In this article, you will find more information about a ransomware infection called PicoVirus as well as a step-by-step removal guide on how to get rid of all malicious files created by this threat. You will also find information on how to potentially recover files encrypted by this ransomware.
PicoVirus Ransomware Infection
The PicoVirus ransomware is another cryptovirus that has been detected in the wild. Once activated on a computer system it damages essential settings and leaves the system extremely vulnerable to future malware attacks. In fact, the main goal of this data locker ransomware is to extort a ransom fee from its victims. That’s why it scans the infected system for certain types of files that are likely to store valuable personal information and encodes them with a sophisticated cipher algorithm. Once encrypted the files remain inaccessible. They could be recognized by the extension .picocode that is appended to their names as shown in the picture on the right. To blackmail victims, PicoVirus ransomware drops the file README.txt which contains a ransom message by hackers.
|Malicious Extension||.picocode + several characters like #8523!|
|Short Description||A data locker ransomware that utilizes strong cihper algorithm to encrypt personal files stored on the infected computer. It demands a ransom for a decryption solution.|
|Symptoms||Important files are locked and renamed with a long sequence of extensions which ends with the .BDDY extension. Corrupted files remain unusable until their code is reverted back to original state.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Corrupted Websites, Software Installers|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by PicoVirus ransomware
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss PicoVirus ransomware.|
|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
PicoVirus Ransomware (.picocode Files) – Overview
Typically, ransomware actors spread their malicious software via mass spam email campaigns.
There are several traits that may help you recognize a malicious email and prevent nasty malware like PicoVirus from infecting your system in future. First, pay attention to the email sender. Oftentimes, the email sender poses a representative of a well-known company but the email address itself looks strange and contains some unusual symbols. Second, if there is an attached file, refrain from opening it before you check whether it is secure or dangerous. To ensure that you can open the attached file on your PC without allowing it to infect the system with malware, scan the file with an online virus scanner or with an installed anti-malware software. Third, do not click on presented links until you are sure that they won’t open a corrupted web page in your web default browser.
How does the infection process with PicoVirus begin? The PicoVirus ransomware infection process begins the moment its payload file is executed on a target computer system. Once started on the system, the payload file triggers lots of malicious operations that support the several phases of the ransomware attack.
By executing additionally malicious files in a predefined order so that it can disrupt system security, corrupt essential system settings, and activate its in-built cipher module without being interrupted.
As a way to force its victims into paying a ransom fee to hackers, PicoVirus drops a ransom message file on infected systems. This file is called README.txt and its contents state the following:
Your files are encrypted.
This means you cannot access your files if they are encrypted you can’t watch, edit, use them.
Try something funny and we will delete all your files.
All your files are encrypted with.
256-bit encryption is refers to the length of the decryption key used to encrypt a data stream or file. A hacker or cracker will repy.
After 2 minutes of receiving the payment, the decryption tool will be send to you.
To decrypt your files,
Follow next steps:
1. Send 100 (0.02 BTC) to the Bitcoin wallet or other paying method if requested.
Bitcoin wallet: 17RaYJ7ULTZARS5nsroGUVRc7g2kF18azM
2. Send your MachineID:
Do not waste your time, files can only be decrypted by our decode tool.
If you paid the tool will get send by discord to you.
If you want to prevent being tricked once again by cybercriminals, you should avoid paying them the ransom. There is no guarantee that they can send you back a working decryption solution for .picocode#8523! files. Instead, consider the completion of the removal steps below as they will help you to clean your system from malicious files. In addition, you will be presented with several alternative data recovery solutions.
Remove PicoVirus Ransomware Virus and Attempt to Restore Files
The so-called PicoVirus ransomware is a threat with a highly complex code that disrupts system security in order to encrypt personal files. Hence the infected system could be used in a secure manner again only after the complete removal of all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. That’s why it is recommendable that all steps presented in the ransomware removal guide below should be completed. Beware that the manual ransomware removal is suitable for more experienced computer users. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps navigate to the automatic part of the guide. For the recovery of encrypted .picocode#8523! files you should check the instructions in step four.
3. From the drop menu select “Extensions”.
4. Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
5. Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.