Onyx Ransomware

Posted: October 31, 2016
Threat Metric
Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs 65

Onyx Ransomware Description

The Onyx Ransomware is a Trojan that may lock your computer or block its contents, such as work-related files. While the Onyx Ransomware is under development, current indicators as noted by malware experts show this threat in distribution against PC users residing in the nation of Georgia. Scan all incoming files with anti-malware products to remove the Onyx Ransomware before it infects your PC and use backups to make your system less vulnerable to suffering permanent data loss from its payload.

A Trojan with Something Less than a Gemstone's Rarity

The progression of ransom-based Trojan attacks often includes just as much emphasis on sowing fear and panic responses as much as any coding professionalism. Even projects nowhere near the end of a full release cycle, such as the Onyx Ransomware, can be made with the intent of using cheap social engineering tricks as substitutes for properly coded attacks. Malware experts have yet to see functional samples of the Onyx Ransomware in the wild, although its purpose as an extortion-based threat is clear.

The Onyx Ransomware installs itself with an error message-suppressing function that blocks any incidental pop-up alerts Windows might generate during the process. After gathering basic system information, such as details about running programs in memory and the GUID, the Onyx Ransomware creates an image that bears instructions for paying its ransom. For now, the Onyx Ransomware contains no extra features, although its message warns that it will delete 'all files' after a one-day time limit's expiration and supposedly already has encoded them with an unbreakable cipher.

Malware experts only can confirm evidence of the Onyx Ransomware using the Georgian language, placing the threat in the same, rough geopolitical scope as threats like the CryptoJoker Ransomware and the Tarocrypt Ransomware.

Throwing the Onyx Ransomware Back in the Work-in-Progress Tumbler

As a work in active development, the Onyx Ransomware has limited data available about its infrastructure, the history of its administration team, or its possible installation methods. Infection methods for threats like the Onyx Ransomware often emphasize the following exploits:

  • Corrupted e-mail attachments.
  • Website-hosted, script-based browser vulnerabilities.
  • Social engineering-based download links.

Scanning your incoming files with security products, disabling scripts, and having persistent browser protection from threatening domains are several ways to block this potential installation routes. Current samples of the Onyx Ransomware don't provide sufficient information to pay any ransom, which, in any case, malware experts discourage as being highly risky for data recovery purposes. Professional backup software and services provide more practical, and less costly, solutions until one can remove the Onyx Ransomware.

The Onyx Ransomware may be a 'diamond in the rough' as a Trojan clearly, but a coherent reliance on good anti-malware defenses, hopefully, can prevent it from achieving any form of financial polish.

Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats

If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to Onyx 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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