What is Wallet ransomware?
Wallet ransomware has been recently found as another malware which is being exploited by Dharma ransomware to encrypt the user’s files inside the targeted PC. The files which get encrypted carries the extension .wallet. Its developers uses the email [email protected] to enable the users to make contact with them. The encryption process is started with the help of AES algorithm to make the infected files inaccessible for users. This ransomware infects the .CGI, .TGA, .KEY, .EPS, .GADGET, .RSS, .BIN, .WMA, .SVG, .HTML files. As the Dharma ransomware is responsible behind running the wallet ransomware and it is well known that the word Dharma address the work for peace and harmony but here it s feature has been read as opposite to what it indicates. In next step Dharma ransomware takes initiative for crating various objects in windows registry. Theses creations inside the Widows registry makes .wallet ransomware to get activated on widows start up and start the encryption itself. The keys which are infected are Run and RunOnce. This ransomware also alters the wallpaper and thereafter sends a ransom note so that users may know all about mis happenings that has taken place against their Files and PC also about the ransom which has to be paid in Bitcoin.
Ransom note contains below stated messages:
How Wallet ransomware infiltrates inside PC?
Wallet ransomware infiltrates inside PC with the help of spam messages carrying the vicious attachment. These are contained with virus containing binaries and users are convinced to open such attachments on the basis of social engineering tricks. Moreover
users make installation of freeware software where such kind of virus exits in bundled form. Apart from these, users always at the time of surfing web makes clicks on shady websites and also makes the sharing of files online. All these helps in making their PC infected with Wallet ransomware .
Pernicious features of Wallet ransomware
- Wallet ransomware encrypts the user’s file by making use of AES algorithm and adds the .wallet extension to them.
- Furthermore it drops its negative impact on Windows registries and introduces several components for the automatic activation of Wallet ransomware when PC is on.
- It also changes the wallpaper and presents a ransom note which inform users about the encryption of their files.
Now what Researchers conclude?
Researchers conclude that Wallet ransomware is a PC threat so it should be removed immediately. As far as paying ransom is concerned then they strictly say not to pay ransom as it may prove only the lose of money. Instead users should prefer the installation of working anti malware software and also they should created the backup images of all stored files inside PC.
Steps to Uninstall Wallet ransomware from PC
Procedure 1: Reboot Your PC in Safe Mode
How To Start Computer in Safe Mode with Networking (Win XP/Vista/7)
- Please restart your system. Just before the Windows start, continuously press F8 on your keyboard. Now, you will be presented with Advanced Options Menu.
- Select Safe Mode with Networking from the selection options. Please use the keyboard’s arrow up or down to navigate between selections and then hit Enter to proceed.
Method To Start Win 8 in Safe Mode with Networking
- Restart your PC and as soon as it begins to start, kindly please press Shift+F8 keys.
- Instead of seeing the Advance Boot Options, Win 8 will display the Recovery Mode. So, continue with the given instructions until you reach the Safe Mode function.
- Tap on ‘See advanced repair options’.
- Then after, click on Troubleshoot.
- Next, select Advanced options.
- On the next window, choose Windows Startup Settings.
- At last, click on the Restart button. Now, Windows 8 will restart and boot into the Advanced Boot Option wherein you can run the computer in Safe Mode with Networking.
ShadowExplorer can be really helpful in restoring your file encrypted by Wallet ransomware
When Wallet ransomware attacks it generally tries to delete all shadows copies which is stored in your computer. But there are chances that Wallet ransomware is not able to delete the shadow copies everytime. So you need to restore the original files using shadow copies.
Follow these simple steps to restore original files through shadowexplorer
- you need to download shadowexplorer link from http://www.shadowexplorer.com/downloads.html
- Install it on your system
- Now you need to open shadowexplorer and select c: drive on left panel
- Now choose at least one month ago date from date field.
- Now you need to go to the folder which have encrypted filed.
- Now right click the encrypted files
- You need to export the original files and choose a destination to store them.
System restore can be another method to restore your encrypted files
1. Open start >> All Programs >> Accessories >> System tools >> System Restore
2. Click next to go to restore window
3. See what restore points are available for you , choose a restore point at least 20 to 30 days back.
4. Once selecting click next
5. Choose disk c: (it must be selected by default)
6. Now click next and system restore will start working and will be able to finish in few minutes.
Another method for recovering your decrypted files are file recovery software
If above methods are not successful you can go for file recovery software. It can be helpful in recovering your encrypted files as Wallet ransomware first makes a copy of original files and then encrypt it. After encryption it deletes the original files. So there is high probability that these file recovery software can help you in recovering your original files. You can find links to some best file recovery software below.
1. Recuva : you can download from http://www.piriform.com/recuva/download
2. Testdisk: you can download from http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download
3. Undelete360: you can get it from http://www.undelete360.com/
4. Pandora Recovery: you can download from http://www.pandorarecovery.com/
5. Minitool partition recovery: you can get it from http://www.minitool.ca/