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What is LongTermMemoryLoss ransomware? And how does it carry out its attack?
LongTermMemoryLoss ransomware, also known as LTML ransomware, is a file-encrypting Trojan infection that employs the AES encryption algorithm in carrying out its encryption attack to all its targeted files in an infected PC. According to security researchers, this malware seems to be still in its development stage so it is not currently being spread actively by its developers but it might be distributed soon.
The moment it infiltrates the system, LongTermMemoryLoss ransomware might begin its attack by connecting to a remote Command and Control server where it downloads malicious payloads containing several module files that help the ransomware in executing its attack. According to researchers, it will most probably attack files with these kinds of extensions:
.PNG .PSD .PSPIMAGE .TGA .THM .TIF .TIFF .YUV .AI .EPS .PS .SVG .INDD .PCT .PDF .XLR .XLS .XLSX .ACCDB .DB .DBF .MDB .PDB .SQL .APK .APP .BAT .CGI .COM .EXE .GADGET .JAR .PIF .WSF .DEM .GAM .NES .ROM .SAV CAD Files .DWG .DXF GIS Files .GPX .KML .KMZ .ASP .ASPX .CER .CFM .CSR .CSS .HTM .HTML .JS .JSP .PHP .RSS .XHTML. DOC .DOCX .LOG .MSG .ODT .PAGES .RTF .TEX .TXT .WPD .WPS .CSV .DAT .GED .KEY .KEYCHAIN .PPS .PPT .PPTX .INI .PRF .HQX .MIM .UUE .7Z .CBR .DEB .GZ .PKG .RAR .RPM .SITX .TAR.GZ .ZIP .ZIPX .BIN .CUE .DMG .ISO .MDF .TOAST .VCD SDF .TAR .TAX2014 .TAX2015 .VCF .XML Audio Files .AIF .IFF .M3U .M4A .MID .MP3 .MPA .WAV .WMA Video Files .3G2 .3GP .ASF .AVI .FLV .M4V .MOV .MP4 .MPG .RM .SRT .SWF .VOB .WMV 3D .3DM .3DS .MAX .OBJ R.BMP .DDS .GIF .JPG ..CRX .PLUGIN .FNT .FON .OTF .TTF .CAB .CPL .CUR .DESKTHEMEPACK .DLL .DMP .DRV .ICNS .ICO .LNK .SYS .CFG
Once it is able to find all the files it’s looking for, LongTermMemoryLoss ransomware will start the encryption process by employing the AES cipher and appending the .LTML file extension on every encrypted file. After that, it will launch a program window called “ATTENTION!” where it’s supposed to show its ransom note and recovery instructions. However it only shows a blank page, further concluding the fact that it is still not fully developed. Although that’s the case, you shouldn’t take chances and remove this ransomware if it happens to infect your PC.
How does LongTermMemoryLoss ransomware spread online?
It isn’t clear yet how LongTermMemoryLoss ransomware spreads online as it is not being actively distributed by its developers. However, it might possibly spread through malicious spam email campaigns. This kind of distribution tactic is common for ransomware threats so it wouldn’t be a surprise if LongTermMemoryLoss ransomware uses this as well. Such emails usually come with an obfuscated attachment. It may come as a Word document, a malicious executable file or a PDF file, so you have to be cautious when opening any attachments from your email no matter where it came from.
Use the following removal instructions in eliminating LongTermMemoryLoss ransomware from your PC.
Step 1: Close LongTermMemoryLoss ransomware’s program window and tap Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open the Task Manager.
Step 2: After opening the Task Manager, look for LongTermMemoryLoss ransomware’s malicious process, right click on it and select End Process or End Task.
Step 3: Close the Task Manager.
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 PC Cleaner Pro, 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 4: Tap Win + R to open Run and then type in regedit in the field and tap enter to pull up Windows Registry.
Step 5: Navigate to the following paths:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\ScreenSaveTimeOut
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
Step 6: Under the paths listed above, look for registry values created by LongTermMemoryLoss ransomware and delete it.
Step 7: Close the Registry Editor and open Control Panel by pressing the Windows key + R, then type in appwiz.cpl and then click OK or press Enter.
Step 8: Look for LongTermMemoryLoss ransomware or any suspicious program and then Uninstall it/them.
Step 9: Tap Win + E to launch File Explorer.
Step 10: After opening File Explorer, navigate to the following locations below and look for LongTermMemoryLoss ransomware’s malicious components and delete them all.
Step 11: Close the File Explorer.
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 LongTermMemoryLoss 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.
Make sure that you have completely removed LongTermMemoryLoss ransomware from your computer, to do so, follow the advanced removal guide below.
Perform a full system scan using SpyRemover Pro. To do so, follow these steps:
- Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot
- 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 SafeMode with Networking.
- Press and hold both R key and Windows key.
- If done correctly, the Windows Run Box will show up.
- Type in explorer http://www.fixmypcfree.com/install/spyremoverpro
A single space must be in between explorer and http. Click OK.
- A dialog box will be displayed by Internet Explorer. Click Run to begin downloading the program. The installation will start automatically once a download is done.
- Click OK to launch it.
- Run SpyRemover Pro and perform a full system scan.
- After all the infections are identified, click REMOVE ALL.
- Register the program to protect your computer from future threats.