R980 Ransomware - How To Remove?


R980 ransomware is one of the most recent (if not the most recent) file-encrypting virus. An extensive analysis of this cyber threat is only to be carried out in the future. For now, we will do our best to introduce you with the facts which are already made known about this ransomware virus.

About R980 Ransomware

It is under the discussion at the moment, if R980 virus can be called a cryptomalware, as some sources state that it does not perform an encryption process. However, there are more claims that this ransomware does encrypt data and, for this purpose, uses asymmetric encryption algorithm utilized by most of the sophisticated ransomwares currently prevailing (e.g. Jager ransomware, etc.). Its ransom note informs that the data has been encrypted with AES-256 and RSA-4096 cipher. These means that two keys are generated during the encryption process. One key is public and it is used for encryption. And the other is private, used for decryption. The latter key is buried in the remote servers controlled by these cyber criminals. This key is charged and offered for purchasing. The ransom message reads as follows:

ALL of your documents, photos, databases and other important files have been encrypted with AES – 256 and RSA4096.You will not be able to recover your files without the private key which has been saved on our server.An antivirus can not recover your files.
: To decrypt your files you have to pay .5 Bitcoins (BTC).
How to make payment?
1. Firstly, you have to buy Bitcoins (BTC). You can buy Bitcoins easily at the following site (you can skip this step if you already have Bitcoins).
2. Send .5 BTC to the following Bitcoin address – You don’t have to send the exact amount above. You have to send at least this amount for our systems to confirm payment.
3. Once you have paid to the above Bitcoin address we will give you a link to a decrypter that will fix your files.
It will be sent to a public email account we have created for you:

Please wait up to 24 hours for your decrypter to arrive.

It is named ‘‘DECRYPTION_INSTRUCTIONS’’. As you can see, the hackers behind R980 file-encrypting virus ask for 0.5 BTC (Bitcoins), which is 327.69 USD at the moment of writing this article. This sum must be transferred in cryptocurrency (i.e. Bitcoins) so that the identity of these cyber crooks would remain hidden. They declare that the key will be send 24 hours after the payment is made. The exact file types which are targeted by R980 crypto malware are not specified. But we may assume that it can be, in fact, any file format corrupted since ransomware are capable of damaging a wide range of data.

How is R980 Ransomware Distributed?

R980 ransomware is assigned to the category of trojan viruses because it employs the well-worn method of proliferating used by this kind of virus threat. It is the spam e-mail campaign encompassing sending spam e-mails to the victims. Obviously, these e-mails are infected. Either through links embedded in them or through their attachments. Thus, it is generally recommended not to follow any links that spam e-mails provide or open any attachments added to them. They can be tempting and curious, but never ever get overwhelmed by their disguises. R980 crypto-malware can also be dropped on your computer by exploit kits when you visit some questionable sites such as file sharing ones. Exploit kits (e.g. Angler, Nuclear, Blackhole, etc.) run on these kind of domains and when they detect certain vulnerabilities in your computer’s software, they install the payload of the ransomware onto your PC.

How to Decrypt Files Encrypted by R980 Ransomware?

At this point in time, no one can offer you decryption tools developed by security experts to decrypt the files encrypted by R980 encrypter. Purchasing the decryption key the hackers offers you is not a solution to be considered. Use your backup or try checking Shadow Volume Copies. Apply professional data recovery tools, if you have made full use of all the options available to retrieve your data. Such tools include software by Kaspersky Lab, Recuva, R-Studio, PhotoRec, etc. Make a picture of the infected drive before that. And, finally, perform the most important task – remove the malware with the following automatic malware removal tools: Reimage, SpyHunter or Hitman. These tools will make the deletion process of R980 encoder far more easy. Manual removal instructions are located at the end of this article.

How to recover R980 Ransomware encrypted files and remove the virus

Step 1. Restore system into last known good state using system restore

1. Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt:

for Windows 7 / Vista/ XP
  • Start Shutdown RestartOK.
  • Press F8 key repeatedly until Advanced Boot Options window appears.
  • Choose Safe Mode with Command Prompt. Windows 7 enter safe mode

for Windows 8 / 10
  • Press Power at Windows login screen. Then press and hold Shift key and click Restart. Windows 8-10 restart to safe mode
  • Choose TroubleshootAdvanced OptionsStartup Settings and click Restart.
  • When it loads, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list of Startup Settings. Windows 8-10 enter safe mode

2.Restore System files and settings.

  • When Command Prompt mode loads, enter cd restore and press Enter.
  • Then enter rstrui.exe and press Enter again. CMD commands
  • Click “Next” in the windows that appeared. Restore point img1
  • Select one of the Restore Points that are available before R980 ransomware has infiltrated to your system and then click “Next”. Restore point img2
  • To start System restore click “Yes”. Restore point img3

Step 2. Complete removal of R980 ransomware virus

After restoring your system, it is recommended to scan your computer with an anti-malware program, like Reimage and remove all malicious files related to R980 virus. You can check other tools here.

Step 3. Restore R980 cryptomalware affected files using Shadow Volume Copies

If you do not use System Restore option on your operating system, there is a chance to use shadow copy snapshots. They store copies of your files that point of time when the system restore snapshot was created. Usually R980 crypto-malware tries to delete all possible Shadow Volume Copies, so this methods may not work on all computers. However, it may fail to do so.

Shadow Volume Copies are only available with Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. There are two ways to retrieve your files via Shadow Volume Copy. You can do it using native Windows Previous Versions or via Shadow Explorer.

a) Native Windows Previous Versions

Right-click on an encrypted file and select PropertiesPrevious versions tab. Now you will see all available copies of that particular file and the time when it was stored in a Shadow Volume Copy. Choose the version of the file you want to retrieve and click Copy if you want to save it to some directory of your own, or Restore if you want to replace existing, encrypted file. If you want to see the content of file first, just click Open.

Previous version
b) Shadow Explorer

It is a program that can be found online for free. You can download either a full or a portable version of Shadow Explorer. Open the program. On the left top corner select the drive where the file you are looking for is a stored. You will see all folders on that drive. To retrieve a whole folder, right-click on it and select “Export”. Then choose where you want it to be stored.
Shadow explorer

Step 4. Use Data Recovery programs to recover R980 crypto malware encrypted files

There are several data recovery programs that might recover encrypted files as well. This does not work in all cases but you can try this:

  • We suggest using another PC and connect the infected hard drive as slave. It is still possible to do this on infected PC though.
  • Download Data Recovery Pro (commercial)
  • Install and scan for recently deleted files. Data Recovery Pro

Note: In many cases it is impossible to restore data files affected by modern ransomware. Thus I recommend using decent cloud backup software as precaution. We recommend checking out Carbonite, BackBlaze, CrashPlan or Mozy Home.


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July 28, 2016 05:48, January 3, 2017 08:38

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