Recme Ransomware

Also Known As: Recme virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

Recme ransomware removal instructions

What is Recme?

First discovered by malware security researcher, Michael Gillespie, Recme is a new variant of a ransomware-type virus called Scarab. Once infiltrated, this ransomware encrypts most files and renames them using the "[hexadecimal_number].recme" pattern. For instance, "sample.jpg" might be renamed to a filename such as "146B2A308AFCE4D2A7192DF3A41FCB840.recme". Once encrypted, data immediately becomes unusable and indistinguishable. Following successful encryption, Recme generates a text file ("HOW_TO_RECOVER_ENCRYPTED_FILES.TXT") and places a copy in every existing folder.

The new text file contains text stating that data is encrypted and that victims must pay a ransom if they want to restore it. It is currently unknown whether Recme uses symmetric or asymmetric cryptography - this information is not provided, however, a unique key (generated individually for each victim) is necessary to restore data. All keys are stored on a remote server controlled by Recme's developers and users are encouraged to pay a ransom for their release. The cost is not specified (all details are provided via email), however, cyber criminals typically demand $500-1500 in Bitcoins or another cryptocurrency, Regardless of the cost, do not pay. Research shows that cyber criminals are likely to ignore victims, once payments are submitted. Therefore, paying typically gives no positive result and users are scammed. We strongly recommend that you ignore all requests to contact these people or submit payments. Unfortunately, there are no tools capable of cracking Recme encryption and restoring files free of charge. The only solution is to restore everything from a backup.

Screenshot of a message encouraging users to pay a ransom to decrypt their compromised data:

Recme decrypt instructions

Recme is virtually identical to BtcKING, Omerta, Qnbqw, Gw3w, and dozens of other ransomware-type viruses. All are developed by different cyber criminals, but their behavior is identical - all encrypt data and makes ransom demands. There are typically just two major differences: 1) size of ransom, and; 2) type of encryption algorithm used. Unfortunately, most employ cryptographies that generate unique decryption keys. Therefore, unless the malware is not fully developed or has certain bugs/flaws (e.g., the key is hard-coded, stored locally, etc.), restoring data manually is impossible. Ransomware presents a strong case for maintaining regular data backups, however, it is very important to store them on a remote server (e.g., Cloud) or an unplugged storage device. If not, malware encrypts them with regular files.

How did ransomware infect my computer?

Ransomware is proliferated in various ways, however, the most popular five are: 1) spam emails; 2) third party software download sources; 3) peer-to-peer [P2P] networks; 4) fake software update tools, and; 5) trojans. Spam emails are delivered with spam emails (e.g., MS Office documents, JavaScript files, etc.) Once opened, these attachments execute scripts designed to stealthily download and install malware. Unofficial download sources (free file hosting websites, freeware download sites, and so on) and P2P networks (torrents, eMule, and so on) present malicious executables as legitimate software, thereby tricking users into downloading and installing malware. Fake software updaters infect the system by exploiting outdated software bugs/flaws or simply downloading and installing viruses rather than updates. Trojans are the simplest of all - they merely open "backdoors" for other viruses to infiltrate the system.

How to protect yourself from ransomware infections?

The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior. The key to safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the Internet and downloading/updating/installing software. Carefully analyze all email attachments. If the file seems irrelevant or has been received from a suspicious email address, do not open it and delete the email immediately. In addition, download your programs from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers are used to promote rogue apps, and thus should never be used. The same applies to software updates. Keep installed applications up-to-date, however, this should be achieved via implemented update functions or tools provided by the official developer only. We also strongly recommend that you have a reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed and running. If your computer is already infected with Recme, we recommend running a scan with Reimage Repair Tool for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.

Text presented in Recme ransomware text file :

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HOW TO DECRYPT YOUR FILES

Your personal ID
-

Your files, documents, photo, databases and all the rest aren't
are ciphered by the most reliable enciphering.
All information about clients and their personal data was uploaded.
You must have no illusion that you can get out of this situation without our help.
You have two choices:
1. Unsuccessful try to decrypt files and lose them along with the business.
2. Or write to us and pay for the decryption keys and back clients files and.
We are not going to destroy your business. We show the problem on real example.
ATTENTION! If you do not contact us within two days, the decryption keys will be destroyed and
we will send some of files to your clients with information about your disability. They will pay
instead of you or we will put all data on the network.
Don't waste time, the cost directly depends on the time of contact with us.
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You will be able to restore files so:

contact us by e-mail: recfiles@protonmail.com
* report your ID and we will switch off any removal of files
(if you don't report your ID identifier within 48 hours, decrypt key will be lost)
* you send your ID identifier and 2 files, up to 1 MB in size everyone.
We decipher them, as proof of a possibility of interpretation.
also you receive the instruction where and how many it is necessary to pay.

you pay and confirm payment.
after payment you receive the DECODER program. which you restore ALL YOUR FILES.

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You have 48 hours on payment.
If you don't manage to pay in 48 hours, then the price of interpretation increases twice.
The price increases twice each 48 hours.
To restore files, without loss, and on the minimum tariff, you have to pay within 48 hours.
Address for detailed instructions e-mail: recfiles@protonmail.com
* If you don't waste time for attempts to decipher, then you will be able to restore all files in 1 hour.
* If you try to decipher - you can FOREVER lose your files.
* Decoders of other users are incompatible with your data as at each user unique key of enciphering

If it is impossible to communicate through mail
* Be registered on the website http://bitmsg.me (service online of sending Bitmessage)
* Write the letter to the address BM-2cTgGUjqALdcJp2kEhsgUUnhpFPgkikerB with the indication of your mail and
the personal identifier and we will communicate.

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If you have no bitcoins
* Create Bitcoin purse: https://blockchain.info
* Buy Bitcoin in the convenient way
https://localbitcoins.com/ (Visa/MasterCard)
https://www.buybitcoinworldwide.com/ (Visa/MasterCard)
https://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

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Screenshot of files encrypted by Recme ("[hexadecimal_number].recme" filename pattern):

Files encrypted by Recme

Recme ransomware removal:

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Quick menu:

Step 1

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.

Safe Mode with Networking

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.

Windows 8 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.

windows 10 safe mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Step 2

Log in to the account infected with the Recme 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.

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.

Boot your computer in Safe Mode with Command Prompt

2. When Command Prompt mode loads, enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt type cd restore

3. Next, type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt rstrui.exe

4. In the opened window, click "Next".

restore system files and settings

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 Recme ransomware virus infiltrating your PC).

select a restore point

6. In the opened window, click "Yes".

run system restore

7. After restoring your computer to a previous date, download and scan your PC with recommended malware removal software to eliminate any remaining Recme 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 Recme 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.

Restoring files encrypted by CryptoDefense

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 regain control of the files encrypted by Recme, you can also try using a program called Shadow Explorer. More information on how to use this program is available here.

shadow explorer screenshot

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 Recme 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.

Controll Folder Access

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:

hitmanproalert ransomware prevention application

Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta uses advanced proactive technology that monitors ransomware activity and terminates it immediately - before reaching users' files:

malwarebytes anti-ransomware

  • 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 Recme ransomware: