Obliterate SOLO Ransomware (Crypto-Malware/Ransomware)

Oct 26th 2018 - by Jean-tech in: Easy PC Repair Fix PC Free News PC Protection News Virus Removal | 0 Comment

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What is SOLO ransomware? And how does it implement its attack?

SOLO ransomware, also known as SOLO Verschlüsselungssoftware, is a data-encrypting malware discovered in the second half of October 2018. Based on its ransom note, it seems to be targeting German-speaking users although that does not necessarily mean that it can’t infect other users from other countries as well.

The instant it infiltrates a computer, it executes its malicious payload. The code of this file is configured to interfere with the important system components which in turn results to the corruption of valuable data and system settings. SOLO ransomware also downloads and creates other malicious components that it uses for its attack. These components are placed on system folders and are used for both the data gathering and stealth protection modules. The former is used to obtain information about the infected machine and its user. The harvested data is then used for the stealth protection module which is used to keep SOLO ransomware invisible to both security and antivirus programs. Moreover, modifications in the Windows Registry are also made in order to achieve persistent attack. And once all these changes are applied, it begins the encryption process using the AES encryption algorithm. After the encryption, it adds the .SOLO suffix to each one of the encrypted files and drops a file named “IHRE_DATEIEN_SIND_VERSCHLUESSELT.html” which contains a ransom note written in German that states:

“Alle Ihre Dateien wurden verschlüsselt.

Ihr Computer wurde mit der SOLO Verschlüsselungssoftware infiziert. Ihre Dateien wurden verschlüsselt und können nicht von Ihnen selbst entschlüsselt werden.

Bitte nehmen Sie keine versuche vor, Ihre Dateien selbst zu entschlüsseln, im schlimmsten Fall werden Sie Ihre Dateien beschädigen und somit für immer **unverschlüsselbar machen.**

Um Ihre Dateien zu entschlüsseln, benötigen Sie unsere spezielle Entschlüsselungssoftware:

SOLO Decrypter welche alle Ihre verschlüsselten Dateien sofort entschlüsselt, desweiteren entfernt die Software die SOLO Verschlüsselungssoftware von Ihrem PC.

Der Preis für die Entschlüsselungssoftware beläuft sich auf 0.2 Bitcoin (etwa $1,200).

Bitcoin können Sie auf einen der vielzähligen Krypto-Marktplätzen ganz einfach per Kreditkarte oder Banküberweisung kaufen. Beispiele zu Diensten, wo Sie Bitcoin kaufen können:

Bitpanda – Kreditkarte, SOFORTueberweisung, Giropay, Bankueberweisung

BTC Direct – Kreditkarte, SOFORTueberweisung, Giropay, Bankueberweisung

ANYcoin Direct – SOFORTueberweisung, Giropay, Bankueberweisung

Localbitcoins – Grosse Anzahl an Zahlungsmoeglichkeiten

Coinmama – Kreditkarte

Weitere Möglichkeiten finden Sie mit einer kurzen Google suche nach ‘Bitcoins kaufen’.

Nachdem Sie die benötigte Anzahl an Bitcoins (0.2 BTC) erworben haben, senden Sie diese an die folgende Bitcoin-Adresse:

Adresse:

151oCJ1espbmqya9Vj2xxjxi1APb8zhqYR

Betrag:

0.2 BTC

Nachdem wir den kompletten Betrag erhalten haben, wird ihnen automatisch die Entschlüsselungssoftware zum Download bereit gestellt (bitte nehmen Sie keine modifikationen an dieser Datei vor, damit die ordnungsgemäße Funktionalität sichergestellt ist).

Der komplette Betrag wurde noch nicht bezahlt.

Entschlüsselungssoftware Herunterladen”

If your computer got infected with this crypto-malware, paying the demanded 0.2 BTC ransom is definitely recommended as you will only end up losing money for nothing. The best thing you can do is to obliterate SOLO ransomware from your PC and try other alternative methods to recover your encrypted files.

How does SOLO ransomware proliferate?

SOLO ransomware can proliferate using several ways. And one of the most common ways it usually uses is malicious spam email campaigns – a distribution method commonly used by ransomware developers in spreading ransomware. Crooks usually attach a corrupted link or an infected file attachment in the email. Either way, both are used to install SOLO ransomware in the system.

Obliterate SOLO ransomware with the help of the removal instructions prepared below.

Step 1: Tap Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to launch the Task Manager.

Step 2: Go to Processes and look for the malicious process of SOLO ransomware which may be randomly named and usually takes up a lot of CPU resources. Once you’ve found it, right click on it 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 SOLO ransomware and then uninstall it/them.

Step 5: Tap Win + E to launch File Explorer.

Step 6: After opening File Explorer, navigate to the following directories below and look for SOLO ransomware’s malicious components such as “IHRE_DATEIEN_SIND_VERSCHLUESSELT.html”, <random>.exe and other suspicious-looking files and then remove them all.

  • %TEMP%
  • %APPDATA%
  • %DESKTOP%
  • %USERPROFILE%\Downloads
  • C:\ProgramData\local\

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 SOLO ransomware.

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\
  • HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop\
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

Step 10: Delete the registry keys and sub-keys created by SOLO ransomware.

Step 11: Close the Registry Editor.

Step 12: Empty your 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 SOLO 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 SOLO ransomware using a reliable program like Advanced System Repair. How? Follow the advanced removal steps below.

  1. Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot it.
  2. 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.
    1. To navigate the Advanced Option use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit
    2. Windows will now load the Safe Mode with Networking.
    3. Press and hold both R key and Windows key.

    1. If done correctly, the Windows Run Box will show up.
    2. Type in the URL address, https://www.fixmypcfree.com/download.php?asr in the Run dialog box and then tap Enter or click OK.
    3. After that, it will download the program. Wait for the download to finish and then open the launcher to install the program.
    4. Once the installation process is completed, run asr to perform a full system scan.

    1. After the scan is completed click the “Fix, Clean & Optimize Now” button.

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