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BananaCrypt ransomware. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Ransomware

BananaCrypt is a file-encrypting virus that aims at files stored on your PC

Ransom note by BananaCrypt

BananaCrypt is a ransomware-type[1] cyber threat that uses AES encryption cipher to make files inaccessible on the targeted computer. The malicious program locks files by appending .bananaCrypt file extension and asks to pay $300 in order to decrypt them.

The malicious program typically enters the system with the help of malicious spam email. Once inside, BananaCrypt ransomware might alter Windows registry, create new or modify entries, install various files that are responsible for performing various activities on your PC.

When BananaCrypt virus strengthens its presence, it starts data encryption procedure. Malware targets the most popular file types, such as documents, images, PDFs, etc. However, crooks offer victims to pay $300 in order to get back access to their files.

As soon as all files are encrypted by Banana ransomware, malware delivers a ransom note where cyber criminals give people instructions what they have to do. The full message of the ransom note:

!!!What happened!!!!
Your files have been decrypted using a unique key, generated for this computer
Send 300 USD worth of bitcoin to the address below to obtain your key to decrypt your files
Address: asdffdsaasdf
Dont waste your time looking for a way to decrypt your files. This is only possible using our decrypter

However, malware researchers say that BananaCrypt can be decrypted. Hence, paying the ransom should not be considered. Keep in mind that ransomware is created for swindling money from the computer users. Thus, once you make a transaction, cyber criminals might disappear and forget their promise to give you working decryptor.

For this reason, you should not panic after a cyber attack. You have to remove BananaCrypt from the computer using reputable malware removal program, such as Reimage. We want to discourage you from evening thinking of manual virus elimination. These attempts are most likely to end up with irreparable damage to the system.

After BananaCrypt removal, you can safely plug in an external storage device and restore encrypted files. Or you can follow alternative recovery methods presented at the end of the article.

Ransomware distribution methods and prevention tips

For a while, malicious spam email attachments remain the most popular and effective ransomware distribution method.[2] Infected emails usually inform a serious problem and ask to check the information in the attached document. However, the safe-looking Word, PDF or zip archive includes a malicious payload that is dropped on the system as soon as a user opens it.

However, ransomware-type cyber threats can be spread via:

  • malicious ads that can be placed on legit and corrupted sites;
  • fake software updates or downloads;
  • exploit kits that take advantage of the outdated software or operating system.

Cyber security specialists from bedynet.ru[3] remind to pay attention to every click and download. Make sure that you can actually trust the sender before opening an email attachment, use only legitimate software download sources and keep all the system and programs updated.

However, you should also backup your files because no one can ensure that crooks won’t create any new trickery to make you install suspicious software.

Removal of the BananaCrypt ransomware virus

Despite the funny name, you should take BananaCrypt removal seriously. It’s a complicated cyber threat that may have injected malicious codes into legit system processes and installed numerous hazardous files on the system. Therefore, you should not try to clean your PC manually.

To remove BananaCrypt, you have to obtain a reputable anti-malware software and scan the system. However, the virus might block access to security software, so you need to disable it by rebooting the system to Safe Mode with Networking as shown below.

If you are not sure which tool to choose, take our advice and use one of these: Reimage, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes or Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner.

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To remove BananaCrypt virus, follow these steps:

Remove BananaCrypt using Safe Mode with Networking

Follow these steps to disable the virus:

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Networking'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Networking in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Networking'
  • Step 2: Remove BananaCrypt

    Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete BananaCrypt removal.

If your ransomware is blocking Safe Mode with Networking, try further method.

Remove BananaCrypt using System Restore

This method might help to run malware removal software:

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Command Prompt from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt'
  • Step 2: Restore your system files and settings
    1. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter. Enter 'cd restore' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    2. Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.. Enter 'rstrui.exe' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    3. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of BananaCrypt. After doing that, click Next. When 'System Restore' window shows up, select 'Next' Select your restore point and click 'Next'
    4. Now click Yes to start system restore. Click 'Yes' and start system restore
    Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with Reimage and make sure that BananaCrypt removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

Guide which is presented above is supposed to help you remove BananaCrypt from your computer. To recover your encrypted files, we recommend using a detailed guide prepared by 2-spyware.com security experts.

If your files are encrypted by BananaCrypt, you can use several methods to restore them:

Try Data Recovery Pro to restore at least some of the files with .bananaCrypt file extension

Data Recovery Pro is not an official decryptor for BananaCrypt malware. However, this tool can help to restore some of the encrypted files.

  • Download Data Recovery Pro;
  • Follow the steps of Data Recovery Setup and install the program on your computer;
  • Launch it and scan your computer for files encrypted by BananaCrypt ransomware;
  • Restore them.

Try Windows Previous Versions feature

If System Restore was enabled on your PC before ransomware attack, you can restore individual files by following these steps:

  • Find an encrypted file you need to restore and right-click on it;
  • Select “Properties” and go to “Previous versions” tab;
  • Here, check each of available copies of the file in “Folder versions”. You should select the version you want to recover and click “Restore”.

Try ShadowExplorer

In order to take advantage of ShadowExplorer, you have to make sure that malware did not delete Shadow Volume Copies. 

  • Download Shadow Explorer (http://shadowexplorer.com/);
  • Follow a Shadow Explorer Setup Wizard and install this application on your computer;
  • Launch the program and go through the drop down menu on the top left corner to select the disk of your encrypted data. Check what folders are there;
  • Right-click on the folder you want to restore and select “Export”. You can also select where you want it to be stored.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from BananaCrypt and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes

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Lucia Danes
Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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