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Ransomware | 06/06/2019

Globeimposter Ransomware – A newbie threat for internet users

About: After the system is infiltrated by Globeimposter ransomware, you can no longer access your encrypted files. Decryption key is the only way to restore your lost files.

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Guide to Remove Globeimposter Ransomware

The malicious Globeimposter Ransomware has been making its presence felt since August 2017 by infiltrating various IPs. This latest ransomware Trojan is also known as “Fake Globe” because it mimics the Globe ransomware family. It attacks silently in the background, without your knowledge. The encryption can take upto several hours, depending upon the size of data.

Its strong and powerful encryption method locks the victim’s files completely. As a result, the victim can no longer be able to access the encrypted files. All that is required to restore the files is the ‘Decryption key’, which is exchanged for ransom.

GLobeImposter Ransomwre

Threat Summary

Name Globeimposter
Type Ransomware
Category Malware
Targeted OS Windows
Targeted Browser Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox


Understanding Globeimposter Ransomware

Alike other ransomwares, the Globeimposter ransomware, initially encrypts the files and later demands large ransom. At the time of encryption, a private decryption key is generated on the serve. The decryption process without the key is a next to impossible task. Hence, the victim is left with no other choice than paying the asked ransom. However, paying the ransom does not guarantee the decryption. Sometimes, the hackers may ignore the victim after getting the ransom amount. It is advisable not to pay the ransom as it supports their malicious business.

This devastating ransomware proliferate via, spam emails, P2P networks, fake software updates or third party software download.

There are several extensions which are attached to the encrypted files after the ransomware gains the access of your system. .ocean, .crypt, .726, .txt, .troy are a few mentions. In case if, ‘.726’ extension is added to the files after Globeimposter ransomware gains the access of your system. A document named ‘RECOVER-FILES-726.html’ is simultaneously created with encryption. It is the document which helps the victims on how to decrypt your files. This help document is placed in all directories with encrypted files.

Threat Behavior

The type of cryptography used by Globeimposter ransomware is AES-256. However, the following points will assist you to understand the threat behavior of this devastating ransomware at a glance:

  • Symptoms:

This ransomware usually runs silently in the background, without your knowledge. After infecting your files, it will make it inaccessible by changing its extension. Apart from encrypting the files, it will also pop up a ransom note on your screen. The note displays the message asking the victim to pay ransom amount.

  • Ransom Note:

This malicious ransomware will display a message demanding the ransom amount. The ransom note will be dropped on the affected computer’s desktop in HTA file named – ‘HOW_OPEN_FILES.hta’.

This message will be displayed every time you try to access your corrupted files.

Ransom – Demanding Message:

Ransom Note

  • Payment Method:

There are various payment methods such as Litecoin, Zcash, Dash, Bitcoin and many more. Amongst all the available payment methods, Bitcoin is the most preferred one.

  • Ransom Amount:

Once, the files are encrypted you will be bound to pay the demanded ransom. A ransom fee of 0.3 bitcoins (approx $1000) is asked by the hackers, which has to be paid within 48 hours. In case you fail to pay the ransom within the prescribed time, the amount will get doubled.

Hence, it is of paramount importance to remove Globeimposter ransomware.

Distribution Techniques

The emails with attached zip archive containing malicious java script are the primary gateway of this ransomware. The java scripts contain malicious codes in compressed zip. The code once executed, collects the malicious payloads from various preset domains. These payloads encrypt the files on your system. This type of spam is called “Blank state”.

However, emails are not the sole pathway of the Globe Imposter Ransomware, it may gain the access of your system through:

  • Torrent Websites
  • Malicious Advertisements
  • Software Bundling

Apart from encrypting the files, window’s backup will be deleted. Without the backups, restoration of the lost files is much more difficult. Hence, paying the ransom is the only way out.

Here is the best Virus Removal Guide for you, in case your system is infiltrated by this destructive Globe Imposter Ransomware.

Removal Guidelines of Globeimposter Ransomware

STEP A: Restart the system in safe mode with Networking

Windows 7/ Vista/ XP

  1. Click on Windows icon present in the lower left corner of the computer screen.
  2. Select and click  Restart.
  3. When the screen goes blank, Keep tapping  F8  Key until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
  4. With the help of arrow keys on keyboard, Select Safe Mode with Networking  option from the list and press the Enter Key. The system will then restart to Safe Mode with Networking.

