BlackOrchid ransomware removal instructions
What is BlackOrchid?
BlackOrchid is the name of a malicious program, classified as ransomware. Its discovery is credited to cybersecurity researcher GrujaRS. Systems infected with this malware have their data encrypted and receive ransom demands for the decryption tools. During the encryption process, all affected files are appended with the ".shinya" extension. For example, a file like "1.jpg" would appear as "1.jpg.shinya" - following encryption. Once this process is complete, a pop-up window is displayed.
The text presented in the pop-up window informs users that their data has been encrypted with the AES-256 cryptographic algorithm. It clarifies that this means that the files are no longer accessible and they cannot be recovered without the appropriate decryption key. The price of this key is stated to be 0.09 BTC (Bitcoin cryptocurrency). This ransom is worth approximately 620 in US dollars (note, exchange rates constantly fluctuate). There is a certain timeframe (displayed as a countdown in the pop-up), during which the payment must be made. Should the given time run out, the message states that the key will be deleted and victims will experience permanent data loss. The note also lists several Telegram messenger and Instagram accounts - for communication purposes. Unfortunately, in most cases of ransomware infections, without the interference of the cyber criminals responsible - decryption is impossible. It may be, if the malicious in program in question is still in development and/or has bugs/flaws. Whatever the case, it is expressly advised against meeting the demands of criminals. Since often, despite paying - victims do not receive the promised decryption keys/tools. Therefore, their files remain encrypted and worthless, and users experience financial loss. To prevent BlackOrchid ransomware from further encryptions, it must be eliminated from the operating system. However, removal will not restore already compromised data. The sole solution is recovering it from a backup, if one was created prior to the infection and was stored in a separate location.
Screenshot of a message encouraging users to pay a ransom to decrypt their compromised data:
Ransomware is designed to encrypt data and demand payment for the decryption; Jope, ZyNoXiOn, Ada Covid are a few examples of such software. These malicious programs have two significant differences in-between: the cryptographic algorithm they use (symmetric or asymmetric) and the ransom size. The payments tend to vary from three to four digits (in USD). Cyber criminals usually demand digital currencies (mainly, cryptocurrencies), due to transactions of them being difficult/impossible to trace. To avoid data loss, it is recommended to keep backups in unplugged storage devices and/or remote servers (ideally, in multiple different locations).
How did ransomware infect my computer?
|Threat Type||Ransomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker|
|Encrypted Files Extension||.shinya|
|Ransom Demanding Message||Text presented in the pop-up window.|
|Ransom Amount||0.09 BTC (Bitcoin cryptocurrency)|
|Cyber Criminals' Cryptowallet Address||12mdKVNfAhLbRDLtRWQFhQgydgU6bUMjay (Bitcoin)|
|Cyber Criminal Contact||lucifer_ayr47, HeadNaughty (Telegram) and shinya_dono (Telegram and Instagram)|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:Trojan-gen), BitDefender (Trojan.GenericKD.42256667), ESET-NOD32 (Python/Filecoder.AC), Kaspersky (Trojan-Ransom.Python.Pyrgen.a), 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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
How to protect yourself from ransomware infections?
Suspicious and/or irrelevant emails should not be opened, especially any attachments or links present in such - as these files are a potential origin of infection. It is recommended to only use official and verified download channels. Additionally, products should be activated and updated with functions/tools, provided by legitimate developers. Illegal activation tools ("cracks") and third party updaters are advised against use, as they are commonly used to spread malware. To ensure device and users safety, it is crucial to have a reputable anti-virus installed. This software must be kept up-to-date, used to run regular system scans and to remove detected threats/issues. If your computer is already infected with BlackOrchid, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.
Text presented in BlackOrchid ransomware's pop-up window:
Black orchid Team v2.40
Black orchid Team
YOUR FILES HAVE BEEN ENCRYPTED !
!!!!!!!! BLACK ORCHID HERE !!!!!!!!
The important files on your computer have been encrypted with military grade AES-256 bit encryption.
Your documents, videos, images and other forms of data are now inaccessible, and cannot be unlocked without the decryption key. This key is currently being stored on a remote server.
To acquire this key, simply pm me in Telegram: hxxp://t.me/lucifer_ayr47 or hxxp://t.me/HeadNaughty
or pay BTC and send the proof to @shinya_dono (TG & IG)
If you fail to take action within this time window, the decryption key will be destroyed and access to your files will be permanently lost.
ransomware by shinya_dono (TG & IG) 1/2/2020
WALLET ADDRESS: 12mdKVNfAhLbRDLtRWQFhQgydgU6bUMjay
BITCOIN FEE: 0.09
View Encrypted Files
Enter Decryption Key
The appearance of BlackOrchid ransomware pop-up (GIF):
Screenshot of files encrypted by BlackOrchid (".shinya" extension):
BlackOrchid ransomware removal:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Malwarebytes is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is BlackOrchid?
- STEP 1. BlackOrchid virus removal using safe mode with networking.
- STEP 2. BlackOrchid 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 BlackOrchid 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 BlackOrchid 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 BlackOrchid 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 BlackOrchid 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 BlackOrchid 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 BlackOrchid ransomware: