How to Prevent Ransomware in your system

How to Prevent & Remove Ransomware from Your System?

Have you ever been victimized by a ransomware attack? A ransomware is the modern form of thievery. It is a computer program that encrypts specific types of files and demands money to bring them back to the initial state.

The developers of ransomware are so smart that they leave you no choice other than going for the backup. Are you afraid of ransomware? Do you want to know how to prevent or remove them in case your system gets infected?

Don’t worry! That’s exactly what we are going to deal with here. Here I will talk more about prevention and cure rather than the working of ransomware.

So, without further ado let’s move on to the core of the post. First, you will read how to prevent ransomware, then the steps of how to remove ransomware if in case your PC gets infected.

How to Prevent Ransomware Getting Into Your System?

We all know that prevention is better than cure. A little extra care about what you do on your computer helps you stay out of the league of this messy ransomware stuff. So here are the 6 best ways to prevent ransomware to get into your system.

How to Prevent Ransomware in your system

#1. Backup Your Data

Yeah, you have to take regular backups. Even the most secure antivirus on your computer doesn’t guarantee full protection from the threats.

So, you must take a backup of your data in regular intervals. You can use cloud storage services as well. But I recommend you stay away from Google Drive because there are some ransomware that has the capability to affect even the files there.

You can use tools like COMODO Backup for this purpose.

#2. Do Not Open Attachments from Unknown Email Addresses

The most commonly used way to spread ransomware is emails. Hackers integrate ransomware cleverly into normal files like PDF documents. Even a person who knows about computers, think that threats come with EXE files only.

For the same reason, they proceed to opening other attachments no matter where they come from. Don’t do that!

You must check the credibility of the sender. If you have no idea about the sender or the subject stated in the mail, you must stay away from the attachment.

#3. Keep Your Software Updated

The sneakers are busy finding the loopholes in software we use every day. Once they find about it, it won’t take too long for the exploitation. As they target the same loophole multiple times, users report the same to the company. That’s how security updates and patches come out.

If you are a person who overlooks patches and updates of software, it’s time to change your mind. Make sure all your software and OS are updated. In case they aren’t, go on and update.

Must Read: How to Prevent Potato Ransomware

#4. Download and Use Cryptolocker Prevention Kit

Third Tier has developed a Cryptolocker Prevention Kit. It doesn’t allow your computer to execute files from App Data and Local App Data folders. Most of the malicious files target those two folders.

In case you have any legitimate software that needs the facility of running files from Data folders, I don’t recommend you do this step. Cryptolocker Prevention Kit gets updated regularly as new threats come out.

#5. Use a Reputable Security Suite

I hope I don’t have to tell you this. You have a good antivirus tool on your computer, don’t you?

In case you don’t, stop hesitating to do that. There are a lot of free and paid antivirus tools available on the web. In free department, my suggestion is Avast and when it comes to free, Bitdefender is good.

#6. Cut the Internet Connection

What should you do if you open a suspicious file that may be a ransomware?

If you don’t see anything in 2-3 seconds, cut the internet connection; LAN, Wi-Fi or anything. It helps us stop the communication between the parent server and the ransomware.

That was all about how to prevent ransomware getting into your system. But if the ransomware still gets succeeded to penetrate through the security of your system, then you are in deep trouble. Either you need to pay a ransom amount, or you need to use decryptor tools and follow the below given tools to remove ransomware without any hassles!

How to Remove Ransomware?

What if your computer gets affected by a ransomware? How to remove ransomware? Use the following tools to remove it without any hassles.

How to Remove Ransomware

#1. System Restore

You don’t have to download any specific tool for this.

In Windows:-

Step 1: Restart your computer and press F8 while it boots up.

Step 2: You have to select safe mode with command prompt from the following screen.

Step 3: As the CMD window occurs, you have to enter cd restore and rstrui.exe one by one into it.

Step 4: You will get system restore wizard. Just go with the on-screen instructions. The rest of the process is easy.

Recommended Read: How to Remove Cerber Ransomware

In Mac:-

Step 1: Restart your Mac machine and while this happens, press Command+ R. You can release them when the Apple logo becomes visible.

Step 2: Click on Disk Utility and hit Continue. You will get the disk utility.

Step 3: Click the first disk button from the right sidebar. Then, go with Repair Disk.

Step 4: In case your disk has any errors, it will be corrected. After that, select Quit Disk Utility.

Step 5: Can you see a Reinstall OSX option? Go with it.

Step 6: Follow on screen instructions and provide your Apple ID credentials. There you go! Your computer will have a fresh copy of OSX without the loss of your existing data.

#2. Cybereason’s Ransomfree

Ransomfree is a free anti-ransomware developed by Cybereason. You can download it from here.

Install the software as usual. Then, it will run in the background as a fully functional antivirus. Whenever you try to open a file with attached ransomware, it will alert you about the same. You can choose to remove the threat right away.

Of course, it saves you from recurring threats as well.

#3. Ransomwhere

The tool I have mentioned above is for Windows. You can download Ransomwhere for Mac.

Unlike the above given one, Ransomwhere focuses more on the decryption part rather than the prevention. It uses a mathematical algorithm to scan and find infected files.

Conclusion of Ransomware Prevention & Removal!

So, that’s it!

I hope you know how to prevent and remove Ransomware now. There are a lot of prevention tools available on the web that you can use apart from the ones I have mentioned here. Don’t forget to leave a comment below if you have any doubts and stay updated with all Ransomware news on our blog.

Affected Users due to Ransomware attack on HPE iLO

HPE iLO 4 Encryption – Is it a Ransomware Attack or a Decoy?

Ransomware attackers are now targetting the HPE iLO4 remote interfaces that can be accessed by the internets. It’s been a while that we have heard of the ransomware attacks, and this news is now hitting the digital world, hard. For years, we have known that HPE iLO4 is used to encrypt our hard drives, which is why the hackers are now after them. They are demanding the Bitcoins as ransom in order to release the data. While this encryption of hard drives is not actually confirmed, there are people who have been suffering from this attack since yesterday.

What is HPE iLO 4?

HPE iLO 4, also known as the HPE Integrated Lights-Out 4 technology is a processor that is built in the HP servers. It allows the administrators to administer a device while they can connect to the iLO through the web browser or the mobile browser.

HPE iLO Remote Management Interfaces Hit by Ransomware

Once they log in, they are greeted with a login page. Here, one can access the servers, the logs, the reboot servers and other information as well. What makes it even more powerful is the ability through which one can get a console on the server that provides access to the operating systems.

The news has hit us through Twitter & Bleeping Computer, when the profound security researcher, M. Shahpasandi has tweeted about this with a screenshot of the HPE iLO 4 login that contained a security notice. Here, he tells that all the hard drives are actually encrypted and that the owners should actually pay the bitcoin ransom to the attackers in order to acquire their data back.

This security notice is actually added to the iLO 4 login and is found under Login Security Banner section at Administration>Security. It is yet unknown if the notice is actually a deal or a tactic used by the attackers in order to panic the victims for the payment. However, based on the public email address; it is known that around 9 people are trapped and that all of them are restrained from accessing their data.

HP iLO 4 Login Security Banner Section

Later, Mr. Shahpasan also tweeted that all of these attackers are demanding around 2 Bitcoins from each of the victims and that all of them should be sent to 19ujGd4zqwoHitT2D1hF3BVf73vYVCvxcm in order to get the decryption key. While no payments have been made to the Bitcoin address, the most interesting thing is that the attackers attached a note that says the price is negotiable.

Here’s what the security notice states:

Security Notice

Hey. Your hard disk is encrypted using RSA 2048 asymmetric encryption. To decrypt files you need to obtain the private key.
It means We are the only ones in the world to recover files back to you. Not even god can help you. Its all math and cryptography.
If you want your files back, Please send an email to 15fd9ngtetwjtdc@yopmail.com.
We don’t know who are you, All what we need is some money and we are doing it for good cause.
Don’t panic if we don’t answer you during 24 hours. It means that we didn’t received your letter and write us again.
You can use of that bitcoin exchangers for transfering bitcoin.
https://localbitcoins.com
https://www.kraken.com
Please use english language in your letters. If you don’t speak english then use https://translate.google.com to translate your letter on english language.

Process:
1) Pay some BTC to our wallet address.(negotations almost impossible unless you are a russian citizen)
2) We will send you private key and instructions to decrypt your hard drive
3) Boom! You got your files back.

This Ransomware Attack is Now Spreading Fast!

Affected Users due to Ransomware attack on HPE iLO

As you can clearly see from the above image that there are thousands of users who are being affected by this Ransomware attack. The worst case in this is the ransom amount is almost 2 Bitcoins which is huge as compared to what was demanded during the WannaCry attack or Petya Ransomware attack!

Highly affected countries are the United States, Hong Kong, Germany, China and the United Kingdom. Till date, 16,456 users are affected and this is something to worry now!

Based on the history, this kind of alarming has been done by the Russian attackers. That said, the question here remains, ‘Is this a real ransomware attack or a decoy who is trying to gain some bitcoins?’. Let’s wait and see. If you are a victim of any Ransomware, you can check our detailed list of Ransomware decryptors and save your data & money both! 🙂

Petya Ransomware Kill Switch Released

Petya Ransomware Kill Switch Released: Install RansomFree to Stop Petya in Future!

Petya Ransomware Kill Switch

It has hardly been 24 hours since the global Petya Ransomware cyber attack and the Kill Switch for Petya Ransomware is now available! I observed lots of trolls on Twitter when the Kill Switch for Petya Ransomware was released. @harise100 says, “Why do these worms have kill switches? Makes no sense!” Well, it does make sense with the question. But is this Kill Switch the final version?

According to Amit Serper, who leads Security Research team at Cybereason, the Kill Switch is working perfectly to detect and remove Petya Ransomware. Recently he also tweeted that, “98% sure that the name is perfc.dll Create a file in c:\windows called perfc with no extension and #petya #Nopetya won’t run!

