Venis Ransomware is a dangerous malicious program that has been discovered recently. This infection was found not only spreading as an encrypting ransomware but also promoted as a service on the Dark Web. It seems that this ransomware was in the developmental stage when it was released, which could precede the fully functioning beast. However, we have found that after a number of samples that did not all work fine, both the RAAS (Ransomware As A Service) and the ransomware itself were dead on the day of discovery. Therefore, it does not make any sense for you to even try to transfer the ransom fee or contact these criminals if you are infected with this threat because there is no chance for you to get the decryption key or tool. Since this infection restarts automatically with Windows, you should make sure that you remove Venis Ransomware. Please continue reading our article to find out more about this attack and how you can protect your system from similar ones.
Our research indicates that this ransomware program can spread in two ways basically. First, the most likely way for you to let it crawl onto your system is via spam e-mails. You need to be very careful when you open your mails either in the spam folder or in your inbox. When you look at this spam mail, you may feel right away that you must read it or check out its attachment. In fact, the message is only there in this mail to further convince you to want to see the attached file. There could be just enough information in this mail that would raise your curiosity to want to see the attachment, which, by the way, could be posing as an unpaid invoice, a letter from the authorities, and the like. Do you still think you could say no to these subjects and wanting to open the attached file? Unfortunately, this file attachment is a malicious executable file that will download Venis Ransomware in the background and you will only see the sad consequences. Deleting Venis Ransomware at this stage will not help you save your files from encryption.
Another way for this dangerous threat to end up on your computer is via social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. You may find a “must-see” video or image on your wall, which is usually of pornographic content. Clicking on this post could easily drop an infection such as Venis Ransomware onto your system. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you do not click on random posts no matter how luring they may appear to be. Furthermore, we have also found that this ransomware creates a new profile on your Windows operating system called “Test.” This profile is used to create a rule of exception for you Firewall to enable remote desktop connection. By gaining such access, this infection can drop this malicious program as well. Since this ransomware creates registry entries to makes sure that it starts up automatically whenever you restart your windows, it is obvious that you need to delete Venis Ransomware if you do not want it to re-encrypt your files over and over again.
We have found that this malicious program tries to kill any process that would sabotage its mission, such as anti-malware programs. It also deletes the shadow volume copies of your files so that you cannot restore them. This infection targets your pictures, music and video files, documents, and archives. It claims to use “AES-2048” algorithm; however, there is no such thing. The highest key length for AES is 256 bits. On the other hand, RSA does have a 2048-bit version. So it is a bit unclear which method is really used here. After its mission is accomplished, this malware displays its ransom note, which may come from the text file dropped onto your desktop or by opening the venis.pw malicious website.
Apart from informing you about the attack, you are also told what kind of information has been recorded and stolen from you, including your Facebook messages, Skype history, browser history, passwords, and so on. You are supposed to send an e-mail to VenisRansom@protonmail.com for further details. You are threatened that if you do not comply with the demands within 72 hours, the stolen information will be released on the web and all your drives will be erased. Now, this is really bad news but since this infection has been found dead, there is no way the authors could do anything really. Since there is no free tool on the web yet to recover your files, unless you have a backup copy, there is no chance for you to save your files. We suggest that you remove Venis Ransomware right away, if you want to restore your system security.
It is possible that you can manually delete Venis Ransomware from your system if you follow our instructions below. However, it could be safer and more effective this time to use a professional anti-malware program that could automatically identify all other potentially harmful applications as well that may be hiding on your system. Proper prevention is very important when it comes to your virtual world. With a reliable security tool you can have peace of mind. Of course, it is still important that you keep all your programs, including your browsers, and all your drivers, such as Java and Flash, always updated.