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What is yG ransomware? And how does it execute its attack?
yG ransomware is a new file-encrypting virus designed to take over a compromised computer to encrypt files. According to researchers, this ransomware is a variant of the Dharma ransomware family which already has a number of variants that carry out similar attacks.
Once it successfully infects your computer, yG ransomware connects to its Command and Control server to deliver information about the infected PC and then in return, it receives necessary data to carry out the encryption process. Before the encryption, it scans the computer for important files with different file types such as photos, music, videos, databases, texts, configuration files, archives, spreadsheets and a whole lot more and then encrypts them using the RSA 1024 encryption algorithm. All the targeted files are marked with [email@example.com].yG extension which is added at the end of each file’s names. Once it is done with the encryption, it delivers a ransom note which is contained in a text file named firstname.lastname@example.org and places it on the desktop. The ransom note reads as follows:
“All FILES ENCRYPTED “RSA1024”
All YOUR FILES HAVE BEEN ENCRYPTED!!! IF YOU WANT TO RESTORE THEM, WRITE US TO THE E-MAIL email@example.com
IN THE LETTER WRITE YOUR ID, YOUR ID ***
IF YOU ARE NOT ANSWERED, WRITE TO EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
YOUR SECRET KEY WILL BE STORED ON A SERVER 7 DAYS, AFTER 7 DAYS IT MAY BE OVERWRITTEN BY OTHER KEYS, DON’T PULL TIME, WAITING YOUR EMAIL
FREE DECRYPTION FOR PROOF
You can send us up to 1 file for free decryption. The total size of files must be less than 1Mb (non archived), and files should not contain valuable information. (databases,backups, large excel sheets, etc.)
When you make sure of decryption possibility transfer the money to our bitcoin wallet. As soon as we receive the money we will send you:
- Decryption program.
- Detailed instruction for decryption.
- And individual keys for decrypting your files.
Do not rename encrypted files.
Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price (they add their fee to our) or you can become a victim of a scam.”
How is the payload file of yG ransomware disseminated online?
yG ransomware’s distribution method is quite unclear since its infections rate is not that high. But according to our specialists, its distribution technique should not differ from other malware which means that, just like most ransomware infections, yG’s malicious files are spread using spam email campaigns. It is one of the most popular ransomware distributions among this type of infection. Aside from that, it can also spread its infection on third party pages that presents themselves as P2P websites. These kinds of websites contain not just ransomware virus but also other kinds of computer parasites.
Eliminate yG ransomware from your computer with the help of the removal instructions provided below.
Step 1: You need to first close the program window of yG ransomware labeled “Berserk666@tutanota.com”. However, if you can’t close it, you can end its process as well as other malicious processes of yG ransomware via the Task Manager. Simply tap the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open it.
Step 2: Next, go to the Processes tab and look for the malicious process of yG ransomware named “exp1mod.exe” and other suspicious-looking processes and then right click on each one of them and select End Process or End Task.
Step 3: Close the Task Manager and open Control Panel by pressing the Windows key + R, then type in “appwiz.cpl” and then click OK or press Enter.
Step 4: Look for dubious programs that might by related to yG ransomware and then Uninstall it/them.
Step 5: Close Control Panel and then tap Win + E to launch File Explorer.
Step 6: After opening File Explorer, navigate to the following directories below and look for yG ransomware’s malicious components such as email@example.com, RETU FILES.txt and [random].exe and other suspicious-looking files and then erase them all.
Step 7: Close the File Explorer.
Before you proceed to the next steps below, make sure that you are tech savvy enough to the point where you know exactly how to use and navigate your computer’s Registry. Keep in mind that any changes you make will highly impact your computer. To save you the trouble and time, you can just use Advanced System Repair, this system tool is proven to be safe and excellent enough that hackers won’t be able to hack into it. But if you can manage Windows Registry well, then by all means go on to the next steps.
Step 8: Tap Win + R to open Run and then type in regedit in the field and tap enter to pull up Windows Registry.
Step 9: Navigate to the listed paths below and look for the registry keys and sub-keys created by yG ransomware.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\
- HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop\
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\ScreenSaveTimeOut
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
Step 10: Delete the registry keys and sub-keys created by yG ransomware.
Step 11: Close the Registry Editor.
Step 12: Empty your Recycle Bin.
Try to restore your computer to its previous state using System Restore
Restoring your encrypted files using Windows’ Previous Versions feature will only be effective if yG ransomware hasn’t deleted the shadow copies of your files. But still, this is one of the best and free methods there is, so it’s definitely worth a shot.
To restore the encrypted file, right-click on it and select Properties, a new window will pop-up, then proceed to Previous Versions. It will load the file’s previous version before it was modified. After it loads, select any of the previous versions displayed on the list like the one in the illustration below. And then click the Restore button.
Once you’re done executing the steps given above, you need to continue the removal process of yG ransomware using a reliable program like Advanced System Repair. How? Follow the advanced removal steps below.
- Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot it.
- After that, the BIOS screen will be displayed, but if Windows pops up instead, reboot your computer and try again. Once you’re on the BIOS screen, repeat pressing F8, by doing so the Advanced Option shows up.
- To navigate the Advanced Option use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit
- Windows will now load the Safe Mode with Networking.
- Press and hold both R key and Windows key.
- If done correctly, the Windows Run Box will show up.
- Type in the URL address, https://www.fixmypcfree.com/download.php?asr in the Run dialog box and then tap Enter or click OK.
- After that, it will download the program. Wait for the download to finish and then open the launcher to install the program.
- Once the installation process is completed, run asr to perform a full system scan.
- After the scan is completed click the “Fix, Clean & Optimize Now” button.