Read this post to learn how to remove the GlobeImposter ransomware and restore files encrypted with the .725, .726 and ..726 file extensions.
The last week has seen two new versions of the already notorious GlobeImposter ransomware variant, using 3 digits as file extensions. The first version, using the .725 has recently been reported to spread via malspam and the second version which uses the .726 and ..726 file extensions could be spread by using the same techniques in the near future as it was just recently detected by malware researcher Marcelo Rivero. The virus aims to render the files on your computer no longer able to be opened after which demand a payment in 0.16 BTC (BitCoins) to the cyber-criminals in order to restore the encrypted files back to normal state. Luckily, you can remove this virus and restore your files without paying the ransom and to do this, we advise you to read this article.
|Main Activity||Infects the computer after which encrypts important documents and holds them hostage until a ransom is paid.|
|Signs of Presence||Files are encrypted with the .725 and ..726 file extensions.|
|Spread||Via malicious e-mail spam and set of infection tools.|
|File Recovery||Download Data Recovery Software, to see how many files encrypted by GlobeImposter ransomware you will be able to recover.|
What May Follow If GlobeImposter Ransomware Finds a Way into Your System?
If this Trojan sneaks in, it will not reveal its presence immediately. It will first perform an encryption of all partitions of your hard disk. Depending on the amount of files you have there, the process may take between 15-20 mins and a few hours. GlobeImposter uses a ‘strong’ encryption, which would be either RSA or AES. These ciphers are indeed difficult to break without the corresponding key. Unfortunately, this tool cannot be extracted from your system because it is simply not there. As soon as the encryption ends, GlobeImposter automatically transfers the key towards distant hosts, which serve as Command and Control (C&C) servers. As of now, there is no data that some security researcher has managed to breach into these databases, but it may happen in the future. GlobeImposter encourages the user to pay a ransom of 0.15 Bitcoins, which is currently equal to $108. The person has limited time to act – only 48 hours, which is a scare mechanism. The key is supposed to get destroyed when the timer reaches zero.
How Does the Infection with GlobeImposter Begin?
The developers of this ransomware try to deploy it to the computers of the victims via a variety of clever tactics. The hackers most commonly rely on spam email campaigns to reach the unsuspecting PC users. With only a few clicks, the cyber criminals may send the payload of GlobeImposter towards hundreds or even thousands of users at once. This process also involves very little operational costs and a high success rate, which explains why it is so preferred. While the spam emails is a single tactic, it can come in very different forms. The hackers may try to look as if the malicious message was coming from banks, financial platforms like PayPal, shipping companies like DHL or famous email providers. Usually, the content of the letters mentions some unauthorized transactions or other information that may worry the recipient.
The email itself contains very little information, and the supplementary data is supposed to appear in the attached file. If you make the mistake to download or open it, you may infect your machine with GlobeImposter. The problem may also happen if you install programs like Adobe or Java from random suspicious platforms like the majority of porn sites.
What to and Not to Do After You Lose Your Files Due to GlobeImposter Ransomware?
The first and most important thing to remember is not to succumb to the pressure. No matter how the hackers threaten you, you should not pay the ransom. It is true that the sum is not that high in comparison to other file-encoding Trojans, but even if the hackers receive your money, they may not release the precious key. Or if they do, you should expect them to continue creating and spreading more ransomware, which means you may get infected by a similar cyber threat anytime in the future. The right action is to delete GlobeImposter immediately. Since this parasite compromises various areas of the system, it will be best to eliminate it via special security software. When the removal is completed, you can use some free decryptor that may manage to break the ciphers. Another possibility is to use a data restoring tool, which may revert your PC to an earlier date. If you have a recent copy of your hard drives, you can safely import all of your files back to your device.
Booting in Safe Mode
1) Hold Windows Key and R
2) A run Window will appear, in it type “msconfig” and hit Enter
3) After the Window appears go to the Boot tab and select Safe Boot
Cut out GlobeImposter in Task Manager
1) Press CTRL+ESC+SHIFT at the same time.
2) Locate the “Processes” tab.
3) Locate the malicious process of GlobeImposter, and end it’s task by right-clicking on it and clicking on “End Process”
Eliminate GlobeImposter‘s Malicious Registries
For most Windows variants:
1) Hold Windows Button and R.
2) In the “Run” box type “Regedit” and hit “Enter”.
3) Hold CTRL+F keys and type GlobeImposter or the file name of the malicious executable of the virus which is usually located in %AppData%, %Temp%, %Local%, %Roaming% or %SystemDrive%.
4) After having located malicious registry objects, some of which are usually in the Run and RunOnce subkeys delete them ermanently and restart your computer. Here is how to find and delete keys for different versions.
For Windows 7: Open the Start Menu and in the search type and type regedit > Open it. > Hold CTRL + F buttons > Type GlobeImposter Virus in the search field.
Win 8/10 users: Start Button > Choose Run > type regedit > Hit Enter -> Press CTRL + F buttons. Type GlobeImposter in the search field.
Automatic Removal of GlobeImposter
Recover files encrypted by the GlobeImposter Ransomware.
Main Method The first method which you should try is download the official decrypter by Emsisoft for GlobeImposter ransomware.
Method 1: Using Shadow Explorer. In case you have enabled File history on your Windows Machine one thing you can do is to use Shadow Explorer to get your files back. Unfortunately some ransomware viruses may delete those shadow volume copies with an administrative command to prevent you from doing just that.
Method 2: If you try to decrypt your files using third-party decryption tools. There are many antivirus providers who have decrypted multiple ransomware viruses the last couple of years and posted decryptors for them. Chances are if your ransomware virus uses the same encryption code used by a decryptable virus, you may get the files back. However, this is also not a guarantee, so you might want to try this method with copies of the original encrypted files, because if a third-party program tampers with their encrypted structure, they may be damaged permanently. Here are the vendors to look for:
Method 3: Using Data Recovery tools. This method is suggested by multiple experts in the field. It can be used to scan your hard drives sectors and hence scramble the encrypted files anew as if they were deleted. Most ransomware viruses usually delete a file and create an encrypted copy to prevent such programs for restoring the files, but not all are this sophisticated. So you may have a chance of restoring some of your files with this method. Here are several data recovery programs which you can try and restore at least some of your files: