Easy tips to delete BlackBit Ransomware and decrypt data
BlackBit Ransomware is a ransomware-type infection that locks the users’ data that include photos, videos and documents by using some cipher encryption algorithms. This ensures the cyber-criminals behind it to develop a unique decryption tool without which the files cannot be decrypted.
After successfully performing the files encryption process, BlackBit generates two ransom notes on the system: “info.hta” and “Restore-My-Files.txt.” Through the ransom notes, the malicious authors offer alleged help in the decryption.
In reality, the crooks are not intended to provide any help to the users in getting their files back in accessible form. They have the only motive to trick people into paying the ransom. Once the ransom payment is received, they just disappear leaving the victims without their files.
You can easily recognize the affected files from BlackBit Ransomware as all these files are renamed with the .BlackBit extension, [email protected] email address, and victim’s IDs. For example, a file previous named picture.jpg would become [[email protected]][victimID]picture.jpg.BlackBit- after encryption.
These files also lose their icons with no icons at all. These are inaccessible and all the time when you open these affected files, one of the ransom note appears as a pop-up informing you about the case and instructions you what to do now.
The ransom note
The ransom notes are the messages from cyber-criminals. You can consider them as a part of their scams to fulfilling their goals. In the ransom notes, they offer alleged help for the users with the files recovery through their decryption tool.
However, for this they demand a huge ransom fee. Also, there is no guarantee that you will receive the decryption tool once the ransom payment is made. Crooks often pressurize their victims into paying the sum as soon as possible. They create a timer. The users are provided only two days.
After the two days elapsed, the ransom size would increase to its double. The ransom amount is not specified by BlackBit Ransomware authors in any of the two ransom notes provided. The timer would run out after the two hours and the users are often threatened to delete some of their data if they do not establish the contact.
The full text presented info.hta ransom note is provided below:
All your files have been encrypted by BLACKBIT!
29d,23:45:51 LEFT TO LOSE ALL OF YOUR FILES
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC.
If you want to restore them, please send an email [email protected]
You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoin. The price depends on how fast you contact us.
After payment we will send you the decryption tool.
You have to 48 hours(2 Days) To contact or paying us After that, you have to Pay Double.
In case of no answer in 24 hours (1 Day) write to this email [email protected]
Your unique ID is : –
You only have LIMITED time to get back your files!
- If timer runs out and you dont pay us , all of files will be DELETED and you hard disk will be seriously DAMAGED.
- You will lose some of your data on day 2 in the timer.
- You can buy more time for pay. Just email us.
- THIS IS NOT A JOKE! you can wait for the timer to run out ,and watch deletion of your files 🙂
What is our decryption guarantee?
- Before paying you can send us up to 3 test files for free decryption. The total size of files must be less than 2Mb (non archived), and files should not contain valuable information. (databases,backups, large excel sheets, etc.)
- DO NOT pay any money before decrypting the test files.
- DO NOT trust any intermediary. they wont help you and you may be victim of scam. just email us , we help you in any steps.
- DO NOT reply to other emails. ONLY this two emails can help you.
- Do not rename encrypted files.
- Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
- Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price (they add their fee to our) or you can become a victim of a scam.
The BlackBit Ransomware malware also drops a shorter note Restore-My-Files.txt:
!!!All of your files are encrypted!!!
To decrypt them send e-mail to this address: [email protected]
In case of no answer in 24h, send e-mail to this address: [email protected]
You can also contact us via Telegram: @Spystar_Support
All your files will be lost on Thursday, October 20, 2022 9:51:06 AM.
Your SYSTEM ID : –
!!!Deleting “Cpriv.BlackBit” causes permanent data loss.
Although this is very scary, we strongly advise you against contacting the threat actors as they can never be trusted. They want the ransom payment to be paid in Bitcoin (and other form of digital cryptocurrency) because it provides anonymity.
However, this is risky as many of the victims who contacted and paid say that they never received the promised decryption tool. You should think of possible data recovery alternatives instead to recover your files.
Ransomware viruses are distributed through several methods. Most of the time, the users get infected because they install cracked software from torrent pages or p2p file sharing platforms. These pages are not regulated and so the promoted packages could contain any malicious files.
It is best to use only official web stores and developers’ websites for any downloads. It could be costly, but you will be able to save your money in long run by keeping your system running smoothly. Another common channel for malware spreading is spam email.
Crooks use social engineering techniques to design such letters to look urgent and important messages from well known companies. The letters include infectious files or links for such files as attachments. It is recommended to open email attachments from those senders that you know.
Remove BlackBit Ransomware and recover files
Very first, you should try to remove BlackBit Ransomware infection. If you directly jump to the files recovery process, you may lose access to all your personal files for permanently. The virus infection might the damage the source you are using for the files recovery.
Also, if the virus remains with the system, it can launch files encryption the second time. So, malware removal is the task you should perform at first. To do that, we recommend you employ some reputable antivirus tool and run a full system scan using it. The software will do the rest of the job for you.
Next to this, you can attempt to recover your files. For the files recovery, the best option is to use existing backups. However, if you lack of any such backup files, make sure if Shadow Copies exist or take the help of third party data recovery tools – you will find more detailed data recovery guide on the post below.
Want to get rid of BlackBit Ransomware infection? Follow these steps
Identifying the ransomware infection
There are tons of ransomware strains developed over the years and spread all over the world. Crooks are creating new ransomware versions to establish themselves in the illegal business. These viruses use different extensions, ransom notes and other attributes through which you can identify them. However, sometimes, these things overlap and that makes difficult for the users to identify them.
To deal with a ransomware-type infection, your first task would be to identify it. In the process, you should firstly check the file extension. All ransomware viruses are using certain extensions that are appended at the end of the original filenames. But, sometimes, the crooks may replace it with random characters, add marker before the filename or do not visually change the name of the file at all.
So, if your files are appended with .exe, .locked, .encrypted or other broadly-used extensions that are difficult to identity, you would have to identify it by the ransom note. Simply, a .txt file is created and placed on the desktop or other places that can easily be reachable. Other times, a pop-up window is used which is launched soon the encryption process is complete. In the ransom note, the threat actors mention the name of the ransomware.
However, in some cases, the ransom note is very generic and in that case you can use ID Ransomware – a free service to identify the precise malware that you are dealing with. All that you have to do is to upload the ransom note found on the desktop or within the folders where the encrypted files are located and the sample of an encrypted file. You will get the relevant information such as the family of the ransomware belongs to and where or not it is possible to decrypt files.
Isolating the infected system
There are certain ransomware infections that not only infect systems but spread on entire network. Not known whether BlackBit Ransomware has this functionality. Why to take risk? So, soon your system is infected, it is important you should isolate it to prevent re-infection after the removal process is complete. The easiest way of disconnecting the system is simply plug-out the Ethernet cable.
However, this process is not easy in corporate environment. The method below will help you in disconnecting from all the networks, including local and the internet, isolating each of the systems involved:
- In the Windows Search, type in Control Panel and click Ok,
- Go to the Network and Internet,
- Click on Network and Sharing Center,
- Pick Change adapter settings,
- Right-click on your connection and select Disable,
- Finally, confirm with Yes.
Also, disconnect all the cloud storage you are connected to as well as all the external devices such as USB flash sticks, external HDDs and etc. Once the removal process is complete, you can connect your computer to the network and internet, by clicking the Enabled button.
Scan your system using antivirus solution
If you are a victim of BlackBit Ransomware, you should require employing a reputable antivirus tool for its removal. Some ransomware viruses are self-destruct after the encryption process is finished. Even in such cases, however, the malware leaves various data stealing modules or could operate in conjugation with other malicious programs on your system.
SpyHunter can detect and remove all ransomware related files, additional modules, along with other viruses hidden on the system. The tool is really very easy to use and does not require any prior knowledge to succeed in the malware removal process. To help you with, we have included the steps how to use this tool to perform the ransomware removal from the system. Check below:
- Click on the below link to download SpyHunter,
- When the download process is complete, you will see a set up file named SpyHunter-Installer.exe at below your browser window or within the downloads section,
- Double-click on it to open it and to initiate the installation process,
- A User Account Control dialogue box appears at first on the screen, click Yes within to confirm it,
- Choose your language the then and click OK,
- Click Continue to proceed,
- Let the installation process to complete. Once done, click on Finish button to complete the download/ installation process.
Once after the installation, launch the security software and run a full system scan using it. To launch SpyHunter, locate the program’s icon on the desktop or just click on the Start> Program and click on SpyHunter. Go to its Application page, click on Home and click on Start Scan option on the next pop-up window appears.
The software will initiate the scanning process after that and shows errors, vulnerabilities and malware found as a scan result in total five different categories – like Malware, PUPs, Privacy, Vulnerabilities and Whitelisted objects.
To delete those detected threats, you have to register for the program. Here are the guide on registering for the program and removing the detected threat:
- Click on the Register button on the top-right of the program’s window and click on Buy,
- On the purchasing page, enter the customer details and valid email address, choose your plan and proceed to pay,
- After the payment, you will receive email confirmation message with username and password,
- Now, go to the program’s settings, click on the Advanced on the left pane,
- Click on Activate your Account and enter your username and password to activate your plan,
- Now, go to the scanning report page, select the objects you want to remove and click on the Next button to quarantine them,
- Go to the Malware/ PC Scan tab and click on the Quarantine option there to see all quarantine objects,
- To delete any objects, click on them and then click on the Next button. You can restore any objects there just by selecting them and then clicking on Restore.
Recover the BlackBit Ransomware affected data
Not all users have proper data backups prior to being affected by ransomware. Paying ransom to the crooks is very risky – these people often do not provide the decryption tool even after all their demands are met. Data recovery software might be capable in some situations depend on the encryption algorithm used, whether ransomware managed to complete the programmed tasks and etc.
There are thousands of different ransomware strains and it is just difficult to tell you whether third party software will work for you. Therefore, we suggest you trying regardless of which ransomware type attacked your system. However, before you begin, certain things that you should keep in mind while dealing with this situation:
- The encrypted data on system might be permanently damaged by security or data recovery software and thus, you should first make backups of it – use USB flash drive or another storage devices,
- Attempt to recover the files after making sure that you perform a system scan using antivirus software.
Instant files recovery software
Stella Phoenix Windows Data Recovery tool is very popular data recovery tool tested by security researchers and recommended by many individuals all over the world. Here are the steps how to download/ install this tool and recover the BlackBit Ransomware infected files:
- Download the tool from the link below,
- This will download Stellar_WinDataRe….exe file on your system,
- Double-click on this file to open it, accept its licensed agreement and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process,
- Once after the installation, the program automatically executes itself and so just select the files you want to restore and click on the Next button,
- Select Drive to run and execute for the files recovery and click on Scan button,
- Wait for the restoration process to complete. Once done, you can preview those files,
- Select them all to restore and set the location where you want to save.
Shadow Copies; another data recovery alternative
Volume Shadow Copy was introduced by Microsoft with the release of Windows XP service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2013. This allows you to backup or snapshot the current state of the files on a particular volume. These backups are stored on some special type of container called Shadow Copy.
Sometimes, in ransomware infection, this automatically created backup is left untouched and thus it ultimately becomes a file recovery option for the users. Before we move onto the guide how to recover files using the Shadow Copies, one thing that is important to mention here that the BlackBit Ransomware virus might be capable of deleting this Shadow Copy by using certain commands such as:
C:\Windows\Sysnative\vssadmin.exe” Delete Shadows /All /Quiet
Thus, you can’t 100% sure that these will definitely help you in the files recovery. Moving to the instruction part – you can recover the files using shadow copies using two possible ways; using previous versions and through Shadow Explorer Tool. The steps to use previous version to restore the files are provided below:
- Open the folder containing the file you want to recover,
- Right-click on it and go to its properties,
- Go to the previous tab, select the restore point and click on
The second method involves downloading/ installing a specially crafted tool called Shadow Explorer. Download/ install the tool, and launch it on your system. It will show you a list of all drivers and the dates on which the shadow copy was created. Select the drive for the files and folders and the date, navigate to the folders and files you want to restore, right-click on the folder or file and select Export, select the location the then to save all those recovered files and the software saves them on that location.
Create backups to avoid data loss in future
We have mentioned two data recovery options, namely third party data recovery software and Volume Shadow Copy. However, both of them not surely help you in the files recovery and there is always a suspicion. Therefore, you can’t completely rely on these alternatives for the files recovery in anytime in future and must have to take steps to ensure that there would be no much loss during such a case of system infection.
The best if you create backups of all essential files. The most reliable backup option is to use existing backup and keep it unplugged it from the system. These device could be hard drive, flash (thumb) drive, SSD, HDD and others alike. However, there is a limitation in using it that you will have to update it on time to time.
To overcome this problem, you can refer cloud service or remote server, for example Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive and so on. These will all your personal files and data in the cloud. You can access and edit these files from different Windows devices. You can sync them to all computers and mobile devices. Surely, using it require an internet connection.
Manual removal using Safe Mode
We have already mentioned, manual methods are time consuming and less-effective solution. Also, there is a risk of doing mistakes that cause direct damages to the system performance and to the users’ personal as well. However, if you are confident with your IT skill and ready to take the entire risks involved in performing the manual process of ransomware removal, we welcome you with our manual instructions provided below.
Step 1: Access Safe Mode with Networking
Manual malware removal should be performed in Safe Mode environment:
Windows 7/Vista/XP users:
- Restart Windows and when it is active, keep pressing F8 (or F2, F12, Del and etc) till you see Advanced Boot Options window on screen,
- Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list appears.
Windows 10/ 8 users:
- Right-click on Start button and select Settings,
- Scroll down to find Update & Privacy and click on it,
- Choose Recovery in the opened window,
- Scroll down to find Advanced startup,
- Click Restart now,
- Select Troubleshoot,
- Go to the Advanced options,
- Now, select startup settings,
- Click on Restart and select Enable Safe Mode with Networking.
Step 2: Shut down all suspicious processes
Use the Tool Windows Task Manager for the purpose. It can show all the processes running in the background. If malware is running a process, you need to shut it down:
- Open Windows Task Manager using shortcut Ctrl+ Shift+ Esc,
- Click on More details,
- Scroll down to find Background processes and search for anything suspicious over there,
- Right-click and select Open File Location,
- Go back to the process, right-click and pick End Task,
- Then, delete the contents of the malicious folder.
Step 3: Check Program Startup
Now, search for the malicious processes automatically run with startup and disable them:
- Open Task Manager and go to the Startup tab,
- Right-click on the suspicious program and click disable.
Step 4: Removing virus files
Last step in the process is to locate the virus files on different places within the system and remove them. Here are the required steps:
- Open Windows Search, type in Disk Clean up and hit Enter,
- Select the drive, typically the C drive that is likely to contain the malicious files,
- Scroll through the files to Delete list check Temporary Internet Files, Downloads, Recycle Bin, and Temporary Files options,
- Pick Clean up System files,
- The then, open Windows Search again and type in for “%AppData%”, “%LocalAppData%”, “%ProgramData%” and “%WinDir%” and hit Enter – do that one-by-one separately and remove all suspicious files hidden on these folders,
- Reboot the device after that in the normal mode.