Jope ransomware

Jope ransomware is the infection that asks victims to pay the ransom for promised decryption tool that should recover encrypted files on your computer

Jope ransomware

Jope ransomware

Jope ransomware – cryptovirus that shows ransom demanding message in _readme.txt file that gets placed on the desktop and in various folders on the machine. This is not the only file that malware adds on the machine, but other data is designed to affect the processes, so those files are planted in system folders behind your back. Getting money from victims is the main purpose of the cryptocurrency-extortion based virus like this and since this is a version of Djvu ransomware, you should terminate the threat as soon as possible without even thinking about the payment transfer. Even though previous versions were decryptable, STOPDecrypter is no longer in use. Malware creators changed their coding methods and focused on the more powerful encryption algorithm,[1] so now there are fewer ways to get this data restored.

First of all, there is a huge difference in possible encryption ways because ransomware now relies on online keys and assigns each victim a unique ID that is used for decryption and identification. Unfortunately, it means that researchers need to obtain the whole database of these keys to develop the universal decryption tool. When the ID ends in t1, it mainly indicates that it is an offline key, so many other victims can have the same key. This is how the Emsisoft decryption tool works and can help some of the Jope ransomware virus victims. 

Nevertheless, when your files get encrypted and marked with .jope file extension, you need to clean the machine and terminate this virus as soon as possible. The threat starts with the encryption process and file marking but can affect more crucial parts of the infected machine, so your device starts running slow or crashing due to such alterations. You need to ignore the blackmail message and focus on getting the malware off of the system before you even consider to recover your data that got affected by Jope cryptovirus.

Name Jope ransomware
Family STOP/ Djvu ransomware
File marker .jope is the extension that each encoded file gets at the end of the original name and after the file-type marker
Ransom note _readme.txt file is placed on the machine as soon as the encryption process is done, so the victim can find contact information and get informed about the processes that happen. This file contains victims’ ID and contacts emails, a particular amount of money asked and instructions on further actions
Ransom amount Criminals start the ransom demand at $490, so people are more eager to pay when there is a discount offered. However, after 72 hours this amount doubles to $980. No matter what, paying is not the best option, and we don’t recommend to pay criminals at any point
Contact information [email protected] and [email protected]
Distribution The main method of such malware delivery involving malicious files[2] that can trigger the drop of ransomware payload and damage the machine quickly. Such data can be included in pirated software packages and attached to emails, installed by other malware directly on the computer
Decryption option

Djvu ransomware decryption tool that Emsisoft released can possibly work, but only for those versions that use offline IDs because those keys are universal and get used for many victims at the time. If your ID shown in ransom mote ends in t1 it is possible that you can recover your files this way

Elimination Jope ransomware removal has a few steps, but the most important is the system cleaning with anti-malware tools that can detect parts of the cryptovirus and fully terminate those processes
System repair Before going for any data recovery options your machine need to be repaired fully. Get Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or a similar PC repair program and run it to find and fix any damaged files or system processes. This step ensures that ransomware damage is fixes and all the features of the OS are properly running

Jope ransomware infects the machine and corrupts commonly used files using encryption processes that allow changing the original code of images, videos, audio files, and so on. This is how malware makes users’ files useless, and when data gets marked with .jope extensions the victim can know what happened. Further information gets delivered in the ransom note _readme.txt file. 

Since this is a version of the known malware, there are not many changes made to the Jope ransomware. It is common for Djvu developers that their release slightly different variants, one after the other. So this malware has many features that previous versions like .mado, .opqz, .npsk and many others have:

  • four letter file marker;
  • _readme.txt ransom note;
  • [email protected] and [email protected] as contact emails;
  • ransom note starting with the discount;
  • alterations in system folders;
  • modified hosts file to prevent users from accessing security sites and Av providers;
  • fake Windows update pop-ups to mask background processes;
  • additional payloads of trojans or info-stealers added as the second stage of an attack.

Unfortunately, since August 2019, versions in this malware family cannot get decrypted, so users are left with fewer options after the Jope ransomware attack. Cryptovirus affects documents, images, video, and audio files, so people are not accessing their valuable data and decides to pay the ransom when the following message is displayed:


Don’t worry, 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” or “Junk” folder if you don’t get answer more than 6 hours.

To get this software you need write on our e-mail:
[email protected]

Reserve e-mail address to contact us:
[email protected]

Your personal ID:

However, paying is not the option because these threat actors are focusing on their gains, not your belongings. There are no incidents when malware creators recovered data for victims. Don’t trust these people and do as experts[3] recommend – remove Jope ransomware as soon as possible. the best time for that is once you receive the file on the desktop and are asked to pay for the alleged decryption tool.  Jope ransomware virus
Jope ransomware is the virus that encrypts files and marks affected data with .jope extension, hence the name.

Jope ransomware virus
Jope ransomware is the virus that encrypts files and marks affected data with .jope extension, hence the name.

When Jope ransomware shows you the ransom demand, you can be sure that encryption is done, and your files are locked, in most cases, permanently. The sooner you release the AV tool on this virus the better because after encryption virus goes through your system files and alters data there to stop security tools from running and disables data recovery options, triggers other malware to steal your data and corrupts files like Windows registry entries to ensure the persistence. 

Jope ransomware manages to interfere with various processes of the system, so the user cannot easily detect this malware or restore encrypted files using features that the operating system offers. Unfortunately, when Shadow Volume Copies get deleted or some of the existing programs disabled and corrupted, you need to look for alternate versions. We have some of the tips for your virus termination and data recovery below the article. 

As for proper Jope ransomware removal, there are not many options to choose from because the best method is the anti-malware tools. You can rely on the program that you trust or the tool that already served you before. Make sure to use a few programs of the first choice that haven’t detected this virus. There are a few databases that AV engines use, so your application may use the one that hasn’t been updated with .jope virus.  

Once you find the proper tool, you can terminate Jope ransomware completely by running a full system scan. Unfortunately, such tools are designed to clean malware from the system, not to recover affected files. So this is when you need additional help from software like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego – the system tool or PC repair program. Apps like this can find corrupted files, repair functions of the OS, and repair virus damage.

When you go for these steps and thoroughly clean the computer from any malware traces, you can use your data backups or third-party program for the recovery of encrypted files. It may take time and be difficult, so rely on the Jope ransomware elimination guide and decryption/recovery options listed below.   Jope cryptovirus
Jope ransomware is the cryptovirus that focuses on extortion, so creators can make a profit from all victims.

Jope cryptovirus
Jope ransomware is the cryptovirus that focuses on extortion, so creators can make a profit from all victims.

Malicious files get injected and attached to content that is not suspicious typically

You may receive tons of emails on a daily basis, and at least one of them is spam or at least suspicious because sent from the unfamiliar sender or even company, service that you don’t use or stopped using a long time ago. These are the first red flags that should raise some questions. Then comes grammar mistakes and typos, questionable files attached to notifications.

All these facts should be checked every time before you open any file attached to the email or consider downloading the document because malicious macros get injected on various types of files easily. However, malware payload can travel via other trojans, malware, worms, and pirating sites.

The latter became one of the more used techniques that this ransomware family focuses on. Tips for ransomware payload drop avoidance:

  • stay away from torrent sites;
  • try to choose the reliable source/ sender;
  • check the list of included files;
  • DO NOT rely on game cheats or software cracks;
  • keep your program up-to-date using official providers.

Eliminate all traces of the notorious Jope ransom-demanding virus

When you have issues with Jope ransomware virus, you need to react as quickly as possible, so there is less time for the malware to run additional payloads and processes that can permanently damage your device. However, paying criminals can also lead to permanent data and money loss, so DO NOT consider paying.

You better remove Jope ransomware using professional anti-malware programs instead. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes can help you with this process because these tools are using AV detection engines and can find, indicate, and delete malware of various types, including cryptovirus. 

If you think that Jope ransomware removal is too difficult, think again because anti-malware tools can be found on the internet, in App stores, and come compatible with various devices, even mobile phones. You need to follow steps on the screen and double-check before any step. Then run Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or a system tool and ensure the full repair of programs and files before recovering files with the method of your choice. 

Reimage Intego has a free limited scanner. Reimage Intego offers more through scan when you purchase its full version. When free scanner detects issues, you can fix them using free manual repairs or you can decide to purchase the full version in order to fix them automatically.

This entry was posted on 2020-04-06 at 03:06 and is filed under Ransomware, Viruses.