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.
|Targeted Browser||Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox|
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
5 Click on the username and enter the password (if any).
If the safe mode with networking does not work then you must troubleshoot the system configuration setting
If troubleshooting using configuration setting also fails, try deleting the file using command prompt.
After the user enters admin credentials, Command prompt window is displayed wherein you are entitled to enter the below commands:
If the suspicious file still remains in your system, you can try restoring your files & settings.
Continue to follow steps 4 & 5 of Method 2 to restore the System Files and settings.
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