What is YOUR_LAST_CHANCE ransomware? And how does it execute its attack?
YOUR_LAST_CHANCE ransomware is a data-encrypting virus created to encrypt targeted files in a computer. Based on the analysis done by security researchers, it appears that this new crypto-malware is a new variant of the Nemesis ransomware. This new Nemesis variant uses a “.YOUR_LAST_CHANCE” extension, hence the name YOUR_LAST_CHANCE ransomware.
Once it is able to infect a system, YOUR_LAST_CHANCE ransomware may drop its malicious files into some Windows directories. These files are then used to perform a series of tasks in the system which allows the crypto-malware to stay invisible from any antivirus programs. Aside from that, they also make some modifications in some registry entries so that YOUR_LAST_CHANCE ransomware can run every time a victim starts the computer, the crypto-malware can run automatically. It then begins to look for the files with the following extensions:
.PNG .PSD .PSPIMAGE .TGA .THM .TIF .TIFF .YUV .AI .EPS .PS .SVG .INDD .PCT .PDF .XLR .XLS .XLSX .ACCDB .DB .DBF .MDB .PDB .SQL .APK .APP .BAT .CGI .COM .EXE .GADGET .JAR .PIF .WSF .DEM .GAM .NES .ROM .SAV CAD Files .DWG .DXF GIS Files .GPX .KML .KMZ .ASP .ASPX .CER .CFM .CSR .CSS .HTM .HTML .JS .JSP .PHP .RSS .XHTML. DOC .DOCX .LOG .MSG .ODT .PAGES .RTF .TEX .TXT .WPD .WPS .CSV .DAT .GED .KEY .KEYCHAIN .PPS .PPT .PPTX ..INI .PRF Encoded Files .HQX .MIM .UUE .7Z .CBR .DEB .GZ .PKG .RAR .RPM .SITX .TAR.GZ .ZIP .ZIPX .BIN .CUE .DMG .ISO .MDF .TOAST .VCD SDF .TAR .TAX2014 .TAX2015 .VCF .XML Audio Files .AIF .IFF .M3U .M4A .MID .MP3 .MPA .WAV .WMA Video Files .3G2 .3GP .ASF .AVI .FLV .M4V .MOV .MP4 .MPG .RM .SRT .SWF .VOB .WMV 3D .3DM .3DS .MAX .OBJ R.BMP .DDS .GIF .JPG .CRX .PLUGIN .FNT .FON .OTF .TTF .CAB .CPL .CUR .DESKTHEMEPACK .DLL .DMP .DRV .ICNS .ICO .LNK .SYS .CFG
Once the aforementioned files are found, YOUR_LAST_CHANCE ransomware will begin the encryption by employing the AES encryption algorithm. After the encryption is completed, it appends the .YOUR_LAST_CHANCE extension on every affected file. It also drops a file named “_RESTORE FILES_.txt” which reads:
“*** ALL YOUR WORK AND PERSONAL FILES HAVE BEEN ENCRYPTED ***
To decrypt your files you need to buy the special software ñ “Nemesis decryptor”
You can find out the details/buy decryptor + key/ask questions
by email: [email protected], [email protected] OR [email protected]
DON’T TRY TO RESTORE YOU FILES BY YOUR SELF, YOU CAN DAMAGE FILES!
If within 24 hours you did not receive an answer by email, be sure to write to
Jabber: [email protected]
Your personal ID: -”
How is the malicious payload of YOUR_LAST_CHANCE ransomware distributed online?
YOUR_LAST_CHANCE ransomware proliferates using the most common method of distributing ransomware threats which is via spam emails. These spam emails usually contain an infected attachment used to download and install the ransomware into the system. These infected attachments are mostly documents with macro scripts so when you open a document you’ve downloaded from your email and it prompts you to enable macros, you shouldn’t do so as it might only install the crypto-malware in your system. To avoid ransomware threats in the future, you must always keep your system and your AV programs up-to-date.
Kill YOUR_LAST_CHANCE ransomware from the affected PC with the help of the removal guide laid out below.
Step 1: The first thing you need to do is to obliterate the process of YOUR_LAST_CHANCE ransomware by opening the Task Manager – simply tap the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys on your keyboard.
Step 2: After that, switch 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 YOUR_LAST_CHANCE ransomware and then end them all.
Step 3: Now that the malicious processes are eliminated, close the Task Manager.
Step 4: Next, tap Win + R, type in appwiz.cpl and click OK or tap Enter to open Control Panel’s list of installed programs.
Step 5: Under the list of installed programs, look for YOUR_LAST_CHANCE ransomware or anything similar and then uninstall it.
Step 6: Then close Control Panel and tap Win + E keys to launch File Explorer.
Step 7: Navigate to the following locations below and look for the malicious components of YOUR_LAST_CHANCE ransomware like the file named _RESTORE FILES_.txt and [random].exe as well as other suspicious files it has created and downloaded into the system and then delete all of them.
Step 8: Close the File Explorer.
Before you go on any further, 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:
Step 11: Delete the registry keys and sub-keys created by YOUR_LAST_CHANCE ransomware.
Step12. 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 YOUR_LAST_CHANCE 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.
After you’ve covered the steps provided above, you need to continue the removal process of YOUR_LAST_CHANCE ransomware using a reliable program like [product-name]. How? Follow the advanced removal 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 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.