If your operating system is invaded by BlackRuby-2 Ransomware, your personal files are at risk of being encrypted. Once the files are encrypted, restoring them might be impossible because the only solution you are offered is to pay money for a tool called “Black Ruby Decryptor,” and it is offered by the same cyber criminals who have created the ransomware. Unfortunately, the creator of this malware cannot be trusted, which means that you are backed into a corner with no option at all. That being said, there is one thing you can do, and that is to delete BlackRuby-2 Ransomware. This infection must be eliminated from the operating system regardless of the outcome, and, in this report, you can learn more about the removal options you have. Spare a few moments to learn about the threat, its elimination, and the security measures you should take to ensure that you do not face ransomware in the future.
BlackRuby-2 Ransomware, as you can tell by looking at the name, is the second version of BlackRuby Ransomware, which we reported back in February. Both versions are comparable, and, most likely, they are both spread in the same manner. According to our research team, RDP vulnerabilities are likely to be exploited. Once the threat accesses the operating system, it immediately checks the IP address to determine whether or not the system is located in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkey, or Turkmenistan. If it is located in any of these countries, BlackRuby-2 Ransomware does not encrypt files. Otherwise, it immediately starts encrypting files, and it reportedly does that using the AES encryption key. Photos, documents, videos, and music files are likely to be the primary target of this malicious ransomware, and they are given the “Encrypted_RandomString%.BlackRuby2” extension once they are affected by the ransomware. If the infection manages to corrupt highly personal files that cannot be recovered from backup, it can push the victim into paying the ransom that is introduced to them using a file named “HOW-TO-DECRYPT-files.txt.”
HOW-TO-DECRYPT-files.txt is not a malicious file, but the message inside is, most likely, misleading. According to this message, you need to contact cyber criminals using the BlackRuby@Tutanota.com email address. You are requested to send an ID number and several encrypted files so that they could prove to you that it is possible to decrypt files. The creator of BlackRuby-2 Ransomware should then send you information regarding the payment of the ransom, which, at the moment, cannot be specified. The original version of the ransomware requested a ransom of 650 USD, but we cannot guarantee that the same amount is requested by the current version as well. All in all, the sum of the ransom does not really matter much, because we do not recommend paying it regardless of the sum. Even if you pay it, you are unlikely to retrieve a private key and a program called “Black Ruby Decryptor.” It all could be just a ploy to get your money, and that is what the victims of Scammerlocker Ransomware, Stinger Ransomware, Zenis Ransomware, and all other malicious threats need to think about as well. By the way, removal guides for all of these threats are available on this site.
Have you noticed that your computer has started running slower or that it runs in a strained manner after the invasion of BlackRuby-2 Ransomware? That might be because your system’s resources are being depleted by a cryptocurrency miner, “XMRig.” This miner uses CPU to mine Monero, a virtual currency that can be used to purchase goods online. If it exists, you will need to delete it as well. Needless to say, your priority should be to remove BlackRuby-2 Ransomware. After that, you need to perform a full system scan to check which other threats require removal. Needless to say, eliminating ransomware, miners, and other potentially existing threats might be difficult, which is why you should think about utilizing an anti-malware tool. It will automatically delete BlackRuby-2 Ransomware and XMRig. Even better, it will keep your system protected, and that is exactly what you need to ensure that malware does not invade again. We also recommend backing up files online or externally because that is the surest way to guarantee that they are not affected by any kind of malware.