Black Ruby Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery) Updated

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

The Internet has never been a safe place but in recent years, we have been witnessing a boom of malicious attacks, caused by one particular malware category called Ransomware. Ransomware infections are a special type of infections, which are very sophisticated and could be extremely harmful to your system and your files. What these threats do is, they use a special encryption to block the access to your data or your device and blackmail you to pay ransom in order to release them. There are thousands of versions of Ransomware on the web already and thousands more are being released each and every day. Black Ruby is the name of one of the newest file-encrypting Ransomware viruses, which will be the focus of our current article. This malware has been detected by our “How to remove” team just recently, and we have also received a couple of reports about it from our regular readers.

Blackruby File

Black Ruby Ransomware

As typical Ransomware, the first job of Black Ruby is to secretly infiltrate the users’ system, scan it for a list of targeted files and encrypt them one by one with a very complex encryption. Then, the malware places a ransom demanding message on the screen and prompts the victims to pay for a decryption key. It is a highly unpleasant experience to be blackmailed for the access of your own data and, unfortunately, many people may get panicked. However, panic will not help you remove Black Ruby and save your files, that’s why, in the next lines, we will offer you a Removal Guide and a professional removal tool. They may be just the alternative you need to deal with this nasty Ransomware, especially if you don’t want to pay ransom to the hackers.

Can Ransomware viruses be successfully dealt with?

Taking all the possible viruses that can be lurking on the Internet, Ransomware is probably one of the most harmful one. The infections of this type, such as Black Ruby, are much more sophisticated than a simple virus and the harm they may cause may not always be reparable. For instance, it is extremely difficult to catch this malware on time. Black Ruby can make its way into your system absolutely undetected and even your antivirus software may not protect you from it. The reason is, most of the convenient security programs cannot recognize the encryption process used by Ransomware, as malicious. After all, file encryption itself is not a harmful process and, in fact, it is used in many system processes as one of the most secure means of data protection. However, when used by criminal hackers, this same encryption can become a serious problem, since it will deprive you of accessing your most valuable information such as documents, images, work files, archives, audio or video files and many more file types.

Black Ruby Ransomware Removal


 

Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

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. If you want a fast safe solution, we recommend SpyHunter. 

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

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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.
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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 Black Ruby files

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

It is nearly impossible to break the encryption and bring the affected data back to normal, which is another reason that makes Ransomware so dreadful. The criminals rely on this fact so that they can blackmail their victims to pay ransom. Usually, they possess a special decryption key, which is the only possible option that may reverse the malicious encryption.

The typical money extort scheme goes like this: Black Ruby places a ransom note and gives a short deadline and strict ransom payment instructions. Threats and manipulations may also come into play in order to make the victim pay faster. The ransom is normally required in cryptocurrency (such as Bitcoin) so that the hacker can remain anonymous and hide their traces from the authorities. The scheme is made to work in favor of the criminals and get them the money. But how can one simple user deal with such a nasty blackmail scheme? The truth is only you have the power to stop it. The first thing you can do is to refuse to pay the ransom. You have to understand that the criminals want your money and no matter how promising their decryption key may sound, there is absolutely no guarantee that you will get one, let alone that it will work. Besides, the moment people stop paying, the hackers will see no business in Ransomware and will lose interest in creating more and more versions of it.

What is the alternative?

What we would recommend if your system has been attacked by Black Ruby is to, first of all, remove the infection. You can use the instructions in the Removal Guide below or the help of the professional Black Ruby removal tool. This will not only make your system safe for further usage, but you may also be able to safely proceed with your file-restoration attempts. To help you get some of your files back, we have included some tips, which we hope to be useful. If you have file backups, however, it is best to use them. Alternatively, you may want to check our list of free decryptors and see if security experts have come up with a solution for the Black Ruby encryption or you may contact a specialist of your choice for additional assistance.

SUMMARY:

Name Black Ruby
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.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

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!