Foop ransomware is a data-locker virus that uses complex method to encrypt valuable files of its victims and remains inaccessible until a ransom fee is paid. Using a unique algorithm, the only way to recover the files is through a decryption tool provided by Foop developers. Even file restoration programs offered by a number of developers are meaningless in this type of attack.
Primary objective of Foop ransom virus is to encrypt important files such as photos, personal documents, databases, archives, and so on. Once Foop starts to operate on computer, it will spy throughout the system locating files that are vital to users. Consequently, this ransom virus will add .foop extension by renaming the current file names of infected data. Then, Foop ransomware will drop a text file _readme.txt note file, which stands as a ransom message stating the instructions and demands of hackers.
The usual ransom ranging from $490 to $980. Foop developers prefer to use crypto-currency when receiving payments. Victims should comply with the demands of hackers to regain access to the corrupted files. As Foop ransomware developers promised, once the ransom fee is settled, hackers will deliver the decryption tool to use it for restoring the infected files. However, paying the hackers will not assure that victims will bring back their files; there are instances that after settling the fee, hackers did not respond at all. Computer security experts advised that, instead of wasting time negotiating with the cyber criminals, give more time, and focus on removing the ransomware in the system.
Developers of viruses always find a way to distribute their malicious software. Like for Foop ransomware, it is spreading on computers probably because of spam email messages or intrusive advertisements online. Hackers tend to send emails to their prospects. They will attach malware-infected files along with it, which is mostly a ransomware. Clicking and opening the attachments would activate it in the operating system. In addition, there are advertisements designed to associate a malware. Once the ads were clicked, it will start to install unwanted software on the computer and starts to invade the operating system.
How to Remove Foop Ransomware
Ransomware files are placed deeply into the system and on various locations, thus, thorough scanning is vital to totally remove Foop 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 Foop 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 Foop’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 Foop 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 Foop 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 Foop ransomware have been completely deleted from the computer. Please restart Windows to proceed with the normal operation.
Stage 3 : Unlocking files with Foop Decryption Tool
Tools that may decrypt files infected by Foop 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 Foop 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 Foop 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 Foop 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 Foop 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.