Barrax ransomware belongs to the infamous group of malware based on Hidden Tear Project which was created as an open-source project for educational reasons. However, today anyone with above average computer and coding knowledge might just become a beginner cybercriminal.
This ransomware in its current iteration aims to infect as many users as possible, so it supports both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems and uses the RSA-2048 cipher and AES-256 as well to make valuable files on your computer unreadable.
In this particular case, all infected files get a new extension of «.BarRax» added to them. This malware targets files with the most popular extensions such as: MKV, .MOV, .MP3, .MP4, .MPG .MPEG, .3GP, .7Z, .APK, .AVI, .BMP, .RAR, .RTF, .SCR, .SWF, .SAV, .ZIP, .JAVA, .PY, .ASM, .C, .CPP, .CS, .JS, .PHP, and many others.
Hackers promise to fix your files for the ransom which varies from 0.2 to 1 Bitcoin (equals to 236 USD and up to 1183 USD accordingly). We strongly suggest against paying whatever the sum they charge you with. It is a common practice to treat users with the removal of all infected files unless a decryption key is entered. Same story here. So we recommend having a backup of the most valuable files you store on your computer. We also want to add that there are no guarantees that cyber criminals will actually unblock your computer and restore the data. Plus, you will become a sponsor for next attacks contributing to the development of newer viruses and malicious software like this one. Just go on with our Barrax removal guide below.
But before we give you the solution for the Barrax ransomware threat let’s discuss how it penetrated the perimeter of your computer. Barrax does not have any sophisticated distribution schemes yet and mostly relies on spam emails and Trojans. You should always ignore emails from unknown senders. Sometimes one click on a suspicious link is enough to compromise your computer. Sometimes one click on a suspicious link is enough to compromise your computer. But the best way to protect your computer is to have a trusted anti-malware program installed. It will block all phishing links and suspicious files, plus ward off Barrax-delivering Trojans: Ransom.HiddenTear, Gen:Heur.Ransom.HiddenTears.1, Ransom:MSIL/Ryzerlo.A, Ransom.Ryzerlo.S4.
As for removal of Barrax ransomware, there are two ways to get rid of the dangerous program. You can do it manually if you know where the original malicious file is hidden. But it might take time. Plus, if you don’t know where to look you can accidentally delete wrong files. To avoid this, we recommend using an anti-malware program such as Plumbytes Anti-Malware or SpyHunter. If your computer is infected with Barrax Ransomware, it will be eliminated along with other threats found. Having an additional protection against cyber-attacks is highly recommended because other threats might come your way after previous are eliminated.
Symptoms of Barrax Ransomware infection on your computer can be: computer crashes, unusual homepage or search engine on your browser, unwanted pop-up ads and advertising banners. We recommend to download our automatic removal tool. This removal tool has been tested for Barrax Ransomware threat removal and it is easy to use.
After performing all of the steps above you should have all of your web browsers clean of the BARRAX RANSOMWARE and other suspicious add-ons and extensions. However to complete the removal procedure we strongly advise to scan your computer with antivirus and anti-malware tools like SpyHunter, HitmanPro 32-bit, HitmanPro 64-bit or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Those programs might help to you find registry entries of malware and remove them safely.