What is .SUSPENDED ransomware? And how does it implement its attack?
.SUSPENDED ransomware is a newly discovered crypto virus that is currently targeting computer users. Just like a typical ransomware threat, it is designed to encrypt files in a targeted system and encrypt them to extort money from its victims. According to researchers, this ransomware might be related to the STOP ransomware which was discovered way back in December last year.
As soon as it infects the system, .SUSPENDED ransomware drops additional malicious files to implement its malicious attacks in the compromised system. It also modifies the Registry Editor so that it can run on every system boot. Usually, ransomware infections like .SUSPENDED ransomware add specific values under the Run and RunOnce sub-keys since these keys are able to execute all the malicious files related to the crypto-malware. Afterwards, it scans the whole drive of the computer looking for certain files to encode such as:
.3gp, .7z, .apk, .avi, .bmp, .cdr, .cer, .chm, .conf, .css, .csv, .dat, .db, .dbf, .djvu, .dbx, .docm, ,doc, .epub, .docx .fb2, .flv, .gif, .gz, .iso .ibooks,.jpeg, .jpg, .key, .mdb .md2, .mdf, .mht, .mobi .mhtm, .mkv, .mov, .mp3, .mp4, .mpg .mpeg, .pict, .pdf, .pps, .pkg, .png, .ppt .pptx, .ppsx, .psd, .rar, .rtf, .scr, .swf, .sav, .tiff, .tif, .tbl, .torrent, .txt, .vsd, .wmv, .xls, .xlsx, .xps, .xml, .ckp, .zip, .java, .py, .asm, .c, .cpp, .cs, .js, .php, .dacpac, .rbw, .rb, .mrg, .dcx, .db3, .sql, .sqlite3, .sqlite, .sqlitedb, .psd, .psp, .pdb, .dxf, .dwg, .drw, .casb, .ccp, .cal, .cmx, .cr2
Once it’s done encrypting files using the RSA encryption algorithm, it creates a ransom note in a text file named “RestoreProcess!!!.txt” containing the message below.
“All your important files were encrypted on this PC.
All files with .SUSPENDED extension is encrypted.
Encryption was produced using unique private key RSA-1024 generated for this computer.
To decrypt your files, you need to obtain private key + decrypt software.
To retrieve the private key and decrypt software, you need to contact us by email [email protected] send us an email your !!!RestoreProcess!!!.txt file and wait for further instructions.
For you to be sure, that we can decrypt your files – you can send us a 1-3 and not very big encrypted files and we will send you back it in an original form FREE.
Price for decryption $600 if you contact us first 72 hours.
Your personal id:
E-mail address to contact us:
Reserve email address to contact us:
How does .SUSPENDED ransomware disseminate its malicious payload?
.SUSPENDED ransomware uses the typical distribution method that ransomware infections use these days which is via spam emails. These spam emails contain an attached corrupted file used to download and install .SUSPENDED ransomware into the system. This kind of email shouldn’t be hard to miss as it often stands out with its catchy subjects to lure users into opening them. So when you see any suspicious emails, the best way to deal with them is by deleting them right away.
Use the following removal instructions to terminate .SUSPENDED ransomware from your system.
Step 1: Launch the Task Manager by simply tapping Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys on your keyboard.
Step 2: Under the Task Manager, go to the Processes tab and look for any suspicious-looking process which takes up most of your CPU’s resources and is most likely related to .SUSPENDED ransomware.
Step 3: After that, close the Task Manager.
Step 4: Tap Win + R, type in appwiz.cpl and click OK or tap Enter to open Control Panel’s list of installed programs.
Step 5: Under the list of installed programs, look for .SUSPENDED ransomware or anything similar and then uninstall it.
Step 6: Next, close Control Panel and tap Win + E keys to launch File Explorer.
Step 7: Navigate to the following locations below and look for .SUSPENDED ransomware’s malicious components such as [random name].exe and RestoreProcess!!!.txt and other suspicious files, then delete all of them.
Step 8: 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 PC Cleaner Pro, 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 9: Tap Win + R to open Run and then type in regedit in the field and tap enter to pull up Windows Registry.
Step 10: Navigate to the following path:
Step 11: Delete the registry keys and sub-keys created by .SUSPENDED ransomware.
Step 12: Close the Registry Editor and empty the Recycle Bin.
It is important to make sure that nothing is left behind and that .SUSPENDED ransomware is completely wiped out from your system. To do that, use the following antivirus program.
Perform a full system scan using SpyRemover Pro. To do so, follow these steps:
- Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot
- After that, the BIOS scree 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 explorer http://www.fixmypcfree.com/install/spyremoverpro
A single space must be in between explorer and http. Click OK.
- A dialog box will be displayed by Internet Explorer. Click Run to begin downloading the program. The installation will start automatically once a download is done.
- Click OK to launch it.
- Run SpyRemover Pro and perform a full system scan.
- After all the infections are identified, click REMOVE ALL.
- Register the program to protect your computer from future threats.