Qinynore Ransomware

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

Qinynore ransomware removal instructions

What is Qinynore?

Qinynore is a high-risk ransomware-type virus that was discovered by Karsten Hahn. This is an open-source virus based on a ransomware project called Hidden Tear. After the infiltration, the Qinynore virus encrypts files using AES cryptography (a symmetric algorithm) and changes extensions of affected files to ".anonymous". For example: a file called "1.jpg" becomes "1.jpg.anonymous". Qinynore also changes the desktop wallpaper and places a copy of the "YOU_MUST_READ_ME.rtf" file in every encrypted folder.

The "YOU_MUST_READ_ME.rtf" file (mentioned above) contains a text message stating that files have been encrypted by a 'Russian Hacker organization' who work in association with 'anonymous'. The message demands a ransom (€400) to be paid in Bitcoins within five hours of the infection. It also states that if payment is not made, the victim will never be able to retrieve the files. To retrieve encrypted files, the victim must use a decryption key (in this case, it is identical to the encryption key), which is typically stored on a remote server controlled by cyber criminals. Most cyber criminals promise to provide decryption keys once the ransom has been paid, however, research shows that most ransomware developers ignore victims even after payments are submitted. Do not trust cyber criminals. We advise you to ignore all of their requests. Unfortunately, there is no way to crack Qinynore encryption (and retrieve files) free of charge. The only solution is to restore all files from a backup.

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

Qinynore decrypt instructions

Qinynore is one of many ransomware-type viruses, and is virtually identical to other viruses of this type such as OPdailyallowance, BadNews, Locky, Imposter, and FileEncrypted. Although these viruses are developed by different cyber criminals, they serve an identical purpose: to encrypt users' files and make ransom demands. The main differences between ransomware-type viruses are the encryption and decryption algorithms used. The most commonly-used algorithms are RSA, AES, etc. It is impossible to restore data without contacting cyber criminals (this is not recommended), unless the virus contains bugs or is still in development. To prevent these problems in future, we recommend that you maintain data backups regularly, using remote servers (such as Cloud) or unplugged storage devices (otherwise, backups are encrypted with regular data).

How did ransomware infect my computer?

In most cases, cyber criminals use a number of methods to infect systems with ransomware viruses. Spam email campaigns are very common. Cyber criminals send various emails containing attachments that download and/or install malware. Another common method is through a virus (a Trojan) that has already infiltrated the system. These viruses cause chain infections (one virus produces another). Untrustworthy/unofficial websites or other sources such as freeware download sites, free file hosting sites, torrents, P2P clients, etc. are also used to trick users into downloading and installing ransomware-type viruses (and others). Fake software updaters are often used to download and install malicious software rather than updating outdated programs or fixing any bugs.

Threat Summary:
NameQinynore virus
Threat TypeRansomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker
SymptomsCan't open files stored on your computer, previously functional files now have a different extension, for example my.docx.locked. A ransom demanding message is displayed on your desktop. Cyber criminals are asking to pay a ransom (usually in bitcoins) to unlock your files.
Distribution methodsInfected email attachments (macros), torrent websites, malicious ads.
DamageAll files are encrypted and cannot be opened without paying a ransom. Additional password stealing trojans and malware infections can be installed together with a ransomware infection.

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How to protect yourself from ransomware infections?

Be cautious when browsing the web (especially when downloading, installing, or updating software) and when opening attachments in emails that are sent from unknown senders. Download software using official, trustworthy websites, and direct links only. Avoid using Peer-to-Peer [P2P] software, torrent clients, or third party downloaders/installers. This type of software can install or download your chosen software together with additional rogue apps. Furthermore, update software using official updaters or implemented features only. Have a reputable antivirus software installed and keep it enabled at all times. If your computer is already infected with Qinynore, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.

Text presented in Qinynore ransomware "YOU_MUST_READ_ME.rtf" file :

Files has been encrypted with Qinynore ransomware, a Russian Hacker organization in association with anonymous.
Send me some bitcoins or say goodbye to your files
Note: Don't try to be smart, if you are seeing this it means that even if your antivirus detect the virus the files are already encryped.
Even If you can't see time is still counting, do not forget, 5 hours to pay since you got infected

Screenshot of Qinynore desktop wallpaper:

Qinynore wallpaper

Screenshot of files encrypted by Qinynore (".anonymous" extension):

Files encrypted by Qinynore

Qinynore 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 Qinynore 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 Qinynore 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 Qinynore 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 Qinynore 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 Qinynore, 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 Qinynore 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:

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

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  • 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.

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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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