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I am in the EXACT same boat and my computer was attacked almost at the exact same time it seems as yours. I noticed it as it was happening though and quickly pulled the power plug from the back of the machine. Over 70k of my files now have the .DcRAT file extension. 😕 Strangely, there was not one ransome note left anywhere on my medicine... did you have one left on yours? Perhaps I interrupted the process before it was complete and that's why.

I do have some potentially positive news though! Despite what several of the apparently misinformed and unaware persons above have stated this ransomware can in fact be decrypted. There is basically only one person in the world though (aside from the idiot who attacked our machines of course) who can help us. He's just a nice guy with a special gift who helps people in his spare time. You need to contact him via the bleepingcomputer.com forum and/or visit the ID-Ransomware site and upload one of the encrypted files and it will identify the type of ransomware (DcRAT, which is apparently a variant of Lime ransomware, which is a variant of HiddenTear ransomware.) and it will direct you to this Twitter thread and basically tell you to DM/message Michael and take a number and wait patiently.

Here is the Bleeping Computer site forum topic discussing this particular malware where you can also try to contact Michael/you can see my message to him here as well: Lime-Rat (HiddenTear) Ransomware Support Topic - Page 3 - Ransomware Help & Tech Support

Another potentially but probably not very helpful resource unfortunately is this decryptor tool that Michael already made for HiddenTear ransomware and its spawned variants but I ran this for over 8 hours and it didn't work for me so I'm not sure that it will work for you either but give it a try!

That Dark Crystal DCRat malware thing that someone else above linked to is actually something different than what we are dealing with, though I thought the same thing myself at first. Actually, the source code and sketchy sales site for @$$hole "hackers" to buy the tools that were used to infect our computers are located here and here. I don't think there's any benefit to reaching out to any of the sketchy people at those websites and I don't think that downloading their software is a good idea either and would be pointless anyway because we still wouldn't have the specific encryption key that was generated when whatever terrible person took over our machines.

Hopefully this information is helpful for you. I've been waiting since Friday now for this Michael person to respond and it might be a while before he's able to help it seems unfortunately :-(.

Yes yes, make sure you always have a quality backup system in place, blah blah blah. ✅ Also everyone else above should become a little more educated before they chime in and say things that aren't quite the case here. There is possibly a chance that your files can be decrypted... fingers crossed! 🤞🏻
Welcome to ElevenForum, @richaardvark.

Good information has been given by @glasskuter, @Nobody and @DigitalGoat.

BTW, from everything I have seen so far, DC Rat isn't Ransomware; it's especially complicated malware. Thing is, with this type of malware, it's not going to be easy to fight off, and with the many variables out there, it's not going to be easy to find something that will work.

Bottom line for me: Don't discount anyone trying to help. No one has the final word on how to get rid of this malware. Not you, not I, not anyone!

Lastly, I find it pretty scary to actually depend on someone who is supposed to be the only one who knows how to get rid of DC Rat.

FURTHERMORE! Why hasn't he/she published the information on how to get rid of DC Rat online as far and wide as possible!?! I know that if I could figure it out, my conscience wouldn't leave me alone until I published documentation on how to resolve the problem!

So, I look at only "one" individual being able to handle this malware with skepticism!
 

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@J3trooper I am with the voices that say that your best chance is to seek help at bleepingcomputer.com

+ buy a new computer, work with bleepingcomputer.com from the new computer, don't connect your old computer to the Internet anymore and keep the old computer disconnected from power (not just switched off) whenever possible, and after working on the old computer the best you can, throw the old computer away, don't even donate it. Be very careful that you don't infect your new computer, ask bleepingcomputer.com how to best handle scan results and the like.

The following suggests that you may be having issues beyond the computer (such as having your name connected to activities that you did not do) > report the incident to local law enforcement ASAP

 
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Some of this is like trying to convert an old East German (Pre Fall of Berlin Wall) trabant Car into a modern BMW with GPS, power steering, anti-skid brakes, fuel injection etc etc,.

Unless you are very lucky - or have an inordinate amount of time to spare this just can't be done (currently) by us "mere mortals" -- you might have some colleagues in the security services or those who lurk on darker corners of the web who possibly could help but for most it's unlikely.

I think you'll just have to say to yourself "Lesson learned" - and adopt the philosophy that's used in a commercial for a large British Supermarket -- "When it's Gone ... It's Gone".

If you want to keep the computer it can still be used safely provided you disconnect from Internet and run a program booted from an external USB stick to physically write 'X00' (Hex zero or random hex digits) to every physical area on the HDD -- and if you can precede that with a Low level" firmware" format even better. The physical write must be direct Disk I/O system writes as per microcode-- not under control of an OS like Windows with its own file system and I/O routines.

Once you've done that the HDD is quite safe again.

Not going to repeat the other stuff you've probably heard "ad Nauseam",

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@jimbo45 Is your attempt to make the computer safe again, not like

"trying to convert an old East German (Pre Fall of Berlin Wall) trabant Car into a modern BMW with GPS, power steering, anti-skid brakes, fuel injection etc etc,."
 

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@J3trooper I am with the voices that say that your best chance is to seek help at bleepingcomputer.com

+ buy a new computer, work with bleepingcomputer.com from the new computer, don't connect your old computer to the Internet anymore and keep the old computer disconnected from power (not just switched off) whenever possible, and after working on the old computer the best you can, throw the old computer away, don't even donate it. Be very careful that you don't infect your new computer, ask bleepingcomputer.com how to best handle scan results and the like.

The following suggests that you may be having issues beyond the computer (such as having your name connected to activities that you did not do) > report the incident to local law enforcement ASAP


No need to abandon the computer. The article you linked doesn't even mention reinstalling Windows, although it does mention that removing may not always be enough. Overwriting the entire hdd and reinstalling Windows is what probably need to do.
 

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That's a computer that was (and perhaps still is) under control of an attacker, sufficiently long to encrypt files and thereby hide what else he was doing. I would never trust such a computer again, may be you would, your choice.
 

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I'm just wondering if the malware can affect the BIOS. Hopefully I'm not asking for trouble.
 

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The attacker could (and perhaps still can) do anything with the computer. And the issue may extend beyond the computer into the personal, like sending scam emails under the OP's name and directing the 'results' to the attacker which is now all hidden. Note, that attackers have tool kits like Office 365 for malware (Malware 365) Anyway, I said it all in post #22.
 

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That's a computer that was (and perhaps still is) under control of an attacker, sufficiently long to encrypt files and thereby hide what else he was doing. I would never trust such a computer again, may be you would, your choice.

This malware is not state-level but can be purchased for 500 rubles from certain forums. As mentioned in the link hsehestedt posted earlier. Sure annoying, but nothing you couldn’t get rid of.

I'm just wondering if the malware can affect the BIOS. Hopefully I'm not asking for trouble.

I tried to search for information and could not find any mention that this could modify the bios. In general, BIOS / UEFI (firmware) virus's exist but are very rare.

Microsoft community - Question about bios virus
 

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Apart from cleaning the system disks of malware and making sure removable media/ backup devices are untouched, changing passwords and logins for services used, I would also advise using the router's reset function (if possible), not just turn it off, wait 10 seconds, turn it on, but reset it to factory defaults, then change the admin password again.
I wouldn't put it past some malware to open ports and set rules for itself on any network device, maybe not resident software, but an essentially hidden direct route from an attacker to any currently/ future connected device.
In theory a router with custom admin password should prevent such changes, but for peace of mind a reset might be a good idea.
 

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My computer has been infected with Ransonware. All my files have been encrypted with the file extension *.DcRat
I have reinstalled windows 11 but now need to decrypt my files
Has anyone any experience at decrypting these files?
The site below has some good information regarding malware including Dark Crystal RAT, aka DcRat. It's a good read overall.


Additionally, the article appears to claim they can remove the malware identified as DcRat.
 
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In theory a router with custom admin password should prevent such changes
But 95% of users never change their router password from its manufacturer default which is readily available on the web.
 

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