram criptografados
a unica forma de obter os dados em seu perfeito estado é
entrar em contato no Email: mollyrecup@protonmail.com
Dados em perfeito estado em até 1 hora
prazo max para o contato 20/03/2023 12:00 ID-6732
(N = NÂO)
- N delete arquivos trancados
- N não renomeie os arquivos trancados .Rans-A
- N não poste esta mensagem em nenhum site
nem denuncie pois podem bloquear este email.
All Data/Backups are encrypted
the only way to get the data in its perfect state is
contact us at: mollyrecup@protonmail.com
Data in perfect state within 1 hour
deadline 20/03/2023 12:00 ID-6732
(N = NO)
- Do not delete locked files
- Do not rename locked .Rans-A files
- Do not post this message on any website
or report it as they may block this email.

Overall, victims are said the only way to retrieve data in its original condition is to contact cybercriminals within the set deadline. Should victims fail to do so by the end of the deadline, the decryption will supposedly be no longer available. In addition, the note also warns victims against deleting, renaming, or reporting the ransom message to any website/authority. Otherwise, cybercriminals’ e-mail may end up blocked and no longer accept requests for data decryption. As a rule, upon reaching out to cybercriminals, they set a price that has to be paid for decryption. This price may vary depending on extortionists and how valuable the encrypted data is. Unfortunately, cybercriminals are usually the only figures able to unlock access to data completely and safely. At the moment of writing this article, no known third-party tool is capable of bypassing ciphers generated by Rans-A Ransomware. For now, you can recover your data either by collaborating with ransomware developers or retrieving data from existing backup copies. Backups are copies of data stored on external devices such as USB drives, external hard drives, or SSDs.

Using your own backups is recommended over paying extortionists. This is because it is completely free and some cybercriminals may not provide any promised decryption tools/keys even after obtaining the payment. Always create regular backups in order to ensure the majority of data can be recovered in case of unexpected loss or unforeseen ransomware infection. If no backups are present, you can try some third-party tools or attempt to recover from windows shadow copies using our guide below. However, these alternatives may not always be effective and are only successful in rare cases. Before starting manual recovery without the involvement of cybercriminals, it is crucial to delete the ransomware virus from your system so that it does not impact other files or spread to neighboring systems connected to the same network. Even if you choose to collaborate with them to decrypt files, it is still important to make sure the ransomware is no longer present afterwards. Follow the steps in our guide to perform full-fledged ransomware removal and protect your system against such threats in the future.

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How Rans-A Ransomware infected your computer

Ransomware can enter a badly protected system in a variety of sneaky ways – e.g., via phishing e-mail letters, unprotected RDP configuration, infected software installers (pirated or cracked), exploit kits, trojans, fake updates/license cracking tools, unreliable ads, backdoors, keyloggers, and other dubious channels. As a rule, the aim of these distribution vectors is to deceive users into downloading and opening some malicious file or link. For example, fraudelent e-mails tend to disguise harmful attachments as legitimate and genuine files, such as .DOCX, .XLSX, .PDF, .EXE, .ZIP, .RAR, or .JS. Cybercriminals make such messages look legitimate by mimicking templates of trustworthy organizations (e.g., delivery companies, tax authorities, banks, and so forth). Thus, it is essential to maintain caution while dealing with this sort of content.

To prevent the installation of malware, avoid interacting with shady download resources, torrent-sharing websites, dubious ads, potentially malicious attachments/links, and other types of content that may seem suspicious or compromised. Stick to downloading software only from official and trusted resources. You can also check out our guide below for more practical techniques and advice on how to protect your system from ransomware and other types of malware in the future.

  1. Download Rans-A Ransomware Removal Tool
  2. Get decryption tool for .Rans-A 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 Rans-A Ransomware

Download Removal Tool

Download Removal Tool

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

Alternative Removal Tool

Download Norton Antivirus

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

Rans-A Ransomware files:


Rans-A Ransomware registry keys:

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How to decrypt and restore .Rans-A files

Use automated decryptors

Download Kaspersky RakhniDecryptor

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

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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 .Rans-A 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 Rans-A 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 .Rans-A 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 Rans-A 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.

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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. Rans-A 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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