Rabbit Ransomware

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

Rabbit ransomware removal guide

What is Rabbit?

Ransomware-type programs generally encrypt data stored on computers, which allows developers (cyber criminals) to blackmail victims by making ransom demands. Rabbit ransomware does not encrypt data but locks the computer screen and displays a ransom demand window. This ransomware-type program was discovered by MalwareHunterTeam.

Rabbit scam

Rabbit disguises itself as a "Windows Driver Update.exe" executable file. Once opened, this file generates a User Account Control window that asks users if they wants to allow this app to make changes to the device. If this permission is given, Rabbit ransomware locks the computer screen and displays a random demand window. It states that Windows has been infected/locked by Rabbit. To unlock it, victims are urged to pay 0.005 Bitcoin or 0.15 Ethereum (these are cryptocurrencies). Rabbit's victims are encouraged to make payment within 24 hours, otherwise all files stored on the computer will be deleted. As 'proof' that payment has been made, Rabbit developers request that victims send a transaction ID to the rabbit.channel@gmail.com email address. Once this is done, they promise to send a password that will supposedly unlock the computer screen. In fact, there is no need to pay. To unlock computers, people can use the "RabbCompany66" password provided by MalwareHunterTeam.

Threat Summary:
Name Rabbit virus
Threat Type Ransomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker.
Symptoms Cannot open files stored on your computer, previously functional files now have a different extension (for example, my.docx.locked). A ransom demand message is displayed on your desktop. Cyber criminals request a ransom payment (usually in Bitcoins) to unlock your files.
Distribution methods Infected email attachments (macros), torrent websites, malicious ads.
Damage All 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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There are many ransomware-type programs, however, unlike Rabbit, they encrypt data using crytpography algorithms (symmetric or asymmetric). Some examples are Robbinhood, Mr-X666, and Doples. Typically, cyber criminals use these programs to encrypt data and make ransom demands. The main differences between them are cryptography algorithm used to encrypt data and cost of a decryption tool or key. Unfortunately, most computer infections of this type use encryptions that cannot be decrypted without the involvement of cyber criminals - only they have a tool capable of decryption. Decryption without using these tools is possible only if these programs are in development, have various bugs/flaws, and so on. To prevent data and possible financial loss, maintain regular backups and store them on remote serves or unplugged storage devices.

Rabbit ransomware technical analysis:

  • Detection names: BitDefender (Trojan.GenericKD.31803237), ESET-NOD32 (MSIL/LockScreen.ACI)
  • Full list of antivirus detections: VirusTotal
  • Executable filename: Windows Driver Update.exe
  • Sample first submitted: 2019-03-16

How did ransomware infect my computer?

In most cases, computers become infected with ransomware-type programs through spam campaigns, Trojans, fake software updaters, software 'cracking' tools, and dubious software download channels. People who proliferate computer infections of this type use spam campaigns by sending emails with attached malicious files such as Microsoft Office or PDF documents, archives such as ZIP, RAR (and other files of this type), executable (.exe), or JavaScript files. Their main purpose is to trick recipients into opening the attachment, which results in download and installation of a high-risk computer infection. Fake software updaters usually infect computers when they download and install malicious programs rather than expected updates or fixes. These tools can also be used to exploit outdated software bugs/flaws. Trojans are infections that proliferate malware. Therefore, if a computer is infected with a Trojan, it will cause chain infections. Another way to cause ransomware and other infections is through Peer-to-peer (P2P) networks, free file hosting, freeware download and unofficial websites, third party downloaders, and other such tools. Cyber criminals use these channels to trick people into downloading and installing malicious programs. Software 'cracking' tools are programs that supposedly allow users to bypass paid activation of software or operating systems, however, cyber criminals employ them to proliferate computer infections. Rather than activation any software they cause download and installation of high-risk viruses.

How to protect a computer from ransomware infections?

If an email contains an attachment or web link and is sent from an unknown/untrustworthy address, do not open it (at least not without being sure that it is safe to do so). Keep installed software updated, however, this should be done using implemented functions or tools provided by official developers. Do not download software from untrustworthy/unofficial websites, using third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks, or other similar sources. Download from official websites and using direct links. Paid software should be activated properly and not using 'cracking' tools that bypass paid activation. These tools are illegal and often cause computer infections. Finally, have reputable anti-spyware or anti-virus software installed and keep it enabled and updated. These tools can prevent damage from viruses early. If your computer is already infected with ransomware, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate it.

Text presented in ransom demand window displayed by Rabbit:

Your Windows has been Infected by Rabbit Ransomware!
Your Windows has been locked! If you want to unlock it you must pay 0.005 BTC or 0.15 ETH
When you send money on my address you need to send transaction id to prove transaction.
Email: rabbit.cnannel@gmail.com
Unlock password: -

Screenshot of User Account Control warning when the Rabbit malicious executable (disguised as a Windows Driver Update) is about to be executed:

rabbit disguises itself as windows driver update executable

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Quick menu:

Rabbit ransomware removal:

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 starting process press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, 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: Go to the Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click on Advanced Startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window select Advanced Startup. Click on the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into "Advanced Startup options menu". Click on the "Troubleshoot" button, then click on "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen click on "Startup settings". Click on the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press "5" to boot in Safe Mode with Networking Prompt.

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 "Rabbit" ransomware. 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 viruses using "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and "System Restore":

1. During your computer starting 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 "Rabbit" ransomware 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 remnants of "Rabbit" ransomware.

If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking (or with Command Prompt), boot your computer using a rescue disk. Some viruses disable Safe Mode making its removal complicated. For this step, you require access to another computer. After removing "Rabbit" ransomware from your PC, restart your computer and scan it with legitimate anti-spyware software to remove any possible remnants of this security infection.

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Tomas Meskauskas

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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