BlackRuby Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery)


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

The BlackRuby Ransomware virus is a new computer threat that functions as typical file-encrypting Ransomware. This infection has been spotted by malware researchers recently and represents a very sophisticated cryptovirus, which can encrypt a wide variety of PC data. Once it compromises the computer, all the personal files that are found on it become useless because the virus destroys them on a structural level. In other words, it places a two-component encryption to make them inaccessible to the user and also replaces the original filenames with another file extension. Then, the malware generates a ransom message, which forces the victims to connect with the fraudsters and pay ransom in exchange for a decryption key. Decrypting the files without that decryption key is extremely difficult, and that’s why the creators of BlackRuby Ransomware have made every effort to hide it from the users. Typically, the criminals simply transfer the decryption key to their servers so that the victims cannot reach it. Then, they offer it for a certain amount of money in ransom, but there are several reasons why you should not pay it. The main reason to keep your money is that the Ransomware developers usually do not provide the decryption key after they have received the ransom. And why should they do that? They just want your money and definitely do not care about your files. That’s why we advise you not to give the cybercriminals a cent and remove BlackRuby as quickly as possible. You can use a trusted anti-malware tool such as the professional removal tool on this page or the help of the Removal guide below. 

Before you try any file-restoration method, however, it is extremely important to remove this virus from your system. Otherwise, you risk the encryption of everything you possibly manage to recover. Now, to delete the Ransomware, the first question you need to answer is if you have a reliable malware removal tool or not. If the answer is no, follow the instructions below to remove the BlackRuby virus from your system forever.

BlackRuby 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!

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:

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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:

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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.

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

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 BlackRuby 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!

The tricky techniques that BlackRuby Ransomware uses:

Naturally, nobody wants to be a victim of file-encrypting Ransomware. However, many computer users are not aware of the tricky infection methods that these malicious pieces of software use, so they are easy potential victims. If you still believe that the “Default” or “Automatic” options are the best way to install downloaded files on your PC, you’re wrong. These settings typically include an invitation to try out third-party software or some “recommended” installations that may be unsafe. Although software packages usually are used to provide legitimate software, fraudsters may also use them to import malware like this into reliable-looking programs. That’s why, it is very important to be careful what programs you download and install on your PC and where do you get them from.

Moreover, you may get a malicious virus by email. Not every file that looks legitimate and harmless is actually safe, so you should not open suspicious letters before checking if the sender really is the one that it claims to be. You can search for information about the sender by googling their email address. Another preventative measure against Ransomware infections is to back up your data. This is very important because it may be the only way to recover your files in case they are encrypted by a virus like BlackRuby. And finally, install an anti-malware program to keep you and your system safe.

Remove the BlackRuby virus instead of paying the ransom!

If you are tempted to pay the ransom in an attempt to save your data, we highly recommend you not to do that. There are many reasons why you should not give the criminals your money. First of all, the likelihood that they will provide you with the decryption key they promise is minimal. Plus, if you pay, you will basically encourage the fraudsters to continue to create more malware of this type. The more people agree to pay ransom, the more Ransomware threats the criminals will develop. If the victims stop paying ransom, however, the cyber criminals will have no reason to create such threats anymore. That’s why, although this is not a direct way to fight this type of malware, it can help to reduce the number of Ransomware infections that get created.

As far as the restoration of your files is concerned, you should know that a decryption instrument that can help you fully reverse the encryption of BlackRuby does not currently exist. However, we advise you to check all possible sources of file copies and backups that you may have. They may help you minimize the data loss to some extent. Also, you can give the file-restoration instructions in the guide below a try or wait until a decryption tool appears. The professionals will probably find a way to reverse the encryption with some decryptor, but still, the creation of such software may take time, so you have to be patient.

SUMMARY:

Name BlackRuby
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.


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