How To Remove [[email protected]].aleta Virus From Your PC Guide

Aleta ransomware is a nasty malware infection that encrypts valuable files and extort ransom payment from victims. All corrupted files are renamed with a malicious extension that follows the pattern .[email address].aleta. Currently, Aleta ransomware is associated with [email protected] and [email protected] email addresses and a ransom note file called !#_READ_ME_#!.inf. By removing the threat from the infected PC victims will prevent additional system and data damage.

Manual Removal Guide
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How Does Aleta Ransomware Virus Infiltrate the System?

The main infection method of the Aleta Ransomware Virus is by exploiting the RDP protocol and services. They are used to remote control devices in internal networks and across the Internet.

The reports indicate that the Aleta has hit mostly home-owned NAS devices. They are used to store personal files and documents. It is suspected that the attacks were made in an automated way by using stored software exploits.

Other distribution strategies include email spam messages that utilize social engineering tricks. The aim of the criminals behind the virus is to confuse the targets into infecting themselves. This is done by utilizing templates containing both text and graphics that resemble famous companies. Aleta Ransomware is either directly attached or linked somewhere in the body contents.

The ransomware can also be inserted in a payload that infects the victim computer upon user interaction. In most cases they come in the form of documents or software installers. When office documents (spreadsheets, rich text documents, databases and etc.) are concerned the infection is done by launching the built-in macros.

Dangerous web scripts such as redirects, ad networks and code inserted by browser hijackers can also lead to an active Aleta virus infection.

Related: .Bubble File Virus, Random6 Virus

Infection Flow of Aleta Ransomware

Malware researchers identified a new BTCWare strain called Aleta Ransomware that encrypts sensitive user data and then extorts the victims for a ransomware payment.

This new BTCWare update merely modifies some of the initial settings that are used by the engine.

It uses a new extension and a hacker-designated support email, while at the meantime follows the same infection routine. Upon infection the Aleta рansomware virus starts to processs system and user files depending on a built-in list of popular file type extensions. It can be customized according to the targets. In most cases the hackers tend to endanger the most popular data: music, videos, photos, documents, databases, backups and etc.

When this process is complete a ransomware note is crafted in a “!#_READ_ME_#!.inf” file that reads the following message:

[WHAT HAPPENED] Your important files produced on this computer have been encrypted due a security problem
If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail: [email protected]
You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us.
After payment we will send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all your files.

[FREE DECRYPTION AS GUARANTEE] Before paying you can send to us up to 3 files for free decryption.
Please note that files must NOT contain valuable information
and their total size must be less than 1Mb

[HOW TO OBTAIN BITCOINS] The easiest way to buy bitcoin is LocalBitcoins site.
You have to register, click Buy bitcoins and select the seller
by payment method and price
https://localbitcoins.com/buy_bitcoins

[ATTENTION] Do not rename encrypted files
Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss
If you not write on e-mail in 36 hours – your key has been deleted and you cant decrypt your files

Your ID:

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Aleta virus renames victim files using the file extension pattern: .[email address].aleta. A particular example used by the ransomware is .[[email protected]].aleta and it is made up of two components – The [email protected] hacker-supplied contact address and the .aleta extension. The email address is hosted on QQ, a popular service used in China. The .aleta extension is the final addition to the files.

Some of the reports indicate that the Aleta virus does not encrypt files and merely renames them. It is possible that the hackers have created several different versions.

In addition Aeta ransomware is designed to drop an image file and modify values in Windows registry to set it as a desktop wallpaper. It depicts the following message:

ALETA RANSOMWARE
Your important files produced on this computer have been encrypted!
The only way to decrypt your files is to receive the private-key and decryption program.
To receive the private-key and decryption program write us to the e-mail: [email protected] and attach your ID
You can find it in READ_ME file
ATTENTION!
If you not write on e-mail in 36 hours your key has been deleted and you cant decrypt your files

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The victims can effectively remove the threat by using a quality anti-malware solution. The affected data can then be recovered using a professional-grade solution. Refer to our instructions below.

Remove Aleta Ransomware Virus and Restore Data

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Aleta Ransomware Virus – Manual Removal Steps

Start the PC in Safe Mode with Network

This will isolate all files and objects created by the ransomware so they will be removed efficiently. The steps bellow are applicable to all Windows versions.

1. Hit the WIN Key + R

2. A Run window will appear. In it, write msconfig and then press Enter

3. A Configuration box shall appear. In it Choose the tab named Boot

4. Mark Safe Boot option and then go to Network under it to tick it too

5. Apply -> OK

Show Hidden Files

Some ransomware threats are designed to hide their malicious files in the Windows so all files stored on the system should be visible.

1. Open My Computer/This PC

2. Windows 7

    – Click on Organize button
    – Select Folder and search options
    – Select the View tab
    – Go under Hidden files and folders and mark Show hidden files and folders option

3. Windows 8/ 10

    – Open View tab
    – Mark Hidden items option

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4. Click Apply and then OK button

Enter Windows Task Manager and Stop Malicious Processes

1. Hit the following key combination: CTRL+SHIFT+ESC

2. Get over to Processes

3. When you find suspicious process right click on it and select Open File Location

4. Go back to Task Manager and end the malicious process. Right click on it again and choose End Process

5. Next, you should go folder where the malicious file is located and delete it

Repair Windows Registry

1. Again type simultaneously the WIN Key + R key combination

2. In the box, write regedit and hit Enter

3. Type the CTRL+ F and then write the malicious name in the search type field to locate the malicious executable

4. In case you have discovered registry keys and values related to the name, you should delete them, but be careful not to delete legitimate keys

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Recover .aleta Files

WARNING! All files and objects associated with Aleta Ransomware should be removed from the infected PC before any data recovery attempts. Otherwise the virus may encrypt restored files. Furthermore, a backup of all encrypted files stored on external media is highly recommendable.

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1. Use present backups

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3. Using System Restore Point

    – Hit WIN Key
    – Select “Open System Restore” and follow the steps

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4. Restore your personal files using File History

    – Hit WIN Key
    – Type restore your files in the search box
    – Select Restore your files with File History
    – Choose a folder or type the name of the file in the search bar
    – Hit the “Restore” button

Preventive Security Measures

  • Enable and properly configure your Firewall.
  • Install and maintain reliable anti-malware software.
  • Secure your web browser.
  • Check regularly for available software updates and apply them.
  • Disable macros in Office documents.
  • Use strong passwords.
  • Don’t open attachments or click on links unless you’re certain they’re safe.
  • Backup regularly your data.
  • Author : Martin Beltov

    Martin graduated with a degree in Publishing from Sofia University. As a cyber security enthusiast he enjoys writing about the latest threats and mechanisms of intrusion.


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