What is IGAMI ransomware? And how does it implement its attack?
IGAMI ransomware is a data-encrypting malware and is a new variant of the infamous GlobeImposter 2.0 ransomware. This new GlobeImposter 2.0 variant uses a “.IGAMI” string to mark its encrypted files. There is no significant change aside from the extension it uses and its ransom note in this new variant as it still uses the same pattern in implementing its attack.
After establishing connection to the server, several malicious components of IGAMI ransomware will be added in the system. The crypto-malware then employs an information gathering module used to obtain information about the user and the system. The gathered data, along with some malicious components are used for the stealth protection module. This module is the one that keeps the crypto-malware from being detected by any security programs in the system.
In addition, IGAMI ransomware also alters some keys and entries in the Windows Registry in order to run on every system boot making its attack persistent. It then scans the computer for targeted files. At the time of writing, it isn’t yet known what kinds of files it targets. As soon as it finds the files, it encrypts them using AES 128 and RSA 2048 ciphers. Following data encryption, it appends the .IGAMI extension to each one of the encrypted files and drops a file named “how_to_back_files.html” which contains the ransom note stating:
“☠ Your files are encrypted! ☠
All your important data has been encrypted.
To recover data you need decryptor.
To get the decryptor you should:
Send 1 test image or text file [email protected], [email protected].
In the letter include your personal ID (look at the beginning of this document).
We will give you the decrypted file and assign the price for decryption all files
After we send you instruction how to pay for decrypt and after payment you will receive a decryptor and instructions We can decrypt one file in quality the evidence that we have the decoder.
Only can decrypt your files
Do not trust anyone [email protected].
Do not attempt to remove the program or run the anti-virus tools
Attempts to self-decrypting files will result in the loss of your data
Decoders other users are not compatible with your data, because each user’s unique encryption key”
How does is the malicious payload of IGAMI ransomware distributed online?
The same with other variants of GlobeImposter 2.0 ransomware, .IGAMI ransomware proliferates via spam emails containing malicious attachments. Usually, crooks disguise such emails to make them look like they were from legitimate and well-known companies to trick users into opening the email and downloading the attachment. The infected attachment may be a document with macro scripts used to launch the GlobeImposter 2.0 ransomware variant into the system.
Kill IGAMI ransomware from your computer using the removal guide provided below as well as the advanced removal steps that follow.
Step 1: First, tap the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys in your keyboard to open the Task Manager.
Step 2: Under 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 IGAMI 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 IGAMI 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 IGAMI ransomware’s malicious components such as “how_to_back_files.html” and “[random].exe” as well as 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 IGAMI 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 IGAMI 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.
Make sure that you have eliminated IGAMI ransomware from your computer successfully as well as its malicious components by using a trusted and reliable program like [product-name]. Refer to the following guidelines on how to use it.
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.