Infected with Phobos Ransomware? Need to decrypt your files?
What is Phobos Ransomware
Phobos Ransomware is one of the variants of Adobe ransomware. Like other versions, it locks user data without permision. This may be both documents or mediafiles files, and databases. After procedure of encryption, Phobos Ransomware add to the file extension to .[email@example.com].phobos or [firstname.lastname@example.org].phobos. Phobos creates a file *.hta whith information about criminals demands for decryption. The virus creates individual notes for each victim with unique id. They look like (or simmilar to) the following picture:
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC. If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail email@example.com
In case of no answer in 24 hours write us to these e-mails: firstname.lastname@example.org
A ransom can reach several hundred dollars. Of course, there is no need to pay scammers. Well, like a note, the virus is aimed at English-speaking users, However, according to the latest data, the virus has already spread around the world. We strongly recommend that you try to remove Phobos Ransomware by yourself using our recommendations.
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: email@example.com. We really can help to decrypt your files.
How Phobos Ransomware infected your PC
Like many other cryptovirus and, Phobos Ransomware comes through vulnerabilities in the network settings, Taking the form of an attachment in a spam mailing or a false update or addition to the software that is already installed on your computer. Anyway, one of the most important rules is to use the latest virus software that is able to prevent the penetration of viruses of this kind.
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 Phobos Ransomware 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 Phobos 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.
Norton – fully removes all instances of Phobos Ransomware – files, folders, registry keys.
Decrypt your files using decryption tool
Download Stop Decryptor (it can potentially decrypt puma, Phobos, and pumas files). Decryptor was created by Michael Gillespie. It requires encrypted (and original file) with the size at least of 150Kb.
You may find more detailed information about antivirus products in our article – Top 5 Antivirus Software for Windows
Restore your files using shadow copies
If the Decryption tool didn’t help, you can try to restore some of you files by recovery software.
- 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 Phobos Ransomware:
Related connections or other entries:
How to decrypt files infected by Phobos Ransomware?
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 Phobos 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. 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
Written by Tim Kas