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PAY_IN_MAXIM_24_HOURS ransomware. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Linas Kiguolis - - | Type: Ransomware

PAY_IN_MAXIM_24_HOURS ransomware is a crypto-virus that threatens to delete all files after 24 hours

PAY_IN_MAXIM_24_HOURS virus picture

PAY_IN_MAXIM_24_HOURS virus is a file locker that was discovered by security experts in April 2018. It uses a complicated algorithm to lock up files and adds .PAY_IN_MAXIM_24_HOURS_OR_ALL_YOUR_FILES_WILL_BE_DELETED file extension after encryption. Then, the malware drops a ransom note called HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt, where hackers inform victims that they need to pay 0.7 Bitcoin within next 24 hours for data release.

Summary
Name PAY_IN_MAXIM_24_HOURS
Type Ransomware
First spotted April 2018
File appendix .PAY_IN_MAXIM_24_HOURS_OR_ALL_YOUR_FILES_WILL_BE_DELETED
Ransom size 0.7 BTC
Ransom note  HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt
Distribution Spam emails, malicious websites, repacked or cracked software, etc.
Elimination Download and install security software: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes

The virus typically enters users’ computers via contaminated spam email attachments, compromised RDS configuration[1] or through repacked/cracked software installers. Thus, it is another great reason to employ powerful security software like Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes – it can prevent malware infection. Nevertheless, if your files are encrypted, you should remove PAY_IN_MAXIM_24_HOURS ransomware immediately and then proceed with data decryption.

PAY_IN_MAXIM_24_HOURS virus can implement several malicious files that alter operating system’s settings to ensure the startup up with every Windows boot up. Right after that, the malicious software scans the computer for files to encrypt, namely all video, image, document, text and similar data.

For example, if you had a file named picture.jpg, the encrypted version would look like this: picture.jpg.PAY_IN_MAXIM_24_HOURS_OR_ALL_YOUR_FILES_WILL_BE_DELETED. PAY_IN_MAXIM_24_HOURS will then drop a ransom note explaining the situation to the victim.

It becomes clear that unlocking files without decryption key is impossible (it is stored on a remote server by hackers). What makes matters worse, is that the demands of criminals need to be fulfilled within 24 hours; otherwise, the decryption key will be deleted automatically.

Email_Decryptor_Payment@scryptmail.com is the email address users should contact the crooks through after the payment of 0.7 BTC ($6.7k) is complete. Allegedly, file decryptor will be then sent back to the victim, and he/she will be able to get all files back.

Security experts[2] warn that contacting cybercriminals is not the optimal solution. First of all, PAY_IN_MAXIM_24_HOURS creators already infected your machine with a virus and now demand payment. What stops them from ignoring you entirely after the ransom is paid? Nothing. Hence, do not trust these people.

Additionally, even if you get your files back, you would only be sponsoring criminal hackers’ activities and encourage them to produce more ransomware attacks. Instead, ignore all demands to pay and recover your files from a backup. If you do not possess one, you can try a few third-party programs that might help you.

Nevertheless, PAY_IN_MAXIM_24_HOURS removal should be executed first. Do not attempt to get rid of the virus manually as you might damage system files. Instead, let security software take care of everything automatically.

Ways ransomware is delivered to users' machines

There are many different ransomware distribution methods; however, security researchers concluded that in most cases ransomware is injected into users’ PCs via spam emails. Hackers typically employ bots that send our hundreds or even thousands of phishing emails.[3]

Usually, the author of the email pretends to be an important entity, such as tax office representative. Then, he urges the user to open an attachment, claiming that it is a valuable document. These attachments frequently ask the user to enable macro function – this allows the malicious payload to be executed.

Thus, be extremely wary when opening email attachments, as some of them might look legitimate. Never allow the macro function to be enabled. Besides, most email providers have a built-in scanning tool which marks suspicious emails.

Other ransomware distribution methods are:

  • Unprotected RDP configuration;
  • Exploit kits;
  • Fraudulent downloads;
  • Keygens;
  • Repacked/cracked software, etc.

PAY_IN_MAXIM_24_HOURS elimination procedure

Ransomware infection is a dangerous threat and should not be treated lightly. Even if hackers try to scare people by threatening to delete their files, the first thing you should do is remove PAY_IN_MAXIM_24_HOURS virus and ignore their demands.

As we already mentioned, attempting to eliminate the virus manually will not only result in failure but also permanently damage system files. Then, the only option is to reinstall Windows and format the hard drive.

Nevertheless, PAY_IN_MAXIM_24_HOURS removal should be performed using malware removal tool. The virus might block security software; in that case, reboot your PC and enter Safe Mode with Networking as explained below.

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To remove PAY_IN_MAXIM_24_HOURS virus, follow these steps:

Remove PAY_IN_MAXIM_24_HOURS using Safe Mode with Networking

To securely open anti-malware software, you should 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 PAY_IN_MAXIM_24_HOURS

    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 PAY_IN_MAXIM_24_HOURS removal.

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

Remove PAY_IN_MAXIM_24_HOURS using System Restore

You can eliminate the PAY_IN_MAXIM_24_HOURS by using System Restore:

  • 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 PAY_IN_MAXIM_24_HOURS. 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 PAY_IN_MAXIM_24_HOURS removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

Guide which is presented above is supposed to help you remove PAY_IN_MAXIM_24_HOURS from your computer. To recover your encrypted files, we recommend using a detailed guide prepared by 2-spyware.com security experts.

We highly discourage people contacting cybercriminals. There is no guarantee that you will get your files back. Besides, you are risking a large sum of money. Thus, try third-party software that might help you to recover your data. 

If your files are encrypted by PAY_IN_MAXIM_24_HOURS, you can use several methods to restore them:

Data Recover Pro might recover your files

This software is designed to return accidentally deleted or otherwise corrupted files. Nevertheless, it sometimes might help with the recovery of ransomware infected 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 PAY_IN_MAXIM_24_HOURS ransomware;
  • Restore them.

Windows Previous Versions feature can recover certain files

Windows Previous Versions feature can only recover one file at the time. So, recovering a large amount of data might be impossible. Besides, for this method to work, you should have had System restore function enable 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”.

Try ShadowExplorer

If the virus did not delete shadow volume copies, ShadowExplorer will be able to help you.

  • 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.

Decryptor is not available yet

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from PAY_IN_MAXIM_24_HOURS 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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