Ransomware

Stare Virus


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.Stare

.Stare is the latest ransomware of the DJVU/Stop strain. .Stare aims to extort bitcoin payments from its victims.

.stare

.Stare’s ransom message.

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

Ransomware is dangerous type of computer malware that is aimed at the files store within the attacked computer. The goal of such threats, however, isn’t to harm the targeted data. Instead, a Ransomware virus would try to render this data inaccessible, which makes I possible for the criminal behind the infection to extort money from their victims through blackmailing.

 The way Ransomware programs manage to lock up the files of their victims is through the use of advanced encryption codes. Typically, the sole thing that can make an encrypted file accessible is the corresponding decryption key, which gets generated by the encryption software (in this case the Ransomware cryptovirus) upon the completion of the encryption process. The hacker behind a Ransomware virus offer this key to their victims in exchange for a ransom payment. Here, we will be telling you about a specific malware named Stare, which does exactly this – it locks the user’s files through the use of an encryption algorithm, and then blackmails the user for the access to the locked-up files.

The .Stare virus

The .Stare virus is the newest and biggest of the ransomware in 2019. Ransomware is a term coined to describe encrypters like the .Stare virus.

Stare Virus

The Stare Virus is in reality a ransomware.

If you are a victim of Stare, and the malware has already managed to place your files under its encryption, it is likely that you haven’t been able to spot the virus until it was already too late. This is typical for infections like Stare – they are very stealthy, and even good antivirus programs are oftentimes unable to spot their presence, and intercept their encryption process. One of the reasons for that is because of the lack of actual damage to the targeted data. As we mentioned earlier in this post, a Ransomware wouldn’t really cause any damage or corruption to any of the files that it has targeted. The encryption simply locks the files, but those files stay intact. Due to this overall lack of damaging activities, most security programs have a hard time noticing malware threats of this time, which, in turn, makes the Ransomware cryptoviruses one of the most successful types of malware.

The .Stare file encryption

The .stare files are a full sign that the ransomware’s encryption is complete. If you do not see .stare files in all your folders, immediately turn off your computer.

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Stare’s file encryption in action

There are many things that can be said about the encryption used by Ransomware cryptoviruses. For example, one unpleasant thing about it is the fact that it would remain on your files even after you manage to remove the virus itself. This is yet another thing which makes Ransomware threats such a pain in the neck. Some of you may actually be considering the ransom payment as a viable way out of such an unpleasant situation, but we must warn you that going for this is risky. You may send your money to the criminals, following all of their instructions, and still not receive the decryption key for your data. Also, even if you do receive a key, it is perfectly possible that the said key may not function as intended. Due to this, what we would advise you if you have Stare in your machine is to use the guide below in order to remove the threat. Then you can try some of the alternative recovery suggestions you will find in the second section of the guide. While they may not always be effective, it’s certainly better to try them first before opting for riskier and more radical measures.

SUMMARY:

Name Stare
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Usually, the user wouldn’t be able to notice anything suspicious, save for a decrease in the machine’s productivity, and an increase in the used system resources.
Distribution Method Ransomware usually spreads with the help of backdoor Trojans, spam letters, and being disguised as software installers.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

Remove Stare


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. 

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:

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 Stare 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!


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