Elimination of Amigo X-3 ransomware

Also Known As: Amigo X-3 virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

Amigo X-3 ransomware removal instructions

What is Amigo X-3?

The person who discovered Amigo-X3 ransomware is GrujaRS. It is a malicious program that is designed to encrypt files that are stored on a victim's computer and to keep them inaccessible/unusable unless a ransom is paid. Amigo-X3 renames all encrypted files too, it changes their name by adding the ".Amigo-X3" extension. For example, it renames "1.jpg" to "1.jpg.Amigo-X3" and so on. Instructions on how to buy a decryption tool can be found in a text file named "!!!READ_IT!!!.txt".

In order to recover encrypted data victims are instructed to send an email with a personal ID to one of these emails: 575913661@qq.com, recoverymydata@protonmail.com, or mydatarecovery@india.com. The email can also contain one file that Amigo-X3's developers promise to decrypt for free. It is stated that they will send a decryption tool after payment. However, we do not recommend to pay the ransom because most cyber criminals do not send their victims the promised decryption tools or keys. Typically, people who transfer them money (cryptocurrency) become victims of a scam - they pay the ransom but do not get anything in return. However, that is not the only problem. Another problem is that files encrypted by ransomware-type programs cannot be decrypted without the right decryption tools/keys and the only people who have them are cyber criminals who designed the program. Most of the times the only and free option is to restore files from a backup. However, it is possible only if a backup exists (was created before encryption).

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

Amigo X-3 decrypt instructions

Typically, ransomware is a software that cyber criminals use to encrypt people's data and force victims to purchase a decryption tool and/or key. Here are examples of other programs of this type: Neras, LooCipher and middleman2020. The main variables are the price of a decryption and cryptography algorithm (symmetric or asymmetric) that is used to encrypt files. Most of the times cyber criminals design these programs to be 'uncrackable', which means victims have two choices: to pay a ransom or to restore files from a backup. That is why it is important to have data backed up. Besides, we recommend backups must be stored on unplugged storage devices or remote servers.

How did ransomware infect my computer?

Quit often cyber criminals attempt to infect computers with malicious programs through emails. They send emails that contain web links or attachments. Their goal is to tick people into downloading and opening malicious files. If opened, these files download and install malware. Some examples of files that they attach are Microsoft Office or PDF documents, archive files like ZIP, RAR, executables (.exe files) and JavaScript files. Another way to infect computers is to upload malicious files into some unreliable download channel and wait until someone will download and open them. Typically, malicious files are disguised as legitimate, however, opening them causes computer infections. Typically, cyber criminals use these channels: free file hosting, freeware download websites, Peer-to-Peer (P2P) networks, various unofficial pages, and other similar sources. Furthermore, if a computer is infected with a trojan, then a program of this type might be designed to install other malware like ransomware. Trojans usually are designed to cause chain infections. Fake, unofficial software updating tools can be designed to spread malicious programs too. They exploit bugs, flaws of outdated software or simply download/install infections instead of updates or fixes. The same applies to software 'cracking'. People who try to bypass software activation without having to pay for it and use unofficial tools for that usually end up having their computers infected with malware.

Threat Summary:
Name Amigo X-3 virus
Threat Type Ransomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker
Encrypted Files Extension Amigo X-3
Ransom Demanding Message !!!READ_IT!!!.txt
Cyber Criminal Contact 575913661@qq.com, recoverymydata@protonmail.com, mydatarecovery@india.com
Rogue Process Name Amigo (with PDF file icon in Task Manager)
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?

Do not open email attachments if they are presented in irrelevant emails, or/and if these emails are sent from unknown addresses. All software should be downloaded from official, trustworthy websites, none of the other sources that we mentioned above can be trusted. Installed programs should be kept up-to-date, however, it must be done using implemented tools or/and functions that are provided by official developers. Paid software should not be activated by cracking it. It is not legal and often leads to computer infections. And finally, computers are always safer when there is some reputable anti-virus or anti-spyware suite installed on them. If your computer is already infected with Amigo X-3, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.

Text presented in Amigo X-3 ransomware's text file (!!!READ_IT!!!.txt")

ALL YOUR DATA WAS ENCRYPTED

If you want to recover your data:

1.Send your personal ID to our emails.
2.You can send us 1 small file for test decryption.
3.After payment you will get decryption tool and opportunity to recover all your data.


 To avoid file loss, do not try to rename or modify encrypted files.
 
 Our contacts:

575913661@qq.com
recoverymydata@protonmail.com
mydatarecovery@india.com

 

                   Your personal ID:
                   
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Screenshot of Amigo X-3's process in Task Manager ("Amigo"):

amigo x-3 process in task manager

Screenshot of files encrypted by Amigo X-3 ("Amigo X-3" extension):

Files encrypted by Amigo X-3

Amigo X-3 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 Amigo X-3 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 Amigo X-3 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 Amigo X-3 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 Amigo X-3 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 Amigo X-3, 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 Amigo X-3 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:

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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 Amigo X-3 ransomware:

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

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