What is Waifu ransomware?
Waifu ransomware – is a dangerous virus from Dharma ransomware family, that is able to encrypt all the important files like documents, photos, videos. Cyber criminals “offer” to buy their decryption. The scheme is very typical and common for ransomware viruses. First Waifu infiltrates your system, then starts encrypting procedure with AES encryption algorithm. This ransomware adds .[Darknes@420blaze.it].waifu file extension to the name of all the encrypted data. For example, graphics.doc file turns into graphics.doc.[Darknes@420blaze.it].waifu file. In this article you can learn how to remove Waifu ransomware and decrypt .[Darknes@420blaze.it].waifu files.
Once data on your computer is encrypted, Waifu will display pop-up window and drop FILES ENCRYPTED.txt ransom note. You can find demands and instruction on how to pay the ransom for decryption key in this window and file. This is what pop-up window contains:
All your files have been encrypted!
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC. If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail Darknes@420blaze.it
Write this ID in the title of your message 1E857D00
In case of no answer in 24 hours write us to theese e-mails:Darknes_reserve@qq.com
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 us up to 1 file for free decryption. The total size of files must be less than 1Mb (non archived), and files should not contain valuable information. (databases,backups, large excel sheets, etc.)
How to obtain Bitcoins
The easiest way to buy bitcoins is LocalBitcoins site. You have to register, click ‘Buy bitcoins’, and select the seller by payment method and price.
Also you can find other places to buy Bitcoins and beginners guide here:
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.
This is what FILES ENCRYPTED.txt ransom note contains:
all your data has been locked us
You want to return?
write email Darknes@420blaze.it or Darknes_reserve@qq.com
Waifu is a typical ransomware, its main purpose is to force you to pay these cyber criminals. They want you to pay ransom cost. Once you’ve done payment, they are supposed to send you decryption key. But you should know that cyber criminals are not going to give you a decryption key. Mostly they are just ignoring their victims. That’s why there is no need to contact them, it wouldn’t help. Still, Waifu ransomware does very complicated encryption, but it does not damage, move or delete your files, which means you have chance to restore your personal data.
How to remove Waifu ransomware from your computer and restore files?
You may try to use anti-malware tool to remove Waifu ransomware from your computer. Newly advanced ransomware detection technology is able to run an Waifunt ransomware scan, which is perfect to protect your computer in case of a new ransomware attack.
How to decrypt .[Darknes@420blaze.it].waifu files encrypted by Waifu?
Once you’ve removed virus, you are probably thinking of recovering files from encryption. Let’s take a look at possible ways of decrypting your data.
Decrypt .[Darknes@420blaze.it].waifu files with automated decryption tools
Unfortunately, due to novelty of Waifu ransomware, there are no available automatic decryptors for this virus yet. Still, there is no need to invest in malicious scheme by paying ransom. You are able to recover files manually.
Decrypt .[Darknes@420blaze.it].waifu files manually
You can try to use one of these methods in order to restore your encrypted data manually.
Restore data with Data Recovery
This program can restore the encrypted files. It is able to recover files that have been “permanently” deleted and marked by the operating system as free space.
- Download and Waifull Data Recovery
- Choose drives and folders with your data, then press Scan.
- Select all the files in a folder, then click on Restore button.
- Manage export location.
Restore data with Windows Previous Versions
This feature is working on Windows Vista (not Home version), Windows 7 and later versions. Windows saves copies of files and folders which you can use to restore data on your computer. In order to restore data from Windows Backup, take following steps:
- Open My Computer and search for the folders you want to restore;
- Right-click on the folder and choose Restore previous versions option;
- The option will show you the list of all the previous copies of the folder;
- Select restore date and the option you need: Open, Copy and Restore.
Restore the system with System Restore
You can always try to use System Restore in order to roll back your system to its condition before infection infiltration. All the Windows versions include this option.
- Type restore in the Search tool;
- Click on the result;
- Choose restore point before the infection infiltration;
- Follow the on-screen instructions.
Restore data with Recuva
Recuva is a data recovery program for Windows, developed by Piriform. It may help you to recover your data.
How to protect PC from Waifu?
It’s pretty difficult task to get rid of any ransomware, including Waifu. But you can easily prevent any infection of your PC. HitmanPro.Alert’s CryptoGuard can help you with this problem. It’s one of the best anti-ransomware applications. No matter how sneaky it is, HitmanPro.Alert’s CryptoGuard will stop Waifu infiltration to your system. After detection, this program removes all the related to the ransomware data and prevents your file from being encrypted.