Scarab-Horsia Ransomware Description
The Scarab-Horsia Ransomware is a ransomware Trojan that belongs to a family known as Scarab, a group of ransomware Trojans that first started to appear in April 2018. The Scarab-Horsia Ransomware functions like most encryption ransomware Trojans, encrypting victims' files by using a strong encryption algorithm and demanding payment of a ransom in exchange for the decryption key needed to restore the affected files. The Scarab-Horsia Ransomware is delivered to victims through corrupted spam email attachments, which will often utilize inserted macro scripts to download and install the Scarab-Horsia Ransomware onto the victim's computer.
How the Scarab-Horsia Ransomware Attacks a Computer
The Scarab-Horsia Ransomware makes the victim's files inaccessible, changing the victim's desktop background into a simple text message over a black background with the following message:
All your files have been encrypted!
If you want to restore them, write us to firstname.lastname@example.org'
The Scarab-Horsia Ransomware uses the AES encryption to make the victim's files inaccessible. The Scarab-Horsia Ransomware targets a wide variety of the user-generated files, which include the file types:
.3dm, .3g2, .3gp, .7zip, .aaf, .accdb, .aep, .aepx, .aet, .ai, .aif, .as, .as3, .asf, .asp, .asx, .avi, .bmp, .c, .class, .cpp, .cs, .csv, .dat, .db, .dbf, .doc, .docb, .docm, .docx, .dot, .dotm, .dotx, .dwg, .dxf, .efx, .eps, .fla, .flv, .gif, .h, .idml, .iff, .indb, .indd, .indl, .indt, .inx, .jar, .java, .jpeg, .jpg, .js, .m3u, .m3u8, .m4u, .max, .mdb, .mid, .mkv, .mov, .mp3, .mp4, .mpa, .mpeg, .mpg, .msg, .pdb, .pdf, .php, .plb, .pmd, .png, .pot, .potm, .potx, .ppam, .ppj, .pps, .ppsm, .ppsx, .ppt, .pptm, .pptx, .prel, .prproj, .ps, .psd, .py, .ra, .rar, .raw, .rb, .rtf, .sdf, .sdf, .ses, .sldm, .sldx, .sql, .svg, .swf, .tif, .txt, .vcf, .vob, .wav, .wma, .wmv, .wpd, .wps, .xla, .xlam, .xll, .xlm, .xls, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xlt, .xltm, .xltx, .xlw, .xml, .xqx, .xqx, .zip.
The Scarab-Horsia Ransomware marks the files encrypted by its attack by adding the file extension '.email@example.com' to each affected file's name. The Scarab-Horsia Ransomware delivers a ransom note in the form of a text file dropped onto the victim's computer. This file, named 'HOW TO RECOVER ENCRYPTED FILES.txt,' contains the following text:
Your files are now encrypted!
Your personal identifier:
[26 RANDOM CHARACTERS]
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC.
Now you should send us email with your personal identifier.
This email will be as confirmation you are ready to pay for decryption key.
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.
Contact us using this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you don't get a reply or if the email dies, then contact us to email@example.com
Free decryption as guarantee!
Before paying you can send us up to 3 files for free decryption.
The total size of files must be less than 10Mb (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.'
Dealing with the Scarab-Horsia Ransomware
The payment of a ransom to the Scarab-Horsia Ransomware or contacting the people responsible for its attack is never a recommended course of action. Instead, computer users should take steps to ensure that their data is safe from these threats. Having file backups on cloud storage or external mechanisms, combined with a strong security application, is the best protection against threats like the Scarab-Horsia Ransomware.