Ransomnix is a file encryption virus categorized as a Ransomware. This harmful piece of code infiltrates user’s system covertly and encrypts the websites & related files on the machine with a powerful encryption cipher.
Ransomnix Ransomware uses RSA-2048 encryption algorithm to encrypt the user’s website files with a .Crypt extension. Once the files get encrypted, the user cannot open or edit these files. It affects servers and internet sites!
After encrypting the files on the user’s system the Ransomnix Ransomware displays a ransom note to the user demanding Ransom in crypto currency such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, Monero etc.
Ransomnix Ransomware uses various methods to enter a user’s system to lock the files with its own file extension. These methods include:
Third Party software bundling – Third party software often have additional programs within the setup wizard. The software bundled within these third party programs are often not required by the user in their system, as these additional software don’t provide any useful service to the user. The bundled software is a hindrance then a help as these software causes the system to become sluggish and unresponsive.
Users should uncheck any unwanted additional software from the installation wizard by using the Custom/Advanced settings.
Spam email Attachments – Spam emails are often made to look like a communication from a trusted source, but there are often little differences that are able to giveaway the fraud message. These spam emails contain file attachments, which when opened download the virus payload into the user’s system.
Malicious links and Pop-up ads – While browsing the internet, one often comes across a variety of pop-up ads and malicious links. Accidently or intentionally clicking on these ads or links can lead you to web pages that can download the malware into your system.
Torrents or Peer-to-Peer file transfer – Torrent downloads can contain files that can be harmful for your system. These torrents can contain hidden files within the torrents that can infect your system. Peer-to-Peer file transfer can also propagate the Ransomnix Ransomware from one system to another.
After encrypting the user’s files, the Ransomnix Ransomware displays a ransom note. This Ransom note states that your files are encrypted by using a Powerful RSA-2048 encryption. The files encrypted by the Ransomnix Ransomware contain the following file extensions:
.HTML, .HTM, .PHP, .CSS, .WEB, .SITE, .PHP2, .PHP3, .PHP4, .PHP5, .PHTM, .PHTML, .WEBSITE, .VBHTML etc. These file extensions are some of the targeted extensions by the Ransomnix Ransomware.
It demands 0.2 BTC (bitcoin cryptocurrency) and increases the ransom amount by 0.1 BTC with each passing day.
Ransomnix Ransomware threatens to delete the decryption key for the files on the user’s system if their demands are not met. If they decryption key is deleted, it becomes impossible to unlock these files.
Ransomnix Ransomware’s ransom note provides a contact email and a bitcoin address for the user. The extortionists demand the user to contact them using the email@example.com email address and pay the ransom at the following bitcoin address 1VirusnmipsYSA5jMv8NKstL8FkVjNB9o.
The Cyber crooks explicitly ask the users of non-English speaking countries to use Google translate to translate their emails in English before contacting them.
The Ransomnix Ransomware is being spread by Jigsaw hacker’s team. They were responsible for the Jigsaw ransomware which had many variants and all those variants had a time limit of one hour after which it started deleting files if the ransom was not paid.
The cyber crooks promise to deliver the decryption code after receiving the money. They ask the user to send them a sample file which they will decrypt as an assurance that they have the decryption key.
The Ransomnix Ransomware makes the following changes in the user’s system to continue persistence:
Name – Ransomnix Ransomware
Category – Ransomware
Targeted Operating Systems – Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.0/8.1, Windows 10
Symptoms – Encrypts the websites & related files on the system with a .crypt extension, demands ransom of 0.2 BTC and increases it by 0.1 BTC with each passing day in return for the decryption key.
The users should never pay the ransom demanded by these cyber crooks as there is no guarantee that they will provide the decryption key after receiving the ransom. The users should look for methods on the internet to recover their files instead of paying the ransom and getting duped by the cyber crooks.
Given below is the step by step process to remove Ransomnix Ransomware from the system. You should follow these steps in the given order so as to delete the Ransomnix Ransomware from the system completely without leaving any residual files behind.
If the steps are not followed properly, the Ransomnix Ransomware can make a comeback in the system and encrypt your files again.
To restart the system to Safe Mode with Networking, if already switched ON then follow the below steps:
5 Click on the username and enter the password (if any).
Restart System using Safe mode with Command Prompt
Once the system starts, ensure to use an account with administrative privilege to access Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
After the user enters admin credentials, Command prompt window is displayed wherein you are entitled to enter the below commands:
Restore your system files and settings
Continue to follow steps 4 & 5 of Method 2 to restore the System Files and settings.
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