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Remove Oscar Venom ransomware (Virus Removal Instructions) - Quick Decryption Solution

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Ransomware

Oscar Venom ransomware is a virus that offers to view ransom note in a few different languages

Oscar Venom ransomware

Oscar Venom ransomware is a file locking malware that was first spotted in mid-January 2019. It is a variant of the Jigsaw ransomware – a relatively old cyber threat, although hackers are still developing new versions. It encrypts data with the help of AES[1] cipher and then drops a ransom-demanding note /Your files have been encrypted\ that can be viewed in English, German, Turkish and Arabic. All the data is marked with the .venom file extension and becomes unusable. To recover the access to databases, documents, music, photos, and other files, victims need to pay ransom to Oscar Venom virus authors in Bitcoin cryptocurrency. According to hackers, users only have 24 hours to pay ransom before the decryption tool will become unavailable and personal files lost forever.

Name Oscar Venom
Type Ransomware
Family Jigsaw
First spotted Mid-January 2019
Related files OscarRansomware.exe
Cipher used AES
File extension .venom
Elimination Use powerful security software that can detect the threat
Optimization To remove virus damage, scan your PC with Reimage Reimage Cleaner

Oscar Venom ransomware distribution methods are unknown, however, it most likely uses typical techniques, such as:

  • Spam emails;
  • Brute-force attacks;
  • Exploits;
  • Fake updates;
  • Obfuscated executables;
  • Etc.

Oscar Venom virus does not immediately starts file encryption. Before that, it performs several changes to the system, such as Windows registry modification, the addition of scheduled tasks, spawning of additional processes, removing the Shadow Volume copies, and similar. These changes are performed in order to increase persistence and, in some cases, to intervene with Oscar Venom ransomware removal.

Once complete, Oscar Venom ransomware modifies all files in a way that prevents users from opening them. Users are immediately notified about what happened because a pop-up window shows up with the following explanation:

What happened to my computer?
Your important files are encrypted
All your documents, videos, music, photos, databases. and other files are encrypted
You may be looking for a way to recover your files, but do not waste time. No one can recover your files without our decryption service.

Can I Recover My Files?
Sure, we guarantee that you can recover all your files safely and easily. But you have not so enough time.
We sell you password you can click button decrypter and write down your password
After you decrypt your files we go out to your computer
If you do not pay within 24 hours, you will never be able to recover your files.

How can I pay?
You have to pay online with the electronic currency Bitcoin and send your information. For example. Email and Bitcoin Wallet ID
Below you can see information about Bitcoin as you buy and send

Good Luck…

As evident, hackers want to intimidate victims by giving them only 24 hours to pay for the decryptor. However, as it is proven by numerous examples, paying cybercriminals might end up in money loss, as they might not send the decryption key for .venom locked files.

Instead, you should remove Oscar Venom ransomware with the help of security applications that can recognize[2] the threat and then proceed with alternative data recovery methods. In case you have backups ready, you will be able to get all your files back with no problems.

However, to make sure your system is cleaned correctly, we suggest you also run a scan with Reimage Reimage Cleaner – it can restore your computer to working order within just a few minutes.

Oscar Venom ransomware virus
Oscar Venom ransomware is a variant of Jigsaw crypto-locker.

Beware of these ransomware distribution methods

Hackers often employ various tactics to make sure the malicious payload is delivered to as many machines as possible. Therefore, it is vital to know how the virus can get into your computer to be able to prevent it in the first place. Security experts[3] recommend following these simple tips:

  • Use strong passwords for all your accounts;
  • Employ reputable security software and keep it up to date;
  • Install ad-blocking software;
  • Make sure to patch your software as soon as security updates are out;
  • Be careful with spam emails – attachments and hyperlinks might be malicious;
  • Avoid visiting high-risk websites, such as porn, gambling, etc.

Remove Oscar Venom ransomware with the help of reputable security software

To remove Oscar Venom virus, you should employ powerful anti-virus software that can detect the threat. Be aware that virus databases differ, so not all programs might identify the specific threat. Therefore, if one security application failed to find the malware, you will have to employ a different tool. To make sure Oscar Venom does not interfere with the operation of the application, enter Safe Mode with Networking as explained below.

After Oscar Venom ransomware removal is complete, you will be able to start the file recovery procedure. Be aware that you need to get rid of the virus before you attempt to connect any backups or use third-party software. Otherwise, all the data will be encrypted repeatedly. 

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To remove Oscar Venom virus, follow these steps:

Remove Oscar Venom using Safe Mode with Networking

To eliminate Oscar Venom ransomware promptly, enter 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 Oscar Venom

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

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

Remove Oscar Venom using System Restore

Safe Mode with Networking can also be used to get rid of the virus:

  • 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 Oscar Venom. 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 Reimage Cleaner and make sure that Oscar Venom removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

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

Data Recovery Pro might be able to restore .venom files

This software is sometimes capable of retrieving data that was locked by a strong cipher.

  • 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 Oscar Venom ransomware;
  • Restore them.

Windows Previous Versions feature might get some of your files back

Windows Previous Versions feature will only work if you had System Restore enabled before the virus 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”.

Recover your data with ShadowExplorer

ShadowExplorer would be an excellent tool if the ransomware failed to remove 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.

No decryptor is available yet

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from Oscar Venom and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner , SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes

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