Luboversova148 Ransomware

Also Known As: Luboversova148 virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

Luboversova148 ransomware removal instructions

What is Luboversova148?

Discovered by GrujaRS, Luboversova148 is a ransomware-type program and part of the GlobeImposter family. Cyber criminals generally use these programs to encrypt files and force victims to pay ransoms (in effect, to purchase decryption tools). Luboversova148 renames encrypted files by adding the ".luboversova148" extension. For example, "1.jpg" is renamed to "1.jpg.luboversova148". Luboversova148 also creates a ransom message within the "Read_Me.html" file.

To restore files, victims must contact cyber criminals via the luboversova148@outlook.com (or luboversova148@protonmail.com) email address and send them one image or a text file no larger than 10 MB. Additionally, the email must contain the appointed personal ID, which can be found at the bottom of the ransom message. Once this is done, Luboversova148's developers send further instructions about how to recover (decrypt) encrypted files. In the ransom message, cyber criminals state that any attempts to decrypt files using other tools or scanning the system with anti-virus software will cause permanent data loss. Unfortunately, only Luboversova148's developers have the decryption tool and there is no other way to decrypt locked files. Typically, ransomware-type programs cause strong encryptions that are impossible to 'crack'. Another problem is that people who trust ransomware developers often become victims of a scam - cyber criminals send no decryption tools or keys to their victims, even if the ransoms are paid. The best way to avoid financial loss and to recover your files free of charge is to use backup and restore all files from there.

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

Luboversova148 decrypt instructions

There are many programs similar to Luboversova148 including, for example, Bak, Lanset, and BSC. Most of these programs have two things in common: they lock files by encrypting them with strong encryption algorithms and create ransom messages that encourage victims to pay ransoms. The main differences between them are cost decryption tools/keys and cryptography algorithms (symmetric or asymmetric) used to encrypt data. In any case, decryption without the involvement of the cyber criminals who designed the ransomware is impossible, unless the software is unfinished (contains vulnerabilities such as bugs, flaws, etc.). Therefore, maintain backups and store them on remote servers (such as Cloud) or unplugged/disconnected storage devices.

How did ransomware infect my computer?

There are a number of different ways to proliferate ransomware-type and other malicious programs through the Internet. Cyber criminals use spam campaigns, software 'cracking' tools, trojans, third party software updating tools, and unsafe software download sources. Spam campaigns send emails that contain attachments or web links that lead to them. Attached files are usually PDF or Microsoft Office documents, JavaScript files, executables (.exe files), archive files such as RAR, ZIP and so on. These emails are presented as legitimate and official, however, if the attached files are opened, they infect computers with malicious programs. Software 'cracking'/activation tools activate licensed software or operating systems (illegally), but they can also cause download and installation of high-risk malicious software such as ransomware. Trojans, if already installed, cause chain infections. In summary, most of these programs download and install other malicious programs. In many cases, cyber criminals use untrustworthy software download sources to trick people into downloading and installing malware. Some examples are Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule), freeware download or free file hosting websites, third party downloaders, and so on. Unsuspecting users often infect their computers when they open downloaded malicious files. Fake, unofficial software update tools also spread viruses. Rather than downloading and installing updates, they download and install malware. Additionally, these update tools can be used to exploit bugs and flaws of outdated software installed on the operating system.

Threat Summary:
Name Luboversova148 virus
Threat Type Ransomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker
Encrypted Files Extension .luboversova148
Ransom Demanding Message Read_Me.html
Cyber Criminal Contact luboversova148@outlook.com
Detection Names Avast (Win32:Malware-gen), BitDefender (Generic.Ransom.GlobeImposter.5906BF65), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Filecoder.FV), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
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?

To keep computers secure, browse the Internet, install, download and update installed software with care. Do not open files that are attached to emails received from unknown, suspicious addresses. Typically, these attachments are included in emails that are irrelevant to the recipients. It is important to update installed programs with implemented functions or tools provided by official developers. No other tools can be trusted. Do not download files or programs from untrustworthy, unofficial websites, or using third party downloaders or other similar channels. The safest way to download is from official websites and using direct links. Software 'cracking'/activation tools cannot be trusted and they are illegal. Cyber criminals often use them to distribute malware. Finally, have reputable anti-spyware or anti-virus software installed and keep it up-to-date. If your computer is already infected with Luboversova148, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.

Text presented in Luboversova148 ransomware .html file ("Read_Me.html"):

ID

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ENGLISH
FILE RECOVERY INSTRUCTIONS!

All your files have received a secret permission.
To remove this permission and restore all data you need:
Send 1 image or text file (less than 10mb) to mail luboversova148@outlook.com.
In the message include your personal ID (look at the beginning of this document).

In the response message we will send the recovered file and further instructions for recovery.

Attention!

If you have not received a response to your message more than 12 hours, write to an alternate email address luboversova148@protonmail.com
Attempts to run the anti-virus tools will result in the loss of your data
Attempts to self-decrypting files will result in the loss of your data
Decoders other users are not compatible with your data, because each user has a unique key

Screenshot of files encrypted by Luboversova148 (".luboversova" extension):

Files encrypted by Luboversova148

Appearance of Luboversova148 ransomware .html file (GIF):

appearance of Luboversova148 ransomware in GIF

Luboversova148 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 Luboversova148 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 Luboversova148 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 Luboversova148 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 Luboversova148 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 Luboversova148, 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 Luboversova148 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 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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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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