FOPA Ransomware. How to decrypt .fopa files?

If you cannot open your images, documents, or files and also see the .fopa extension on them, your computer is definitely infected with Fopa ransomware. It pertains to STOP/Djvu ransomware group

Fopa ransomware ciphers personal documents identified on the victim’s computer with the extension “.fopa” and then creates the ransom note in each folder which contains encrypted files. The instructions are placed on the victim’s PC in the “readme.txt” file. Its activity is pretty much comparable to other examples of the same family: Qbaa, Vyia, Ooif.

What is Fopa Ransomware?

NameFopa Virus
Ransomware family1DJVU/STOP2 ransomware
Extension.fopa
Ransomware note_readme.txt
RansomFrom $490 to $980
Contactmanager@mailtemp.ch, helprestoremanager@airmail.cc
SymptomsThe images, videos, and other documents have the “.fopa” extension and cannot be opened by any programs
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Fopa is file-encrypting ransomware that prevents access to your text files, Excel tables, videos and photos by encrypting them. It marks the encrypted files with the “.fopa” extension. Then Fopa ransomware adds a ransom note (readme.txt) to each folder. In this note, you can see the guidance to pay the ransom ($490-$980 in Bitcoin) to a specified Bitcoin address. The AES-256 or RSA-1028 cipher it utilizes to encrypt the files is not decryptable with modern computers. Even quantum computers that already exist will spend thousands of years to brute force the decryption key.

How dangerous is the Fopa ransomware?

When Fopa ransomware appears on your computer, it will scan your system for images, videos, and important documents. It encrypt] all widespread file formats- .psd, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .pdf, .jpeg, .png, et cetera. When these files are found, the ransomware will cipher them and also change their extension to “.fopa” to make sure that you understand what happened.

After the Fopa ransomware ciphered the data on your PC, it will generate the last “readme.txt” file on the main screen. Besides the ransom payment instructions, the victims also see the emails to contact the crooks – helprestoremanager@airmail.cc and manager@mailtemp.ch.

Here is the money ransom note that the Fopa ransomware shows to its victims:

ATTENTION!

Don't worry, you can return all your files!
All your files like pictures, 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.
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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" or "Junk" 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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Reserve e-mail address to contact us:
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How did the Fopa ransomware get on my computer?

The Fopa ransomware spreads by placing links to download hacked programs or games. They try to keep their eye on all buzz subjects which can be used to spread ransomware. New games introductions, new popular films – Fopa creators make whatever to get their money on that. Some of the most favored techniques these criminals utilize is one-day websites with torrent downloading links. However, pursuing the modern-day news is not the single tactic these criminals use. Options that have already turned into classic, such as email spamming, are also standard for STOP/Djvu ransomware spreading.

Malicious email spam
The example of email spamming that may lead to Fopa ransomware injection

Avoiding this ransomware does not require a lot of effort. Following the regular rules of computer hygiene will noticeably reduce all dangers. Remember that opening all files you receive on e-mail is not a great idea. Even worse case is to enable macros in Microsoft Office documents. But it is much better to avoid the malware attack at the moment when you have just opened the e-mail message. Examining the sender’s address can say a lot about what you can anticipate, as well as when you see the thing like “support@amazon.com”– it is likely a trustworthy email. Meanwhile, stuff that tries to appear like Amazon or FedEx delivery notice, but uses the email address of “amazonspurrot1363@gmail.com”– should make you be on the alarm. Above, you can see the example of such a message.

Outlaw sources of different digital things need some additional description. Going against copyright regulation surely throws you to the possibility of being fined. Nevertheless, using torrent trackers or third-party sites to download “free” programs likewise exposes you to different malware. No one can control anonymous people that start the torrent seeding or publish the hacked program version on the site with pirated software.

Fopa virus removal instructions.

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This guide below shows how to use Trojan Killer Portable3 for Fopa virus detection and removal:

  • STEP 1. Download and install Trojan Killer.

  • STEP 2. Click on "Finish".

  • STEP 3. Wait until necessary updates are downloaded and installed.

  • STEP 4. Select computer scan type.

  • STEP 5. The software will begin scanning your computer.

  • STEP 6. Click on "Cure PC".

Restore the files encrypted by the Fopa ransomware

In most cases, it’s impossible to recover the files encrypted by the Fopa ransomware because the private key needed to unlock the encrypted files is only available through cybercriminals. However, we’ve listed one option you can use to recover your files below.

Warning! Make sure you remove the ransomware from your system first, otherwise, it will repeatedly encrypt your files.

If your files were encrypted with an offline key, there is a chance you can recover them by using Emsisoft Decryptor for the STOP/Djvu decryption tool. Follow the below guide to recover your files using the Emsisoft Decryptor for STOP/Djvu.

  1. You can download Emsisoft Decryptor for STOP Djvu by clicking this link.
  2. When the decryptor has finished downloading, double-click on “decrypt_STOPDjvu.exe” to run this program on your computer.
  3. Click the “Decrypt” button to start the decryption process for Fopa files. The screen will switch to a status view, informing you about your files’ current process and decryption status.
  4. The decryptor will inform you once the decryption process will be finished. If you require the report for your records, you can save it by clicking the “Save log” button.

If the Emsisoft Decryptor can’t decrypt your .fopa files and you do not plan on paying the ransom, it is advised that you make an image of the encrypted drives so that you can decrypt them in the future.

Your computer should now be free of the Fopa ransomware infection. However, suppose your current antivirus allowed this malicious program on your computer. In that case, you might want to consider purchasing the full-featured version of Trojan Killer to protect against these types of threats in the future.

FOPA Ransomware — How To Remove Virus & Decrypt Files?

Name: FOPA Virus

Description: FOPA Virus is a STOP/DJVU family of ransomware-type virus. It encrypts files, video, photos, documents. Encrypted files can be tracked by a specific fopa extension. FOPA ransomware asks victims for a ransom fee about $490 - $980 in Bitcoin.

Offer price: 480

Currency: $

Operating System: Windows

Application Category: Virus

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I am from Ireland. My parents bought me a computer when I was 11, and several months after I have got a virus on this PC. I decided to enter the INSA Centre Val de Loire university after being graduated from the school. This French educational institution was offering a brand-new cybersecurity course. After getting the master's degree in cybersecurity, I've started working as a virus analyst in a little anti-malware vendor.