Bboo is a representative of what is officially considered to be the most dangerous computer virus category of ransomware. Specifically, Bboo is file-encrypting ransomware. And what this means is that after it infects its victims, it encrypts the files in their systems using a complex double key. As a result, the victim users are left with a bunch of useless data that cannot be opened or accessed by any existing type of software.
|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|
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On top of that, once the encryption process comes to an end, the victims are informed about it via a note that is left on the desktop of the computer. Usually, it includes a ransom demand (hence, the name of this type of software), which users are required to pay in exchange for a special decryption key necessary to unlock the encrypted files. And as practice has shown, the hackers behind viruses like Bboo have an underlined preference for cryptocurrencies, most commonly Bitcoin. So there will typically also be a wallet number included to which you will have to make the transfer. And to make sure they drive their point across, the cybercriminals are also in the habit of including threats and scare tactics so that users are pressured into actually making the payment.
But don’t let those threats put pressure on you. Infections like this are very serious and require a serious approach towards them. Rushing to comply with the ransom demands will not necessarily solve your problem and may only end with you spending your money for nothing. We would recommend leaving this option as your last resort only after you’ve exhausted all other alternatives. But before you even attempt to recover your encrypted data, it is vital that you first tend to the removal of Bboo from your computer. If you do not do this, then even if you manage to restore some of your files, they will likely end up getting encrypted by the virus once again.
Below we have included a detailed removal guide that will walk you through the process of locating and deleting this ransomware virus from your machine. And after you have taken care of that, you will see that in the second part of the guide there are instructions on how you may be able to recover your data from system backups.
The Bboo virus
The Bboo virus is notorious for the extent of damage that it may inflict. An infection with the Bboo virus may potentially cost users permanent loss of important data. Unfortunately, this is a scenario that you will have to accept if your computer has already been infected with this malware. However, we do hope that the below instructions will help you recover your files and you won’t have to deal with the consequences of losing them to ransomware.
Especially if you already have copies of your data stored on a separate hard drive or if they’ve been uploaded to a cloud service, then you shouldn’t have much to worry about. Alternatively, as mentioned, we can help you recover copies from system backups. But there are also decryptor tools that are normally available for free online for certain ransomware variants, and that may be a feasible option for you if nothing else works.
This is one of the reasons why ransomware like Bboo is considered to be so terribly devastating. And another is the fact that it’s incredibly stealthy when at work. In fact, one of its main advantages in the face of other types of computer viruses is that it will not trigger the vast majority of security software out there.
The thing is that because ransomware uses encryption as a means of inflicting damage, it doesn’t show up on the radar of most antivirus programs. Encryption is in itself a very benign process and not something that is traditionally considered malicious. Therefore, ransomware can be left to undertake its harmful and often time-consuming activities whilst left completely undisturbed and right under the nose of its unsuspecting victims.
The Bboo file distribution
The Bboo file distribution tactics play an important role in preventing such infections in the future. Once you know how the Bboo file is distributed, you will be able to avoid ransomware attacks from now on.
Now, you may not have realized exactly at which point in time you may have landed this particular ransomware variant on your computer. And we cannot tell you for sure how this has come to pass either. But we can outline the main distribution channels of ransomware in general, and perhaps one of them might ring a bell for you. Either way, it’s important to know all the means of malware distribution so you can protect yourself accordingly.
One of the most common ways of getting infected with this and other virus types is through spam messages. Be it via email or social media, you’ve no doubt received messages from unfamiliar senders prompting you to follow a link or download an attached file under whatever pretense. By clicking on the respective link or attachment, if it was sent with malicious intents, you are likely to first download a Trojan horse virus, which acts as backdoor for the ransomware. Hence, it then automatically downloads the ransomware and all of this happens without you even realizing it.
Another possible way of landing ransomware like Bboo is through illegally obtained content. Say, you downloaded a cracked version of some piece of software from a torrent or similar website. It may have easily been embedded with ransomware or a Trojan that was programmed to infect you with malware (as stated above). Similarly, hackers also often hide viruses in online ads which are known as malvertisements. Therefore, we highly recommend not clicking about on random ads that come your way while you’re browsing the web.
Also, after you’ve removed Bboo from your system, it would be highly beneficial that you also run a full system scan in case it came with a Trojan horse virus. We have a designated removal tool that can help you take care of that problem, if it turns out that you have a need for it.
Remove Bboo Ransomware
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
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.
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.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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:
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.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once 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:
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!
How to Decrypt Bboo files
We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.
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!