OBLIVION ransomware removal instructions
What is OBLIVION?
OBLIVION is a ransomware-type virus recently discovered by malware security researcher, Michael Gillespie. Once infiltrated, OBLIVION encrypts most stored files. In addition, it renames them using the "[gibberish].OBLIVION" pattern. For example, "sample.jpg" might be renamed to a filename such as "88ea2M65a2==ixH6t4Ht789fvC49W.OBLIVION". Encrypted files become unusable and indistinguishable. Immediately after encryption, OBLIVION generates a text file ("OBLIVION DECRYPTION INFORMATION.TXT") and places a copy in every existing folder. Note also that there is a high probability that OBLIVION is related to another ransomware infection called Scarab.
As usual, the new text file informs victims of the encryption and states that, to restore data, victims must purchase a decryption tool for a certain amount of Bitcoins. To achieve this, users must first contact cyber criminals. In addition, they are able to attach a single selected file, which is then restored and returned (together with payment instructions) as a 'guarantee' that decryption is possible. It is currently unknown whether OBLIVION uses symmetric or asymmetric cryptography - this information is not provided, however, it is clear that decryption requires a unique key generated individually for each victim. Cyber criminals store these keys on a remote server, thus allowing them to blackmail victims. To receive the key (or rather, a decryption tool with the key embedded within), users must submit payment. The cost is also not specified - users will receive detailed instructions via an email, however, costs typically fluctuate between $500 and $1500. Note that cyber criminals can never be trusted. These people are likely to ignore victims, once payments are submitted. Therefore, no matter what the cost, do not pay. There are currently no tools capable of restoring data encrypted by OBLIVION free of charge. There is just one solution: to restore everything from a backup.
Screenshot of a message encouraging users to pay a ransom to decrypt their compromised data:
There are dozens of ransomware-type viruses that share similarities with OBLIVION. The list of examples includes (but is not limited to) PAY_IN_MAXIM_24_HOURS, Kraken 2.0, Black Heart, MaxiCrypt, and Spartacus. All are developed by different cyber criminals, and yet their behavior is identical - all encrypt data and make ransom demands. In most cases, ransomware-type viruses have just two major differences: 1) size of ransom, and; 2) type of encryption algorithm used. Unfortunately, most use algorithms (e.g., RSA, AES, etc.) that generate unique decryption keys. Therefore, unless the malware has certain bugs/flaws (e.g., the key is hard-coded, stored locally, etc.), restoring files manually without involvement of developers (contacting these people is not recommended) is impossible. Ransomware presents a strong case for maintaining regular data backups, however, note that backup files must be stored on a remote server or unplugged storage device. If not, they will be encrypted together regular data.
How did ransomware infect my computer?
How to protect yourself from ransomware infections?
The key to computer safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the Internet. Before opening email attachments, be sure that files seem relevant and have been sent from trustworthy/recognizable email addresses. If not, do not open these files and delete the emails immediately. Furthermore, you are advised to download your apps from official sources, using direct download links, rather than third party downloaders/installers. These tools often promote deceptive applications, and thus should never be used. Keep installed applications up-to-date and use a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite, however, since criminals proliferate malware using fake updaters, update applications using implemented functions or tools provided by the official developer only.
Text presented in OBLIVION ransomware text file ("OBLIVION DECRYPTION INFORMATION.TXT"):
YOUR FILES ARE ENCRYPTED!
Your personal ID
Your documents, photos, databases, save games and other important data was encrypted.
Data recovery the necessary decryption tool. To get the decryption tool, should send an email to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Or telegram us:
Letter must include Your personal ID (see the beginning of this document).
In the proof we have decryption tool, you can send us 1 file for test decryption.
Next, you need to pay for the decryption tool.
In response letter You will receive the address of Bitcoin wallet which you need to perform the transfer of funds.
If you have no bitcoins
* Create Bitcoin purse: hxxps://blockchain.info
* Buy Bitcoin in the convenient way
hxxps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitcoin (the instruction for beginners)
- It doesn't make sense to complain of us and to arrange a hysterics.
- Complaints having blocked e-mail, you deprive a possibility of the others, to decipher the computers.
Other people at whom computers are also ciphered you deprive of the ONLY hope to decipher. FOREVER.
- Just contact with us, we will stipulate conditions of interpretation of files and available payment,
in a friendly situation
- When money transfer is confirmed, You will receive the decrypter file for Your computer.
* Do not attempt to remove a program or run the anti-virus tools
* Attempts to decrypt the files will lead to loss of Your data
* Decoders other users is incompatible with Your data, as each user unique encryption key
Screenshot of files encrypted by OBLIVION ("[gibberish].OBLIVION" filename pattern):
OBLIVION ransomware removal:
- What is OBLIVION?
- STEP 1. OBLIVION virus removal using safe mode with networking.
- STEP 2. OBLIVION 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 OBLIVION 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 OBLIVION 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 OBLIVION 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 OBLIVION 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 OBLIVION 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 OBLIVION ransomware.
Note that Windows 10 Fall Creators Update includes a "Controlled Folder Access" feature that blocks ransomware attempts to encrypt your files. By default, this feature automatically protects files stored in the Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Favorites as well as Desktop folders.
Windows 10 users should install this update to protect their data from ransomware attacks. Here is more information on how to get this update and add an additional protection layer from ransomware infections.
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 OBLIVION ransomware: