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What is Angus ransomware? And how does it implement its attack?
Angus ransomware is a file-encrypting malware discovered recently. According to security experts, it may be a new variant of Zeropadypt ransomware. This new variant adds the “.angus” extension to every file it encrypts and demands money from users in exchange for the decryption of the encrypted files.
Once it execute its attack on the infected system, it drops its malicious payload and run some malicious scripts used to connect the computer to a remote server. From this remote server, Angus ransomware downloads additional components that are used for its attack. These additional components are used for several modules such as data gathering module and stealth protection module. The latter is used to obtain data from the infected system while the former is used to keep the ransomware undetected in the system and to keep security programs from interfering with its attack.
Angus ransomware makes use of a sophisticated encryption algorithm in locking its targeted files. It mostly targets user-generated files like pictures, videos, documents, database, and a whole lot more. Once it completes the encryption process, Angus ransomware appends the .angus extension to every encrypted file. It then opens a program window and a text file named “HowToDecrypt.txt” which contains the following text:
“Your Files Have Been Encrypted
If You Need Your Files You Should Pay Decryption Price
The Steps For Getting Decryption Tool :
1-Send Id On The Files Or HowtoDecrypt.txt Files to Our Email
2-Send 1MB File For Getting Decryption Test to Make Sure You Can Get Your Files Back With Us(The Test File Should Not Contain Valuable Data Like Databases Excel Sheets or Backups)
3- Pay Decryption Price ( Payment Should Be With Bitcoin )
4- Get Decryption Tool With Key
Using 3rd Party Applications or Recovery Tools May Damage Your Files permanetly
Your ID :0H1Khr79qvNDB4M
Our Email: Legion.firstname.lastname@example.org”
How does Angus ransomware spread over the web?
Angus ransomware proliferates using various ways. For instance, it might use a payload dropper which initiates the malicious script used to run the ransomware in the system. It might also use spam emails where a malicious file is attached and send them to targeted users using spam bots. Thus, you need to be careful in browsing the web and make sure to keep both the system and antivirus programs updated.
Terminate Angus ransomware from your compromised PC with the help of the following removal instructions.
Step 1: First, tap the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys in your keyboard to open the Task Manager.
Step 2: After opening the Task Manager, go to the Processes tab and look for any the process of the program window of Angus ransomware, as well as other suspicious-looking process that takes up most of your CPU’s resources and is most likely related to Angus ransomware.
Step 3: After that, close the Task Manager.
Step 4: Tap Win + R, type in appwiz.cpl and click OK or tap Enter to open Programs and Features under Control Panel.
Step 5: Under the list of installed programs, look for Angus ransomware or anything similar and then uninstall it.
Step 6: Next, close Control Panel and tap Win + E keys to launch File Explorer.
Step 7: Navigate to the following locations below and look for the malicious components of Angus ransomware such as HowToDecrypt.txt, [random].exe and other suspicious files, then delete all of them.
Step 8: 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 9: Tap Win + R to open Run and then type in regedit in the field and tap enter to pull up Windows Registry.
Step 10: Navigate to the following path:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\
- HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop\
Step 11: Delete the registry keys and sub-keys created by Angus ransomware.
Step 12: Close the Registry Editor and empty the Recycle Bin.
Try to recover your encrypted files using the Shadow Volume copies
Restoring your encrypted files using Windows’ Previous Versions feature will only be effective if Angus 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.
Complete the removal process of Angus ransomware by using a trusted and reliable program like Advanced System Repair. Refer to the following guidelines on how to use it.
Perform a full system scan using asr. To do so, follow these steps:
- 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.