Wesker Encrypter Ransomware

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

Wesker Encrypter ransomware removal instructions

What is Wesker Encrypter?

Wesker Encrypter is a malicious software (ransomware) that prevents its victims from accessing their files by encrypting them with a strong encryption. Simply said, victims cannot access them unless a particular amount of cryptocurrency (ransom) is paid. Unlike most programs of this type Wesker Encrypter does not rename any encrypted files. It simply creates a ransom note, the "!!!INSTRUCTION_RNSMW!!!.txt" text file that contains instructions on how to recover files.

The ransom note says that files were not damaged, they were modified and can be decrypted. To decrypt them, victims must to download and install the Tor browser and use it to open the given website link. The note contains a warning saying that victims should not try to reinstall the operating system, try to restore or decrypt files by themselves. Besides, it is mentioned that a decryption tool can be purchased using only the provided link. That website contains information about decryption tool's price and some other details. That tool is named "Wesker Decryptor" and it costs 0.72270001 of Dash (cryptocurrency). However, 7 days after encryption its price will be doubles to 1.44540002 of Dash. To purchase the tool victims have to click the "Get Dash Address" and to transfer cryptocurrency to the provided cryptocurrency wallet's address. Once the payment is done, the website will generate a download link for the decryption tool. This might seem like an easy way to recover files, however, it is worth mentioning that most cyber criminals (ransomware developers) do not keep their promises and cannot be trusted. Typically, they ignore their victims once they receive the cryptocurrency. Unfortunately, encryptions caused by ransomware-type programs are impossible to decrypt without using tools that only particular ransomware's developers have. As a rule, the only way to access files stored on a computer again 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 the many programs of this type, there are hundreds of them created and that number is growing by the days. SYSTEM FAILURE, DrWeb and Bufas are couple of other ransomware-type programs that are very similar to this one. Typically, these programs have two main things in common: they are created to encrypt data and to keep it encrypted until a ransom is paid. Two main differences are price of a decryption (tool/key) and cryptography algorithm that ransomware is designed to used to encrypt files. Despite all similarities and differences, most programs of this type are designed to cause encryptions that cannot be decrypted without interference of cyber criminals. It is the main reason why it is important to have a backup created and to keep it stored on a remote server or unplugged storage device.

How did ransomware infect my computer?

It is unknown what method Wesker Encrypter's developers use to proliferate it, however, most cyber criminals use one of the most commonly used ways: through spam campaigns, trojans, unreliable software download sources, software cracking tools and unofficial (fake) software updaters. If they use spam campaigns, they send emails with attached malicious files (or web links that lead to them). If opened, those 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 spread malicious programs only if they are already installed. If installed, they spread ransomware and other malicious software. Malicious programs can be distributed through untrustworthy software download channels too. Here are some examples of sources of this kind: freeware download websites, free file hosting sites, third party downloaders, P2P (Peer-to-Peer) networks like eMule, torrent clients and so on. When people download various files from there, they risk to download malicious files disguised as harmless ones. When users open them, they install malware by themselves. Software 'cracking' tools often install malicious programs when their users expect that they will allow them to bypass paid software activations. Fake software updaters usually cue damage by exploiting bugs, flaws of outdated software or by downloading and installing malicious programs instead of the expected software fixes or/and 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 Can'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 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?

All irrelevant emails that contain attachments/web links and are sent from unknown, suspicious addresses should not be opened. As a rule, these emails seem to be legitimate and important, however, it 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 neither to download or install any software. It should be done using official websites and direct links. Furthermore, installed software should be always updated. Note, the only safe way to achieve it is using tools/implemented functions that are provided by official software developers only. Usage of software cracking tools is a cyber crime, therefore, these tools should not be used to bypass paid activations. Besides, they can be used to spread viruses. And finally, having a reputable anti-virus or anti-spyware software installed and enabled can be really helpful when dealing with various threats too. 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's 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's 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's website (GIF):

wesker encryptor ransomware website appearance gif

Wesker Encrypter 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 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 "Controlled Folder Access" feature that blocks ransomware attempts to encrypt your files. By default this feature automatically protects files stored in 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's more information on how to get this update and add 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:

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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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