STOP Ransomware Recovery

STOP Ransomware has become one of the most common types of malware to affect Windows. First identified in December 2017, STOP has seen many new versions since. If you are affected, your files will be encrypted and your backups will be rendered unusable if accessible at the time of encryption.

Please review the  information on this page regarding STOP Ransomware, its effects, statistics, and recovery. Make sure to contact our support team to get help with recovery.

STOP Ransomware

How do I know if STOP Ransomware has infected my system?

Ransomware can enter computers in many ways, such as clicking a link in an email or website, or through a malicious program. STOP Ransomware is most prevalent in serial key generators and cracks made for commercial software, which are mainly offered through torrent portals.

Once affected, it will begin encrypting your files and renaming them or changing their extensions to “.stop” or something similar. After the encryption process is complete, it will deliver a ransom note to you demanding payment, in exchange for decrypting your files.

  • There are other signs that will indicate that you are infected by the STOP Ransomware:

  • Your desktop wallpaper may disappear

  • CPU utilization will be high or at 100%, even though you are not using your computer

  • Hard disk utilization can also be high, even when no files are being accessed

  • The overall performance of your computer will be reduced

  • Your virus protection application may be disabled or may not start

What should I do when my data has been encrypted by STOP Ransomware?

The first step is to stop the infection from spreading. Immediately shut down all computers and servers, even if they are not affected. Disconnect any external or backup storage resources and cloud storage services. For more details please visit the Ransomware Information site.

Do not pay the ransom as there is no guarantee that your files will be restored. Leave the removal of the ransomware and recovery of your files to experts, as anything you do could lead to further data loss.

At BeforeCrypt, we are serious about data recovery and have specialized in ransomware recovery. If you are infected by the STOP Ransomware, we can recover all your data in most cases.

Keep calm! Contact us, and we can help you!

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The initial ransom for STOP has been somewhere between $300 – $600, with the amount doubling after 72 hours. In addition, exchange fees may also apply. Bitcoin is one of the most common methods for demanding ransom and charges 10% on quick-buy methods such as PayPal or credit cards.

However, this amount has varied largely due to the STOP ransomware being operated by many individuals and groups.

Like many types of ransomware, STOP uses email as the main mode of communication. This can cause the downtime to be comparatively higher due to delays in response from the attackers.

Depending on the types of systems that are affected, damages can go beyond the loss of business and cause harm to your reputation as well. This is especially true in cases where IT-Systems are affected.

Your first response to even the slightest hint of such an attack should be to contact the experts. They can help you to get your systems online again, and recover as much of your data as possible.

The track-record of STOP Ransomware attackers has not been good in terms of providing working decryption keys. This is mainly due to many individuals and groups initiating these attacks, and each of them operating in different ways.

Many scammers will attack users without having working decryption keys, and will not respond after the ransom is paid. So your chances of getting a working decryption key depend on the individual that attacks you, and we don’t recommend that you depend on them to recover your data.

The STOP Ransomware affects computers through many methods such as emails and phishing links. However, the most common method has been through cracks and key-generators available through torrent sites.

NameSTOP Virus / STOP Ransomware
Danger levelVery High. Advanced Ransomware which makes system changes and encrypts files
Release dateDecember, 2017
OS affectedMicrosoft Windows
Appended file extensions.coharos, .shariz, .gero, .hese, .xoza, .seto, .peta, .moka, .meds, .kvag, .domn, .karl, .nesa, .boot, .noos, .kuub, .reco, .bora, .leto, .nols, .werd, .coot, .derp, .nakw, .meka, .toec, .mosk, .lokf, .peet, .grod, .mbed, .kodg, .zobm .rote, .hets, .msop, .zobm, .rote, .kodg, .mbed, .grod, .peet, .lokf, .mosk, .toec, .nakw, .derp, .stop, .coot, .SUSPENDED, .WAITING, .DATASTOP, .PAUSA
Ransom note_openme.txt, _open_.txt, !!! YourDataRestore !!! txt, !!RestoreProcess!!!.txt, !!!!RESTORE_FILES!!!.txt,
!!SAVE_FILES_INFO!!!.txt, !readme.txt
Contact email address[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]


STOP Ransomware Note #1: Text File

STOP Ransomnote-txt

This is an average STOP ransomnote.


Don’t worry my friend, you can return all your files!
All your files like photos, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
What guarantees you have?
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information.
You can get and look video overview decrypt tool:
Price of private key and decrypt software is $980.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that’s price for you is $490.
Please note that you’ll never restore your data without payment.
Check your e-mail “Spam” folder if you don’t get answer more than 6 hours.

To get this software you need write on our e-mail:
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A ransom note will usually be placed with filenames similar to _openme.txt or _readme.txt. Similar files will also be placed in every folder where files are encrypted. These files provide all the information required to make the payment and contact the attackers. It is usually safe to open these files as long as the extension is “.txt”.

STOP Ransomware: Modified Filename Extensions

STOP ransomware filenames

STOP ransomware file names just show a different file extension. Unlike other ransomware variants, STOP don’t includes an attacker email address or a unique ID in the filename. The latest file extensions used are .coharos, .shariz, .gero, .hese, .xoza, .seto, .peta, .moka, .meds, .kvag, .domn, .karl, .nesa, .boot, .noos, .kuub, .reco, .bora, .leto, .nols, .werd, .coot, .derp, .nakw, .meka, .toec, .mosk, .lokf, .peet, .grod, .mbed or .kodg, .zobm or .rote




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This is a demonstration of the official STOP decryptor software.


Die STOP Ransomware ist am weitesten verbreitet in Lizenzcode-Generatoren für kommerzielle Software. Diese sind am häufigsten auf Torrent-Websites zu finden.

STOP ransomware encrypts files with a combination of AES-256 and RSA-1024 bit algorithms. This is a common encryption method used by the most notorious ransomware gangs, and is the same for the STOP ransomware.

The most common attack vector for STOP ransomware is through malicious programs used to crack commercial software and generate illegal serial keys. These are most prevalent on Torrent sites. We strongly recommend to never download any software, movies, music or files from torrent websites. These sites offer pirated and cracked software which mostly come with hidden ransomware that encrypt your entire data.

You can easily avoid falling into this trap by not downloading from these websites. Imagine the pain, frustration and the financial loss of decrypting your data? What if you can just simply bought the program from a legitimate site and avoided all that extra frustration and loss of funds?

In a nutshell, don’t download anything from torrent-loaded websites. Never click on any suspicious-looking email. Nobody is desperate to award you the much-awaiting US passport. You never took part in any lottery nor you are the winner of one.

STOP ransomware creates multiple Windows registry entries, creates hidden executable files and sometimes opens a backdoor in firewalls for further access. There are multiple steps necessary, including cleaning up the Windows registry, scanning for malware and the manual cleanup of the STOP ransomware. Depending on the system environment, it is sometimes safer and faster to reinstall the operating system. 

  1. We can reduce your downtime from ransomware significantly. We’re dealing with over a hundred cases every year. We know what to do, to keep the downtime for your company to an absolute minimum. You can benefit from our expert knowledge and don’t need to do time-intensive researches by yourself.

  2. Don’t deal with criminals directly. Most companies don’t feel comfortable dealing with cyber-criminals. It can add a layer of stress in this company-wide emergency. We handle the whole communication with the criminals for you, providing all the necessary information upfront, to restore your data as fast as possible.

  3. Instant Ransomware Payment. We don’t recommend that you pay the ransom. But sometimes there’s no other way if backups and normal recovery methods fail. If you try to buy Bitcoins yourself, you run through an intensive Know-your-customer process, which usually takes2-6 days, if you try to buy higher amounts of Bitcoins. For this case, we always have Bitcoins in stock and can do an instant-payment for you.

  4. We don’t damage your data. In every case, we use best-practice methods to back-up your encrypted data first, remove the Ransomware trojan and then restore your data with normal recovery methods or decrypt the data with the official software. This standardized process ensures that your data won’t get damaged and that the ransomware no longer spreads on your network.

  5. Easy Insurance Reporting: You receive a detailed report and a sample letter, to easily submit this case to your cyber-insurance. Cyber-insurance usually covers a huge part of the costs involved with ransomware incidents.
  1. Backup, Backup, Backup! In most cases, a fresh and secure backup of data can prevent ransomware attack from succeeding. For this reason, many attackers put in a lot of effort to find and encrypt backups. The best backup will be air-gapped, meaning physically disconnected from your main network. It is also important to have a regular backup schedule with robust security procedures

  2. Install a Next-Gen Antivirus. Next generation anti-virus software combines a classic signature-based antivirus with powerful exploit protection, ransomware protection and endpoint detection and response (EDR). Mcafee, Fireeye, and Sentinel One are all examples of antivirus software with these features. 

  3. Install a Next-Gen Firewall. A Next-Gen-Firewall is also called Unified threat management (UTM) firewall. It adds a layer of security at every entry and exit point of your company data communication. It combines classic network security with intrusion detection, intrusion prevention, gateway antivirus, email filtering and many other features. 

If you can afford it, having staff or hiring a dedicated service to monitor network traffic can also help to detect unusual activity and prevent ransomware attacks. Ransomware attackers usually do a lot of surveillance on a network before attempting a hack. This “reconnaissance” phase has certain tell-tale signs. If you can catch these early, it’s possible to detect the attacker early and deny them access to the network. 

If you get hit by ransomware, a professional ransomware response service can help to identify and patch security gaps. 

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