Rastakhiz Ransomware

What is Rastakhiz Ransomware?

Rastakhiz Ransomware is an underdeveloped infection that might make big waves sometime in the future. Even though some features of this infection do not work properly (at least not in the sample that we worked with), the application can still cripple your system by encrypting your files, so it should be taken seriously. If you have been infected with this program, please remove Rastakhiz Ransomware immediately. It may not be that easy to restore your files because there is no public decryption tool at the moment, but computer security experts maintain that there are ways to get some of your files back.

Where does Rastakhiz Ransomware come from?

According to our data, this malicious infection is related to the Hidden Tear ransomware program. Hidden Tear is an open-source ransomware, and its code is available out in the open for those who want to use it. Therefore, there are a lot of ransomware infections out there that are based on Hidden Tear’s code. That code is often customized and changed to the point one would not be able to tell those programs are related. Needless to say, each program also has a unique encryption key, which makes file decryption a very complicated issue.

As mentioned, Rastakhiz Ransomware is still in development, so it may grow into a program that employs a lot of different distribution methods. Right now, it is very likely that it gets distributed directly through hacked remote desktop connection servers. Also, it might be embedded in various file-sharing websites that are often full of pop-ups. It basically means that you always need to check your connection (if you use the Remote Desktop Protocol), and you should stay away from file-sharing sites you are not familiar with.

Finally, there is also a chance that this program may come in spam email attachments. So you should also be careful about the messages you receive and the files you open.

What does Rastakhiz Ransomware do?

This program is your usual ransomware infection that is there to lock up your files and then demand that ou pay ransom for it. However, since Rastakhiz Ransomware is still under development, some of the features that are essential to ransomware do not work properly. For instance, after encryption, ransomware programs are bound to display a ransom note that would direct user to a website or an email address related that would help you contact these criminals.

Does Rastakhiz Ransomware have a ransom note in its setup? Yes, it most certainly does. Does it display it? No, it does not. It fails to create the ransom note after the encryption, but the information about the note can be found in the program’s code. Our researchers have found that the name of the ransom note should be #R3@D_M3#.txt. So it should be a text file that this program drops on your computer (most probably on your Desktop). The note should also come with a Bitcoin wallet address and an email address that users should use to contact its owners.

So it is clear that it is impossible to get the decryption key when the program does not give you means to. It is rather frustrating, considering that Rastakhiz Ransomware will encrypt most of the user files in the %USERPROFILE% directory. The encryption algorithm does not touch subfolders in the directory, but the most common folders such as Desktop, Downloads, Documents, Music, and so on will be affected by the encryption.

Such threats are the reason computer security experts always maintain the importance of system backup. It is important that you back up most of your files in an external drive or on some virtual storage. It might not seem much, but it is an insurance that does not cost anything.

How do I remove Rastakhiz Ransomware?

This program does not create any point of execution, so it is not that hard to remove it. It also drops a copy of itself in your system, and we know exactly where to look for it. When you remove Rastakhiz Ransomware from your PC, you should get yourself a powerful security application that will protect your system from various intruders. But do not forget that your web browsing habits are just as important in ensuring your system’s safety.

Manual Rastakhiz Ransomware Removal

  1. Press Win+R and type %HOMEDRIVE%.
  2. Click OK and open the directory.
  3. Locate and remove the rastakhiz folder.
  4. Use SpyHunter to scan your PC. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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Stop these Rastakhiz Ransomware Processes:

rastakh1z.exe

Remove these Rastakhiz Ransomware Files:

rastakh1z.exe
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