Wiki ransomware removal instructions
What is Wiki?
Wiki is a piece of malicious software, classified as ransomware, belonging to the Crysis/Dharma malware family. Credit for discovering Wiki belongs to Jakub Kroustek. It is designed to encrypt data and keep it locked, until a ransom is paid (i.e. decryption software/tool is purchased). As this malicious program encrypts data, it renames files with a unique ID number (generated for each victim), its developers' email address and the ".wiki" extension. For example, a file tilted "1.jpg" would appear as something like "1.jpg.id-1E857D00.[email@example.com ].wiki", and so forth. After this process is complete, Wiki drops a file named "FILES ENCRYPTED.txt" on the desktop and displays a pop-up window.
The message in the text file informs victims that their data has been locked and if they want to recover it, they are to write to the cyber criminals behind the Wiki ransomware. The pop-up contains a more detailed ransom note. It states that the email must contain the unique ID number in the subject/title and there are alternative addresses provided, should users not receive any response in 24 hours. The victims must pay a ransom to receive a decryption tool, the size of the payment will depend on how quickly they write to the criminals. As proof of their ability to restore the encrypted data, the developers of this malicious software offer to decrypt one file for free. The file should be no larger than 1Mb (non-archived) and contain no valuable information, therefore it cannot be a database, backup, large excel sheet and similar. The message also gives instructions on how to obtain Bitcoin cryptocurrency, which is the currency the ransom will have to be paid in. Furthermore, users are told not to rename the encrypted files and not to attempt manual decryption (using third party software) - as that will result in permanent data loss. It is true that there are no free programs, able to "crack" Wiki's encryption. Ransomware-type infections use strong encryptions, which usually cannot be broken without the interference of the cyber criminals, who encrypted the data. Regardless, it is expressly advised against communicating with them and meeting the ransom demands. Often, despite paying, victims do not receive any necessary tools to decrypt their files. Therefore, their data remains encrypted and worthless. The only viable solution is restoring the files from a backup, if one was made before the attack and stored separately.
Screenshot of a message encouraging users to pay a ransom to decrypt their compromised data:
Most ransomware programs share certain common qualities. Maze 2019, MedusaLocker, Deal are a few examples of similar infections to Wiki. All ransomware encrypts files and demands payment for their decryption. However, there are some crucial differences - the cryptographic algorithm they use (symmetric or asymmetric) and the size of the ransom. The latter are usually between three-digit and four-digit sums (in USD). Cyber criminals prefer digital currencies (e.g. cryptocurrencies, pre-paid vouchers, etc.), as transactions of such are difficult/impossible to trace. The only cases when decryption without the involvement of the criminals is possible - is when the ransomware is still in development and/or has flaws/bugs. To protect data from encrypting/damaging attacks, it is recommended to keep backups in remote servers and/or unplugged storage devices. Due to both being liable to damage, it is preferable to store several backup copies in different locations.
How did ransomware infect my computer?
|Threat Type||Ransomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker|
|Encrypted Files Extension||.wiki (this ransomware also appends filenames with victim's unique ID and developers' email address)|
|Ransom Demanding Message||Pop-up window (HTML application), FILES ENCRYPTED.txt|
|Cyber Criminal Contactfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Detection Names||Avast (FileRepMalware), BitDefender (Trojan.Ransomware.GenericKDS.32600106), DrWeb (Trojan.Inject3.29015), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Generik.FYASUBF), 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 Wiki virus our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
How to protect yourself from ransomware infections?
Suspicious and irrelevant emails should not be opened, especially such received from unknown senders (addresses). Attachments found in this type of mail must never be executed, run or otherwise opened - as that will cause the infection (trigger download/installation of malware). It is highly recommended to only use official and verified download sources. Installed software should be kept updated using functions/tools provided by the legitimate developers. Programs should also be activated using genuine means, as opposed to illegal "cracking" tools. Users are strongly advised to have a reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed and kept up-to-date. Such software is to be used for regular system scans and removal of detected threats. If your computer is already infected with Wiki, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.
Text presented in Wiki ransomware's pop-up window:
All your files have been encrypted!
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC. If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail email@example.com
Write this ID in the title of your message 1E857D00
In case of no answer in 24 hours write us to theese e-mails:firstname.lastname@example.org
You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us. After payment we will send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all your files.
Free decryption as guarantee
Before paying you can send us up to 1 file for free decryption. The total size of files must be less than 1Mb (non archived), and files should not contain valuable information. (databases,backups, large excel sheets, etc.)
How to obtain Bitcoins
The easiest way to buy bitcoins is LocalBitcoins site. You have to register, click 'Buy bitcoins', and select the seller by payment method and price.
Also you can find other places to buy Bitcoins and beginners guide here:
Do not rename encrypted files.
Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price (they add their fee to our) or you can become a victim of a scam.
Screenshot of Wiki's text file ("FILES ENCRYPTED.txt"):
Text presented in this file:
Screenshot of files encrypted by Wiki (".wiki" extension):
Wiki ransomware removal:
Instant automatic removal of Wiki 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 Wiki virus. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Wiki?
- STEP 1. Wiki virus removal using safe mode with networking.
- STEP 2. Wiki 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 Wiki 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 Wiki 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 Wiki 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 Wiki 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 Wiki 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, and 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 Wiki ransomware: