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How to get rid of the Beijing ransomware?

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

Beijing ransomware removal instructions

What is Beijing ransomware?

Beijing is a typical ransomware: it encrypts files, appends its extension to the filenames of all encrypted files and creates a ransom note with instructions on how to contact its developers. It renames encrypted files by appending the ".beijing" extension to their filenames. For instance, it renames "1.jpg" to "1.jpg.beijing", "2.jpg" to "2.jpg.beijing", and so on. Beijing creates a ransom note (the "!RECOVER.txt" text file) in all folders that contain encrypted files. This ransomware is another variant of the LeakTheMall ransomware.

As written in the "!RECOVER.txt" text file, all files are encrypted and victims have no other option but to pay a ransom. It it is stated that victims have to send an email that would include their country and city, the "!RECOVER.txt" file and up to two encrypted files (pictures and/or text files) to beijing520@aol.com or beijing520@cock.li email address. After that Beijing's will send details like price of a decryption software and/or key and how to purchase it/them. Typically, it is not possible to decrypt files without tools that can be provided only by cyber criminals who designed ransomware. There are no third party tools that could decrypt files that are encrypted by Beijing as well. However, it is strongly recommended not to pay a ransom to cyber criminals behind any ransomware. It is common that they do not send a decryption tool and/or key even after a payment, simply said, victims who pay a ransom get scammed. Usually the only way to recover files for free/without having to purchase any decryption software (and/or key) is to restore them from a backup. it is worthwhile to mention that installed ransomware can be prevented from causing further encryptions by uninstalling it from the operating system. However, files that already are encrypted by it remain encrypted even when it is no longer installed.

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

Beijing decrypt instructions (!RECOVER.txt)

There is a great number of other ransomware-type programs, a couple of examples are Clay, TG33, and YUFL. Most of them share two main similarities: they encrypt data and provide instructions on how to contact their developers, pay a ransom and/or other details. In most cases the only main differences are cryptographic algorithm (symmetric or asymmetric) that ransomware is designed to use for data encryption and size of a ransom. The biggest problem with becoming a victim of ransomware attack is that it is possible to decrypt files without tools that can be provided only by cyber criminals when ransomware has some bugs, flaws, ant it does not happen often. For this reasons it is recommended to always have a backup of data and keep it on unplugged storage device or remote server (like Cloud).

How did ransomware infect my computer?

In most cases ransomware and other type of malware is distributed in one of these ways: via malspam campaigns, unofficial software activation ('cracking') tools/installers for pirated software, Trojans, unofficial software updating tools and questionable software download sources. In the first case cyber criminals attempt to deceive users into installing malware by sending emails that are disguised as official, legitimate and have some malicious attachments attached to them or include a download link for malicious file. Usually they attach malicious PDF or Microsoft Office documents, JavaScript files, executable files (like .exe) files, archive files like RAR, ZIP. If executed, those files cause installation of some malicious software. The aforementioned software 'cracking' tools are illegal programs that supposed to activate licensed software for free. Them being illegal is not the only problem, it is common that such tools are designed to install malicious software (they do not activate any software). Trojans are malicious programs that can be designed to cause chain infections. Once they are installed on the operating system, they can install additional malware. Untrustworthy software download sources like Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), freeware download or free file hosting websites, third party downloaders, etc., can be used as tools to distribute malware too. Cyber criminals succeed when they disguise malicious files as harmless, legitimate and users download, and execute them. By doing so users cause installation of some malicious software. Fake software updating tools can be designed to infect computers either by installing malicious programs instead of fixes, updates for installed ones, or by exploiting bugs, flaws of outdated programs that are installed on the operating system.

Threat Summary:
Name Beijing virus
Threat Type Ransomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker
Encrypted Files Extension .beijing
Ransom Demanding Message !RECOVER.txt
Cyber Criminal Contact beijing520@aol.com, beijing520@cock.li
Detection Names Avast (Win32:Trojan-gen), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Ransom.Hermes.140), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Filecoder.NXU), Microsoft (Trojan:Win32/Wacatac.C!ml), 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 Beijing is a variant of LeakTheMall ransomware
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?

It is not recommended to download any programs or files through third party downloaders, from unofficial pages, via Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule) and so forth. The safest option is to use official websites and direct download links. Installed software should be updated and/or activated with implemented functions and/or tools that are provided/designed by its official developers. Third party activation tools, updating tools should never be used for that - they can be designed to install malware. Also, it is not legal to activate licensed software with such tools. Website links and attachments in irrelevant emails that are received from unknown, suspicious addresses should not be opened without being completely sure that it is safe. It is worthwhile to mention that such emails are disguised as important, official. Additionally, it is recommended to have a reputable antivirus or anti-spyware software installed on a computer and scan the system with it regularly. If your computer is already infected with Beijing, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.

Text presented in Beijing ransomware's text file ("!RECOVER.txt"):

ALL YOUR DATA WAS ENCRYPTED
Whats Happen?
Your files are encrypted, and currently unavailable. You can check it: all files on you computer has extension .beijing
By the way, everything is possible to restore, but you need to follow our instructions. Otherwise, you cant return your data (NEVER).
What guarantees?
It's just a business. We absolutely do not care about you and your deals, except getting benefits.
If we do not do our work and liabilities - nobody will not cooperate with us.
It's not in our interests.
If you will not cooperate with our service - for us, its does not matter. But you will lose your time and data, cause just we have the private key.
In practise - time is much more valuable than money.
What should You include in your message?
1. Your country and city
2. This TXT file
3. Some files for free decryption
Free decryption as guarantee!
Before paying you send us up to 2 files for free decryption.
Send pictures, text files. (files no more than 1mb)
If you upload the database, your price will be doubled
Contacts:
beijing520@aol.com
beijing520@cock.li

Your Personal ID: -

Screenshot of files encrypted by Beijing (".beijing" extension):

Files encrypted by Beijing ransomware (.beijing extension)

Beijing ransomware removal:

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Reporting ransomware to authorities:

If you are a victim of a ransomware attack we recommend reporting this incident to authorities. By providing information to law enforcement agencies you will help track cybercrime and potentially assist in the prosecution of the attackers. Here's a list of authorities where you should report a ransomware attack. For the complete list of local cybersecurity centers and information on why you should report ransomware attacks, read this article.

List of local authorities where ransomware attacks should be reported (choose one depending on your residence address):

Isolating the infected device:

Some ransomware-type infections are designed to encrypt files within external storage devices, infect them, and even spread throughout the entire local network. For this reason, it is very important to isolate the infected device (computer) as soon as possible.

Step 1: Disconnect from the internet.

The easiest way to disconnect a computer from the internet is to unplug the Ethernet cable from the motherboard, however, some devices are connected via a wireless network and for some users (especially those who are not particularly tech-savvy), disconnecting cables may seem troublesome. Therefore, you can also disconnect the system manually via Control Panel:

Navigate to the "Control Panel", click the search bar in the upper-right corner of the screen, enter "Network and Sharing Center" and select search result: Disconnecting computer from the Internet (step 1)

Click the "Change adapter settings" option in the upper-left corner of the window: Disconnecting computer from the Internet (step 2)

Right-click on each connection point and select "Disable". Once disabled, the system will no longer be connected to the internet. To re-enable the connection points, simply right-click again and select "Enable". Disconnecting computer from the Internet (step 3)

Step 2: Unplug all storage devices.

As mentioned above, ransomware might encrypt data and infiltrate all storage devices that are connected to the computer. For this reason, all external storage devices (flash drives, portable hard drives, etc.) should be disconnected immediately, however, we strongly advise you to eject each device before disconnecting to prevent data corruption:

Navigate to "My Computer", right-click on each connected device, and select "Eject": Ejecting external storage devices

Step 3: Log-out of cloud storage accounts.

Some ransomware-type might be able to hijack software that handles data stored within "the Cloud". Therefore, the data could be corrupted/encrypted. For this reason, you should log-out of all cloud storage accounts within browsers and other related software. You should also consider temporarily uninstalling the cloud-management software until the infection is completely removed.

Identify the ransomware infection:

To properly handle an infection, one must first identify it. Some ransomware infections use ransom-demand messages as an introduction (see the WALDO ransomware text file below).

Identify ransomware-type infection (step 1)

This, however, is rare. In most cases, ransomware infections deliver more direct messages simply stating that data is encrypted and that victims must pay some sort of ransom. Note that ransomware-type infections typically generate messages with different file names (for example, "_readme.txt", "READ-ME.txt", "DECRYPTION_INSTRUCTIONS.txt", "DECRYPT_FILES.html", etc.). Therefore, using the name of a ransom message may seem like a good way to identify the infection. The problem is that most of these names are generic and some infections use the same names, even though the delivered messages are different and the infections themselves are unrelated. Therefore, using the message filename alone can be ineffective and even lead to permanent data loss (for example, by attempting to decrypt data using tools designed for different ransomware infections, users are likely to end up permanently damaging files and decryption will no longer be possible even with the correct tool).

Another way to identify a ransomware infection is to check the file extension, which is appended to each encrypted file. Ransomware infections are often named by the extensions they append (see files encrypted by Qewe ransomware below).

Identify ransomware-type infection (step 2)

This method is only effective, however, when the appended extension is unique - many ransomware infections append a generic extension (for example, ".encrypted", ".enc", ".crypted", ".locked", etc.). In these cases, identifying ransomware by its appended extension becomes impossible.

One of the easiest and quickest ways to identify a ransomware infection is to use the ID Ransomware website. This service supports most existing ransomware infections. Victims simply upload a ransom message and/or one encrypted file (we advise you to upload both if possible).

Identify ransomware-type infection (step 3)

The ransomware will be identified within seconds and you will be provided with various details, such as the name of the malware family to which the infection belongs, whether it is decryptable, and so on.

Example 1 (Qewe [Stop/Djvu] ransomware):

Identify ransomware-type infection (step 4)

Example 2 (.iso [Phobos] ransomware):

Identify ransomware-type infection (step 5)

If your data happens to be encrypted by ransomware that is not supported by ID Ransomware, you can always try searching the internet by using certain keywords (for example, a ransom message title, file extension, provided contact emails, crypto wallet addresses, etc.).

Search for ransomware decryption tools:

Encryption algorithms used by most ransomware-type infections are extremely sophisticated and, if the encryption is performed properly, only the developer is capable of restoring data. This is because decryption requires a specific key, which is generated during the encryption. Restoring data without the key is impossible. In most cases, cybercriminals store keys on a remote server, rather than using the infected machine as a host. Dharma (CrySis), Phobos, and other families of high-end ransomware infections are virtually flawless, and thus restoring data encrypted without the developers' involvement is simply impossible. Despite this, there are dozens of ransomware-type infections that are poorly developed and contain a number of flaws (for example, the use of identical encryption/decryption keys for each victim, keys stored locally, etc.). Therefore, always check for available decryption tools for any ransomware that infiltrates your computer.

Finding the correct decryption tool on the internet can be very frustrating. For this reason, we recommend that you use the No More Ransom Project and this is where identifying the ransomware infection is useful. The No More Ransom Project website contains a "Decryption Tools" section with a search bar. Enter the name of the identified ransomware, and all available decryptors (if there are any) will be listed.

Searching for ransomware decryption tools in nomoreransom.org website

Restore files with data recovery tools:

Depending on the situation (quality of ransomware infection, type of encryption algorithm used, etc.), restoring data with certain third-party tools might be possible. Therefore, we advise you to use the Recuva tool developed by CCleaner. This tool supports over a thousand data types (graphics, video, audio, documents, etc.) and it is very intuitive (little knowledge is necessary to recover data). In addition, the recovery feature is completely free.

Step 1: Perform a scan.

Run the Recuva application and follow the wizard. You will be prompted with several windows allowing you to choose what file types to look for, which locations should be scanned, etc. All you need to do is select the options you're looking for and start the scan. We advise you to enable the "Deep Scan" before starting, otherwise, the application's scanning capabilities will be restricted.

Recuva data recovery tool wizard

Wait for Recuva to complete the scan. The scanning duration depends on the volume of files (both in quantity and size) that you are scanning (for example, several hundred gigabytes could take over an hour to scan). Therefore, be patient during the scanning process. We also advise against modifying or deleting existing files, since this might interfere with the scan. If you add additional data (for example, downloading files/content) while scanning, this will prolong the process:

Recuva data recovery tool scan time

Step 2: Recover data.

Once the process is complete, select the folders/files you wish to restore and simply click "Recover". Note that some free space on your storage drive is necessary to restore data:

Recuva data recovery tool recovering data

Create data backups:

Proper file management and creating backups is essential for data security. Therefore, always be very careful and think ahead.

Partition management: We recommend that you store your data in multiple partitions and avoid storing important files within the partition that contains the entire operating system. If you fall into a situation whereby you cannot boot the system and are forced to format the disk on which the operating system is installed (in most cases, this is where malware infections hide), you will lose all data stored within that drive. This is the advantage of having multiple partitions: if you have the entire storage device assigned to a single partition, you will be forced to delete everything, however, creating multiple partitions and allocating the data properly allows you to prevent such problems. You can easily format a single partition without affecting the others - therefore, one will be cleaned and the others will remain untouched, and your data will be saved. Managing partitions is quite simple and you can find all the necessary information on Microsoft's documentation web page.

Data backups: One of the most reliable backup methods is to use an external storage device and keep it unplugged. Copy your data to an external hard drive, flash (thumb) drive, SSD, HDD, or any other storage device, unplug it and store it in a dry place away from the sun and extreme temperatures. This method is, however, quite inefficient, since data backups and updates need to be made regularly. You can also use a cloud service or remote server. Here, an internet connection is required and there is always the chance of a security breach, although it's a really rare occasion.

We recommend using Microsoft OneDrive for backing up your files. OneDrive lets you store your personal files and data in the cloud, sync files across computers and mobile devices, allowing you to access and edit your files from all of your Windows devices. OneDrive lets you save, share and preview files, access download history, move, delete, and rename files, as well as create new folders, and much more.

You can back up your most important folders and files on your PC (your Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders). Some of OneDrive’s more notable features include file versioning, which keeps older versions of files for up to 30 days. OneDrive features a recycling bin in which all of your deleted files are stored for a limited time. Deleted files are not counted as part of the user’s allocation.

The service is built using HTML5 technologies and allows you to upload files up to 300 MB via drag and drop into the web browser or up to 10 GB via the OneDrive desktop application. With OneDrive, you can download entire folders as a single ZIP file with up to 10,000 files, although it can’t exceed 15 GB per single download.

OneDrive comes with 5 GB of free storage out of the box, with an additional 100 GB, 1 TB, and 6 TB storage options available for a subscription-based fee. You can get one of these storage plans by either purchasing additional storage separately or with Office 365 subscription.

Creating a data backup:

The backup process is the same for all file types and folders. Here’s how you can back up your files using Microsoft OneDrive

Step 1: Choose the files/folders you want to backup.

Click the OneDrive icon in the taskbar

Click the OneDrive cloud icon to open the OneDrive menu. While in this menu, you can customize your file backup settings.

Select Help & Settings and click Settings

Click Help & Settings and then select Settings from the drop-down menu.

Select the Backup tab and click Manage backup

Go to the Backup tab and click Manage backup.

Select folders to backup and click Start backup

In this menu, you can choose to backup the Desktop and all of the files on it, and Documents and Pictures folders, again, with all of the files in them. Click Start backup.

Now, when you add a file or folder in the Desktop and Documents and Pictures folders, they will be automatically backed up on OneDrive.

To add folders and files, not in the locations shown above, you have to add them manually.

Select a file manually and copy it

Open File Explorer and navigate to the location of the folder/file you want to backup. Select the item, right-click it, and click Copy.

Paste the copied file in the OneDrive folder to create a backup

Then, navigate to OneDrive, right-click anywhere in the window and click Paste. Alternatively, you can just drag and drop a file into OneDrive. OneDrive will automatically create a backup of the folder/file.

File statuses in OneDrive folder

All of the files added to the OneDrive folder are backed up in the cloud automatically. The green circle with the checkmark in it indicates that the file is available both locally and on OneDrive and that the file version is the same on both. The blue cloud icon indicates that the file has not been synced and is available only on OneDrive. The sync icon indicates that the file is currently syncing.

Click Help & Settings and click View Online

To access files only located on OneDrive online, go to the Help & Settings drop-down menu and select View online.

Click the Settings cog and click Options

Step 2: Restore corrupted files.

OneDrive makes sure that the files stay in sync, so the version of the file on the computer is the same version on the cloud. However, if ransomware has encrypted your files, you can take advantage of OneDrive’s Version history feature that will allow you to restore the file versions prior to encryption.

Microsoft 365 has a ransomware detection feature that notifies you when your OneDrive files have been attacked and guide you through the process of restoring your files. It must be noted, however, that if you don’t have a paid Microsoft 365 subscription, you only get one detection and file recovery for free.

If your OneDrive files get deleted, corrupted, or infected by malware, you can restore your entire OneDrive to a previous state. Here’s how you can restore your entire OneDrive:

restore-your-onedrive

1. If you're signed in with a personal account, click the Settings cog at the top of the page. Then, click Options and select Restore your OneDrive.

If you're signed in with a work or school account,  click the Settings cog at the top of the page. Then, click Restore your OneDrive.

2. On the Restore your OneDrive page, select a date from the drop-down list. Note that if you're restoring your files after automatic ransomware detection, a restore date will be selected for you.

3. After configuring all of the file restoration options, click Restore to undo all the activities you selected.

The best way to avoid damage from ransomware infections is to maintain regular up-to-date backups.

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