But Joe Security doubts that it’s not 100% confirmed yet. Joe Security said, “Create a file C:\Windows\perfc.dat and you should be protected from #Petya.” Here’s how the Petya Ransomware works and here’s where you ned to create a file to protect your system from Petya Ransomware!Petya Ransomware Protection

Whereas, Amit in his status describes that, Malware checks for the name of the dll inside c:\windows-If exists it won’t run. What’s the original DLL name?” He also added, “I found a way to stop the malware, All we need to know is the original name of the file – Come on people!” All the other security agencies who claim that they have found the Kill Switch for Petya Ransomware are false. It was Amit who first revealed and cracked the code!

 

Petya Ransomware Kill Switch Released

Following the footsteps of Amit Serper, PTSecurity UK has also revealed the same Kill Switch for Petya Ransomware. Here’s the tweet from their side claiming that they have found the Petya Ransomware Kill Switch! But they didn’t, you can read the comments in the following tweet to know the truth behind it!

This is what all I know about the Petya Ransomware Kill Switch. I will keep you posted as more details come in. Meanwhile, ensure that you follow the below given details carefully to protect your system from Petya Ransomware in future.

Download Cybereason RansomFree to Get Protection from Petya

The new version of Cybereason RansomFree is available on their official website. It works perfectly against Petya Ransomware which is based on generic detection and it’s not the temporary fix. So you can expect a stable version of RansomFree to be released very soon! As of now, this is the only way you can get protection from Petya Ransomware which is right now spreading all over the world.

Yesterday, the attack was witnessed in European and Russian countries but today, it’s spreading to Asian countries as well. It’s spreading as furious as WannaCry which hit more than 3 lakh systems worldwide and it’s still affecting the systems.

So the best way to be safe is to install the latest version of Cybereason RansomFree!

Ukrain Hit by Petya Ransomware

Petya Ransomware Strikes Airlines, Banks, Utilities in Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Britain & More!

Petya Ransomware Cyber Attack

Ukraine’s government, National Bank, and biggest power companies all warned of cyber attacks Tuesday. Airports and metro services in the country were also reportedly affected, though it appears they’re victims of another massive ransomware outbreak that’s spreading across the world fast and hitting a significant number of critical infrastructure providers. Here are the major incidents that took place till now according to various reports.

  • London-based WPP advertising agency among companies hit by ransomware.
  • UK Parliament Emails IDs were hacked, but that wasn’t Petya cyber attack.
  • Ukrainian government hit, with deputy leader saying all computers are down.
  • Russian oil giant Rosnef and Danish ship firm AP Moller-Maersk also affected.
  • IT experts said virus appears to be ransomware, similar to ‘WannaCry’ attack

Ukrain Hit by Petya Ransomware

The deputy general director of Kiev’s Borispol Airport, Eugene Dykhne, said in a Facebook post: “Our IT services are working together to resolve the situation. There may be delays in flights due to the situation… The Official Site of the airport and the flight schedules are not working.”

London-based WPP, the world’s largest ad agency, was the first on UK soil to report problems, with staff told to turn off their computers and not to use the WiFi. Europe has been hit by a fresh ransomware virus as a British advertising firm, the Ukrainian government and Russian oil companies were all affected. The Ukrainian government has been badly affected, with the state power distributor and Kiev’s main airport hit as supermarket tills and even ATMs went offline. Here’s the ransom demand appeared in ATMs in Ukraine.

Petya Cyber Attack Europe Russia Britain Spain

Petya Ransomware which was seen in 2016 is back again and this time it’s too dangerous! It’s taking down the biggest IT companies in Europe, Spain, Britain, Ukraine and many more Russian countries as well. Early rumors were confirmed by Danish Ship firm Maersk indicating that there’s something wrong with their IT system.

In Ukraine, government departments, the central bank, a state-run aircraft manufacturer,  the airport in Kiev and the metro network have all been paralyzed by the hack. It was not just the IT firms, even the Deputy Minister of Ukraine wasn’t shown any mercy reports Forbes. Here’s what the minister shared on Twitter showing the infected PC screen at the office.

That doesn’t end the story here! There a lot more to it! Similar to WannaCry attacks which were observed last month, Petya Ransomware is going at the same pace which uses Eternal Blue exploit as WannaCry did. Avira said in a tweet, the users who have Avira are safe from this attack! Here’s the tweet

A researcher for Kaspersky Lab identified the virus as Petrwrap, a strain of the Petya ransomware identified by the firm in March. One recovered sample was compiled on June 18th, suggesting the virus has been infecting machines in the wild for some time. Still, according to a recent VirusTotal scan, only four out of 61 antivirus services successfully detected the virus.

How Does PetrWrap Ransomware Work?

The Verge reports, PetrWrap itself appears to be a straightforward ransomware program. Once infected, the virus encrypts each computer to a private key, rendering it unusable until the system is decrypted. The program then instructs the user to pay $300 to a static Bitcoin address, then email the bitcoin wallet and personal ID to a Posteo email address. As of press time, blockchain records showed eight transactions to the target wallet, totaling roughly $2,300. It’s unclear whether any systems have been successfully decrypted after payment.

