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JungleSec ransomware. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Ransomware

JungleSec ransomware is a dangerous crypto-virus attacking Linux users

JungleSec ransomware
JungleSec ransomware is a virus that wants your money

JungleSec — a ransomware virus that encrypts files and demands a ransom of several hundreds dollars. This ransomware is not an ordinary one as the main system targeted by it is Linux. After ransomware[1] encrypts files, it immediately changes its names to .jungle@anonymousspechcom file extension. As a result, they become totally useless and cannot be opened or used when desired. In exchange for a special key, which is needed to recover locked data, cybercriminals are demanding 0.3 bitcoin. We do NOT recommend paying this ransom as there is a possibility that these people will disappear after the payment is done. This means that you can put yourself at a high risk of permanent data and money loss. 

Name JungleSec
Type Ransomware
Danger level High. Can access system files and encrypts them
Ransom note ENCRYPTED.md
Contact emails junglesec@anonymousspeech.com 
Extension .jungle@anonymousspechcom
Distribution Spam email attachments
Decryption Not available yet
Elimination  Best tool when dealing with ransomware is Reimage

Right after JungleSec ransomware finishes the encryption process, you can spot the ENCRYPTED.md

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JUNGLESEC

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What happen to my data ?
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Your data are encrypted. If you try to bruteforce, change the path, the name or do anything that can alterate a single byte of a file(s) will result to a fail of the recovery process, meaning your file(s) will be loss for good.

How can I retrieve them ?
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– To known the process, you must first send 0.3 bitcoin to the following address : [Link]

– Once the payment made, send your email address to junglesec@anonymousspeech.com, do not forget to mention the IP of server/computer

Will you send the process recovery once payment is made ?
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– We have no interest to not send you the recovery process if payment was made.

– Once the payment is made, you should receive the recovery process to decrypt your data in less 24 hours

By Jungle_Sec

Additionally, we should warn you that JungleSec virus can also try to mutate and start spreading on Windows. In this case, there is a high possibility that it will initiate such malicious actions as modifying the host of the infected machine and changing Windows Registry. As a result, you cannot only be left without your files, but can also find serious issues while trying to use your computer properly.

The main reason, why you should remove JungleSec ransomware, is money extortion behavior. Cyber criminals have provided an email address called junglesec@anonymousspeech.com, but we do not recommend contacting these people in any way. Keep in mind that they are criminals and this communication cannot lead to positive results. It is known that virus developers have already been disappearing after the payment is done and people have been left without money and their important files. 

Cybersecurity specialists at Virusi.hr[2] have also noted that paying the demanded 0.03 BTC and then installing the “recommended” decrypter cannot guarantee the safeness of your computer. You should focus on the elimination of this virus first and only then start trying different decrypters to recover your files. For a proper JungleSec removal, we highly recommend using anti-malware tools like Reimage. Running a full system scan can be helpful if this ransomware got additional files planted on your computer. Additionally, jump to our Data recovery section.

Insecure emails and virus-filled attachments can be harmful

If you do not pay enough attention while browsing online, you can easily download cyber infections and other malicious programs toy our computer. Keep in mind that the main way used to spread malware is spam. Malicious email attachments can contain safe-looking attachments that are filled with macro viruses[3] and similar files that are used to download ransomware to the system. These malicious attachments can look like Pdf, Word or Excel files and give no suspicion to you. Nevertheless, once they get into the system, these files secretly download malware and set it according to preferences. 

To prevent ransomware infiltration, keep in mind that you carefully double check every attachment you find in the email. no matter how safe it looks. Besides, always pay attention to sender's address, letter's body and similar information. Finally, make sure you clean your spam box occasionally and delete those suspicious emails without opening.

Specialists: JungleSec ransomware elimination requires professional help 

JungleSec ransomware is known to target Linux OS, but there is no guarantee that the virus won't be modified and designed to affect Windows. In this case, we can recommend you to use the recovery instructions that are provided right below this post.

Nevertheless, you need to remove JungleSec ransomware first, without leaving its leftover files on your computer. For that, you should rely on certified tools and programs in the first place instead of trying to perform the elimination yourself. You can delete this ransomware and all the related pieces with such tools as Reimage or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes that will scan the whole system to check if there are no additional viruses hiding inside the system. 

JungleSec ransomware removal is a difficult and time-consuming process, so you should not perform the elimination manually, especially if you are not an advanced computer user. Keep in mind that if you plug in an external drive or similar device to your computer while the ransomware is there on your computer, you can damage files that are saved on it permanently. 

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To remove JungleSec virus, follow these steps:

Remove JungleSec using Safe Mode with Networking

To remove ransomware from Windows, you can reboot the computer in Safe Mode with Networking first by using this guide:

  • 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 JungleSec

    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 JungleSec removal.

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

Remove JungleSec using System Restore

Try System Restore feature to delete JungleSec by disabling it and running a full system scan:

  • 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 JungleSec. 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 JungleSec removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

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

Try Data Recovery Pro tool to restore encrypted files

Data Recovery Pro is a well known tool which is extremely useful if you accidentally deleted your files or if they got encrypted by the ransomware virus. To try it, follow this guide:

  • 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 JungleSec ransomware;
  • Restore them.

Windows Previous Versions feature is a great tool for individual files' recovery

If you want to recover individual files you should use Windows Previous versions feature, but this can be used only if System Restore feature was enabled before the attack

  • 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”.

ShadowExolorer is an alternative feature that can help you restore your files

If you got lucky and ransomware did not delete Shadow Volume Copies you can recover your files with ShadowExplorer

  • 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.

JungleSec decryption tool is not available

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

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Jake Doevan
Jake Doevan - Computer technology expert

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