Cyber security specialists has received reports of yet another ransomware called ‘Berosuce file virus‘. This malicious program is another in the list of crypto viruses developed to encrypt files on users’ computers. It can be embedded on a computer anywhere in the world and stop the operation of its files, causing cybercriminals to reach their goal. This post will provide you with all the things you need to know about ransomware, how to remove Berosuce virus from your computer and how to recover (decrypt) encrypted photos, documents and music for free.
Getting to the user’s computer, the Berosuce virus starts searching for the users files of the computer, and after their detection, it will encrypt each of them using a complex unique code that completely locks them and leads to their dysfunction. Files encrypted with this ransomare receive the .Berosuce extension, which allows users to identify the cause of the problem that caused their work to stop. This ransomware virus is capable of blocking various files such as documents, photos, video materials, drawings, as well as its destructive effects can be subjected to backups. Berosuce file virus can encrypt almost all types of files, including common as:
.wbz, .kdc, .pfx, .xml, .zip, .wgz, .mddata, .flv, .xll, .cfr, .d3dbsp, .xlsb, .wdp, .sb, .ai, .xf, .x3f, .ws, .layout, .pef, .wp, .snx, .rb, .erf, .sidd, .xdl, .docx, .vpk, .x3d, .vdf, .arw, .ods, .ptx, .xlsm, .2bp, .kdb, .wpd, .mdf, .jpg, .wsd, .csv, .sid, .pdf, .wpg, .mcmeta, .itl, .3dm, .rw2, .xls, .itm, .iwi, .dmp, .crt, .sr2, .zw, .kf, .py, .qic, .bik, .xar, .rtf, .xy3, .psk, .odt, .xwp, .mrwref, .tor, .hkdb, .odp, .jpe, .js, .z3d, wallet, .big, .wpl, .m2, .y, .mdb, .x, .sis, .png, .eps, .gho, .0, .xlgc, .pptm, .ysp, .orf, .arch00, .wav, .dwg, .cas, .zif, .nrw, .gdb, .t13, .cer, .xlsx, .xlsm, .wpd, .fsh, .w3x, .wbc, .lrf, .pdd, .accdb, .p12, .vtf, .ncf, .z, .xls, .desc, .xlk, .srw, .itdb, .xmind, .wdb, .esm, .sie, .webdoc, .ybk, .wpt, .hvpl, .wpa, .icxs, .srf, .sav, .wmo, .1, .dng, .wpw, .xdb, .xld, .css, .odm, .wp5, .fpk, .wsc, .litemod, .raf, .sidn, .ltx, .wmf, .wotreplay, .dazip, .wp7, .7z, .sql, .xyp, .re4, .sum, .cr2, .wbd, .map, .xbdoc, .wpe, .zip, .zi, .wps, .upk, .wire, .txt, .rgss3a, .epk, .mpqge, .avi, .wmv, .wn, .vcf, .3fr, .dcr, .bc6, .wri, .blob, .wb2, .wot, .p7b, .1st, .pak, .pkpass, .fos, .ntl, .wp6, .pem, .wm, .r3d, .xpm, .iwd, .vfs0, .zdb, .pst, .jpeg, .x3f, .xyw, .cdr, .forge, .mdbackup, .wsh, .bkp, .menu, .m4a, .psd, .bsa, .yml, .db0, .qdf, .docm, .p7c, .rwl, .slm, .mov, .dbf, .xmmap, .3ds, .wma, .wcf, .hkx, .raw, .ibank, .dxg, .wbm, .bkf, .odb, .ppt, .apk, .pptx, .wp4, .wbk, .zdc, .bc7, .wma, .vpp_pc, .xx, .wmv, .rim, .dba, .wmd, .tax, .m3u, .svg, .yal, .doc, .crw, .xbplate, .xxx, .das, .asset, .lvl, .ztmp, .mef, .t12, .zabw, .indd, .bay, .syncdb, .mlx, .ff, .wbmp, .mp4, .rofl
Each user whose computer has been subjected to the Berosuce virus attack, receives a ransom note from cyber frauds, which indicates the amount for which they are willing to provide the user with a unique code key, is a tool to unlock the affected files.
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Ransomware virus most often gets into the computer by the mass mailing of e-mails to which a file with the Berosuce virus is attached. Cybercriminals send such emails to a huge number of people, and do it on behalf of well-known organizations, with a note of urgency and the need for a quick response to the received email. This psychological technique is very effective on the recipient, who sees the note of urgency, and he does not have time to think, and he opens the received letter. As a result, the Berosuce ransomware instantly ebcrypts all important files on his computer. This virus is discrete and remains invisible to anti-virus programs, causing it to seamlessly penetrate any computer.
|Type||File virus, Crypto malware, Filecoder, Ransomware, Crypto virus|
|Encrypted files extension||.berosuce|
|Ransom amount||$980 in Bitcoins|
|Symptoms||When you try to open your file, Windows notifies that you do not have permission to open this file. Windows Explorer displays a blank icon for the file type. Files called such as ‘_readme.txt’ or ‘_readme” in every folder with an encrypted file.|
|Distribution methods||Phishing Emails that is carefully designed to trick a victim into opening an attachment or clicking on a link that contains a malicious file. Drive-by downloads from a compromised web-page. Social media, like web-based instant messaging programs. USB flash drives containing malware.|
|Removal||Berosuce ransomware removal guide|
|Decryption||Berosuce files decryption steps|
In the instructions below, I have outlined few methods that you can use to remove Berosuce virus from your personal computer and restore (decrypt) .berosuce files for free.
- How to remove Berosuce virus ransomware
- How to decrypt .berosuce files
- How to restore .berosuce files
- How to protect your computer from Berosuce crypto malware?
- Finish words
How to remove Berosuce virus ransomware
The Berosuce virus ransomware may hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and delete completely. This can lead to the fact that after some time, this ransomware virus again infect your computer and encrypt your photos, documents and music. Moreover, I want to note that it is not always safe to uninstall crypto virus manually, if you don’t have much experience in setting up and configuring the Windows operating system. The best way to detect and remove Berosuce ransomware virus is to use free malicious software removal software which are listed below.
Remove Berosuce file virus with Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM)
Zemana is a free utility that performs a scan of your PC system and displays if there are existing ransomware, trojans, spyware, adware software, worms and other malicious software residing on your computer. If malicious software is detected, Zemana AntiMalware can automatically remove it. Zemana Free does not conflict with other antimalware and antivirus programs installed on your computer.
Zemana Free can be downloaded from the following link. Save it on your Desktop.
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After the download is complete, launch it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) will try to update itself and when this task is done, click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the Berosuce ransomware virus, other malware, worms and trojans.
This procedure can take some time, so please be patient. Review the results once the utility has done the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Next” button.
The Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) will uninstall Berosuce ransomware virus, other malware, worms and trojans and move items to the program’s quarantine.
Automatically uninstall Berosuce ransomware with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware
Manual Berosuce removal requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the crypto malware can be not fully removed. We advise that use the MalwareBytes Free that are fully clean your system of ransomware. Moreover, this free application will help you to uninstall malware, potentially unwanted apps, adware software and toolbars that your PC system can be infected too.
Download MalwareBytes on your computer from the following link.
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Once downloading is done, close all applications and windows on your computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called mb3-setup like below.
When the setup starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Malwarebytes on your PC.
Once installation is finished, you will see window like below.
Now press the “Scan Now” button to begin scanning your personal computer for the Berosuce ransomware and other security threats. While the MalwareBytes is checking, you can see number of objects it has identified either as being malicious software.
As the scanning ends, MalwareBytes Free will show a list of all threats detected by the scan. Once you’ve selected what you want to delete from your personal computer click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will now uninstall Berosuce crypto virus, other malware, worms and trojans and move threats to the program’s quarantine. Once that process is complete, you may be prompted to reboot your PC system.
The following video explains steps on how to uninstall hijacker, adware software and other malicious software with MalwareBytes Anti Malware.
Run KVRT to remove Berosuce ransomware virus from the machine
KVRT is a free removal tool which can scan your machine for a wide range of security threats like the Berosuce ransomware, adware, potentially unwanted apps as well as other malware. It will perform a deep scan of your PC system including hard drives and MS Windows registry. After a malware is found, it will allow you to uninstall all detected threats from your PC with a simple click.
Download Kaspersky virus removal tool (KVRT) by clicking on the following link. Save it to your Desktop.
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Category: Security tools
Update: March 5, 2018
After the downloading process is done, double-click on the KVRT icon. Once initialization procedure is done, you’ll see the KVRT screen as shown in the figure below.
Click Change Parameters and set a check near all your drives. Click OK to close the Parameters window. Next click Start scan button to perform a system scan with this utility for the Berosuce crypto malware and other known infections. Depending on your computer, the scan may take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the Kaspersky virus removal tool program is scanning, you may see how many objects it has identified as threat.
After Kaspersky virus removal tool has completed scanning, Kaspersky virus removal tool will create a list of unwanted applications and ransomware virus such as the one below.
Review the results once the tool has complete the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply press on Continue to begin a cleaning procedure.
How to decrypt .berosuce files
With some variants of Berosuce ransomware, it is possible to decrypt encrypted files using free tools listed below.
Michael Gillespie (@) released the Berosuce decryption tool named STOPDecrypter. It can decrypt .Berosuce files if they were encrypted by one of the known OFFLINE KEY’s retrieved by Michael Gillespie. Please check the twitter post for more info.
STOPDecrypter is a program that can be used for Berosuce files decryption. One of the biggest advantages of using STOPDecrypter is that is free and easy to use. Also, it constantly keeps updating its ‘OFFLINE KEYs’ DB. Let’s see how to install STOPDecrypter and decrypt .berosuce files using this free tool.
- Installing the STOPDecrypter is simple. First you will need to download STOPDecrypter on your Windows Desktop from the following link.
- After the downloading process is done, close all applications and windows on your machine. Open a file location. Right-click on the icon that’s named STOPDecrypter.zip.
- Further, select ‘Extract all’ and follow the prompts.
- Once the extraction process is finished, run STOPDecrypter. Select Directory and press Decrypt button.
If STOPDecrypter does not help you to decrypt .berosuce files, in some cases, you have a chance to recover your files, which were encrypted by ransomware. This is possible due to the use of the tools named ShadowExplorer and PhotoRec. An example of recovering encrypted files is given below.
How to restore .berosuce files
In some cases, you can restore files encrypted by Berosuce crypto virus. Try both methods. Important to understand that we cannot guarantee that you will be able to recover all encrypted photos, documents and music.
Use shadow copies to recover .berosuce files
An alternative is to recover .berosuce files from their Shadow Copies. The Shadow Volume Copies are copies of files and folders that Microsoft Windows 10 (8, 7 and Vista) automatically saved as part of system protection. This feature is fantastic at rescuing photos, documents and music that were damaged by Berosuce ransomware. The guide below will give you all the details.
Click the following link to download ShadowExplorer. Save it to your Desktop.
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Once downloading is done, open a directory in which you saved it. Right click to ShadowExplorer-0.9-portable and select Extract all. Follow the prompts. Next please open the ShadowExplorerPortable folder as shown on the image below.
Launch the ShadowExplorer tool and then select the disk (1) and the date (2) that you want to recover the shadow copy of file(s) encrypted by the Berosuce crypto malware as shown in the figure below.
Now navigate to the file or folder that you wish to recover. When ready right-click on it and click ‘Export’ button as displayed below.
Restore .berosuce files with PhotoRec
Before a file is encrypted, the Berosuce ransomware makes a copy of this file, encrypts it, and then deletes the original file. This can allow you to restore your documents, photos and music using file restore applications like PhotoRec.
Download PhotoRec on your computer from the following link.
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Update: March 1, 2018
Once the download is finished, open a directory in which you saved it. Right click to testdisk-7.0.win and choose Extract all. Follow the prompts. Next please open the testdisk-7.0 folder as on the image below.
Double click on qphotorec_win to run PhotoRec for Windows. It will open a screen as on the image below.
Choose a drive to recover as shown on the screen below.
You will see a list of available partitions. Choose a partition that holds encrypted files as shown below.
Click File Formats button and choose file types to recover. You can to enable or disable the recovery of certain file types. When this is finished, click OK button.
Next, press Browse button to choose where recovered photos, documents and music should be written, then click Search.
Count of recovered files is updated in real time. All recovered personal files are written in a folder that you have chosen on the previous step. You can to access the files even if the recovery process is not finished.
When the recovery is done, press on Quit button. Next, open the directory where restored photos, documents and music are stored. You will see a contents as shown in the following example.
All recovered personal files are written in recup_dir.1, recup_dir.2 … sub-directories. If you’re looking for a specific file, then you can to sort your restored files by extension and/or date/time.
How to protect your computer from Berosuce crypto malware?
Most antivirus apps already have built-in protection system against the ransomware. Therefore, if your computer does not have an antivirus application, make sure you install it. As an extra protection, use the HitmanPro.Alert.
Run HitmanPro.Alert to protect your machine from Berosuce crypto malware
All-in-all, HitmanPro.Alert is a fantastic tool to protect your PC system from any ransomware. If ransomware is detected, then HitmanPro.Alert automatically neutralizes malware and restores the encrypted files. HitmanPro.Alert is compatible with all versions of MS Windows operating system from MS Windows XP to Windows 10.
Click the link below to download the latest version of HitmanPro Alert for Microsoft Windows. Save it on your Desktop.
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After the download is done, open the directory in which you saved it. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the HitmanPro Alert desktop icon. When the utility is started, you’ll be shown a window where you can select a level of protection, as shown in the figure below.
Now press the Install button to activate the protection.
Now your computer should be free of the Berosuce crypto virus. Delete MalwareBytes Free and Kaspersky virus removal tool. We recommend that you keep Zemana Free (to periodically scan your personal computer for new malware). Moreover, to prevent ransomware virus, please stay clear of unknown and third party software, make sure that your antivirus application, turn on the option to block or find ransomware.
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