What is WhiteRose virus?
The whiteRose virus is a ransomware infection which infects a computer system and encrypts the user data in order to extort money from the user. For example, a file name with “file.txt” will change to “file.txt.WHITEROSE”. So, if your computer files have a .WHITEROSE extension then it simply means that your system is infected with this ransomware.
This ransomware belongs to the family of Infinite Tear ransomware. Once the user data in encrypted by this ransomware, it will leave a ransom note that reads:
- Name: WhiteRose Ransomware
- Browsers Affected: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer
- Targeted Operating System: Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 8/10
- Category: Ransomware
- Symptoms: Encrypts all the important data files, adds a .WHITEROSE extension to the data files
Why is WhiteRose Ransomware dangerous for your computer system?
The WhiteRose ransomware is dangerous because it locks your data files as soon as it infiltrates the computer system and make it impossible for the user to recover those files without a decryption key. This ransomware is capable of locking down all your data files and make it inaccessible forever. The ransom note provided by this ransomware provides some detailed and funny instructions about your situation which will do nothing other than annoying you.
Generally the cyber criminals want the victim to contact them directly through email. In this case the ransom note states that the victim should contact the cyber criminals and pay for the decryption key through qTox which is an instant messaging platform.
Although it is highly recommended not to contact these crooks because they are not going to provide you a WhiteRose ransomware removal guide in the form of a decryption key. In most cases, the cyber crooks steal the money and do not provide the key to unlock the data. So better invest your money in an effective back up and internet security software to save you from such future hazards.
How did the WhiteRose Ransomware get installed on your PC?
The cyber criminals use various strategies for malware distribution which include –
- Software Bundling: Software bundling is the process in which a malicious program is distributed with other free software, to get an unnoticed entry into your computer system. When a user installs a free application, the malicious programs gains a front door entry with the free application, the user has downloaded. Thus, it is a good idea to keep an eye on the installation screens while installing these free applications.
- Infected Storage Devices: Your system can also get infected by using removable media such as USB hard drives and jump drives without scanning them with an anti-virus.
- Spam Emails – Spamming is the most economic and common method used for the distribution of such malware. The targeted users get genuine looking emails which contain .doc, .txt, and other similar attachments. These attachments can be named as anything which can grab the user’s attention and triggers him/her to open the attachment. As soon as the user opens this attachment, the malware infects the user’s computer system.
- Malicious Websites or Malevolent Advertisements: The malicious websites are the ones which are created just for promoting the malware infections. Such websites include but are not limited to porn sites, torrent sites and other free downloading platforms. By visiting such websites, the adware infects the user’s computer without permission. Fake advertisements and updates like Flash player and windows updates which ask the user to update to the latest version are a few examples. When the users click on such links, their computer system gets infected. That is why, it is highly recommended to resist clicking on such links. Also avoid clicking on advertisements offering free stuff such as Win an iPhones, cars or free overseas trips etc.
How to remove WhiteRose Ransomware?
If you come across any WhiteRose ransomware removal steps then make sure not to waste your time on such guides because the data encrypted by a ransomware cannot be decrypted without a decryption key. That is why such guides to remove WhiteRose ransomware are of no use. However, there is one way through which you can restore your locked data.
Restore the encrypted data via Windows previous version
If the system restore was enabled for both, system and user files, then you can recover your personal data through Windows Previous Version, provided the ransomware has not damaged the backup files. To restore your data follow the instructions given below –
- Open My Computer and search for the folder you want to restore.
- As soon as you find it, right click on it and choose the restore previous version option from the new window.
- This option will display all the previous copies of the folder.
- Now select restore data and through the options i.e. Open – Copy – Restore.
Tips to prevent your computer system from getting infected –
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Use Anti-Virus Protection- We strongly recommend the use of antivirus protection/internet security in your PC like Sophos and Bull Guard so that it remains safe.
- 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.