How to uninstall Baraka Team ransomware from the operating system

Also Known As: Baraka Team virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

Baraka Team ransomware removal instructions

What is Baraka Team?

Discovered by dnwls0719, Baraka Team is the name of malicious software classified ransomware. Systems infected with this malware have their data encrypted so that ransom demands can be made for decryption tools/software. Most ransomware-type programs rename compromised files and/or append them with an extension during the encryption process, however, Baraka Team malware does not modify filenames. After encryption is complete, a ransom message ("ReadmeCrypto.txt") is dropped onto the desktop, the wallpaper of which is also changed.

The short ransom-demand message within the text file informs victims that their data has been encrypted. To recover the file, the message instructs users to establish contact with the cyber criminals behind Baraka Team via email. Additionally, victims are to provide the unique ID assigned to them, as this is necessary for decryption. In most cases of ransomware infections, decryption is impossible without the involvement of the individuals responsible, unless the malware in question is still in development and/or has significant flaws/bugs. Whatever the case, you are strongly advised against communicating with and/or meeting the ransom demands of cyber criminals. They can never be trusted. Despite paying, victims do not receive the necessary tools/software to decrypt their files. Therefore, their data remains encrypted and useless, and they experience financial loss. Removing the Baraka Team malicious program from the operating system will prevent it from further encryption, however, this will not restore already affected data. The only viable solution is to recover files from a backup, if one was made prior to the infection and was stored in a different location.

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

Baraka Team decrypt instructions (ReadmeCrypto.txt)

Ransomware is designed to encrypt the files of infected systems and demand ransoms to be paid for decryption. SepSysHappychoose, and MaMo434376 are other examples of such malware. There are two main differences: the cryptographic algorithm used (symmetric or asymmetric) and ransom size. The latter can vary from three to four digit sums (in USD). The ransoms are typically paid in digital currencies (primarily, cryptocurrencies), as these transactions are difficult/impossible to trace. To avoid permanent data loss, you are advised to keep backups on remote servers and/or unplugged storage devices (preferably, in several separate locations).

How did ransomware infect my computer?

The primary sources of ransomware and other malware infections are spam campaigns, trojans, illegal activation tools ("cracks"), fake updaters and untrusted download channels. The term "spam campaign" defines deceptive/scam emails sent on a mass scale. These messages are presented as "official", "important", "urgent" and similar. This mail has malicious files attached (or the messages contain download links to them). Infectious files can be in various formats (e.g. executable and archive files, Microsoft Office and PDF documents, JavaScript, etc.). When they are executed, run or otherwise opened, the infection is initiated (i.e. download/installation of malware). Trojans are malicious programs capable of causing chain infections. Rather than activating licensed products, illegal activation ("cracking") tools can download/install malicious software. Rogue updaters infect systems by abusing flaws of outdated programs and/or simply by installing malware rather than the updates. Untrustworthy download channels (e.g. unofficial and free file-hosting sites, P2P sharing networks [BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.]) and other third party downloaders can offer malicious programs, disguised as, or bundled with, normal products.

Threat Summary:
Name Baraka Team virus
Threat Type Ransomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker
Encrypted Files Extension Filenames are unaltered.
Ransom Demand Message ReadmeCrypto.txt
Cyber Criminal Contact pinkiwinki78@mail.ru
Detection Names Avast (Win32:Malware-gen), BitDefender (Trojan.GenericKD.42681104), ESET-NOD32 (Win32/Filecoder.Autoit.AG), Kaspersky (Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Encoder.hhi), 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.
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How to protect yourself from ransomware infections

Suspicious or irrelevant emails should not be opened, especially those received from suspect/unknown senders (addresses). Any attachments or links present in dubious mail can cause high-risk infections when opened. Use official and verified download sources. It is also important to activate and update programs with tools/functions provided by legitimate developers, as opposed to illegal activation tools ("cracks") or third party updaters. To ensure device and user safety, have reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware installed. This software should be kept up to date and used to perform regular system scans and removal of detected threats/issues. If your computer is already infected with Baraka Team, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.

Text presented in Baraka Team ransomware text file ("ReadmeCrypto.txt"):

baraka team
your files are encrypted to recover them back contact us on pinkiwinki78@mail.ru
Your userid is: Tnlx3O6 we will need it to help you recovering your files.

Screenshot of Baraka Team desktop wallpaper:

Baraka Team ransomware wallpaper

Screenshot of files encrypted by Baraka Team:

Files encrypted by Baraka Team ransomware (no extension)

Baraka Team 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 Baraka 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 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 Baraka Team 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 Baraka Team 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 Baraka Team 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 Baraka Team, 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 Baraka Team 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:

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  • 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 Baraka Team ransomware:

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