Wesker Encrypter Ransomware

Also Known As: Wesker Encrypter virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

Wesker Encrypter ransomware removal instructions

What is Wesker Encrypter?

Wesker Encrypter is malicious software (ransomware) that prevents victims from accessing their files by encoding them with strong encryption. Therefore, victims cannot access files unless a cryptocurrency ransom is paid. Unlike most programs of this type, Wesker Encrypter does not rename any encrypted files. It simply creates a ransom message in the "!!!INSTRUCTION_RNSMW!!!.txt" text file, which contains instructions about how to recover files.

The ransom message states that files were not damaged, but were modified and can be decrypted - victims are encouraged to download and install the Tor browser and use it to open a website link provided. The message contains a warning stating that victims should not try to reinstall the operating system or try to restore or decrypt files. The decryption tool can be purchased only by using the link provided. The website contains information about the decryption tool cost and some other details. The tool is called "Wesker Decryptor" and costs the equivalent of 0.72270001 in the Dash (cryptocurrency). After seven days, however, the cost doubles to 1.44540002 Dash. To purchase the tool, victims must click "Get Dash Address" and transfer funds with the cryptocurrency wallet address provided. Once payment is made, the website generates a download link for the decryption tool. This may seem to be an easy way to recover files, however, most cyber criminals (ransomware developers) do not keep their promises and cannot be trusted. Typically, they ignore victims once they receive the cryptocurrency payment. Unfortunately, encryptions caused by ransomware-type programs are impossible to decrypt without using tools held only by ransomware developers. Generally, the only way to regain access to files stored on the computer is to use data backup and restore everything from there.

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

Wesker Encrypter decrypt instructions

Wesker Encrypter is one of many programs of this type. There are hundreds and the number is growing daily. SYSTEM FAILURE, DrWeb, and Bufas are examples of other ransomware-type programs similar to this one. Typically, these programs are created to encrypt data and keep it in that state until a ransom is paid. Two main differences are cost of decryption (tool/key) and cryptography algorithm that ransomware employs to encrypt files. Despite any similarities and differences, most of these programs cause encryptions that cannot be decrypted without the involvement of cyber criminals. Therefore, have a backup created and keep it stored on a remote server or unplugged storage device.

How did ransomware infect my computer?

It is unknown which method Wesker Encrypter developers use to proliferate this ransomware, however, most cyber criminals employ spam campaigns, trojans, dubious software download sources, software cracking tools and unofficial (fake) software updaters. With spam campaigns, they send countless emails with attached malicious files (or web links that lead to them). If opened, the files download and install malware. Most commonly used attachments are Microsoft Office and PDF documents, ZIP, RAR and other archives, executables (like .exe files), JavaScript files, and so on. Trojans can be used to proliferate malicious programs only if they are already installed. If installed, they proliferate ransomware and other malicious software. Malicious programs can also be distributed through untrustworthy software download channels. Some examples are freeware download websites, free file hosting sites, third party downloaders, P2P (Peer-to-Peer) networks such as eMule, and torrent clients. When people download files from these sources, they risk download of malicious files, which are disguised as harmless. When opened, they install malware. Software 'cracking' tools often install malicious programs rather than allowing users to bypass paid software activation. Fake software updaters usually cause damage by exploiting bugs/flaws of outdated software, or by downloading and installing malicious programs rather than the expected software fixes/updates.

Threat Summary:
Name Wesker Encrypter virus
Threat Type Ransomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker
Encrypted Files Extension No extension.
Ransom Demanding Message !!!INSTRUCTION_RNSMW!!!.txt text file, official website.
Ransom Amount $100/$200
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 demand payment of a ransom (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.
Removal

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How to protect yourself from ransomware infections?

Do not open irrelevant emails that contain attachments/web links and are sent from unknown, suspicious addresses. These emails may seem to be legitimate and important, however, this is not enough for them to be trusted. Various third party downloaders, installers, unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (and other similar sources) should not be used to download or install software. Download using official websites and direct links. Installed software should be updated, however, the only safe way to achieve this is by using tools/implemented functions provided by official software developers. Using software cracking tools is a cyber crime and, therefore, these tools should not be used to bypass paid activation. Furthermore, they can be used to proliferate viruses. Finally, have reputable anti-virus or anti-spyware software installed and enabled to prevent various threats. If your computer is already infected with Wesker Encrypter, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.

