What is Poop ransomware? And how does it implement its attack?
Poop ransomware is a newly discovered ransomware threat that uses a “.poop” extension. It is created based on the open-source platform known as HiddenTear. According to the analysis conducted by security experts, this new HiddenTear strain contains a modular malware engine – meaning to say, it can be customized for each campaign attack. The first module it releases is the data harvesting module that aims to collect strings to reveal sensitive data about the infected computer as well as the victim. This is achieved in an automated way by searching for strings that reveal the identity of the victim such as name, address, telephone number location, and so on. The harvested information may be used by the built-in stealth protection module where it looks for signatures of antivirus programs, sandbox environments, or virtual machine hosts – these are all bypassed or could also be removed entirely from the infected machine in order to ensure the complete implementation of Poop ransomware’s attack.
Once all the malicious components of Poop ransomware have finished their respective tasks, it will scan the system to look for its targeted files such as follows:
.3dm, .3g2, .3gp, .7zip, .aaf, .accdb, .aep, .aepx, .aet, .ai, .aif, .as, .as3, .asf, .asp, .asx, .avi, .bmp, .c, .class, .cpp, .cs, .csv, .dat, .db, .dbf, .doc, .docb, .docm, .docx, .dot, .dotm, .dotx, .dwg, .dxf, .efx, .eps, .fla, .flv, .gif, .h, .idml, .iff, .indb, .indd, .indl, .indt, .inx, .jar, .java, .jpeg, .jpg, .js, .m3u, .m3u8, .m4u, .max, .mdb, .mid, .mkv, .mov, .mp3, .mp4, .mpa, .mpeg, .mpg, .msg, .pdb, .pdf, .php, .plb, .pmd, .png, .pot, .potm, .potx, .ppam, .ppj, .pps, .ppsm, .ppsx, .ppt, .pptm, .pptx, .prel, .prproj, .ps, .psd, .py, .ra, .rar, .raw, .rb, .rtf, .sdf, .sdf, .ses, .sldm, .sldx, .sql, .svg, .swf, .tif, .txt, .vcf, .vob, .wav, .wma, .wmv, .wpd, .wps, .xla, .xlam, .xll, .xlm, .xls, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xlt, .xltm, .xltx, .xlw, .xml, .xqx, .xqx, .zip
After the encryption is completed, it appends the .poop extension on every encrypted file. It then opens a file named “READ_IT.txt” that contains the following ransom note:
“Hello, Your computer has been encrypted with a High Level(Military Grade) AES-256 Bit encryption technique. To retrieve your files and information, I advise you don’t bother hiring an IT guy to try because he will fail and we will expose all documents and personal information on your computer to blackmarket forums.
You better not test us.. xDDD
Here is a simple solution,
1) Sign up at www.telegram.org
2) Hit us in Telegram @CyberDexter
3) Send correct ammount of BTC below
4) Give us screenshot or link for your payment confirmation.
5) We will send your decryption code by reply between 1-4 hours after we confirm all.
You can consider your payment as donation to help feed the needy and less privileged. xDDDDD
Bitcoin address: 1K3YKBq8qGrnmJ7TKkLbTiGL59UHBYh7LF
Amount of BTC: 0.12277114”
How does Poop ransomware proliferate?
Poop ransomware, just like other HiddenTear variant could proliferate using various distribution techniques. Its creators may use malicious spam email campaigns where a corrupted file or link is attached and if you open it, it will lead to the infiltration of Poop ransomware. Aside from spam emails, it could also spread via fake software updates, third party downloads, and many more.
Terminate Poop 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 a process named “BangLuongThang02.exe” as well as any suspicious-looking process that takes up most of your CPU’s resources and is most likely related to Poop 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 Poop 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 Poop ransomware’s malicious components such as READ_IT.txt 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 Poop 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 Poop 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 Poop 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.