How to Remove Project23 Ransomware and Restore .Project23 Encrypted Files

pysa-ransomwareProject23 Ransomware is kind of ransomware infection written in the JavaScript programming language. It is a new kind of PC infection Project23 Ransomware (also known as Project23 File Virus). It is distributed via small malicious email attachments – Project23 Virus claims to be .doc document. Cybercriminals attack PC users using CrptoJS Library and lock files with a powerful AES encryption. Once the virus gets executed, it scans the complete system and encrypts all data with .locked extension, rendering it useless. A !!!README!!![VICTIM’S-UNIQUE-ID].rtf file is then created, which is placed on the desktop. This .rtf includes a ransom-demand note in Russian language stating that files have been encrypted.

In other words, the encrypted data can simply be decrypted with a exclusive decryption key, which is stored in cyber criminals’ servers. However, the hackers offer this decryption key for the casualty in switch for 250 USD. They explain what happened and tell the infected users must have to pay ransom in order to restore them. Nevertheless, you should not pay the ransom, as criminals might deliver you with a useless piece of software, unable of recovering your files. Moreover, Project23 Ransomware download and installs other password–collecting Trojan called Project23, which may result in victims private details (credit card info etc) being stolen. Keep in mind that the only possible way of restoring you data is to remove Project23 Ransomware from your computer immediately.

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How to Uninstall Project23 Ransomware infection from the system

While tools for cracking RSA Cryptography are not available at this time, here are few common measures that have been concluded after research & analysis by our analysts.

STEP A: Reboot your system to Safe Mode

To restart the PC to Safe Mode with Networking, if already switched ON then follow the below steps:

Windows 7/ Vista/ Xp

  1. Click on Windows icon appears in the left corner of the system screen.
  2. Select and click Restart.
  3. When the screen restarts to black, Keep pressing F8 Key until you view the Advanced Boot Options window.
  4. With the assist of arrow keys on keyboard, Select Safe Mode with Networking option from the list and hit Enter Key. The system will then after restart to Safe Mode with Networking.

Safe-Mode-Networking

Once the PC restarts, Hit on the username and type the password (if any) to log on.

Windows 10/Windows 8

  1. Tap and hold the Shift Key and simultaneously click on the Start icon present in the lower left corner of your computer screen.
  2. When the Shift key is still pressed hit on the Power button and then click on Restart.
  3. Choose Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings.
  4. Now the Startup Settings screen comes which is the first screen to appear after restart, choose Enable Safe Mode with Networking. Now, the system will restart to Safe Mode with Networking.
  5. Once the PC restarts in Safe Mode, click on the username and enter the password, if any to log in.

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STEP B: Delete the suspicious apps running in the Configuration Settings

  1. Type “Msconfig” in search box / Run Box, choose it and press Enter.
  2. Choose “Services” Tab and Checkout “Hide all Microsoft services”.
  3. Select Project23 Ransomware from the list of remaining services and disable it by removing the tick mark from the checkbox and click on Apply button.

Windows 7

  1. Click on the next tab – “Startup”.
  2. Find any blank or suspicious entry running or with Project23 Ransomware mentioned and remove the check mark.
  3. Choose Apply button and then after click on OK.System_Configuration_StartUp

Windows 10

  1. Click on the next tab – “Startup”.
  2. Go to ‘Open task Manager‘ link and click on it. It opens the Task Manager window.
  3. Find any blank or suspicious entry running with Project23 Ransomware mentioned and click on it.
  4. Finally, click on Disable button.

STEP C: Restore the Encrypted Data through Windows Previous version

If the system restore was enabled for both, system and user files, then you can recover or restore your personal data via Windows Previous Version, provided the ransomware has not damaged the backup files. To restore your data follow on the instructions provided below –

  1. Open My Computer and search for folder you want to restore.
  2. As quick as you find it, right click on it and click on the restore previous version option from the new window.restore windows previous version
  3. This option will show all the previous copies of the folder.restore windows previous version
  4. Now select restore data and with the options i.e.
  5. Open – Copy – Restore.

STEP D: Restore the System Files & Settings

On Control Panel

  • Click on the ‘Start’ button on the taskbar. It will open the Start menu.
  • Choose ‘Control Panel’ button in the Start menu. It will open the control panel window.Step 2-Windows 7 Control Panel
  • In the Control Panel window, click on the ‘View by:’ button on the top right. Select the Large Icon optionStep 3 - Windows 7 Control Panel
  • In the control Panel window choose ‘Recovery Icon’. It will open a window that will ask ‘Restore the computer to an earlier point in time’.Step 4- Windows 7 Control Panel
  • Click on ‘Open system restore’ button. It will start the ‘system restore ’window here you need to click on the Next Button.
  • Select the restore point that is earlier the intrusion of Project23 Ransomware. Once after that, click Next.Step 6- Windows 7 Control Panel
  • Then, it will open the ‘Confirm your restore point’ dialog box. Click on Finish button. This will restore your system to a earlier restore point before your computer was affected by Project23 Ransomware.Step 7-Windows 7 Control Panel

On Command Prompt

  • Type cmd in the search box and choose command prompt to open the Command Prompt window. box and clicking on it.
  • Once the Command Prompt window opens up, enter cd restore and click Enter. (Ensure that the system32 directory of Windows folder in C Drive)
  • Now type rstrui and press Enter again.
  • When a new window begins up, click Next and select your restore point that is earlier the infiltration of Project23 Ransomware. Once after making that, click Next.Step 4- Windows 7 Command PromptStep 4 b- Windows 7 Command Prompt
  • It will open ‘Confirm your restore point’ dialog box. Hit on Finish button. It will restore your system to a previous restore point before your computer was compromised by Project23 Ransomware.Step 7-Windows 7 Control Panel

type rstrui in the search box

Type ‘Rstrui’ in the search box appear on the task bar. it will open the System restore dialog box.

Continue to follow this above Steps & Methods to restore the System Files and settings.

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How to prevent Project23 Ransomware from affecting your computer

  1. Always Keeping the Operating System Updated- In order to become protected as well as avoid such threats, it is recommended to keep your Operating System always updated by enabling the automatic update on your computer. The PCs with outdated or older versions of Operating System become an easy target for the attackers.
  2. Avoid clicking on spam emails – One of the major techniques used for malware distribution is forwarding spam emails to the user. The system gets infected easily as soon as the user clicks on the mail attachments. These mails appear to be legitimate, so be aware and avoid falling for those tricks.
  3. Keep an eye on third party installations- It is quite necessary that you take due care while installing any third party programs for they are major source of such threats. Such malware programs come bundled with the free stuffs thereby requiring the user to remain cautious.
  4. Regular periodical backup- In order to keep your data and files safe, it is suggested to take regular back up of all your data and files either on an USB or cloud.
  5. Use Anti-Virus Protection- We strongly suggests the use of anti-virus protection or internet security in your Computer such as SpyHunter and Combo Cleaner so that it remains safe.
  6. Enable the Ad Blocker/Popup Blocker in your Browser- Enabling the popup blocker/ad blocker in your chosen browser will assist you to keep protected from annoying adware.

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