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Danger ransomware. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Ransomware

Danger ransomware — a virus that is related to Scarab crypto-virus family

  Danger ransomware
Danger ransomware is a virus that changes their information every three days

Danger ransomware is a virus that locks your files and demands ransom[1]. The virus is related to Scarab ransomware which already has more than ten different variants discovered this year. This money-extortion virus family uses a combination of AES-256 and RSA-2048 encryption algorithm. During this procedure, the virus appends either  .fastrecovery@xmpp.jp, .fastsupport@xmpp.jp or .onlinesupport@airmail.ccfile extensions to make targeted images, documents, videos or archives useless for the victims unless they decide to pay authors of the ransomware for a specific data recovery tool.

Name Danger
Type Ransomware
Family Scarab 
Extension .fastrecovery@xmpp.jp, .fastsupport@xmpp.jp, .onlinesupport@airmail.cc
Ransom note “HOW TO RECOVER ENCRYPTED FILES-fastrecovery@xmpp.jp.TXT“ or “HOW TO RECOVER ENCRYPTED FILES-fastsupport@xmpp.jp.TXT”
Distribution Insecure spam email attachments
Danger level High. Can lead to permanent data or money loss
Decryption  Not available yet
Elimination  Best tool for ransomware removal is Reimage

Immediately after files has been changed, you could spot “HOW TO RECOVER ENCRYPTED FILES-fastrecovery@xmpp.jp.TXT“ or “HOW TO RECOVER ENCRYPTED FILES-fastsupport@xmpp.jp.TXT” text files on your computer. Virus places copies of these in every existing folder. This is the ransom notes where authors of Scarab-Danger ransomware put the most important information:

Danger: Our contacts change every 3 days, do not hesitate, contact us immediately. Then we will not be available. 
Attention: if you do not have money then you do not need to write to us! 
The file is encrypted with the RSA-2048 algorithm, only we can decrypt the file . 
================================================= 
the Jabber : fastsupport@xmpp.jp 
the If you do not have a jabber. The write us to the To register to: hxxps://www.xmpp.jp 

As you can see in the ransom message quoted above, the Danger virus developers change their contact information every three days and this is why victims should not hesitate and contact these cybercriminals quickly. Currently known addresses used for the communication with victims are fastrecovery@xmpp.jp and fastsupport@xmpp.jp. However, in the near future, the list of contact email addresses should expand.

Contacting cybercriminals[2] is not recommended because they need only your money and file decryption might be only alleged and barely possible. Specialists at Virusai.lt[3] notes that often these people disappear and ignore their victims after the ransom payment is done. You'd better remove Scarab-Danger ransomware from your computer before it is too late.

Often ransomware developers display little information about the ransom but ask for the specific amount in cryptocurrencies. These criminals are not beating around the bush and stating that people without money do not need to contact them and that they want to get their payment to Jabber account. This only gives more evidence that authors of Danger ransomware virus do not care about victims and are not willing to help each of them.

Therefore, there's no need to trust people who created this malicious program. Even though the official decryptor is not available yet, malware researchers are working on it. Meanwhile, you should get rid of the virus and try alternative recovery methods. However, if you have data backups, you do not need to worry about anything. Though, before file recovery, you need to clean your PC.

Danger ransomware removal should be done with professional help and all the seriousness in mind. This is not just an intrusive program, this is a malicious virus that contains various harmful pieces. Anti-malware tools like Reimage can do a proper full system scan and get rid of ransomware related applications and tools.

Multiple malware spreading ways include spam email attachments

Ransomware viruses can spread in various ways, such as:

  • fake software or tool updates;
  • malicious spam email attachments;
  • breaking through RDP unprotected configuration;
  • freeware bundles;
  • trojan viruses;
  • web injects;
  • fraudulent downloads.

The most common is a spam email. They often contain attachments that could be filled with macro viruses and those little things spread ransomware onto your computer. Also, these letters may look safe and legitimate because of the known company names on the addresses or email itself. The same trick is used with the attachments. Even though they are compromised, they still look as safe Word or another popular document.

This is the main fact that you need to pay attention while browsing throughout your email boxes. Opening and possibly purchasing anything from those attachments can lead to cyber infections or even ransomware attacks. You need to be aware of these threats behind every suspicious site or email. Caution and knowledge are critical here.

Get rid of Scarab-Danger ransomware as soon as possible and avoid more significant harm

To remove Danger ransomware from your computer entirely you should use certified and trustworthy tools or programs like Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. This option in virus elimination can ensure you are deleting all of the remains that might be with this virus. Ransomware is malicious and harmful, but also there is a possibility that they contain other tools or programs.

Those programs can do more damage to your system than the ransomware itself. The more time you give for, the more access they can gain. Scarab-Danger ransomware removal is vital to do quickly and correctly so you can avoid any repetition in the future. We have a step-by-step guide below for better explanation and virus removal.

However, we do not recommend to focus on file decryption until you double-checked your system is clean. Only then you can insert an external backup and recover your data. Because you plug in any device to the insecure system, your files could be corrupted again, and this means you lose your data permanently.

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To remove Danger virus, follow these steps:

Remove Danger using Safe Mode with Networking

When dealing with Danger ransomware, the first thing you can do is reboot your system in Safe Mode with networking

  • 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 Danger

    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 Danger removal.

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

Remove Danger using System Restore

System Restore feature is a good option too

  • 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 Danger. 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 Danger removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

Guide which is presented above is supposed to help you remove Danger 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 Danger, you can use several methods to restore them:

Data Recovery Pro is specifically designed for file restoration

If you accidentally deleted your files or ransomware encrypted them you can try to use Data Recovery Pro and restore your data

  • 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 Danger ransomware;
  • Restore them.

If you want to recover the most important individual files, you can use Windows Previous Versions feature

However, this feature can be useful if System Restore was enabled beforehand

  • 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”.

ShadowExplorer can help you to recover encrypted files

If Danger ransomware encrypted your data but did not delete Shadow Volume Copies, you can use ShadowExplorer for data recovery

  • 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.

Decryption tool is not available

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from Danger 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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