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About .crypt virus

.crypt virus is nasty malicious software which locks files. Generally, ransomware is categorized as a highly harmful infection because of its behavior. As soon as the ransomware launches, it locates specific types of files to encrypt. Files that victims value the most, such as photos and documents, will become targets. A decryption key is needed to unlock the files but only the people are to blame for this malware have it. The good news is that ransomware could be cracked by malware specialists, and a free decryptor might become available. We cannot be sure a decryptor will be developed but that is your best option if you do not have backup. crypt_.png
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You will find a ransom note placed on your operating system after the encryption process is finished. The cyber crooks who developed or are distributing ransomware will offer you a decryption application, explaining that using it is the only way to recover files. You shouldn’t be surprised when told this but paying criminals is not recommended. It isn’t difficult to imagine cyber crooks taking your money while not providing a decryption utility. There are no guarantees they will not do that. Consider investing into backup. Simply erase .crypt virus if you do have backup.

Bogus updates and spam emails were probably used to spread the ransomware. Spam emails and fake updates are one of the most popular methods, which is why we’re certain you got the ransomware via them.

Ransomware distribution ways

We believe that you fell for a false update or opened a file attached to a spam email, and that is how the ransomware managed to get in. Become familiar with how to recognize harmful spam emails, if you got the malware from emails. Always check the email in detail before opening an attachment. In order to make you lower your guard, crooks will use recognizable company names in the email. As an example, the sender could say to be Amazon and that they’re emailing you because of an unusual transaction made by your account. But, these types of emails are not difficult to investigate. Compare the sender’s email address with the ones the company actually uses, and if you see no records of the address used by someone legitimate, best not to engage. If you have any doubts, you also need to scan the attachment with a malware scanner, just to be sure.

Another usual method is false updates. Bogus alerts for updates generally appear when you visit suspicious websites, continually pestering you to install something. It’s also quite frequent for those false update notifications to pop up as ads or banners. Though no person who knows how updates work will ever fall for it as they are quite obviously bogus. Do not download anything from adverts, because you are unnecessarily jeopardizing your device. Bear in mind that if software requires an update, the software will either update by itself or alert you through the program, not via your browser.

How does this malware behave

In case you have not noticed yet, your files have been locked by ransomware. File encrypting probably happened without you noticing, right after you opened an infected file. You’ll be able to quickly differentiate between encrypted files as they’ll have a file extension attached to them. If your files have been locked, you’ll not be able to open them so easily as a powerful encryption algorithm was used. A ransom note will then become visible and it’ll say how you can restore your files. Ransom notes usually follow a certain pattern, threaten with forever lost files and tell you how to restore them by paying the ransom. Giving into the requests isn’t something a lot of people will recommend, even if that is the only way to get files back. Even after you make a payment, it’s not likely that criminals will feel a sense of obligation to help you. If you give into the demands this time, crooks might believe you would be inclined to pay again, thus you could be targeted specifically next time.

Before even considering paying, try to recall if you’ve uploaded some of your files anywhere. In case malware researchers are able to release a free decryption utility in the future, store all of your encrypted files somewhere safe. You will have to to uninstall .crypt virus and the sooner you do it, the better.

Hopefully, this will serve as a lesson on why you have to begin doing frequent backups. You might end up in a similar situation again and risk file loss if you don’t take the time to do backups. Backup prices differ depending in which backup option you opt for, but the purchase is absolutely worth it if you have files you want to keep safe.

Ways to terminate .crypt virus

Truth be told, if you didn’t realize that what you’re dealing with is ransomware, you shouldn’t try manual elimination. If you do not want to damage your device further, download malware removal program. If you can’t run the program, boot your system in Safe Mode and try again. As soon as your computer boots in Safe Mode, allow the malicious software removal program to erase .crypt virus. Keep in mind that malware removal program can’t help you with files, it will only delete ransomware for you.

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Learn how to remove .crypt virus from your computer

Step 1. Remove .crypt virus using Safe Mode with Networking.

a) Step 1. Access Safe Mode with Networking.

For Windows 7/Vista/XP
  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart → OK. win-xp-restart Remove .crypt virus
  2. Press and keep pressing F8 until Advanced Boot Options appears.
  3. Choose Safe Mode with Networking win-xp-safe-mode Remove .crypt virus
For Windows 8/10 users
  1. Press the power button that appears at the Windows login screen. Press and hold Shift. Click Restart. win-10-restart Remove .crypt virus
  2. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings → Restart. win-10-options Remove .crypt virus
  3. Choose Enable Safe Mode with Networking. win-10-boot-menu Remove .crypt virus

b) Step 2. Remove .crypt virus.

You will now need to open your browser and download some kind of anti-malware software. Choose a trustworthy one, install it and have it scan your computer for malicious threats. When the ransomware is found, remove it. If, for some reason, you can't access Safe Mode with Networking, go with another option.

Step 2. Remove .crypt virus using System Restore

a) Step 1. Access Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

For Windows 7/Vista/XP
  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart → OK. win-xp-restart Remove .crypt virus
  2. Press and keep pressing F8 until Advanced Boot Options appears.
  3. Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win-xp-safe-mode Remove .crypt virus
For Windows 8/10 users
  1. Press the power button that appears at the Windows login screen. Press and hold Shift. Click Restart. win-10-restart Remove .crypt virus
  2. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings → Restart. win-10-options Remove .crypt virus
  3. Choose Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win-10-boot-menu Remove .crypt virus

b) Step 2. Restore files and settings.

  1. You will need to type in cd restore in the window that appears. Press Enter.
  2. Type in rstrui.exe and again, press Enter. command-promt-restore Remove .crypt virus
  3. A window will pop-up and you should press Next. Choose a restore point and press Next again. windows-restore-point Remove .crypt virus
  4. Press Yes.
While this should have taken care of the ransomware, you might want to download anti-malware just to be sure no other threats are lurking.  

Step 3. Recover your data

While backup is essential, there is still quite a few users who do not have it. If you are one of them, you can try the below provided methods and you just might be able to recover files.

a) Using Data Recovery Pro to recover encrypted files.

  1. Download Data Recovery Pro, preferably from a trustworthy website.
  2. Scan your device for recoverable files. data-recovery-pro Remove .crypt virus
  3. Recover them.

b) Restore files through Windows Previous Versions

If you had System Restore enabled, you can recover files through Windows Previous Versions.
  1. Find a file you want to recover.
  2. Right-click on it.
  3. Select Properties and then Previous versions. windows-previous-version Remove .crypt virus
  4. Pick the version of the file you want to recover and press Restore.

c) Using Shadow Explorer to recover files

If you are lucky, the ransomware did not delete your shadow copies. They are made by your system automatically for when system crashes.
  1. Go to the official website (shadowexplorer.com) and acquire the Shadow Explorer application.
  2. Set up and open it.
  3. Press on the drop down menu and pick the disk you want. shadow-explorer Remove .crypt virus
  4. If folders are recoverable, they will appear there. Press on the folder and then Export.

* SpyHunter scanner, published on this site, is intended to be used only as a detection tool. More info on SpyHunter. To use the removal functionality, you will need to purchase the full version of SpyHunter. If you wish to uninstall SpyHunter, click here.

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