Text presented in Wesker Encrypter ransomware text file "!!!INSTRUCTION_RNSMW!!!.txt":

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________

            Hello, dear friend ?

        All your work and personal files have been encrypted by the
        W E S K E R     E N C R Y P T E R.

        Your files are NOT damaged, they are modified only. They can be decrypted.

        How to decrypt files?
        You have to buy special software ó ´Wesker Decryptorª.
        The method of payment, the cost of the decryptor and other answers to the questions, you can find on your unique page.
        For this:
        [1] Download ´Tor-browserª ( https://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy.html )
        [2] Install and run it
        [3] Open the website in the ´Tor-browserª: http://wesker7b27uikjn3.onion/index.php?
        [4] Follow the further instructions.


        IMPORTANT:
        * Do not try to reinstall the OS, restore and decrypt the files yourself. All attempts will be unsuccessful.
        ** You can get the decryptor ONLY on the specified link.
        *** If you do not have the ability to use ´Tor-browserª, use the ´Telegramª to get the actual list of web mirrors: hxxps://t.me/tor2web_wesker

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Screenshot of Wesker Encrypter website opened with Tor browser:

Wesker Encrypter website

Text presented in this website:

Attention!

All your documents, databases, photos and other files have been encrypted!

To decrypt your files you need to buy the special software ´Wesker Decryptorª. After the expiration of 7 days, the cost is doubled.


Current price is: 0.72270001 DASH ~ 100$
We are accepting payment to Dash Coin wallet:

You have paid: 0 DASH (0.72270001 DASH is left)


Next price will be (x2): 1.44540002 DASH ~ 200$ after
FAQs
What happened to my files?
Your files are encrypted. They are NOT damaged, they are modified only. They can be decrypted.
I don't know what is DASH. How can I pay?
Dash - this digital cash, cryptocurrency. The list of the most popular exchange services.
Buying cryptocurrency in my country is illegal, I do not want to break the law. What should I do?
DASH - completely anonymous cryptocurrency, the state cannot control in it the movement of funds. In addition, you can buy cryptocurrency in services that are located in another country.
The support is not responding to my chat messages. Why?
The operator may have chosen not to respond to any messages, or at the moment he is busy.
Why do I have to pay for something?
You or your company have insufficient security in network. You pay for decrypting your files.
I have no money. Can I get the decryptor for free?
No. The provision of free decryption is not provided.
Do you guarantee that I can decrypt the files after pay?
Yes. Getting the decryptor and decrypting files is a fully automatic process.
You need:
replenish address the DASH-wallet specified on the landing page
wait for the confirmation of the transaction
After which you will be given a link to download the decryptor. It remains to run the decryptor on the infected machine and wait for the files decryption operation to complete.
The address DASH-wallet has changed to another. I was going to pay. What happened?
Within 30 minutes you must pay the required amount to the address of the DASH-wallet. If this has not been done, in 30 minutes this address will be transferred to another client.
To get the address again, press the button - Get Dash Address.
There are 5 minutes left on the timer. Can I pay, the payment will not be lost?
You can pay, your account will be linked to the address DASH-wallet immediately after commit the transaction (and also, time will be added to confirm the transaction).
But, to make transaction 1-3 minutes before the end of the timer is not recommended!
I paid, but did not receive the decryptor. ???
It is possible, ONLY if you have paid lower amount than specified in the request.
See value: You have paid x.x DASH (x.x DASH is left)

Screenshot of files encrypted by Wesker Encrypter:

Files encrypted by Wesker Encrypter

Appearance of Wesker Encrypter website (GIF):

wesker encryptor ransomware website appearance gif

Wesker Encrypter ransomware removal:

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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 Wesker Encrypter 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 Wesker Encrypter 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 Wesker Encrypter 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 Wesker Encrypter 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 Wesker Encrypter, 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 Wesker Encrypter 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.

Other tools known to remove Wesker Encrypter ransomware:

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