What is Blower ransomware? And how does it implement its attack?
Blower ransomware is a data-encrypting malware designed to lock valuable data in a targeted machine. It uses the .blower extension in marking its encrypted files. According to security experts, it seems like this new crypto-malware is a new variant of STOP ransomware since there are a lot of similarities in their source code. Like other ransomware threats, Blower demands ransom from its victims. It offers a 50% discount to its victims which do not really make it any better.
The instant its malicious payload is dropped, it implements a series of modifications in the computer. It starts by collecting information from the system using the information gathering module. The information obtained is sent to a remote server controlled by the attackers. After that, it employs another module called stealth protection. This second module is the one that scans the system for any strings of antivirus programs, sandbox environments, security programs and stops them from interrupting the attack be either disabling them or removing them. It then makes alterations in the Windows Registry which allows it to run automatically in every system boot. This makes Blower ransomware a persistent threat. Once all the system modifications are completed, it scans the computer for user-generated files like documents, database, audio, video, and many more. After it finds these files, it encrypts them using both the AES and RSA 1024 encryption algorithm. It then drops a file named “_readme.txt” which contains the following message:
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How does Blower ransomware spread online?
Blower ransomware may spread using spam emails. This is one of the commonly used distribution methods of ransomware infections. This is why you must avoid opening and downloading attachments from suspicious emails as it could contain the payload file of dangerous cyber threats like Blower ransomware.
Eliminate Blower ransomware from your infected computer with the help of the following removal guide.
Step 1: First, tap the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys in your keyboard to open the Task Manager.
Step 2: After opening the Task Manager, go to the Processes tab and look for any suspicious-looking process that takes up most of your CPU’s resources and is most likely related to Blower ransomware.
Step 3: After that, close the Task Manager.
Step 4: Tap Win + R, type in appwiz.cpl and click OK or tap Enter to open Programs and Features under Control Panel.
Step 5: Under the list of installed programs, look for Blower ransomware or anything similar and then uninstall it.
Step 6: Next, close Control Panel and tap Win + E keys to launch File Explorer.
Step 7: Navigate to the following locations below and look for Blower ransomware’s malicious components such as _readme.txt and [random].exe and other suspicious files, then delete all of them.
Step 8: 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 9: Tap Win + R to open Run and then type in regedit in the field and tap enter to pull up Windows Registry.
Step 10: Navigate to the following path:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\
- HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop\
Step 11: Delete the registry keys and sub-keys created by Blower ransomware.
Step 12: Close the Registry Editor and empty the Recycle Bin.
Try to recover your encrypted files using the Shadow Volume copies
Restoring your encrypted files using Windows’ Previous Versions feature will only be effective if Blower ransomware hasn’t deleted the shadow copies of your files. But still, this is one of the best and free methods there is, so it’s definitely worth a shot.
To restore the encrypted file, right-click on it and select Properties, a new window will pop-up, then proceed to Previous Versions. It will load the file’s previous version before it was modified. After it loads, select any of the previous versions displayed on the list like the one in the illustration below. And then click the Restore button.
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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 it.
- 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 Safe Mode 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.