5 Click on the username and enter the password (if any).

Windows 10 / Windows 8

  1. Press and hold the Shift Key and simultaneously click on the windows icon present in the lower left corner of your computer screen.
  2. While the Shift key is still pressed click on the Power button and then click on Restart.
  3. Now select Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings.
  4. When the Startup Settings screen appears which is the first screen to appear after restart, select and click on Enable Safe Mode with Networking. The system will then restart to Safe Mode with Networking.
  5. Click on the username and enter the password.

If the safe mode with networking does not work then you must troubleshoot the system configuration setting

STEP B:  Troubleshoot using the configuration setting

  1. Type “Msconfig” in search box / Run Box, select it and press Enter.
  2. Click on “Services” Tab and click on “Hide all Microsoft services”.
  3. Select Globeimposter Ransomware from the list of remaining services and disable it by removing the tick mark from the checkbox and click on Apply button.

Windows 7

  1. Click on the next tab – “Startup”.
  2. Find any blank or suspicious entry or the entry with Globeimposter Ransomware mentioned and remove the check mark.
  3. Click on Apply button and then click on OK.

Windows 10

  1. Click on the next tab – “Startup”.
  2. Take the mouse cursor to ‘Open task Manager‘ link and click on it.  This opens the Task Manager window.
  3. Find any blank or suspicious entry or the entry with Globeimposter Ransomware mentioned and click on it.
  4. Then click on Disable button.

If troubleshooting using configuration setting also fails, try deleting the file using command prompt.

STEP C: Delete suspicious file using Command Prompt

After the user enters admin credentials, Command prompt window is displayed wherein you are entitled to enter the below commands:

  1. Type the command “sc delete Globeimposter Ransomware” in the command prompt and press Enter.
  2. Type “exit” to exit the command prompt and restart the system in safe mode with command prompt.


If the suspicious file still remains in your system, you can try restoring your files & settings.

STEP D: Restore your system files and settings

Method 1 using Control Panel

  1. Click on the ‘Start’ button on the taskbar. This will open the Start menu.
  2. Click on the ‘Control Panel’ button in the Start menu. This will open the control panel window.
  3. In the Control Panel window, click on the ‘View by:’ button on the top right. Select the Large Icon option
  4. In the control Panel window click on the ‘Recovery Icon’. This will open a window that will ask ‘Restore the computer to an earlier point in time’.
  5. Click on the ‘Open system restore’ button. This will open the ‘system restore ’window where you need to click on the Next Button.
  6.  Select the restore point that is prior the infiltration of Globeimposter Ransomware. After doing that, click Next.
  7. This will open the ‘Confirm your restore point’ dialog box. Click on Finish button. This will restore your system to a previous restore point before your system was infected by Globeimposter Ransomware.


Method 2 using Command Prompt

  1. Type cmd in the search box and click on the command prompt to open the Command Prompt window. box and clicking on it.
  2. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter.(Ensure that you in the system32 directory of Windows folder in C Drive)
  3. Now type rstrui and press Enter again.
  4. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of Globeimposter Ransomware . After doing that, click Next.
  5. This will open the ‘Confirm your restore point’ dialog box. Click on Finish button. This will restore your system to a previous restore point before your system was infected by Globeimposter Ransomware.



Method 3 : Directly type 'rstrui' in the search box

  1. Type ‘Rstrui’ in the search box present on the task bar. This will open the System restore dialog box.

Continue to follow steps 4 & 5 of Method 2 to restore the System Files and settings.

Tips to Prevent your system from Globeimposter Ransomware

  1. Keeping the Operating System Updated- In order to remain protected and avoid such infections, it is recommended to keep your Operating System updated by enabling the automatic update on your system. The systems with outdated or older versions of Operating System become an easy target for the attackers.
  2. Resist clicking on spam emails – One of the major techniques used for malware distribution is forwarding spam emails to the user. The system gets infected as soon as the user clicks on the attachment. These mails appear to be genuine, so be aware and resist falling for these tricks.
  3. Keep an eye on third party installations- It is quite important that you take due care while installing any third party applications for they are major source of such infections. Such malware programs come bundled with the free applications thereby requiring the user to remain cautious.
  4. Regular periodical backup- In order to keep your data and files safe, it is recommended to take regular back up of all your data and files either on an external drive or cloud.
  5. Use Anti-Virus Protection- We strongly recommend the use of antivirus protection/internet security in your PC like Vipre and Hitman so that it remains safe.
  6. Enable the Ad Blocker/Popup Blocker in your browser- Enabling the popup blocker/ ad blocker in your chosen browser will help you to stay protected from annoying adware.

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