Badrabbit Ransomware Virus Removal (+File Recovery)

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This page aims to help you remove Badrabbit Ransomware Virus for free. Our instructions also cover how any Badrabbit file can be recovered.

Ransomware viruses have become perhaps the most dreadful threat to one’s cyber security and, unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like anyone will be able to stop them any time soon. New variants are developed every day, turning into millions of unique samples each year. And if you compare to previous years – this growth is exponential. Thus, one of the latest ransomware variants to be terrorizing users and encrypting their files is Badrabbit. It is believed to be the latest variant of the Petya ransomware. We have been receiving a number of reports from different users regarding this awful threat, mainly asking for a way to have it removed and for a possible solution to the file encryption. And with this article we would like to offer you both. First of all of course we would like to shed some more light on the phenomenon that is ransomware, so you have a better understanding of how things got to this point in the first place. And after that we will provide those in need of a solution for Badrabbit ransomware virus with a detailed removal guide and potential ways of recovering the data that it has locked.

What exactly makes ransomware so dangerous? Why are we so helpless against it?

The main reason why viruses like Badrabbit ransomware prove to be as devastating as they do is because encryption is something very difficult to crack. And that is in essence its purpose, otherwise we wouldn’t be using it as a means to protect our most valuable data. Therefore, oftentimes people want to regain access to their files so badly that, not having any other viable options, they readily pay whatever amount the hackers pay them to in ransom. This has propelled the industry of online blackmail (because that is exactly what ransomware is), making it incredibly lucrative and more and more popular with cyber criminals. The existence of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies (‘encryption’ again) has further stimulated this practice, because when having the ransom transferred in this way, there’s no way for the authorities to trace the money flow. Cryptocurrencies are basically untraceable and all transactions are anonymous.

Badrabbit Ransomware Virus Removal


 

Step1

Restoring basic Windows functionality
 
Before you are able to remove the Petya ransomware virus from your computer you need to be able to access it in the first place. Since the ransomware will prevent Windows from booting itself your first job is to repair the Master Boot Records (MBR) of your drive.
 
To do that you’ll need your original Windows OS DVD (or an USB bootable drive for advanced users)
  1. Insert the DVD (or the USB) into the computer, then run the computer and choose to boot the OS from the DVD/USB. You may have to change Windows boot priorities from the bios by pressing Del
  2. When Windows boots from the DVD/USB select Windows Repair
  3. Open the Command Prompt and write the following commands inside:     enter: bootrec / fixmbr, bootrec / fixboot and bootrec / rebuildbcd
  4. Your Windows OS should now be able to boot normally. You can proceed with the removal of the virus as usual.

 

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. 

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If for some reason it doesn't remove parasite, go to "Spyware HelpDesk" ----> "Select Problem Type" -----> "Unremoved Parasit.e"

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

malware-start-taskbar

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.

Step3

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

msconfig_opt

Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

  • Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.

Step4

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
Avoid this by using SpyHunter - a professional Parasite removal tool.

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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. 

Search for the ransomware  in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful –  you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware.

Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:

  1. %AppData%
  2. %LocalAppData%
  3. %ProgramData%
  4. %WinDir%
  5. %Temp%

Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!

Step5 

How to Decrypt Badrabbit files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

So, this has led us to the point, where the number of individual viruses like Badrabbit ransomware has gone through the roof and more and more people get infected each year by them. Another key point again brings us back to the encryption process itself, as it is also what ensures that most ransomware won’t be detected by the majority of antivirus programs out there. That’s because encryption is not itself an inherently malicious thing, as we well know. And since no damage is being caused, nothing is corrupted, stolen or otherwise tampered with – you antivirus, too, likely led Badrabbit slide and didn’t so much as bother to notify you about it.

But is there really no way to deal with these viruses? Is it virtually impossible to counteract their harmful actions and stand up to the cowardly hackers behind them? Not quite. Luckily, there are still ways to help yourself. For one, we highly recommend using the removal guide (or the removal tool, for those who aren’t as tech savvy) to delete Badrabbit as soon as you are done reading this article. This is very important, because the virus may potentially compromise other files that come into contact with your machine and could also lead to the introduction of other malware. Once you have done that, you can then attempt to recover your files using the file-restoration instructions that are also included in the same guide. They will pretty much try to recover your data from file backups, but we cannot guarantee the success of this in all instances of infection.

Other alternative solutions include using a decryptor tool. Cyber security companies have been developing these in an attempt to battle ransomware and perhaps you may be able to find one that will crack the code in your case. Regardless of what you decide to do, it’s also no less important to do everything in your power to prevent future attacks likes this from now on. You can start by updating your OS and all the programs on it, as an outdated system is vulnerable to external threats. In addition, it would also be wise to start creating backups of your most important files and keeping them on a separate drive that’s not always connected to a computer. This will ensure that even in the event of an infection, you will at least have copies someplace safe, essentially rendering the ransomware powerless.

SUMMARY:

Name Badrabbit
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!