What is .CORP ransomware? And how does it implement its attack?

If you suddenly find your files marked with a .CORP extension then your computer is most likely infected with the new .CORP ransomware. .CORP ransomware is the latest variant of the infamous Paradise ransomware which followed the VACv2 variant released not too long ago. This new Paradise variant uses the _%ID%_{[email protected]}.CORP pattern in marking the files it encrypts. Aside from the extension, nothing much has changed in this new variant as it still follows the same sequence of attack as with other previous Paradise variants.
Once .CORP ransomware is loaded in the system, it initiates a series of malicious activities. It starts by establishing a connection to a remote Command and Control or C&C server where it downloads its malicious components and places them to system folders. They are used to implement two modules namely data harvesting module and stealth protection module. The first module is used to gather information about the system and the user. The obtained information will be used for the second module where it scans the system in search for programs that might interfere with the attack and disables or removes them. In other words, the second module is used to bypass security or antivirus programs so that .CORP ransomware can execute its attack successfully.
In addition, .CORP ransomware is also reported to add specific executable files in the Windows Startup folder. These executable files may be used to modify certain Windows Registry keys like Run and RunOnce which allows the crypto-malware to load automatically on each system start. Once all the modifications are applied, .CORP ransomware will start encrypting its targeted files using either RSA 2048 or RSA 1024 ciphers. After the encryption, it opens an html file named “$%%! NOTE ABOUT FILES -=!-.html” which contains the following message:
“Your files are encrypted!
Paradise Ransomware Team!
[Your personal ID] [WHAT HAPPENED]
Your important files produced on this computer have been encrypted due a security problem
If you want to restore them, write to us by e-mail.
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.
Before paying you can send us 1-3 files for free decryption.
Please note that files must NOT contain valuable information
The file size should not exceed 1MB.
As evidence, we can decrypt one file
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How does this Paradise ransomware variant proliferate?
Cyber criminals behind this new Paradise variant may be using several distribution techniques in order to proliferate. One of the most common methods used is the malicious spam email campaign where crooks attach a malicious file to spam emails and send them to potential victims using spam botnets. The file may be a PDF, ZIP or document containing malicious scripts used to launch .CORP ransomware in the targeted computer.
Kill .CORP ransomware with the help of the removal instructions prepared below.
Step 1: You need to kill the malicious processes of .CORP ransomware first and you can do that via Task Manager. To open it, just tap the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys on your keyboard.
Step 2: After opening the Task Manager, go to the Processes tab and look for any suspicious-looking processes that take up most of your CPU’s resources and are most likely related to .CORP 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 .CORP 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 .CORP ransomware’s malicious components such as $%%! NOTE ABOUT FILES -=!-.html, [random].exe and other suspicious files, then delete all of them.

  • %TEMP%
  • %WINDIR%\System32\Tasks
  • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Templates\
  • %USERPROFILE%\Downloads
  • %USERPROFILE%\Desktop

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\
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

 Step 11: Delete the registry keys and sub-keys created by .CORP 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 .CORP 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.

Complete the removal process of .CORP ransomware 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:

  1. Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot it.
  2. 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.
    1. To navigate the Advanced Option use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit
    2. Windows will now load the Safe Mode with Networking.
    3. Press and hold both R key and Windows key.

    1. If done correctly, the Windows Run Box will show up.
    2. Type in the URL address, [product-url] in the Run dialog box and then tap Enter or click OK.
    3. After that, it will download the program. Wait for the download to finish and then open the launcher to install the program.
    4. Once the installation process is completed, run [product-code] to perform a full system scan.

    1. After the scan is completed click the “Fix, Clean & Optimize Now” button.

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