Infected with Paradise Ransomware? Need to decrypt your files?
What is Paradise Ransomware
Emsisoft released a decryptor for Paradise Ransomware. You can download the decryptor here.
Paradise Ransomware is crypto-virus distributed as RaaS (Ransomware-as-Service). That means it is simplified ransomware development kit, that allows potential hackers and malware distributors to substitute their e-mails and BitCoin wallets and receive ransom payments from infected users. Virus appends .paradise file extension and modifies filename with affiliate identification number and e-mail, so the final pattern looks like this: id-affiliate-id-[affiliate-e-mail].paradise. Malware uses RSA-1024 cryptography. Ransomware creates 3 text files: Files.txt, Failed.txt, and #DECRYPT MY FILES#.txt. First, two are the lists of successfully encrypted files and files, that failed to be encrypted. The last one contains following information:
Your important files produced on this computer have been encrypted due a security problem
If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail: email@example.com
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.
[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 1Mb
[HOW TO OBTAIN BITCOINS]
The easiest way to buy bitcoin is LocalBitcoins site.
You have to register, click Buy bitcoins and select the seller by payment method and price
Do not rename encrypted files
Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss
If you not write on e-mail in 36 hours – your key has been deleted and you cant decrypt your files
Ransom amount is 0.5 BitCoins. Currently, Paradise Ransomware uses firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail for contact. There are no 100% working decryption tool at the moment of writing this article, however you can still try using manual methods described below. Use instructions on this page to remove Paradise Ransomware and decrypt .paradise files.
How Paradise Ransomware infected your PC
Paradise Ransomware usually infects your PC through infected email attachments (be careful, as cyber criminals usually mask their spam malicious emails with attachments into Ebay email or any other popular trusted website), fake software updaters and trojans – that’s why good anti-viruses is vitally important to avoid ransomware threat. You can also get this ransomware on file sharing networks, including torrent files. Ransom is asked to be paid in BitCoins, that also makes the task difficult for the police, as user in this network are often anonymous. Encryption starts in the background. Way to protect your computer from such threats is to use antiviruses with crypto-protection like HitmanPro.Alert with CryptoGuard.
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 Paradise Ransomware 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.
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Step 2: Remove following files and folders of Paradise Ransomware:
Remove following registry entries:
Remove following files:
#DECRYPT MY FILES#.txt
How to decrypt files infected by Paradise Ransomware (.paradise files)?
Use automated decryption tools
There is ransomware decryptor from Kaspersky that can decrypt .paradise files. It is free and may help you restore .paradise files encrypted by Paradise Ransomware virus. Download it here:
You can also try to use manual methods to restore and decrypt .paradise files.
Decrypt .paradise files manually
Restore the system using System Restore
Although, latest versions of Paradise Ransomware 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 (in our case – Paradise Ransomware by Paradise Ransomware). 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
Restore .paradise files using shadow copies
- Download and run Shadow Explorer.
- Select the drive and folder where your files are located and date that you want to restore them from.
- Right-click on folder you want to restore and select Export.
- Once the scanning process is done, click Recover to restore your files.
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.
Information provided by: Alexey Abalmasov