Amnesia Ransomware

Posted: May 2, 2017
Threat Metric
Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs 28

Amnesia Ransomware Description

The Amnesia Ransomware is a file-encryption Trojan, which blocks files on your computer, usually to ask for money for the customized unlocking key or service. Although this Trojan exhibits symptoms traditional for the Globe Ransomware, malware experts can confirm that the Amnesia Ransomware isn't a member of this family, which may impede any free decryption solutions. Its distribution methods are unknown, but you can use standard anti-malware products and features for removing the Amnesia Ransomware before it can encrypt any files.

Trojans Reminding Us not to Forget Basic Backup Practices

Due to no culpability of their own, most PC users don't indulge in tracking which families of threatening software are current or outdated. Nonetheless, this ignorance can help threat actors disguise their products or promote themselves by misappropriating the brands of other campaigns. In cases like the newest file-encrypting Trojan, the Amnesia Ransomware, a mistaken identity can even be an obstacle in the disinfection and recovery process.

The Amnesia Ransomware's author built this Trojan with the somewhat unusual choice of the Delphi programming language, similar to the Telecrypt Ransomware. Current file names for the Amnesia Ransomware's executable imply that the Trojan is circulating as a fake 'guide' document, spreadsheet or slideshow. The Amnesia Ransomware also employs some anti-virtual environment features to limit analysis in a research environment.

Otherwise, the Amnesia Ransomware includes many of the traditional implementations of a modern, file-encrypting threat. A mutex prevents the Trojan from installing and running multiple instances of itself, and Registry modifications guarantee its automatic launching with no user-interface to see. Its attacks include encrypting files, such as documents, with a cipher to keep them from opening, as well as creating a Notepad message with ransoming instructions and the system's unique ID number.

Meaningfully, although the Amnesia Ransomware's most visible element, its ransoming message, is identical to that of the Globe Ransomware family, the Amnesia Ransomware uses a different encryption routine and isn't a direct relative of the old group of threats.

Feeling Free to Forget the Latest Trojan Craftsmanship

If used improperly, decryption methods that work against the Globe Ransomware could not only fail but even damage your blocked files further, making them impossible to decode. Malware experts also are unable to acquire current data on the Amnesia Ransomware's ransom payment details but recommend against availing yourself of any decryption method that involves funding illicit enterprises or using non-refundable services like Bitcoin. Providing samples of both the Amnesia Ransomware and the encrypted content to appropriate security researchers may provide valuable data for a potentially free decrypting solution.

The Amnesia Ransomware also still may be under development and shows no signs of the network activity that would correspond with its threat actor's possessing the appropriate decryption information for a victim's files currently. The omission of such details can lead to victims paying to get their files back and getting no data recovery, with no way to penalize the Amnesia Ransomware's administrator.

Commonplace anti-malware solutions may remove the Amnesia Ransomware preemptively and protect your media by stopping it from being encrypted. For anyone with inadequate anti-malware protection, having a recent, emergency backup still is a straightforward way of avoiding the fate of being unable to open what's already on your hard drive.

Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats

If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to Amnesia Ransomware may have infected your computer, we recommend you start an in-depth system scan with SpyHunter. SpyHunter is an advanced malware protection and remediation application that offers subscribers a comprehensive method for protecting PCs from malware, in addition to providing one-on-one technical support service.

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Technical Details

File System Modifications

Tutorials: If you wish to learn how to remove malware components manually, you can read the tutorials on how to find malware, kill unwanted processes, remove malicious DLLs and delete other harmful files. Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.

The following files were created in the system:

file.exe File name: file.exe
Size: 66.56 KB (66560 bytes)
MD5: 168ec5747fb3bf62aef3a3d36976aefd
Detection count: 87
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: May 29, 2017

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