Remove Inchin Ransomware Virus

By | Posted on January 12, 2020 |

Computer files that becomes unusable and bears the .inchin extension is certainly infected with Scarab or Danger ransomware. For this particular infection, security experts dubbed it as Inchin ransomware and the name was obviously derived from the appended file extension.

Inchin virus normally spreads on spam email messages, malicious websites, and file-sharing networks. These three operational deployment schemes are leading the way for Inchin to reach random online computers. In particular, attackers are employing a mass-mailing campaign to spread Inchin ransomware as it is attached to email messages purporting to be from a prominent organization.

Once user opens the attached data, Inchin instantly executes and drops several files on the computer. The encryption process initiates immediately making majority of user’s files inaccessible. Aside from corrupting the file structure, this virus also adds .inchin extension as its distinguishing mark to all infected files.

To warn victims about the attack in progress, Inchin generates a ransom note file RECOVER.TXT which contains explanation and instructions to decrypt infected files. Here is an excerpt from the ransom note:

All your files are encrypted, and currently unavailable. You can check it: all files on your computer have extension .inchin. Everything is possible to recover (decrypt), but you need to follow our instructions. Otherwise, you can never return your data. Write to our email Inchinaiturtle@protonmail.com.
It’s just a business. We absolutely do not care about you and your deals, except getting benefits. If we do not do our work and liabilities – nobody will cooperate with us. It is not our interests.
For proof – send any file up to 5 megabytes and we will decrypt it.
If you will not cooperate with our service – for us, it does not matter. But you will lose your time and data, because we have the private key. In practice – time is much valuable than money.

Inchin Ransomware Virus

Paying the ransom money will never be the solution to stop these fraudulent acts by cyber criminals. Instead, they will persist on this type of wrongful profit generating interest as long as they keep on receiving payments from victims. What malware researchers suggests is to back up all files encrypted by Inchin and wait for the decryption software that they may provide in the coming days.

How to Remove Inchin Ransomware

Ransomware files are placed deeply into the system and on various locations, thus, thorough scanning is vital to totally remove Inchin 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 Inchin ransomware.

7. Finally, click on Start Scan begin checking the computer for malware and similar threats.

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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 Inchin’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)

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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 Inchin ransomware. Another option is to browse the location folder and double click on the file to run.

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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.

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5. Next, you will see Scan Type. Please choose Full Scan to ensure that all Inchin 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.

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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.

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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 Inchin ransomware have been completely deleted from the computer. Please restart Windows to proceed with the normal operation.

Stage 3 : Unlocking files with Inchin Decryption Tool

Tools that may decrypt files infected by Inchin 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 Inchin 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 Inchin 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 Inchin 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 Inchin ransomware infection.

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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.

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