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‘Diavol’ Ransomware Virus Hacks PC Via Email, And Blackmails You To Pay Money


The Indian government has issued an alert for a harmful virus spreading through email that is locking down people’s computers in exchange for a ransom. 

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To the unaware, such an attack is often referred to as ‘ransomware’. It is essentially malware that takes control of a computer and locks down all of its files and data and blackmails the victims to transfer a particular amount to the ransomers, sometimes in a specific time frame. Failing to do so could result in the deletion of crucial data.

The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has notified new ransomware, dubbed Diavol Virus, has been affecting several computers across the nation. 

How it attacks

According to CERT-In, the ransomware is compiled with Microsoft Visual C/C++ Compiler. The ransomware encrypts files of users by making use of user-mode Asynchronous Procedure Calls (APCs) with an asymmetric encryption algorithm.

The ransomware is being shared via email and also has a OneDrive link with it, where it asks the user to download the ZIP file that consists of an ISO file that consists of another LNK file and a DLL. When opened, it mounts on to a system and the LNK file, which looks like a document file, tempts the user to open it. After it’s opened, the damage is done and the system begins to get infected and multiply. 

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The virus starts by pre-processing on the victim’s computer, registering it with a remote server, locating drives and files to encrypt, while also preventing deletion of shadow copies. Files are then locked up and it changes the desktop wallpaper demanding ransom.

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How to stay safe?

To avoid coming in contact with Diavol Virus, CERT-In recommends keeping their antivirus software — either Windows defender or other third party software — up to date to prevent Diavol from entering the system.

Alternatively, don’t download stuff from unknown sender’s drive or their attachments, to prevent the infected file from getting active. 

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Downloaded and ran a .exe file and got a virus.


I was trying to download airserver with an activation key and got a virus when I ran the file.
Windows started popping the virus and threat protection prompt a bunch of times and a pop up saying that the application cant run was displayed a bunch of times.
After a while my pc was getting slow and some cmd pages started to appear, didnt have time to read because I was scared and I shut down my pc.
Can I use Kaspersky to solve this?
Any tips please

Edited by hamluis, Today, 01:46 PM.

Moved from W10 to Malware Forum – Hamluis.

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