How to remove Afrodita from a computer?

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

Afrodita ransomware removal instructions

What is Afrodita?

Discovered by S!Ri, Afrodita is a part of LockerGoga ransomware family, it encrypts data with AES-256 and RSA-2048 encryption algorithms. Also, it creates a ransom note, the "__README_RECOVERY_.txt" text file which contains instructions on how to contact cyber criminals for information on how to pay a ransom (buy a decryption tool and key).

In order to prove that developers of Afrodita ransomware can help victims to decrypt their files they offer free decryption of one file. Victims can send it to them through Telegram (hxxps://t.me/RecoverySupport) and afroditateam@tutanota.com, or afroditasupport@mail2tor.com email address. Cyber criminals behind this ransomware claim that to be able to recover the rest of encrypted files victims have to pay a ransom and wait for a decryption tool and/or key. According to them, it is the only way to get the files back. Unfortunately, that is true. Like many programs of this type, Afrodita encrypts files with a strong encryption algorithms that are impossible to 'crack'. In other words, the only way to decrypt files is by using the right decryption tool and/or key that only developers of this ransomware have. They claim that they can be trusted and it is not in their interest not do send decryption tools after a payment. However, quite often people who pay a ransom get scammed, which means there is a high possibility that these cyber criminals will not keep their promise as well. Since there are no other (and free) tools that could decrypt files encrypted by Afrodita, the only way prevent further data loss and recover files is to uninstall this ransomware and then restore files from a backup. It is worth mentioning that files remain encrypted even after removal of programs of this type (ransomware). By uninstalling it victims only prevent it from causing further damage (encryptions).

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

Afrodita decrypt instructions (__README_RECOVERY_.txt)

Ransomware is a type of software that is usually designed to encrypt files and keep them locked/inaccessible unless a decryption key (and/or tool) is purchased and used to decrypt them. Two main variables usually size of a ransom and cryptographic algorithm (symmetric or asymmetric) that ransomware uses to encrypt victim's files. As a rule, it is impossible to decrypt files without the right tool (or tools) that only developers of a particular ransomware have, unless ransomware is not finished (contains flaws, bugs, etc.). Data and financial loss usually can be avoided by restoring files from a backup. That is why it is alway a good idea to have data backed up and keep it stored on some remote server or unplugged storage device. More examples of other ransomware are Kangaroo, Ako and Clown.

How did ransomware infect my computer?

Research shows that cyber criminals distribute Afrodita via spam campaigns (emails). They send malicious MS Excel documents that are designed to install this ransomware. However, in order for that document to be able to install Afrodita it is required to give it a permission to enable macros commands/editing. Once it is done, this document starts installation of Afrodita. More examples of files that cyber criminals usually attach to their emails are PDF documents, archive files (like ZIP and RAR), executable (like .exe) and JavaScript files, and other files. It is worth mentioning that systems can get infected with ransomware in other ways as well. For example, through Trojans. These malicious programs often are designed to cause chain infections: when installed, they install other malware. Also, malicious software can be proliferated through untrustworthy, questionable software download sources like freeware download or free file hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrents, eMule), third party downloaders, and other similar channels. Cyber criminals upload malicious files and disguise them as legitimate, regular, harmless. By downloading and opening them people often infect their computers by themselves. Software 'cracking' tools are programs that supposed to bypass activation of various licensed software. However, it is common for these tools to be designed to spread/install various malware. The same applies to various fake software updaters: they infect systems either by installing malicious programs instead updating installed ones, or by exploiting bugs, flaws of outdated software that is installed on the operating system.

Threat Summary:
Name Afrodita virus
Threat Type Ransomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker
Ransom Demanding Message __README_RECOVERY_.txt
Cyber Criminal Contact Telegram, afroditateam@tutanota.com, afroditasupport@mail2tor.com.
Detection Names Avast (FileRepMalware), AVG (FileRepMalware), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Filecoder.Afrodita.C), Kaspersky (Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Encoder.guf), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Rogue Process Name Software Reporter Tool
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?

Attachments or web links that are included in irrelevant emails should not be trusted (opened). Especially if such emails are sent from unknown, suspicious addresses. All software and files should be downloaded from official websites. It is not safe to use any other sources for that (examples are mentioned in the previous paragraph). Software must be updated through tools and/or functions that are designed by official developers. If some installed program is not free, then it should be activated properly as well. It means that various 'cracking' (unofficial activation) tools are not an option. It is not legal to use them and they often infect systems with various malicious programs. One more way to keep operating systems/computers safe is to regularly scan them with a reputable antivirus or anti-spyware suite and always remove detected threats as soon as possible. If your computer is already infected with Afrodita, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.

The appearance of Afrodita ransom note ("__README_RECOVERY_.txt") in GIF:

Afrodita ransomware pop-up gif

Text in this note:

~~~ Greetings ~~~


[+] What has happened? [+]

Your files are encrypted, and currently unavailable. You are free to check.
Every file is recoverable by following our instructions below.

Encryption algorithms used: AES256(CBC) + RSA2048 (military/government grade).

[+] Guarantees? [+]

This is our daily job. We are not here to lie to you - as you are 1 of 10000's.
Our only interest is in us getting payed and you getting your files back.


If we were not able to decrypt the data, other people in same situation as you
wouldn't trust us and that would be bad for our buissness --
So it's not in our interest.

To prove our ability to decrypt your data you have 1 file free decryption.

If you don't want to pay the fee for bringing files back that's okey,
but remeber that you will lose a lot of time - and time is money.

Don't waste your time and money trying to recover files using some file
recovery "experts", we have your private key - only we can get the files back.

With our service you can go back to original state in less then 30 minutes.

[+] Service [+]

If you decided to use our service please follow instructions below.

Contact us:

Install Telegram(available for Windows,Android,iOS) and contact us on chat:
Telegram contact: https://t.me/RecoverySupport

Also available at email afroditateam@tutanota.com cc: afroditasupport@mail2tor.com

Make sure you are talking with us and not impostor by requiring free 1 file decryption to make sure we CAN decrypt!!

Screenshot of files encrypted by Afrodita:

Files encrypted by Afrodita ransomware

Afrodita malicious process running in Task Manager as Software Reporter Tool:

afrodita malicious process disguised as software reporter tool

Update January 17, 2020 - The developers of Afrodita ransomware have recently started targeting Croatian users in real estate, technology and finance industries. To achieve this, crooks use various email spam campaigns and deliver malicious attachments, such as Microsoft Excel documents that contain macros designed to download and inject malware into the system.

Screenshot of a malicious MS Excel document that is designed to install Afrodita:

microsoft excel designed to install afrodita if allowed to enable macros commands

Afrodita 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 Afrodita 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 Afrodita 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 Afrodita 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 Afrodita 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 Afrodita, 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 Afrodita 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.

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:

hitmanproalert ransomware prevention application

Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta uses advanced proactive technology that monitors ransomware activity and terminates it immediately - before reaching users' files:

malwarebytes anti-ransomware

  • 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 Afrodita ransomware:

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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