What exactly is ‘[email protected]’ Ransomware?
In the raise of cyber crime , a week ago, a ransomware named ‘[email protected]’ Ransomware was unleashed since then it has already compromised more than 10,000 PCs globally. This ransomware is also known as Sysras Ransomware because the primary virus file that wreaks havoc on the Windows system is well-known as sysras.exe. This virus is nearly similar to the Cryptolocker. Its lock screen wallpaper is also identical to each other. Despites the ransomware changes desktop wallpaper of the victims as well as the Cryptolocker ransomware. Hence, it won't be wrong if we say the authors of the ‘[email protected]’ may be either inspired by the developer of the Cryptolocker or both ransomwares will be developed by the same group of hackers using different identities. According to the info provided in this wallpaper picture, data recovery is nearly impossible without a proper decryption tool. This ransomware infection urges the victim to pay the ransom within given time; otherwise, it warns that decryption key will get destroyed from the C&C server.
However, survey report shows that even who made ransom payment on the time, didn't received a proper working decryption key, some of them said that after getting paid, the anonymous hackers ignored the victims. Hence, making payment is not advised by the Security experts. Because it might put your credentials including online banking details at high risk. You must know that affected computer may be monitored by the remote hackers, if you login your any account at it, then your credentials might be leaked without your awareness. Afterwards, you may face unexpected ups and downs in your normal life which none wants.
Characteristics of ‘[email protected]’ Ransomware infection
First of all, victims may see ransom note on the desktop and web browsers demanding 0.5 BTC in order to release a per PC-based decryption key.
Secondly, Victims may find corrupted files on the affected computer which must be useless and inaccessible.
Additionally, Victims PII and credentials might get leaked, accounts may get hacked as well.
Installed Antivirus may throw sort of security breach alerts or permission related alerts.
Desktop screen must be locked, even system performance must be extremely slow.
Payload distribution of ‘[email protected]’ Ransomware
During research we found that hackers are utilizing malvertising campaigns on the social media networks to distribute the ransomware among Windows system users. They may also send you spam emails containing exploit kits or JS/WS attachment files, if you open it, your PC gets compromised immediately. Peer to peer networks are also being used to spread ‘[email protected]’ Ransomware, so be careful while downloading bundled files.
Therefore, to protect your PC we recommend you to follow the given guide in order to remove ‘[email protected]’ Ransomware and restore your files:
What To Do If Your PC Get Infected By [email protected] Ransomware
The ransomware infection has been mainly designed with the purpose to scare users and trick their money. It take your files on hostage and demand ransom to return your important data. But now the question is what you can do when your system got infected by [email protected] Ransomware virus? Here are some option that you can use to get rid of this nasty infection.
Don’t Panic – Well the first thing is Don’t panic and then completely check out your system for any working files. If you got any working files then copy it to USB drive.
Pay Ransom – Other option is you can pay the ransom and wait to get your files back. (really a bad option)
Use Backup – Clean you entire system files, remove the infection completely from your PC and restore your files with any backup.
Remove Infection – You can also delete [email protected] Ransomware virus using malware removal tool and remove all the infected files. You can later recover all your data by using any data recovery tool. (In case you don’t have backup of your files.) – Recommended Method.
Reinstall Windows – The last option is reinstall your Windows OS. It will completely remove all your data as well as infection. You will get a completely new infection free PC.
How To Remove [email protected] Ransomware Virus From Your PC
Step 1 – Boot your computer in Safe mode.
Step 2 – Remove the infected registry entry files.
- Click Windows Flag and R button together.
- Type “regedit” and click OK button
- Find and delete following entries.
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain “Default_Page_URL”
HKEY_LOCAL_Machine\Software\Classes\[[email protected] Ransomware]
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\[[email protected] Ransomware]
Step 3 – Remove From msconfig
- Click Windows + R buttons simultaneously.
- Type msconfig and press Enter
- Go to Startup tab and uncheck all entries from unknown manufacturer.
Step 4 – Restart your computer normally.
Check your computer now. If the virus has gone then you can start using your computer. If the infection still remains then head to the next step.
Step 5 – System Restore
- Insert Windows installation disk to CD drive and restart your PC.
- While system startup, keep pressing F8 or F12 key to get boot options.
- Now select the boot from CD drive option to start your computer.
- Then after you will get the System Recovery Option on your screen.
- Select the System Restore option from the list.
- Choose a nearest system restore point when your PC was not infected.
- Now follow the option on your screen to Restore your computer.
If the above manual methods didn’t removed [email protected] Ransomware virus then you have only option to remove infection using a malware removal tool. It is last and the only option that can easily and safely remove this nasty threat from your computer.
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