Iwanttits ransomware removal instructions
What is Iwanttits?
Iwanttits is a decryptable ransomware. Its discovery is credited to malware researcher Raby. In general, malicious programs classified as ransomware - encrypt the data of infected systems in order to demand payment for the decryption tools/software. In some cases, the files are not encrypted, instead they are password locked. Much like the title of this ransomware suggests, unlike most infections of this type - it does not demand a monetary ransom. While, Iwanttits operates - it appends affected files with the ".iwanttits" extension. For example, a file like "1.jpg" would appear as "1.jpg.iwanttits", and so on for all of the compromised files. After this process is compete, it displays a pop-up window, which leads to the window containing the "ransom note". Iwanttits ransomware decryption password - "sAsHat1t" - has been provided by malware researcher S!Ri.
The initially presented pop-up claims that victims data has been encrypted. To recover it, they are instructed to display their exposed bosom (breasts). The "OK" button presents users with another window. It clarifies that the photographs should be sent to the email address provided. This window lists the encrypted file locations and has a field - into which the recovery password is to be entered. As mentioned, the purpose of ransomware is to generate revenue for the cyber criminals behind the infection. Iwanttits may have been released for testing purposes (i.e. due to it being in development) or possibly to blackmail/humiliate victims with the photos (should such be sent). Regardless of why; the important thing is that it has been "cracked". The restoration password - "sAsHat1t" (without the quotation marks) has been provided by S!Ri, with it - affected users can restore their data.
Screenshot of a message encouraging users to pay a ransom to decrypt their compromised data:
Decryptable ransomwares are not common and usually without the involvement of the criminals responsible - decryption is impossible. It can be, if the malware's claims about the encryption are a bluff, it is still in developmental stages and/or has significant bugs (flaws). Onix, Parrot, Dharma (.WHY), Ragnar Locker are a few examples of other malicious programs classified as ransomware. There are two main differences between them: the cryptographic algorithm they use (symmetric or asymmetric) and the payment size. It is ill-advised to meet the ransom demands (whether the cyber criminals ask for money or something else), as often users do not receive the necessary passwords/keys, decryption tools/software. Removing a ransomware from the operating system will prevent it from further encryptions, however removal cannot restore already compromised files. The data can only be recovered from a backup, if one was created prior to the infection and was stored in a separate location. Therefore, it is recommended to always keep backups in remote servers and/or unplugged storage devices.
How did ransomware infect my computer?
|Threat Type||Ransomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker|
|Encrypted Files Extension||.iwanttits|
|Ransom Demanding Message||Text presented in pop-up windows|
|Cyber Criminal Contactfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Detection Names||Avast (FileRepMalware), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Razy.462542), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of MSIL/Filecoder.RX), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan-Ransom.MSIL.Encoder.gen), 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.|
|Additional Information||It is a decryptable ransomware; decryption password - "sAsHat1t" (without the quotation marks)|
|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 Iwanttits virus our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
How to protect yourself from ransomware infections?
Dubious and/or irrelevant emails should not be read and any attachments (or links) present in them - must never be opened. When an infectious file is opened - it initiates the download/installation of malware. It is recommended to only use official and verified download sources. Furthermore, programs should be activated and updated using functions/tools provided by legitimate developers, as opposed to high-risk illegal activation tools ("cracks") and/or third party updaters. To ensure device and user safety, it is important to have a reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed and kept up-to-date. This software should be used for regular system scans and to remove detected threats/issues. If your computer is already infected with Iwanttits, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.
Text presented the pop-up window initially displayed by Iwanttits ransomware:
You are Fvcked!!!
Files are encrypted. Show me your tits to decrypt it.
Screenshot of the pop-up window to enter the recovery password:
Text presented in this window:
You are ransomwared! To recover your files, email us your tits to:
Screenshot of the pop-up displayed after the password ("sAsHat1t") is provided:
Text presented in this pop-up:
Thanks for sharing your t*ts! (.) (.)
Congratulations!!!! Files are decrypted.
Screenshot of files encrypted by Iwanttits (".iwanttits" extension):
Update February 13, 2020 - Emsisoft has recently updated its Ransomwared decryptor which is now capable of restoring files encrypted by the Iwanttits ransomware. Therefore, even if crooks will release an updated Iwanttits' variant which no longer accepts the aforementioned "sAsHat1t" password, users will still be able to easily decrypt their files. You can find the detailed instructions and download the link from Emsisoft's website.
Screenshot of Emsisoft's Ransomwared decryptor:
Iwanttits ransomware removal:
Instant automatic removal of Iwanttits 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 Iwanttits virus. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Iwanttits?
- STEP 1. Iwanttits virus removal using safe mode with networking.
- STEP 2. Iwanttits 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 Iwanttits 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 Iwanttits 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 Iwanttits 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 Iwanttits 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 Iwanttits 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 Iwanttits ransomware: