FUNNY Ransomware

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

FUNNY ransomware removal instructions

What is FUNNY?

Discovered by Jakub Kroustek, FUNNY is another ransomware virus belonging to the Dharma malware family. When a computer is infected with this virus, most files are encrypted and renamed with the ".FUNNY" extension added. For instance, "1.jpg" is renamed to "1.jpg.FUNNY". All encrypted files become unusable. FUNNY ransomware displays a ransom demand pop-up window and places the "FILES ENCRYPTED.txt" text file on the desktop.

If your computer is infected with the FUNNY ransomware-type virus, you will encounter a pop-up window with a message informing you that all files have been encrypted due to a 'security problem' with your computer. Cyber criminals provide an email address that should supposedly be used to contact them to restore the encrypted files. It is not known which cryptography algorithm (symmetric or asymmetric) is used, however, it is likely that the files can only be restored using a specific decryption key generated individually for each victim. To receive this key, victims are encouraged to pay a ransom (in Bitcoins). The size of the ransom is unknown, however, according to FUNNY's developers, this depends on how quickly they are contacted via the email address. To gain the victim's trust, they offer free decryption of one file, however, they advise against trying to decrypt locked files using the help of any third parties. According to FUNNY ransomware developers, these attempts will only increase the cost of decryption or cause data loss. Note that cyber criminals cannot be trusted. Typically, they continue to ignore victims even if they meet their demands/pay the ransom. Paying the ransom does not deliver any positive result and users are scammed. Do not make any payments. Unfortunately, there are no tools that are capable of cracking FUNNY encryption (restoring data) free of charge. The best option in this case is to restore lost files using an existing backup.

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

FUNNY decrypt instructions

There are many similar or identical ransomware-type viruses. Examples include Vanss, GusCrypter, and Betta. They might be developed by different cyber criminals and have different names, but most have similar behavior. Typically, they encrypt data and make ransom demands. The main differences are size of a ransom and type of encryption algorithm used to lock the files. The cryptographies used generate individual (unique) decryption keys, and thus manual decryption (without involvement of cyber criminals) is virtually impossible, unless the virus is not fully developed or contains bugs/flaws. The existence of these ransomware-type viruses make a strong case to maintain regular backups. These should be stored on remote servers and/or unplugged devices, otherwise cyber criminals might be able to encrypt them with other regular data.

How did ransomware infect my computer?

The exact method used to promote FUNNY ransomware is unknown, however, in most cases, these viruses are distributed using spam email campaigns, trojans, fake software updaters, and various untrustworthy/unofficial software download sources. Spam email campaigns contain malicious attachments, usually Microsoft Office document files. Once opened, these attachments infect computers by downloading and installing malware. Another way systems become infected by malware is through trojans. Trojans are viruses used to proliferate other viruses - so-called chain infections. Unofficial software download sources such as P2P (peer-to-peer) networks, eMule, torrents, and so on usually present malicious software as legitimate. By using these channels, cyber criminals trick users into downloading and installing malware. Another common way to proliferate these viruses are via fake software updaters. They exploit bugs and flaws of outdated software, or download (and install) malware rather than software updates and fixes.

Threat Summary:
NameFUNNY 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.
Removal

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How to protect yourself from ransomware infections?

Regular users are often responsible for computer infections. To keep computers safe from these infections, be cautious when browsing the web and downloading, installing, or updating software. The links or attachments presented in emails sent from unknown/suspicious addresses should never be opened or clicked. Software should be downloaded using official and trustworthy sources only, but not via third party downloaders, installers, and so on. Some of these include rogue applications that might cause computer infections. Installed software should be updated, but only using implemented functions or tools provided by official developers. Finally, have reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware software installed and to keep it enabled at all times. If your computer is already infected with FUNNY, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.

Text presented in FUNNY ransomware text file :

all your data has been locked us
You want to return?
write email WildMouse@cock.li 

Text presented in FUNNY ransomware "All your files have been encrypted!" pop-up window:

All your files have been encrypted!
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC. If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail WildMouse@cock.li
Write this ID in the title of your message 1E857D00
In case of no answer in 24 hours write us to theese e-mails:WildMouse@cock.li
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 us up to 1 file for free decryption. The total size of files must be less than 1Mb (non archived), and files should not contain valuable information. (databases,backups, large excel sheets, etc.)
How to obtain Bitcoins
The easiest way to buy bitcoins is LocalBitcoins site. You have to register, click 'Buy bitcoins', and select the seller by payment method and price.
https://localbitcoins.com/buy_bitcoins
Also you can find other places to buy Bitcoins and beginners guide here:
http://www.coindesk.com/information/how-can-i-buy-bitcoins/
Attention!
Do not rename encrypted files.
Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price (they add their fee to our) or you can become a victim of a scam.

Screenshot of FUNNY ransomware "All your files have been encrypted!" pop-up window:

funny-popup

Screenshot of files encrypted by FUNNY (".FUNNY" extension):

Files encrypted by FUNNY

FUNNY 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 FUNNY 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 FUNNY 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 FUNNY 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 FUNNY 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 FUNNY, 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 FUNNY 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 FUNNY ransomware: