What is Scarab Crypt000 ransomware? And how does it execute its attack?
Scarab Crypt000 ransomware is yet another file-encrypting malware which is a descendant of the infamous Scarab ransomware. There seems to be no end with these Scarab variants as this new strain is just one out of the many variants released these past few weeks. There’s nothing really new about this variant except for the extension used to mark its encrypted files.
Once it infiltrates a system, Scarab Crypt000 ransomware will drop a malicious payload that will initiate the attack. It starts by connecting the infected computer to a remote server. After it establishes the connection to the remote server, it uses an information gathering module to harvest data about the infected system and the user. The harvested data is then sent to the remote server where it downloads more malicious files that help it in executing its attack. These malicious files may be used to help Scarab Crypt000 ransomware in remaining undetected and are also used to make some alterations in the Windows Registry in order to allow the ransomware to run on every system boot. Following these changes, it starts the encryption process by encrypting important files in the computer that are mostly generated by the user. It marks the encrypted files with the .crypt000 extension after the encryption is completed. It also drops its ransom note named “HOW TO RECOVER ENCRYPTED FILES.txt” which contains the following message:
“Your files are now encrypted!
Your personal identifier:
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC.
Now you should send us an email with your personal identifier.
This email will be as confirmation you are ready to pay for the decryption key.
You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us.
After payment, we will send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all your files.
Contact us using this email address: [email protected] ([email protected], [email protected])
If you don’t get a reply or if the email dies, then contact us using Bitmessage.
Download it from here: https://bitmessage.org/wiki/Main_Page
Run it, click New Identity and then send us a message at BM-2cVvpns8gHmMZavdjotAA12btQ1PC
Free decryption as a guarantee!
Before paying you can send us up to 3 files for free decryption.
The total size of files must be less than 10Mb (non-archived), and files should not contain
valuable information (databases, backups, large excel sheets, etc.).
How to obtain Bitcoins?
* The easiest way to buy bitcoins is LocalBitcoins site. You have to register, click
‘Buy bitcoins’, and select the seller by payment method and price:
* Also you can find other places to buy Bitcoins and beginners guide here:
* Do not rename encrypted files.
* Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
* Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price
(they add their fee to our) or you can become a victim of a scam.”
How does Scarab Crypt000 ransomware proliferate?
Scarab Crypt000 ransomware proliferates using the very same method used by other variants which is via spam emails. This distribution method remains popular for ransomware developers as it seems to be one of the most efficient ways to spread ransomware threats. Thus, you need to be extra cautious when opening and downloading attachments from your email as it might be the malicious payload of Scarab Crypt000 ransomware.
To terminate Scarab Crypt000 ransomware from your computer successfully, follow the given removal guide below carefully as well as the advanced removal guide that follows to ensure the removal of other malicious components.
Step 1: Tap the Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys to open a menu and then expand the Shutdown options which is right next to the power button.
Step 2: After that, tap and hold the Shift key and then click on Restart.
Step 3: And in the Troubleshoot menu that opens, click on the Advanced options and then go to the Startup settings.
Step 4: Click on Restart and tap F4 to select Safe Mode or tap F5 to select Safe Mode with Networking.
Step 5: After your PC has successfully rebooted, tap Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Task Manager.
Step 6: Go to the Processes tab and look for any suspicious-looking processes that could be related to Scarab Crypt000 ransomware and then end their processes.
Step 7: Exit the Task Manager and open Control Panel by pressing the Windows key + R, then type in appwiz.cpl and then click OK or press Enter.
Step 8: Look for any dubious programs from the list of installed programs that could be related to Scarab Crypt000 ransomware and then uninstall it/them.
Step 9: Close Control Panel and tap Win + E keys to open File Explorer.
Step 10: Navigate to the following locations and look for the malicious components created by Scarab Crypt000 ransomware like “HOW TO RECOVER ENCRYPTED FILES.txt” and make sure to delete them all.
- %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
Step 11: Close the File Explorer.
Before you proceed to the next steps below, make sure that you are tech savvy enough to the point where you know exactly how to use and navigate your computer’s Registry. Keep in mind that any changes you make will highly impact your computer. To save you the trouble and time, you can just use [product-name] this system tool is proven to be safe and excellent enough that hackers won’t be able to hack into it. But if you can manage Windows Registry well, then, by all means, go on to the next steps.
Step 12: Tap Win + R to open Run and then type in regedit in the field and tap enter to pull up Windows Registry.
Step 13: Navigate to the listed paths below and look for the registry keys and sub-keys created by Scarab Crypt000 ransomware.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\
- HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop\
Step 14: Delete the registry keys and sub-keys created by Scarab Crypt000 ransomware.
Step 15: Close the Registry Editor and empty the contents of the Recycle Bin.
To ensure the removal of Scarab Crypt000 ransomware from your system including the malicious components it has created on your system, follow the advanced steps below.
Perform a full system scan using [product-code]. To do so, follow these steps:
- Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot
- After that, the BIOS screen will be displayed, but if Windows pops up instead, reboot your computer and try again. Once you’re on the BIOS screen, repeat pressing F8, by doing so the Advanced Option shows up.
- To navigate the Advanced Option use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit
- Windows will now load the SafeMode with Networking.
- Press and hold both R key and Windows key.
- If done correctly, the Windows Run Box will show up.
- Type in the URL address, [product-url] in the Run dialog box and then tap Enter or click OK.
- After that, it will download the program. Wait for the download to finish and then open the launcher to install the program.
- Once the installation process is completed, run [product-code] to perform a full system scan.
- After the scan is completed click the “Fix, Clean & Optimize Now”button.