Bboo virus is a kind of ransomware that is being distributed by developers through spam emails consisting of infected attachments that brings vulnerabilities to computer systems. Do not just open files that are attached to unfamiliar email messages; it can trigger infections to computer that go around into system to collect important files or information.
Bboo ransomware was designed to function as a threat to computer users. Bboo operates to systems by locating certain data, which are valuable to prospected targets, encrypts it, and locked it using a unique algorithm. Infected files cannot be accessible to Bboo ransomware victims and will still remain restricted unless a ransom fee or payment for the decryption tool is settled.
Distinguishing infected files can be this simple, Bboo ransomware will rename corrupted files which they add extension to current file or document name. For instance, the file name abc.doc will become abc.doc.bboo once infected by the said crypto-virus. Bboo will automatically append the .bboo file extension on every file they detected and successfully corrupted. After the data are encrypted, Bboo operators will display a ransom note to victims that usually contains procedures and instruction how the files can be decrypted and how to contact them. The text file named “_readme.txt.” contains the message of hackers to Bboo ransomware victims stating that $980 should be sent to a certain payment method provided by them or it can be lower to $490 when victims will keep in touch to hackers within 72 hours. Bboo operators can be contacted through provided email address that is reflected on the ransom note. It can be very risky but there are some who chose to undergo what Bboo developers tells them to do just to recover the files. After the payment is settled, Bboo operators will send a decryption tool to access the infected data. This is what written on the note, hence, there is still no guarantee to this solution.
To sum up, important data should be backed up properly to a safe storage, so if in any case, ransomware like Bboo attacks, it can be recovered without negotiating to data locker operators. Bboo ransomware developers are still not to be trusted because we can never know if they will comply with the terms even their conditions are settled.
How to Remove Bboo Ransomware
Ransomware files are placed deeply into the system and on various locations, thus, thorough scanning is vital to totally remove Bboo virus. Aside from our suggested tool, you may also run your own security program.
Though affected files may be impossible to decrypt due to complexity of the encryption, you can still try recovery method like alternative tool, Shadow Explorer or Previous Version as described below.
Stage 1: Scan the Computer with Anti-Malware Tool
1. Download free anti-malware scanner called MalwareBytes Anti-Malware.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Download Link (this will open a new window)
2. After downloading, install the program. It may run automatically or you have to double-click on the downloaded file MB3-Setup-[version].exe.
3. Carry out the installation with default setup process.
4. At the last stage of installation process, click the Finish button. The program should launch momentarily.
5. On Malwarebytes Anti-Malware console, select Scan from the menu to see available Scan Method.
6. Next, click on Threat Scan. This is the most complete scan method that will surely find any hidden malicious objects associated to Bboo ransomware.
7. Finally, click on Start Scan begin checking the computer for malware and similar threats.
8. Once the scan has completed, the tool will display the list of detected threats. Remove all identified malicious items and restart the computer if necessary.
Stage 2: Double-check for Bboo’s leftover with Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal Tool
1. Download the free scanner called Malicious Software Removal Tool.
Malicious Software Removal Tool Download Link (this will open a new window)
2. The tool automatically checks the operating system and suggest appropriate download version. Click on Download button to begin. Save the file to a convenient location, preferably on Desktop.
3. After downloading the file, Windows will prompt that download has completed. Click Run to start scanning for Bboo ransomware. Another option is to browse the location folder and double click on the file to run.
4. The tool will display Welcome screen, click Next. Please note the message “This tool is not a replacement for an antivirus product.” You must understand that this program is made specifically to find and remove malware, viruses, Trojans, and other harmful elements on the computer. It was not designed to protect the computer.
5. Next, you will see Scan Type. Please choose Full Scan to ensure that all Bboo ransom virus entities and other harmful files left on the computer will be found and removed. For advanced computer user, you can opt for Customized Scan, if there are other drives or folders you wanted to include in this scan.
6. Full scan may take a while, please wait for Malicious Software Removal Tool to complete the tasks. However, you may cancel the scan anytime by clicking on the Cancel button.
7. After scanning, the tool will reveal all identified threats. There may be other threats that our first scan fails to detect. Please remove/delete all detected items.
8. When removal procedure is complete, you may now close Malicious Software Removal Tool. We hope that Bboo ransomware have been completely deleted from the computer. Please restart Windows to proceed with the normal operation.
Stage 3 : Unlocking files with Bboo Decryption Tool
Tools that may decrypt files infected by Bboo is not yet available at this time. We will update this section once the tool is on hand. In the meantime, please try the options below.
Option 1: Windows Previous Version Tool
Windows Vista and Windows 7 have a feature called Previous Versions. However, this tool is only usable if restore point was made prior to Bboo ransomware infection. To use this tool and recover files affected by the virus, please follow these steps:
1. Open My Computer or Windows Explorer.
2. Right-click on the affected files or folders. From the drop-down list, please click on Restore previous versions.
3. New window will open display all backup copy of files and folders you wanted to recover. Choose the appropriate file and click on Open, Copy, or Restore. Restoring selected files overwrites the current encrypted files on the computer.
Option 2: Use ShadowExplorer to restore files encrypted by Bboo Ransomware
Just like Previous Version tool, ShadowExplorer is taking advantage of shadow copy created by Windows. This tool allows you to retrieve older version of files before it was encrypted by Bboo ransomware.
1. Download ShadowExplorer from the official web site.
2. Install the program with the default settings.
3. The program should run automatically after installation. If not, double-click on ShadowExplorer icon.
4. You can see the drop-down list on top of the console. Please select proper drive and the most recent point-in-time shadow copies of files you wish to restore prior to Bboo ransomware infection.
5. Right-click on the Drive, Folder, or File you wish to restore and click Export…
6. Lastly, ShadowExplorer will prompt for location where you want to save the copy of recovered files.