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GlobeImposter 2.0 ransomware virus. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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GlobeImposter 2.0 ransomware receives yet another update in 2018

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GlobeImposter 2.0 ransomware virus is a new version of Globe Imposter virus.

GlobeImposter 2.0 is a file-encrypting virus. It’s an updated version of Globe Imposter which is a copycat of Globe ransomware. Malware has numerous versions, and the recent one was detected in January 2018. It continues using AES cryptography, but appends a new file extension – .crypted!

The appearance of new versions of GlobeImposter 2.0 is related to the fact that malware researchers immediately crack the code of ransomware and create decryption software. Thus, criminals have nothing else left to do, just to try again.

The first poor copy of Globe was quickly beaten by the security team from the Emsisoft[1]. Experts found the flaw in the virus’ code and used it to create a decryption software. The second version of the ransomware[2] continues the work of the predecessor. However, crooks created several more updates for Globe Imposter.

Globe Imposter 2.0 virus aims at 34 file types, including documents, text files, pictures, multimedia, etc. Using AES cryptography, it locks targeted files with one of these files extensions:

  • .bad;
  • .BAG;
  • .FIX;
  • .FIXI;
  • .legally;
  • .keepcalm;
  • .pizdec;
  • .virginlock[byd@india.com]SON;
  • .[xalienx@india.com];
  • .725;
  • .ocean;
  • .rose;
  • .GOTHAM;
  • .HAPP;
  • .write_me_[btc2017@india.com];
  • .726;
  • .490;
  • .skunk;
  • .crypted!

The original version of Globe Imposter 2 present data recovery instructions in HOW_OPEN_FILES.hta file which is dropped on the system as soon as encryption process is over. However, other variants might use different names of a ransom note. For instance, the latest version delivers the how_to_back_files.html file.

In the ransom note, crooks demand to pay from 1 to 10 Bitcoin and send a screenshot to the alex_pup@list.ru. However, security experts noticed that cyber criminals use numerous other emails to communicate with the victims. Some of them might be:

  • keepcalmpls@india.com;
  • happydaayz@aol.com;
  • strongman@india.com;
  • byd@india.com;
  • xalienx@india.com;
  • 511_made@cyber-wizard.com;
  • btc.me@india.com;
  • parbergout@keemail.me;
  • parbergout@india.com.

However, after GlobeImposter 2.0 ransomware attack, we do not recommend rushing to learn everything about buying and transferring demanded Bitcoins[3]. We clearly understand that paying the ransom may seem like the only possibility to get back all your pictures, photos, audio or movie collections, or other important documents. However, there are many cases when developers of the ransomware took the money and left victims without their files.

In order to save the money, you should concentrate on GlobeImposter 2.0 removal instead of data recovery. The previous version was quickly decrypted; hence, the chances are high that decrypter for the second variant will be created as well. Meanwhile, you can use alternative recovery methods.

Questions about GlobeImposter 2.0 ransomware virus

The only safe way to remove GlobeImposter 2.0 is to employ a professional security software. We highly suggest dedicating this task for Reimage. If you cannot install or update security tool, you have to disable this crypto-malware first. The instructions at the end of the article will show you how to do it.

Malicious spam emails are the main ransomware distribution method

The majority of the file-encrypting viruses use the same distribution campaigns, and malicious spam emails stay the number one method. Many computer users still cannot differentiate between safe and infected emails[4]. Indeed, sometimes cyber criminals manage to create perfect copies of official emails.

However, safe emails rarely end up in the spam folder. What is more, fake emails often lack credentials, have lots of grammar or spelling mistakes, and might be sent from a suspicious email address. The affected emails usually have subject lines or attached documents named as “Payment Receipt,” “Invoice,” “Voice Message Attached” or “Scanned Image.” Thus, always double-check the information before opening these files.

Globe Imposter 2.0, as well as other ransomware viruses, might spread via infected websites, malware-laden ads[5] or exploit kits too. Therefore, you should not visit suspicious and potentially dangerous sites, avoid clicking ads that offer great deals and especially software updates or downloads. Lastly, strengthen your computer’s privacy by installing a reliable antivirus program.

Delete GlobeImposter 2.0 ransomware automatically

Just like other file-encrypting viruses, this malicious program has to be removed using reputable security software. For GlobeImposter 2.0 removal we recommend Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. These professional tools are capable of identifying and deleting malicious programs effectively.

If you cannot install or run security software, you should reboot the computer to the Safe Mode with Networking. This method helps to disable the virus and perform automatic elimination. We want to point out that trying to delete malicious components manually may lead to irreparable damage to the system. So, you should clean your PC with reputable software only.

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To remove GlobeImposter 2.0 virus, follow these steps:

Remove GlobeImposter 2.0 using Safe Mode with Networking

If malware prevents from automatic removal, follow the step below:

  • 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 GlobeImposter 2.0

    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 GlobeImposter 2.0 removal.

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

Remove GlobeImposter 2.0 using System Restore

These steps will help you to initiate automatic removal.

  • 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 GlobeImposter 2.0. 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 GlobeImposter 2.0 removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

Guide which is presented above is supposed to help you remove GlobeImposter 2.0 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 GlobeImposter 2.0, you can use several methods to restore them:

Data Recovery Pro may help to restore files encrypted by GlobeImposter 2.0 ransomware virus

Follow the steps to use this professional tool that might 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 GlobeImposter 2.0 ransomware;
  • Restore them.

Retrieve individual files using Windows Previous Versions feature

If System Restore function has been enabled before ransomware attack, follow these steps to recover individual files:

  • 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 may help to restore files encrypted by GlobeImposter 2.0 virus

If malware failed to delete Shadow Volume Copies of the targeted files, follow these steps and recover the files:

  • 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.

Try GlobeImposter decryptor

GlobeImposter decryptor might help to restore at least some of the encrypted files too. You can download it here.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from GlobeImposter 2.0 and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes

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Linas Kiguolis
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