Paradise ransomware removal instructions
What is Paradise?
Paradise is a ransomware-type virus promoted as RAAS (Ransomware As A Service). Developers allow affiliates to perform minor changes (for example, change the contact email address and size of ransom) and, in doing so, avoid the task of malware distribution - they use affiliates to proliferate the software. Developers generate revenue by taking a percentage of ransom payments. Following infiltration, Paradise encrypts stored data using RSA-1024 cryptography and appends names of encrypted files with the "id-[affiliate_id].[affiliate_email].paradise" extension. For example, "sample.jpg" might be renamed to a filename such as "sample.jpgid-3VwVCmhU.[email@example.com].paradise". Following successful encryption, Paradise creates three text files ("Files.txt", "Failed.txt", and "#DECRYPT MY FILES#.txt") placing them on the desktop.
The "Files.txt" text file contains a list of successfully encrypted files, whilst "Failed.txt" contains a list of files that have not been encrypted (for some reason, encryption failed). "#DECRYPT MY FILES#.txt" is the most important - it contains a ransom-demand message stating that files are encrypted and that victims must contact cyber criminals (via an email address provided) to restore them. As mentioned above, Paradise employs RSA-1024 - an asymmetric encryption algorithm. Thus, two keys (public [encryption] and private [decryption]) are generated. Restoring files without the private key is impossible. Cyber criminals store this key on a remote server and make ransom demands (which must be paid in Bitcoins) to receive it. The cost is not specified, but supposedly depends on how quickly victims make contact. Each affiliate may demand a different ransom and, thus, the cost will vary. This, however, usually fluctuates between the equivalent of $500 and $1500. Victims are also permitted to attach three selected files (up to 1 MB in total), which are decrypted free of charge and returned as a 'guarantee' that files can actually be restored. Despite this, cyber criminals should not be trusted. Research shows that they often ignore victims once payments are submitted. Paying does not guarantee that your files will ever be restored - you will simply lose your money and support cyber criminals' malicious businesses. Therefore, ignore all requests to pay or contact these people. Unfortunately, there are currently no tools capable of cracking RSA cryptography and restoring files compromised by Paradise ransomware. The only solution is to restore your files/system from a backup.
Screenshot of a pop-up message encouraging users to pay a ransom to decrypt their compromised data:
The Internet is full of ransomware-type viruses similar to Paradise. The list of examples includes (but is not limited to) Locked_file, Jigsaw, GRYPHON, ApolloLocker, and GlobeImposter. Although these viruses are developed by different cyber criminals, they have identical behavior - they encrypt files and make ransom demands. There are just two major differences: 1) size of ransom, and; 2) type of encryption algorithm used. Research shows that most use symmetric/asymmetric algorithms (for example, AES, RSA, etc.) that generate unique decryption keys. Therefore, restoring files manually without involvement of developers (contacting these people is not recommended) is impossible, unless the malware is not fully developed (i.e. contains bugs/flaws). Therefore, ransomware-type viruses present a strong case for keeping regular data backups.
How did ransomware infect my computer?
How to protect yourself from ransomware infections?
The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior. Therefore, be cautious when browsing the Internet. Never open files received from suspicious emails or download software from unofficial sources. If possible, select the direct download URL, rather than using third party downloaders, since these tools often bundle malicious/potentially unwanted apps. Furthermore, keep installed applications up-to-date and use a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite. The key to computer safety is caution.
#DECRYPT MY FILES#.txt file containing a ransom demanding message (created on victims desktop):
Message presented within Paradise ransomware text file ("#DECRYPT MY FILES#.txt"):
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Screenshot of Paradise desktop wallpaper:
Screenshot of files encrypted by Paradise ("id-[affiliate_id].[affiliate_email].paradise" extension):
Paradise ransomware removal:
- What is Paradise?
- STEP 1. Paradise virus removal using safe mode with networking.
- STEP 2. Paradise ransomware removal using System Restore.
Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.
Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click "Restart" while holding "Shift" button on your keyboard. In the "choose an option" window click on the "Troubleshoot", next select "Advanced options". In the advanced options menu select "Startup Settings" and click on the "Restart" button. In the following window you should click the "F5" button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Log in to the account infected with the Paradise virus. Start your Internet browser and download a legitimate anti-spyware program. Update the anti-spyware software and start a full system scan. Remove all entries detected.
Download remover for Paradise virus
1) Download and install 2) Run system scan 3) Enjoy your clean computer!
If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking, try performing a System Restore.
Video showing how to remove ransomware virus using "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and "System Restore":
1. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then select Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list and press ENTER.
2. When Command Prompt mode loads, enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.
3. Next, type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.
4. In the opened window, click "Next".
5. Select one of the available Restore Points and click "Next" (this will restore your computer system to an earlier time and date, prior to the Paradise ransomware virus infiltrating your PC).
6. In the opened window, click "Yes".
7. After restoring your computer to a previous date, download and scan your PC with recommended malware removal software to eliminate any remaining Paradise ransomware files.
To restore individual files encrypted by this ransomware, try using Windows Previous Versions feature. This method is only effective if the System Restore function was enabled on an infected operating system. Note that some variants of Paradise are known to remove Shadow Volume Copies of the files, so this method may not work on all computers.
To restore a file, right-click over it, go into Properties, and select the Previous Versions tab. If the relevant file has a Restore Point, select it and click the "Restore" button.
If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking (or with Command Prompt), boot your computer using a rescue disk. Some variants of ransomware disable Safe Mode making its removal complicated. For this step, you require access to another computer.
To protect your computer from file encryption ransomware such as this, use reputable antivirus and anti-spyware programs. As an extra protection method, you can use programs called HitmanPro.Alert and EasySync CryptoMonitor, which artificially implant group policy objects into the registry to block rogue programs such as Paradise ransomware.
HitmanPro.Alert CryptoGuard - detects encryption of files and neutralises any attempts without need for user-intervention:
Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta uses advanced proactive technology that monitors ransomware activity and terminates it immediately - before reaching users' files:
- The best way to avoid damage from ransomware infections is to maintain regular up-to-date backups. More information on online backup solutions and data recovery software Here.
Other tools known to remove Paradise ransomware: