Boost ransomware Removal Guide

October 24, 2018

What is Boost ransomware

Boost ransomware is a cryptovirus that focuses on file-lockin with the goal of extorting money.

Boost ransomware — a cyber threat developed by crypto extortionists to make users’ files useless and then convince them to pay a ransom. This particular ransomware virus belongs to Dharma ransomware family which has been known since 2016. The intruder already has more than 15 variants and it seems that it is not going to stop. The recent ransomware variant relies on AES encryption method to make victims’ data useless. Additionally, it adds .boost file extension to encoded data to mark these files. To inform its victim about the attack, the virus also drops a ransom note in every folder on the infected computer. Unfortunately, if infected with Dharma-Boost ransomware, your data becomes useless and the only solution you have is to get rid of malware first and then restore your files from a backup or with the help of several methods given below this article.

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Boost ransomware virus comes to your system via spam email attachments infected with its installation file. Mostly, such files are named as “invoice” or “business report”. Once on the system, this virus starts scanning the system and finds out if your data has ever been encrypted or not. After that scan, the encryption process begins by choosing certain files for encryption. Beware that ransomware can affect any data format and make it useless. You can see which data is encrypted by looking at files’ extensions – infected files are marked with ..boost appendix.

When the encryption procedure is finished, Boost ransomware creates a ransom note and, since it is associated with Dharma, it names it like FILES ENCRYPTED.txt file on so. The ransom message is designed to inform the victim about the ransomware attack and instruct on further actions.

Ransom note states the following:

In its ransom note, the virus may suggest that the only option you have, regarding your locked data, is to pay the ransom. However, you need to remove Boost ransomware and then think about data recovery. There is no decryption tool released for this virus yet, so backups, extra copies saved on external drives or cloud services are the best options. Additionally, you can try data recovery software which is suggested down below.

Boost ransomware removal requires tools designed for malware detection and elimination. An anti-malware can work perfectly for this if you choose a reputable developer and the latest program’s version. When your system is cleared from ransomware, you can fix virus damage by using . Finally, start data recovery procedure to recover your encrypted files.

Remember that Boost ransomware is a dangerous threat and can be persistent or even change registry entries on your device to make sure it is launched each time your computer is rebooted. You need to eliminate the cryptovirus, additional programs and fix virus damage before you focus on data recovery.

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Boost ransomware is a cyber threat that was created by cybercriminals. Therefore you shouldn’t pay the ransom.

How does Boost ransomware works

Various spam email campaigns are set to spread malware and ransomware is no exception. Hackers use these emails to distribute direct payload on the devices or spread malware designed to install ransomware on targeted devices. Unfortunately, these emails are disguised as legitimate ones.

Researchers advise cleaning the spam email box more often so you can avoid getting cyber infections. You should look out for emails that contain subject lines with the word “invoice” or “order information”. Also, be sure that you are not opening the document from an email that is sent from the service you do not use or a company you haven’t purchased anything recently.

Using well-known names like Paypal, eBay, Amazon or FedEx to disguise malicious files, can lure more people into opening those documents on their devices. Try to scan any document from an email before you open it on the system and clean the spam email box occasionally so you can avoid getting cyber infections.

How to delete Boost ransomware

Boost ransomware removal gives better results if you use reputable anti-malware tools like , or Anti-MalwareNorton Internet Security. These programs are trustworthy and we can recommend them to you. Automatic virus elimination gives an advantage for you because it removes all additional files and programs during the ransomware termination.

To remove Boost ransomware safely, you need to use tools designed for this so that additional programs can be deleted from the system. If you have no backup to restore your files, try data recovery tips down below. Also, we have a few tips on virus termination too, so follow these steps if you want to clean your system thoroughly.

Stage 1: Delete Browser Extension

First of all, we would recommend that you check your browser extensions and remove any that are linked to Boost ransomware. A lot of adware and other unwanted programs use browser extensions in order to hijacker internet applications.

Remove Boost ransomware Extension from Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address bar, type: chrome://extensions/ and press Enter.
  3. Look for Boost ransomware or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Uninstall Boost ransomware Extension from Firefox

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox.
  2. In the address bar, type: about:addons and press Enter.
  3. From the menu on the left, choose Extensions.
  4. Look for Boost ransomware or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Delete Boost ransomware Extension from Safari

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Select Preferences from the list.
  4. Choose the Extensions tab.
  5. Look for Boost ransomware or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Uninstall’.
  6. Additionally, open Safari Settings again and choose Downloads.
  7. If Boost ransomware.safariextz appears on the list, select it and press ‘Clear’.

Remove Boost ransomware Add-ons from Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the menu at the top, select Tools and then press Manage add-ons.
  3. Look for Boost ransomware or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.
  4. Reopen Internet Explorer.In the unlikely scenario that Boost ransomware is still on your browser, follow the additional instructions below.
  5. Press Windows Key + R, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter
  6. The Program and Features window will open where you should be able to find the Boost ransomware program.
  7. Select Boost ransomware or any other recently installed unwanted entry and press ‘Uninstall/Change’.

Alternative method to clear the browser from Boost ransomware

There may be cases when adware or PUPs cannot be removed by simply deleting extensions or codes. In those situations, it is necessary to reset the browser to default configuration. In you notice that even after getting rid of weird extensions the infection is still present, follow the below instructions.

Use Chrome Clean Up Tool to Delete Boost ransomware

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address box, type: chrome://settings/ and press Enter.
  3. Expand Advanced settings, which you can find by scrolling down.
  4. Scroll down until you see Reset and Cleanup.
  5. Press on Clean up computer. Then press Find.

This Google Chrome feature is supposed to clear the computer of any harmful software. If it does not detect Boost ransomware, go back to the Clean up computer and reset settings.

Download Removal Toolto remove Boost ransomware

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

If you still find Boost ransomware in your Mozilla Firefox browser, you should be able to get rid of it by restoring your Firefox settings to default. While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox
  2. Into the address box, type: about:support and press Enter.
  3. You will be redirected to a Troubleshooting Information page.
  4. From the menu on the right side, select Refresh Firefox.
  5. Confirm your choice by clicking Refresh Firefox in the new window.
  6. Your browser will close automatically in order to successfully restore the settings.
  7. Press Finish.

Reset Safari Browser to Normal Settings

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Press Reset Safari.
  4. A new window will appear. Select the boxes of what you want to reset or use the screenshot below to guide you. Once you have selected everything, press ‘Reset’.
  5. Restart Safari.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the top menu, press on Tools and then Internet Options.
  3. In the new window that opens, choose the Advanced tab.
  4. At the bottom of the window, below Reset Internet settings, there will be a ‘Reset’ button. Press that.

While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

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