BlackRuby2 Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery) March 2018 Update


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This page aims to help you remove BlackRuby2 Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any BlackRuby2 file can be recovered.

A recent with a Ransomware virus named BlackRuby2 Ransomware is the most probable reason for you to land on this page. BlackRuby2 is a new cryptovirus infection that is used by its creators for a particularly nasty form of an online blackmailing scheme – tha malware takes hostage the user’s personal data files by placing an encryption on them and then asks the targeted victim to pay a ransom in return for the release of the files. A decryption key is usually offered to the victims, the cost of which may vary from a couple of hundred to a couple of thousand dollars. Typically the money is required in the form of a certain cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin. If you are looking for a way to effectively deal with BlackRuby2 and bypass the ransom payment, we suggest you carefully read the next paragraphs. They contain useful information about the Ransomware infections as well as some tips and instructions on how to remove them and save some of your data. You will find everything neatly organized in a Removal Guide, but if you need a deep and throughout scan of your machine, do not hesitate to use the professional BlackRuby2 removal tool on this page. It might be able to help you detect and remove the malicious scripts of the malware, leaving you with a clean and safe computer, on which you can restore your files.

What has BlackRuby2 done to your files?

You have probably already found out that Ransomware viruses like BlackRuby2 could be a real pain in the neck. The reason why these viruses are so nasty is because the moment such malware enters the system, it silently encrypts your personal data files and renders them inaccessible until you pay a certain amount of money for their release. Your data is not corrupted, stolen or destroyed. It is still on your computer, however, you are not able to open it or use it in any way. Unlike the other common viruses, which typically destroy data, steal something or modify system processes and settings, Ransomware typically causes no actual harm to anything on your machine. If you want to regain your access, you have to pay for a decryption key, which is held by the hackers, who control the infection. Unfortunately, in most cases, the nasty encryption can be reversed only with the help of this key, and this is what the crooks rely on in order to extort money from their victims.

BlackRuby2 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. 

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:

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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.

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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 BlackRuby2 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!

How could you get infected with BlackRuby2?

Recent reports about the distribution of BlackRuby2 reveal, that this infection spreads through various malicious transmitters. The security experts warn that practically anything could be infected with this Ransomware, whether it’s a spam message, an email attachment, a link, an ad, or a software installer. Oftentimes, a well-camouflaged Trojan horse could also load BlackRuby2 right onto the infected computer and provide cover for it until the malicious file-encryption process gets completed. Sadly, there are usually no symptoms, which could be observed oftentimes even a reliable antivirus program might fail to detect the noxious infection process. Once the virus’ work is finished, the Ransomware reveals itself with the help of a ransom-demanding message, which gets displayed on a visible place (either on the screen or inside the folders with the encrypted files).

Is there any solution which can help you break the encryption and release your files?

As we said above, the BlackRuby2 encryption may be reversed only with the help of a uniquely generated decryption key. Without it, there is oftentimes not much that can be done in order to release the files and bring them back to normal. Still, you should not lose hope and go directly for the ransom transaction. Paying the hackers cannot guarantee you the recovery of your files. In fact, there is a risk that you might simply lose your money without getting the needed key – there are a lot of examples where this has happened to other unfortunate Ransomware victims. The crooks may simply disappear the moment they receive the ransom because there is nothing that can make them send you what they have promised if they decide not to do so. And even if they send you a decryption key, there is no way to know whether it will work or not. File-encryption is a complex process, the reversal of which may pose a challenge even to the best cyber experts, so there is absolutely no guarantee for anything. Moreover, with a Ransomware present in your system, the entire computer is not safe and even if you manage to recover anything, there’s the chance that it could gere-encrypted right away if the malware isn’t removed. So, the best you could do when you have no guarantees for anything is to go for the option that does not pose a risk of you losing anything else. We suggest you try the steps in the Removal Guide below, clean your PC from the infection and then proceed to the file-restorations steps we have described. They may eventually help you minimize the harmful effects of BlackRuby2 to some extent and, most importantly, make your computer safe for future use.

SUMMARY:

Name BlackRuby2
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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