What is RedFox ransomware? And how does it carry out its attack?
RedFox ransomware is a newly discovered file-encrypting threat that seems to function as a Ransomware as a service or RaaS. Creators of this crypto-virus present themselves as the “SigmaTeam”. This new ransomware threat is being sold on these crooks’ website for 0.1 Bitcoin. At the time of writing, there are no reported victims of this RaaS yet. However, it could attack users the instant its malicious payload is spread out.
According to the website of the SigmaTeam, RedFox ransomware contains the following features:
- Autodetected Bitcoin Payments
- Auto Spread
- Change Process Name
- Change Ransom Amount
- Command-and-control Center
- Countdown Timer
- Delete All Restore Points
- Detects VM, Sandbox And Debugger Environments
- Disable Regedit
- Disable Safe Boot
- Disable Shutdown
- Disable Task Manager
- Edit File Icon
- Empty Recycle Bin
- Enable USB Infection
- Files On External Media Also Encrypted
- Full Lifetime License
- Fully Undetectable
- Generate PDF Reports
- GEO Map
- Hide RedFox Files
- Master Boot Record Exploit
- Military Grade Encryption
- No Dependency
- Payment Page Link
- Quick File Encryption
- Real-Time Ticket Support System For Victims
- Secure File Erase
- Text To Speech
- UAC Exploit
- Unlimited Builds
- Weekly Updates
Based on its features, it seems like RedFox ransomware is not just a typical ransomware as it can do a lot of malicious activities on the infected computer. It isn’t known yet what type of files this ransomware threat might target but one thing’s for sure, it uses RSA encryption algorithm in its encryption process. It might target user-generated files like documents, pictures, videos, audio files, database and many more.
So in case, you encounter this threat in the near future, we’ve prepared a complete set of removal instructions you can try to terminate it from your computer before it can do further damage.
How does RedFox ransomware proliferate?
As mentioned, this ransomware isn’t being actively distributed yet. However, cybercriminals might use malicious spam email campaigns to spread RedFox so you need to be extra careful in opening emails and downloading attachments for it might be the malicious payload of RedFox ransomware. And once you open this malicious payload, it will automatically install RedFox ransomware into your computer. Thus, you must always keep both your operating system and antivirus programs updated to prevent ransomware infiltration.
Use the following removal instructions to obliterate RedFox ransomware from your infected system effectively.
Step 1: Restart your PC and boot into Safe Mode with Command Prompt by pressing F8 a couple of times until the Advanced Options menu appears.
Step 2: Navigate to Safe Mode with Command Prompt using the arrow keys on your keyboard. After selecting Safe Mode with Command Prompt, hit Enter.
Step 3: After loading the Command Prompt type cd restore and hit Enter.
Step 4: After cd restore, type in rstrui.exe and hit Enter.
Step 5: A new window will appear, and then click Next.
Step 6: Select any of the Restore Points on the list and click Next. This will restore your computer to its previous state before being infected with the RedFox Ransomware. A dialog box will appear and then click Yes.
Step 7: After System Restore has been completed, try to enable the disabled Windows services.
- Press Win + R keys to launch Run.
- Type in gpedit.msc in the box and press Enter to open Group Policy.
- Under Group Policy, navigate to:
- User Configuration\Administrative Templates\System
- After that, open Prevent access to the command prompt.
- Select Disable to enable cmd
- Click the OK button
- After that, go to:
- Configuration\Administrative Templates\System
- Double click on the Prevent Access to registry editing tools.
- Choose Disabled and click OK.
- Navigate to :
- User Configuration\Administrative Templates\System>Ctrl+Alt+Del Options
- Double click on Remove Task Manager.
- And then set its value to Disabled.
Step 8: Open Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc at the same time. Proceed to the Processes tab and look for the malicious processes of RedFox ransomware such as “SF.exe”, “TR.exe” or “BLACKROUTER.exe” and end them all.
Step 9: Open Control Panel by pressing Start key + R to launch Run and type appwiz.cpl in the search box and click OK to open the list of installed programs. From there, look for RedFox ransomware or any malicious program and then Uninstall it.
Step 10: Tap Windows + E keys to open the File Explorer then navigate to the following directories and delete the malicious files created by RedFox ransomware.
Step 11: Close the File Explorer.
Before you proceed to the next steps below, make sure that you are tech savvy enough to the point where you know exactly how to use and navigate your computer’s Registry. Keep in mind that any changes you make will highly impact your computer. To save you the trouble and time, you can just use [product-name] this system tool is proven to be safe and excellent enough that hackers won’t be able to hack into it. But if you can manage Windows Registry well, then, by all means, go on to the next steps.
Step 12: Tap Win + R to open Run and then type in regedit in the field and tap enter to pull up Windows Registry.
Step 13: Navigate to the paths listed below and delete all the registry values added by RedFox ransomware.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\
- HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop\
Step 14: Close the Registry Editor and empty your Recycle Bin.
You have to continue the RedFox ransomware removal process using a reliable program like [product-name] once you’re done with the steps given above. How? Follow the advanced removal steps below.
Perform a full system scan using [product-code]. To do so, follow these steps:
- Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot
- After that, the BIOS screen will be displayed, but if Windows pops up instead, reboot your computer and try again. Once you’re on the BIOS screen, repeat pressing F8, by doing so the Advanced Option shows up.
- To navigate the Advanced Option use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit
- Windows will now load the SafeMode with Networking.
- Press and hold both R key and Windows key.
- If done correctly, the Windows Run Box will show up.
- Type in the URL address, [product-url] in the Run dialog box and then tap Enter or click OK.
- After that, it will download the program. Wait for the download to finish and then open the launcher to install the program.
- Once the installation process is completed, run [product-code] to perform a full system scan.
- After the scan is completed click the “Fix, Clean & Optimize Now”button.