Badut Clowns ransomware removal instructions
What is Badut Clowns?
Badut Clowns is malicious software, ransomware designed to encrypt files and display a ransom message in a pop-up window and on the background image. Badut Clowns is a part of Jigsaw ransomware and was discovered by MalwareHunterTeam. This ransomware modifies all encrypted files and changes filenames by adding the ".badutclowns" extension. To decrypt files, victims are encouraged to pay a ransom to the cyber criminals who developed Badut Clowns.
The pop-up window states that only the developers behind this ransomware can provide a decryption service. They demand to be paid $200 in Bitcoins within one hour of encryption. If the ransom is not paid on time, cyber criminals will lock all data permanently. They also claim that the computer hard disk will be destroyed and they threaten to proliferate this malware on other devices that are connected to the same network. To pay the ransom, victims must use a Bitcoin wallet address provided within the countdown timer, however, we advise against this, since they are unlikely to provide any details about how to decrypt files. Victims who trust cyber criminals and pay are often scammed. Unfortunately, most ransomware-type programs use strong cryptography algorithms that are impossible to 'crack'. Therefore, the only way to decode files is to use decryption tools and/or keys held only by the cyber criminals. Since these people cannot be trusted, we advise you to recover your files from a backup only. There is currently no other free or safe way to restore files.
Screenshot of a message encouraging users to pay a ransom to decrypt their compromised data:
Typically, ransomware-type programs lock files so that victims are forced to pay ransoms. Some examples of other malware of this type includes Cales, DCRTR-WDM, and shade8. In most cases, the main differences are cost of decryption software/key and cryptographic algorithm (symmetric or asymmetric) used for encryption. In some rare cases, files can be decrypted without having to contact ransomware developers, however, only if ransomware is still in development and contains bugs/flaws. To avoid data and financial loss, maintain data backups and store them on an unplugged storage device or remote server, such as Cloud. This will prevent backups from being encrypted together with other data.
How did ransomware infect my computer?
|Name||Badut Clowns virus|
|Threat Type||Ransomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker.|
|Encrypted Files Extension||.badutclowns|
|Ransom Demanding Message||Pop-up window and background image.|
|Ransom Amount||$200 in Bitcoins.|
|Bitcoin Wallet Address||3Qjb7LK3v7RFgir3XrRsVbK8a22hdicoLV|
|Cyber Criminal Contactemail@example.com|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:Trojan-gen), BitDefender (Generic.MSIL.Ransomware.Jigsaw.81C3B38D), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of MSIL/Filecoder.Jigsaw.B), 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.|
To eliminate Badut Clowns virus our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
How to protect yourself from ransomware infections
Avoid using third party software downloaders, installers, and other such tools to download or install programs. The safest way to achieve this is to use official and trustworthy websites. Update installed software via implemented functions or tools provided by software developers. Do not open attachments that are presented in emails received from unknown, suspicious email addresses (the same applies to web links). Installed programs should be activated properly. Note that unofficial activation tools are illegal and can distribute malware. Have reputable anti-spyware or anti-virus software installed and keep it up-to-date. If your computer is already infected with Badut Clowns, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.
Text presented in Badut Clowns pop-up window:
Important. I'm Badut Clowns, Welcome to my little game
Perhaps you are busy looking for a way to recover your files, but don't waste your time.
Nobody can recover your files without our decryption service.
I will give you 1 hour from now, to send a sum of $200 via bitcoin
If you ignore this warning, we will lock all your personal data within 2 hours
Not only that, We will destroy your pc harddisk within 2 hours
We have controlled your wifi network and will spread this malware to all connected devices
Now, let's start enjoy our little game together!
Now, let's start and enjoy our little game together!
1 file will be deleted
[View encrypted files]
Please, send at least $200 worth of Bitcoin here:
[I made a payment, now give me back my files!]
Screenshot of Badut Clowns desktop background image:
Text on this image:
If you rate a programmer or coder 7.5/10 on knowledge basis,
you would definitely have to rate a hacker 10
Because behind every successful Coder there an even more successful
De-coder to understand that code
Screenshot of files encrypted by Badut Clowns (".badutclowns" extension):
Badut Clowns ransomware removal:
Instant automatic removal of Badut Clowns virus:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Badut Clowns virus. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Badut Clowns?
- STEP 1. Badut Clowns virus removal using safe mode with networking.
- STEP 2. Badut Clowns ransomware removal using System Restore.
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.
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.
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.
Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Log in to the account infected with the Badut Clowns 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.
2. When Command Prompt mode loads, enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.
3. Next, type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.
4. In the opened window, click "Next".
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 Badut Clowns ransomware virus infiltrating your PC).
6. In the opened window, click "Yes".
7. After restoring your computer to a previous date, download and scan your PC with recommended malware removal software to eliminate any remaining Badut Clowns 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 Badut Clowns 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.
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 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 Badut Clowns 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.
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:
Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta uses advanced proactive technology that monitors ransomware activity and terminates it immediately - before reaching users' files:
- 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 Badut Clowns ransomware: