The .Berosuce Virus in Depth
The fact that your personal files in your computer can’t be opened because their extensions have been changed to ones that are unrecognizable to your system and because an encryption has been placed on them normally means only one thing – you have become the victim of a Ransomware cryptovirus. This is not an uncommon occurrence, especially nowadays – the viruses of the cryptovirus Ransomware category are everywhere and everyone, even experienced and cautious users who have strong antivirus protection in their computers, can get their systems invaded by such an infection. And, once a Ransomware enters the computer and locks-up its files – there aren’t many ways to counteract this. Here, we will try our best to help the ones of you that have had their data sealed by a threat named the Berosuce Virus – this new cryptovirus has been spreading around the web quite rapidly in the recent days and there are already quite a few cases of users that have had their data files encrypted by it. We assume that many of the people who have found this article are ones that currently have Berosuce in their machines. If you are one of those users, you may find the guide we’ve posted below rather useful – it has steps that will help you manually remove the Berosuce infection as well as a reliable tool for automatic removal of such threats. Also, there is a second section to the guide that is specifically focused on methods you may use to recover your files from the Ransomware attack. Of course, you can always opt for the ransom-payment “option” instead. After all, this is what the whole purpose of cryptoviruses like Berosuce, Budak or Godes is – to extort money from their victims by blackmailing them. If your data has gotten locked up by the Berosuce Ransomware, then you more than likely have had a big notification displayed on your screen that tells you what the supposed best way to restore your files is, namely, to pay a certain amount of money to the criminals behind this Ransomware. However, similarly to pretty much all other security specialists, strongly advise against following the hackers’ demands – there are no guarantees you will get the decryption key for the sealed files even in case you do indeed pay the money demanded of you. What’s certain, however, is that if you pay, you will never again get this money back irrespective of whether or not your data gets restored.
Can any .Berosuce file be recovered?
First and foremost, you need to understand that this Ransomware must be removed from your computer and since it likely will not go away on its own, you need to do something about its elimination. As we said, the guide that you will see next has the instructions that can help you with that but you really need to make sure you follow them meticulously because if you don’t you may risk deleting something that you aren’t supposed to. After the virus is gone, you can then safely try to bring your data back via the alternative methods that we’ve offered you since there won’t be any risk of getting any of the recovered files encrypted again.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||A Ransomware would typically make its presence known once it has encrypted your files through a big banner displayed on your screen in which the ransom payment instructions are provided.|
|Distribution Method||Sites with low reputation that illegally spread software, spam letters, clickbait download prompts, Trojan backdoor infections, etc.|
Remove .Berosuce Ransomware
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2: Task Manager
Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to enter the Task Manager. Go to the Tab labeled Processes (Details for Win 8/10). Carefully look through the list of processes that are currently active on you PC.
If any of them seems shady, consumes too much RAM/CPU or has some strange description or no description at all, right-click on it, select Open File Location and delete everything there.
Also, even if you do not delete the files, be sure to stop the process by right-clicking on it and selecting End Process.
3: IP related to Berosuce
Go to c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts. Open the hosts file with notepad.
Find where it says Localhost and take a look below that.
If you see any IP addresses there (below Localhost) send them to us here, in the comments since they might be coming from the Berosuce.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
4: Disable Startup programs
Re-open the Start Menu and type msconfig.
Click on the first search result. In the next window, go to the Startup tab. If you are on Win 10, it will send you to the Startup part of the task manager instead, as in the picture:
If you see any sketchy/shady looking entries in the list with an unknown manufacturer or a manufacturer name that looks suspicious as there could be a link between them and Berosuce , disable those programs and select OK.
5: Registry Editor
Press Windows key + R and in the resulting window type regedit.
Now, press Ctrl + F and type the name of the virus.
Delete everything that gets found. If you are not sure about whether to delete something, do not hesitate to ask us in the comments. Keep in mind that if you delete the wrong thing, you might cause all sorts of issues to your PC.
6: Deleting potentially malicious data – Berosuce
Type each of the following locations in the Windows search box and hit enter to open the locations:
Delete everything you see in Temp linked to the Berosuce Ransomware. About the other folders, sort their contents by date and delete only the most recent entries. As always, if you are not sure about something, write to us in the comment section.
7: Berosuce Decryption
The previous steps were all aimed at removing the Berosuce Ransomware from your PC. However, in order to regain access to your files, you will also need to decrypt them or restore them. For that, we have a separate article with detailed instructions on what you have to do in order to unlock your data. Here is a link to that guide.