"BadutClowns Team" virus removal guide
What is "BadutClowns Team"?
"BadutClowns Team" is the title of a screenlocker ransomware. Credit for discovery belongs to malware researcher Raby. It operates by encrypting the data of infected systems and locking the screen - in order to demand a ransom for the decryption and unlocking. When the infection process begins, a fake Windows update screen is displayed. During the encryption, affected files are appended with the ".badutclowns" infection; for example a file like "1.jpg" would appear as "1.jpg.badutclowns". The text presented on the locked screen is the ransom note.
The ransom-demanding message informs victims that their data has been encrypted by "BadutClowns Team". To restore the compromised files to their original state, the note provides steps by step instructions. Firstly, users are to create a Bitcoin cryptocurrency wallet and purchase 200 USD worth of Bitcoins. This sum is to be sent to the cyber criminals' Bitcoin address. The ID assigned to the infected system (located in the message) has to be sent to the criminals via email. Following the verification of payment, victims are promised to be sent the decryption key. Lastly, once the recovery key is obtained - users are instructed to enter it into the field displayed below and click "Decrypt". This will initiate the decryption process. In most cases of ransomware infections, without the interference of criminals behind the infection - decryption is impossible. It might be, if the malicious program is still in development and/or has significant bugs (flaws). Whatever the case, it is expressly advised against meeting the ransom demands. Cyber criminals are not to be trusted and often, despite paying - victims do not receive the necessary decryption tools/keys. Therefore, not only does their data remain encrypted but they also experience financial losses. Removing "BadutClowns Team" from the OS (Operating System) will prevent it from further encryptions and unlock the screen. Unfortunately, removal will not restore already encrypted files. The sole possible solution is recovering them from a backup, if one was created before the infection and was stored in a different location.
|Name||BadutClowns Team virus|
|Threat Type||Ransomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker|
|Encrypted Files Extension||.badutclowns|
|Ransom Demanding Message||Text presented on the locked screen.|
|Ransom Amount||200 USD in Bitcoin|
|Cyber Criminal Crytowallet Address||3Qjb7LK3v7RFgir3XrRsVbK8a22hdicoLV (Bitcoin)|
|Cyber Criminal Contactemail@example.com|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:Trojan-gen), BitDefender (Generic.Ransom.CloudSword.3A552408), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of MSIL/Filecoder.FG), GData (Generic.Ransom.CloudSword.3A552408), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|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.|
To eliminate BadutClowns Team virus our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
"CRITICAL WARNING!", "ERROR_LOCAL_USER_BX06DE4897_MD9858", "StalinLocker" are a few examples of screen-locking malware and Onix, Parrot, Ragnar Locker - are other ransomware-type programs. The former can claim that the screens were locked by the OS developers (e.g. Windows) and offer fake and expensive technical support services, or that it was done by the authorities due to illegal content stored therein - and require a fine to be paid to restore access, and so on. There are two main differences between data-encrypting infections: the cryptographic algorithm they use (symmetric or asymmetric) and the demanded ransom size. To protect data integrity, it is recommended to keep backups in remote servers and/or unplugged storage devices.
How did ransomware install on my computer?
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended not to open suspicious and/or irrelevant emails, especially ones received from suspect/unknown addresses. All attachments (or links) found in dubious mail - must never be opened, as they are a potential source of infection. Only official and verified download channels should be used. Additionally, programs are to be activated and updated with tools/functions, provided by genuine developers. Illegal activation ("cracking") tools and third party updaters - are considered to be high-risk and can download/install malware. It is strongly advised to have a reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware installed and kept updated. Furthermore, this software is to be used for regular system scans and elimination of detected threats/issues. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Text presented on the locked screen:
Ooops, Your Important Files Are Encrypted
Please follow these instructions:
1.) Create BitcoinWallet
2.) Buy Bitcoins worth of $200
3.) Send $200 in BitCoin to Given Address
4.) Send your Bitcoin wallet and ID your PC to email firstname.lastname@example.org
5.) When our server finds a payment from you, you will receive an e-mail message containing a Decryption Key to open your file.
6.) Enter it in Given Box and Click on Decrypt
Bitcoin Address: 3Qjb7LK3v7RFgir3XrRsVbK8a22hdicoLV
Enter Decryption Key Here:
Fake Windows update screen displayed when the "BadutClowns Team" infection is initiated (GIF):
Screenshot of files encrypted by BadutClowns Team ransomware (".badutclowns" extension):
Instant automatic removal of BadutClowns Team 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 BadutClowns Team virus. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is "BadutClowns Team"?
- STEP 1. "BadutClowns Team" virus removal using safe mode with networking.
- STEP 2. "BadutClowns Team" virus removal using System Restore.
"BadutClowns Team" virus removal:
Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer starting process press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.
Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 8 users: Go to the Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click on Advanced Startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window select Advanced Startup. Click on the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into "Advanced Startup options menu". Click on the "Troubleshoot" button, then click on "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen click on "Startup settings". Click on the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press "5" to boot in Safe Mode with Networking Prompt.
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 "BadutClowns Team" 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 viruses using "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and "System Restore":
1. During your computer starting 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 "BadutClowns Team" 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 remnants of the "BadutClowns Team" virus.
If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking (or with Command Prompt), boot your computer using a rescue disk. Some viruses disable Safe Mode making it's removal complicated. For this step, you require access to another computer. After removing "BadutClowns Team" virus from your PC, restart your computer and scan it with legitimate anti-spyware software to remove any possible remnants of this security infection.
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