Follow the below-given tweets to know more about this Petya Ransomware cyber attack which is ongoing in Russia, Ukraine, Spain, Britain, Europe and different parts of the world.

 


This isn’t over yet. There’s always more to it when it comes to Ransomware attacks similar to what happened last month in WannaCry attacks. At present, WannaCry 3.0 version is silently doing the work and it’s not stopping yet. Stay tuned to this post so that you can complete details about Petya Ransomware attacks right here!

Source: 1, 2, 3, 4

UK Parliament Attack Russia Suspect

UK House of Parliament Under Cyber Attack, Russia maybe Culprit

Emails of MPs & Ministers in Danger

Before the UK could recover from WannaCry attacks, the House of Parliament got hit by another cyber attack which targeted emails of MPs, cabinet members, and other ministers. Up to 90 emails have been hacked so far by the cyber attack that happened on Friday.

Although the investigation is still going on, the authorities suspect Russia to be behind it. There have not been any clear evidence, for now, the hackers are said to be from Moscow. The security sources that are involved have said that the cyber attack is too big for individual hackers, it is state sponsored.

UK Parliament Attack Russia Suspect

Image Credits: Metro.co.uk

Russia Suspected Behind the Attack

North Korea has already been accused of the WannaCry attack on the UK and all around the world. Russia has also been linked to the earlier cyber attack that hacked the Presidential campaign, hacking data and leaking it to the public. The authorities have concluded Russia as the main suspect for the hacking of over 90 confidential emails of MP and other ministers.

The emails have disabled by security officials to diminish the effect of the cyber attack. The system has been modified so as to prevent the hackers from gaining further access. The ministers are locked out of their accounts, restricting them to use their emails for now. Log-in details of over a 1000 MPs and 7000 police employs have been reported so far. Furthermore, details such as addresses, credit card number and other personal details have also been compromised.

Log-in details of over a 1000 MPs and 7000 police employs have been reported so far. Furthermore, details such as addresses, credit card number and other personal details have also been compromised.

Weak Passwords & Vulnerable Emails Did the Work!

The security sources have reported that only the accounts with weak passwords have been cracked through. This means that attacker could only hack 1% of 9000 accounts used by MPs and other ministers. NCSC has been working with the UK Parliament for resolving the issue and minimizing the effects.

Not only this, the information such as passwords, address, contact details, card numbers etc of ministers and MPs whose accounts were hacked are put up for sale online.  Many users use same passwords for multiple accounts, giving an easier access to hackers.

The ministers whose accounts have been compromised are restricted access to the accounts as the security officials are working on minimizing the effects of the attack and constraining hackers from harvesting more information

After the persistent cyber attacks on the UK, the government has decided to plan upon tightening their cyber security to prevent such events in future. Guidelines have been officially released by the UK Government for people to increase cyber security in the state.

Meanwhile, it has also seen that Cerber Ransomware is spreading silently because it has hardly been reported by FBI or any other security firm. But on our ransomware section we get lots of queries regarding removal of this Ransomware. So it’s quite clear that Cerber is no less than WannaCry.

Locky Ransomware returns

Locky Ransomware Returns, Targets Older Versions of Windows OS!

Locky Ransomware Returns!

Before the world could recover from the deadly WannaCry ransomware, the Locky Ransomware is back. The ransomware that hit many in 2016 is back again. Spreading through spam emails by Nercus group the old Locky is back to hit us again. But it seems that it isn’t as effective and destructive as it should be as the return of Locky is also able to infect systems with Windows Vista and XP.

Locky’s Successor, Not So Successful

Recently, NercusBonet had released its new ransomware Jaff which was more or less like Locky, hitting systems through spam emails and encrypting files. But to Nercus’ surprise, Kaspersky Labs, a security research company found a way to decrypt those files. The lab also released a free Utility to decrypt files for the infected users.

Locky Ransomware returns

This made the descendant Locky go down but Nercus wouldn’t just sit down quietly. Recently, they released the old Locky with some new features. As nobody could ever crack Locky, Nercus thought that it would be a better source of extorting money out. Soon after the release of Jaff’sdecryptor, the spam emails stopped and NercusBonet releases Locky once again. Although Locky came out with some new features and tricks, it is almost similar to the earlier version. You can check out working Locky removal tool here so that you don’t pay any ransom to attackers!

Bug Found in the New Variant of Locky

Although Locky had never been decrypted before, it does have some flaws that were noticed by Cisco’s Talos division. The company discovered that although the ransomware is hard coded and finding a decryptor is not that easy job, it does have a bug. After researching and testing the new Locky, researchers found out that the version of Locky can only infect systems with Windows older than 7 such as Vista or Windows XP.

The reason to this is the newer version of Windows such as 7 or 8 has a feature called Windows DEP security which stands for Window Data Execution Prevention. This feature is not available in older versions of Windows. The DEP causes the unpacker to fail and thus preventing the ransomware to infect the system.

The bug in the new Locky tells us that the hackers were in a possible rush of releasing the ransomware that they didn’t realize this big bug in their strategy. This can also be because they had already spent a lot of their resources in distributing the ransomware and forget to notice this flaw. Another report by Cisco says that Locky has covered 7.2% of spam emails on the internet and that is massive for a target that is less than just 10%.

Hospitals Using Windows XP & Vista in Danger

But, it doesn’t seem like this 10% is not important. This 10% user base includes hospitals in the US and outside using older versions of Windows and while Locky is preying on these systems only, these databases need immediate attention and action.

Although security firms around the world including Cisco and Kaspersky Lab have released important guidelines and measures against such ransomware, there is no silver bullet. The best and the only option is finding a decryptor which can help the organizations and users infected with such ransomware. It’s better to install SpyHunter 4 on your PC so that you can easily bypass the fake emails that have Locky Ransomware in it.

Cerber 3 Decryptor

Cerber Decryptor: Working Cerber Ransomware Removal Tool

Cerber Ransomware

Today, I am going to explain you all about Cerber ransomware 3 & 4 version. Every one of us know what a virus or a malware is, don’t we? Antivirus companies are working hard to roll out updates as even a minute security issue arises. But the new villain in the cyber security field is ransomware.

Note: Cerber 3, Cerber 4, Cerber 5 and Cerber 6 version has been released. The previous patch is no more working. We shall update you when we get any new decryptor tool. As of now, there is no decryptor or ransomware removal tool available specifically for cerber ransomware.

Update1: Please follow our updated list of all ransomware decrypt tools released so far.

Most of you are hearing this name for the first time, I know. But you should understand what it is and aware of the healing methods as well because ransomware is a serious issue. And right after the WannaCry Ransomware cyber attack all over the world, it’s pretty serious now. Here I am going to explain about a special type of Cerber ransomware. But there is no point in doing so, given you have no idea what a ransomware is. So, let me tell what it is.

A ransomware is not exactly a malware. It doesn’t damage your computer or make it act weirdly out of the blue. Instead, a ransomware locks special types of files in your computer. And when you try to access them, it will open a wizard that demands money or ransom.

Mostly, they accept money in the form of bitcoins as it allows maximum anonymity in the transaction. The ransomware gives you a specific time limit, beyond which no one can access the files if you don’t give the money. Once you send them payment and enter the correct reference number, your computer will act normally.

Cerber 4.1.6 is a new Ransomware in the cyber world but the latest one is Potato Ransomware & ODIN Ransomware which is latest version of Locky. It has infected hundreds if not thousands of systems all around the world. The algorithm of cerber 4.1.6 is bit different from what we saw in other ransomware. So is your computer or laptop infected with Cerber Ransomware? If yes, then you must know how to remove and decrypt the encrypted files with .cerber 4.1.6 extension. Before you see the Cerber4 decrypt working method, let me explain all about Cerber4! Here you go!

Cerber4 Ransomware

With that being said, let’s move on to the details of Cerber ransomware.

What is Cerber Ransomware?

At first, you must know what Cerber Ransomware is.

Cerber 4.1.6 is a later version of the hazardous ransomware Cerber. The prime action it does is encrypting your important files and documents. (Along with the introduction, you will read the working of Cereber ransomware here as well). There are multiple ways, through which Cerber 4.1.6 can sneak into your system. I will talk about it later.

Once Cerber ransomware gets into the computer, it will create an executable file in your app data folder insider user directory. Then, the executable file will be run to scan the entire drives for the files specified in its algorithm. When the ransomware finds specific types of files, it will start encrypting the same. And, it converts them to files with .cerber4 extension.

You can’t normally open the files encrypted by the ransomware. Say you have a file named ‘work detail.pdf’, Cerber ransomware will transform it to ‘1thY47NB6g.cerber4’. Every time, it generates an alphanumerical file name with ten characters and cerber4 extension. Then, you will see a change in the desktop wallpaper and a ransom demanding message on it (sample is given below).

“Your documents, photos, databases and other important files have been encrypted!

If you understand all importance of the situation then we propose to you to go directly to your personal page where you will receive the complete instructions and guarantees to restore your files.

There is a lost of temporary addresses to go on your personal page below.”

At the end of the message, you will get a few website addresses that will lead you to pages with payment information. Along with this wallpaper change, you will also see three special files on the desktop; # HELP DECRYPT #.html, # HELP DECRYPT #.txt, # HELP DECRYPT #.url. Some old versions of Cerber4 ransomware create files such as @__README__@.html, @__README__@.txt and @__README__@.url.

The first two files (txt and HTML) contain the same ransom demanding message whereas the second one brings you to the payment page. The similar procedure takes place when ransom amount is asked to Decrypt CryptoLocker During the encryption process, it generates a private key for decryption and keeps the same in a remote server owned by the developer of the ransomware. As there are no tools available for automatic decryption, one must need the exact key to get the file access back.

On the payment page, it will demand 0.7154 bitcoin (equals about $410). In case you fail to send the amount within the proposed time limit (mostly five days), the amount will be doubled to 1.4308. But in previous Cerber ransomware versions, the ransoms were higher than this amount. The ransomware developers prefer Tor and Bitcoin currency due to the scope of anonymity it offers.

I recommend you shouldn’t act as per the instructions of the ransomware. The researches proved that the developers often ignore the victims. Suppose, your computer is infected by Cerber ransomware and, you paid the demanded ransom provided the files are of the highest significance. But chances are you will never get the files back to the original state.

Hence, the disinfection methods and restoring are preferred than being a puppet of ransomware developers.

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How does Cerber Virus Get into My System?

As I said earlier, there are multiple ways for it. Nevertheless, the most used method is to email.

Mostly, the ransomware developers craft a seem-to-be legitimate email. The widely used strategy is to duplicate the emails sent by a shipping or courier company like FedEx and DHL. It will make you believe that they tried to send you a package and failed. In order to make the shipping deliverable, they say, you have to make sure your details are correct from the following document.

About 90% of people open the attachment even without checking the sender’s email address. There is a conventional thought that only executable files cause security threats. But no! Such document contains inbuilt macros to be run in the background. Once you open the document, you will think that it was a harmless prank mail. Within that time, the ransomware creates a copy of its own in the user directory.

Another method is via freeware and cracks. If you are a person who has a habit of installing cracks of paid software, you need to be careful from this moment. A ransomware can easily be integrated into an executable file. So, brace yourself to face a security threat!

Types of Files Affected by Cerber Ransomware

Cerber ransomware targets many common and uncommon file types. I have collected an extensive list of such file extensions, which you can read below.

“.sql, .mp4, .7z, .rar, .m4a, .wma, .avi, .wmv, .csv, .d3dbsp, .zip, .sie, .sum, .ibank, .t13, .t12, .qdf, .gdb, .tax, .pkpass, .bc6, .bc7, .bkp, .qic, .bkf, .sidn, .sidd, .mddata, .itl, .itdb, .icxs, .hvpl, .hplg, .hkdb, .mdbackup, .syncdb, .gho, .cas, .svg, .map, .wmo, .itm, .sb, .fos, .mov, .vdf, .ztmp, .sis, .sid, .ncf, .menu, .layout, .dmp, .blob, .esm, .vcf, .vtf, .dazip, .fpk, .mlx, .kf, .iwd, .vpk, .tor, .psk, .rim, .w3x, .fsh, .ntl, .arch00, .lvl, .snx, .cfr, .ff, .vpp_pc, .lrf, .m2, .mcmeta, .vfs0, .mpqge, .kdb, .db0, .dba, .rofl, .hkx, .bar, .upk, .das, .iwi, .litemod, .asset, .forge, .ltx, .bsa, .apk, .re4, .sav, .lbf, .slm, .bik, .epk, .rgss3a, .pak, .big, wallet, .wotreplay, .xxx, .desc, .py, .m3u, .flv, .js, .css, .rb, .png, .jpeg, .txt, .p7c, .p7b, .p12, .pfx, .pem, .crt, .cer, .der, .x3f, .srw, .pef, .ptx, .r3d, .rw2, .rwl, .raw, .raf, .orf, .nrw, .mrwref, .mef, .erf, .kdc, .dcr, .cr2, .crw, .bay, .sr2, .srf, .arw, .3fr, .dng, .jpe, .jpg, .cdr, .indd, .ai, .eps, .pdf, .pdd, .psd, .dbf, .mdf, .wb2, .rtf, .wpd, .dxg, .xf, .dwg, .pst, .accdb, .mdb, .pptm, .pptx, .ppt, .xlk, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xls, .wps, .docm, .docx, .doc, .odb, .odc, .odm, .odp, .ods, .odt”

When you open directories with these types of files, what you see are files with bizarre names and .cerber4 extension.

Cerber Removal Tool

I am not giving you a guarantee that the tools I shared here can remove Cerber ransomware. But you have a greater chance in doing so by downloading SpyHunter 4.

Cerber 4.1.6 Decryptor

Malwarebyte’s Anti-malware for Cerber Removal

Step 1: First, you have to download Malwarebyte’s Anti-malware. What you get is an executable installer file. Just open the same and follow on-screen instructions to install the software. (I recommend doing this after logging into Safemode with networking).

Step 2: Once you finish installing the tool, you should open the interface in case it doesn’t get opened automatically.

Step 3: You will see a Scan Now button on the first screen of the software itself. As Anti-malware gets regular updates, the interface may differ in your case. But the core function remains the same.

Step 4: You have to wait some time to get the scanning finished. The scanning time solely depends on the number of files you have. The greater the number of files, the more the scanning time will be.

When it finishes the scan, you will see the result.

Step 5: There, you will get the option to select the detected malware. Just check all the detected ones and hit Remove selected.

Step 6: In order to release your computer completely from the clutches of malware, you should reboot the system. Apparently, Anti-malware will ask you whether to restart the computer or not. You must choose Yes.

Hitman Pro

Another effective Cerber ransomware removal tool that I found out is Hitman Pro.

Step 1: Yeah, you have to download Hitman Pro first. Don’t forget to run the downloaded installer to finish installing the software on your computer.

Step 2: There is not even a single complicated step in installing Hitman Pro. Once the installation finishes, it will start scanning your computer for malware.

You must wait some time to get it completed.

Step 3: When the scanning process is completed, you must choose Next on the interface that shows the result.

Step 4: On the next screen, you will be asked to enter the license key. But you can avail a free license valid for 30 days and it is enough to remove the detected malware including the ransomware.

Finally, you need to change the wallpaper and, delete the html, txt and url files on the desktop as well.

How to Decrypt Cerber Ransomware Infected Files Using Decryptor?

There are some ways to decrypt encrypted files. Let’s try some.

In-Built Restoration Method

Open the file explorer and browse to the directory with encrypted files. Right-click on it and choose to Restore previous versions. If you are lucky, you can avail an unencrypted version of the same.

In case it doesn’t work, you must restore the entire system to its previous state.

Step 1: Turn your computer on and repeatedly press F8 (F10 on some systems) during the booting up time.

Step 2: You will get a black screens with a few options on it. Just select Safe Mode with Command Prompt from it.

Step 3: You see the CMD window then. Enter cd restore into it. Then, you have to type rstrui.exe.

Step 4: Once you type it and press Enter, you will get the System Restore wizard. Hit Next.

Step 5: Choose one from the available restore points and, press Next.

Step 6: You should choose Yes to get it doing. So, do it.

There you go! When the process is finished, download an antimalware tool and eliminate all the security threats.

Shadow Explorer

Step 1: Download and install Shadow Explorer.

Step 2: Open the software and choose a drive. Then, you have to select a date of restoration.

Step 3: The main pane on the right side shows the files tree. You have to choose a file and right click on it. Finally, hit Export and browse to the destination directory. There you go!

Final Words on Remove Cerber Ransomware

I hope you got an extensive idea of Cerber ransomware now.

As I said earlier, it is difficult to bring your system to its initial state once it is infected. You had better check every attachment carefully before opening it. And, get rid of the crack using habit right now.

In case you want to know something additional about Cerber ransomware, don’t forget to drop a comment here and stay tuned to Ransomwares section on our blog for more updates! I appreciate if you hit one of the share buttons.

Speed Cameras Australia Taken Down by WannaCry

It’s Not Over Yet, WannaCry Virus Hits Speed Cams in Australia!

WannaCry Takes Down Speed Cams

After hitting hard over hospitals, enterprises, and big organizations in May this year, WannaCry has now taken over security cams in Australia. Even after a fix made by Microsoft, the ransomware is still spreading and now it has infected speed and red light cams. Apart from this, WannaCry copycat is also targeting Android users through fake apps in Chinese gaming websites’ forums.

Sources say that the ransomware has infected over 55 signal and speed cameras in the state of Victoria through Redflex, private camera operator. Although the system is not halted, the authorities are looking into the matter and will check the incidents that have happened over that time. They have ensured that probity of cameras will be maintained.

WannaCry Traffic Cameras Australia

Was that a Technical Error? No, It Was Ransomware!

It is found out that the recording of data is still normal, while there had been some technical errors while operating. The Department has taken this matter seriously, minimizing the effects and preventing it from spreading further. The removal of the Ransomware from the system is still under process but we can expect it to be alright in time soon.

The ransomware began spreading in earlier 2015, infecting Windows PC, later Mac OS and other operating systems like Linux too. The ransomware encrypts all the user data on that particular system and an extortion of over $300 in bitcoins. But this ransom amount varies depending on the demand of extortionist.

Speed Cameras Australia Taken Down by WannaCry

Not only this, the ransomware spreads quickly infecting the whole the network of systems. While the ransomware, WannaCry, had only infected Hospital database, organizations and business companies, its reach towards the government database and security files have fastened the heartbeats of nations around the world.

The ransomware needs immediate action and something has to be done to stop it forever before it is too late. If WannaCry is able to crack through speed cameras, no wonder where it will hit next and what are we going to do about it. The world cyber security is in danger with cyber criminals getting smarter and stronger with every attack.

Locky Ransomware Removal Tool & Decrypter

Locky Decrypter: How to Remove Locky Ransomware?

Locky Decrypter

Ransomware are known for corrupting data and creating havoc to your personal computer or the distributed network. When a Ransomware attacks your computer, it collects the data from your device in all formats and then change them into encrypted files with added extensions by following specific encryption methods for example AES encryption etc.

Once after the encryption method is done, it displays a message on your monitor demanding a ransom amount by blocking all your files from further accessing. With the email provided, one has to contact the ransomware developer for the decryption key of your data after paying the demanded ransom amount in order to get the files back without any loss.

In the last year, the variants of ransomware have been constantly increasing with various names and the developers started victimizing people with a twofold capacity. That being said, ransomware are different from one and another and each ransomware needs a different decryption tool in order to recover the data. One of such prominent ransomware is Locky which prevailed in the past few months.

Locky Ransomware Removal Tool & Decrypter

What is Locky Ransomware?

As I have mentioned earlier there are literally hundreds of ransomware infections being invented on daily basis for example, Cryptowall, CryptoShield, UmbreCrypt, CryptoLocker etc and all of them show almost identical behavior. They follow the same pattern of encrypting the files through different algorithms and demanding a ransom. The only difference between one malware to the other is that the type of algorithm used varies and so is the ransom amount.

Few decryption keys doesn’t work even after paying the ransom. Locky is mainly spread to the devices using P2P networks, Trojans and mainly through malicious spam emails. To avoid doing this, one has to keep their computers updated, double check the downloading file (especially the .doc files) and also not open the spam mails without any precautions.

How did Locky get into your Computer?

Distributed as malicious Locky virus hidden in .doc files mainly attached in spam mails, the Locky ransomware spreads in your computer in the form of scrambled text appearing to be macros. When the user opens the doc file in Word and enables the macro settings, an executable ransomware is downloaded on your computer which then encrypts all the files on the computer and changes them into encrypted files with a digital combination of 16 letters attached as file extensions for example, .shit, .locky, .thor, .odin, .zepto and .aesir.

Therefore, it is not nearly impossible for us to demarcate the original and not so original files and all the more because of the encryption algorithm used which not only contains AES-1024 but also RSA-20148. Therefore, you need to have a private decryption key provided by the server controlling criminals in order to get the data that you have lost.

Locky Removal Tool

Once the files of your device are encrypted, Locky creates a .txt file and HELP_instructions.html (or _WHAT_is.html) in the folders containing these encrypted files. The ransomware then makes changes to your computer by changing the desktop wallpaper and then sending a message on the desktop containing information about the encryption.

It demands a ransom of around .5 bitcoin for the decryption which is equivalent to $207.63 and that the victim should install Tor and follow the links in order to pay the amount and get the decryption key or else the locky uses the shadow volume idea in order to delete the files and double them. Currently, there are no decryption tools available in the market but we are waiting for developers like Avast to come up with some soon.

How to Remove Locky Ransomware?

There are few ways to remove the Locky virus from your computer, but before that make sure that you find a way to decrypt the data that has been encrypted. Though it is not encouraged to pay the ransom to the criminals, initially start with searching for the free decryption tools that can deal with the AES-1024 and RSA-2048 encryption algorithm to get the data back. Apart from that, here are few methods that you can try in order to remove Locky Ransomware from your device.

Restore your system

The first and safest option of removing the Locky Ransomware from your device is by restoring the system. To do that, shut down your computer and restart it. While starting, keep pressing F8 for a couple of times until you see the ‘Windows Advanced Options.’ In the menu, select the ‘Safe Mode’ option and start the ‘Command Prompt’ by clicking enter.

The device will load the ‘Command Prompt’ for you after booting. Once the window is open, Enter ‘:cd restore: and press enter. Now in the next line, enter ‘rstrui.exe’ and click enter. The windows will ask you to proceed. Click on ‘Next’. Now, you can witness few restoration points with early dates and time.

System restore for removal of Locky Ransomware

Make sure that you select a restoration point where your device was safe without any invasion of Locky ransomware and run the restoration of the system and wait for some time. This will remove the ransomware from your device and soon after the computer is started, download an anti-malware tool and scan the device to delete all the remaining files or ransomware.

Now, restore the encrypted files by Locky, using the ‘Windows Previous Version’ option. This is the most reliable option available given that your computer supports the above options and therefore, make sure that there are no shadow volume copies or else your restoration won’t work. You can also work with a specific file by accessing the ‘Properties’ and clicking ‘Restore’ to a previous version.

Safe Mode

The second way to remove the Locky virus from the device is by restarting your computer in safe mode. While the computer is being turned on, press F8 a couple of times and go to the ‘Windows Advanced’ menu and select ‘Safe Mode’ from ‘Networking.’ If you’re using devices with Windows 8/8.1/10; open them in safe mode by pressing the F5 key repetitively.

Anti-spyware/ Anti-malware tools

Once you have opened the computer in the safe mode, make a user account login which contains the Locky ransomware and open a particular internet browser. Download a legitimate anti-malware tool and perform a full scan to know about the potential threats. Remove the entries using the malware. It is recommended to use premium malware as they act efficiently than the free ones, but few malware tools by Avast are the best.

Shadow Explorer

Locky ransomware works with the shadow volume of files, and therefore, it is not sure that the restoration option works well with this on all devices. Therefore, it is better to boot the computer with a backup disc using another computer and shadow Explorer on that computer to recover the files and then completely format your computer and start off new with the recovered data altogether.

Conclusion of Locky Ransomware

Having said that, Locky ransomware is new on the dark web, and it might require some time for the popular developers to come up with Locky decryption tools that can fight against this kind of encryption. Therefore, it is best to recommend to use one of these above methods and then pay the ransom if none of them worked. If your computer is vulnerable to these kind of threats, make sure that you have downloaded the anti-spyware tools in the least to enhance the security.