Infected with GlobeImposter Ransomware 2.0? Need to decrypt your files?
What is GlobeImposter Ransomware 2.0
GlobeImposter is an updated version of the virus-crypto extortioner, which encrypts user files with the help of the AES algorithm and makes these files unusable for further use. The virus is not particularly legible when selecting files for encryption, so it encrypts office documents, archives, photos, videos, audio, multimedia and much more. It is not possible to restore these files, since this removes shadow copies of files and system restore points. Moreover, GlobeImposter changes the extensions of encrypted files, moreover, there are many options for expansion, most often .Crypt, .PSCrypt, .FIX. Less common are the following:
.402, .fuck, .scorp, .4035, .goro, .sea, .4090, .gotham, .skunk, .4091, .granny, .Trump, .452, .happ, .707, .Ipcrestore, .UNLIS, .725, .keepcalm, .vdul, .726 .LIN, .wallet, .911, .MAKB, .write_me_[email], .f41o1, .CHAK, .pscrypt, .lock, .clinTON, .ReaGAN, .Nutella, .crypt, .rumblegoodboy, .waiting4keys, .FIX, .s1crypt, .FREEMAN and so on.
Also, the virus creates notes with information about redemption, most of them are notes containing little information, for example, information that your computer is infected and you need to pay 1 bitcoin to get your files back.
Here is an example of one of them !back_files!.html:
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC.
To restore all your files, you need a decryption.
If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or you can, write us to the e-mail email@example.com.
In a letter to send Your personal ID (see In the beginning of this document).
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.
In the letter, you will receive instructions to decrypt your files!
In a response letter you will receive the address of Bitcoin-wallet, which is necessary to perform the transfer of funds.
HURRY! Your personal code for decryption stored with us only 72 HOURS!
Our tech support is available 24\7
Do not delete: Your personal ID
Write on e-mail, we will help you!
Free decryption as guarantee
Before paying you can send to us up to 3 files for free decryption.
Please note that files must NOT contain valuable information and their total size must be less than 10Mb.
When the transfer is confirmed, you will receive interpreter files to your computer.
After start-interpreter program, all your files will be restored.
It can also be other notes: how_to_back_files.html, READ_this_FILE.html, Read_ME.html, !SOS!.html, here_your_files!.html, !Back_files!.html, #DECRYPT_FILES# .html, READ_IT.html or !your_files!.html
Of course, even if you pay a ransom, scammers will still not return your files. We recommend that you read our recommendations and instructions to try and remove GlobeImposter and decrypt your files.
Update: Use following service to identify the version and type of ransomware you were attacked by: ID Ransomware. If you want to decrypt your files, please follow our instruction below or, if you have any difficulties, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org. We really can help to decrypt your files.
How GlobeImposter infected your PC
Like other cryptoviruses, GlobeImposter comes through unprotected network settings, taking a different look. For example, it can come as an attachment to a spamming log or as a false update for any program installed on your system. We recommend that you use paid versions of anti-virus software that can prevent the penetration of cryptoviruses, if GlobeImposter already penetrated your PC, then use our guides listed below.
First of all, don’t panic. Follow these easy steps below.
1. Start your computer in Safe Mode with networking. To do that, restart your computer before your system starts hit F8 several times. This will stop system from loading and will show Advanced boot options screen. Choose Safe mode with networking option from the options list using up and down arrows on your keyboard and hit Enter.
2. Log in to the system infected with the GlobeImposter virus. Launch your Internet browser and download a reliable anti-malware program and start a full system scan. Once the scan is complete, review scan results and remove all entries detected.
Norton is a powerful removal tool. It can remove all instances of newest viruses, similar to GlobeImposter – files, folders, registry keys.
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Restore your files using shadow copies
- Download and run Stellar Data Recovery.
- Select type of files you want to restore and click Next.
- Select the drive and folder where your files are located and date that you want to restore them from and press Scan.
- Once the scanning process is done, click Recover to restore your files.
Step 2: Remove following files and folders of GlobeImposter:
Related connections or other entries:
How to decrypt files infected by GlobeImposter?
You can try to use manual methods to restore and decrypt your files.
Decrypt files manually
Restore the system using System Restore
Although latest versions of GlobeImposter remove system restore files, this method may help you to partially restore your files. Give it a try and use standard System Restore to revive your data.
- Initiate the search for ‘system restore‘
- Click on the result
- Choose the date before the infection appearance
- Follow the on-screen instructions
Roll the files back to the previous version
Previous versions can be copies of files and folders created by Windows Backup (if it is active) or copies of files and folders created by System Restore. You can use this feature to restore files and folders that you accidentally modified or deleted, or that were damaged. This feature is available in Windows 7 and later versions.
- Right-click the file and choose Properties
- Open the Previous Version tab
- Select the latest version and click Copy
- Click Restore
Protect your computer from ransomware
Most modern antiviruses can protect your PC from ransomware and crypto-trojans, but thousands of people still get infected. There are several programs that use different approach t protect from ransomware and lockers. One of the best is HitmanPro.Alert with CryptoGuard. You may already know HitmanPro as famous cloud-based anti-malware scanner. Check out ultimate active protection software from SurfRight.
Written by Rami Douafi