This page aims to help you remove .Crinf File Extension. These .Crinf File Extension removal instructions work for all versions of Windows.
If your computer has been infected by .Crinf File Extension then you have a serious problem. It’s probably that by this time all of your files have acquired a strange file extension with random numbers and letters and are unusable. Your files are encrypted and this is the work of the virus.
These type of viruses are known as Ransomware and they will make your data unusable and blackmail you for the recovery key needed to access it. .Crinf File Extension will display the message about the terms of the ransom and it will try to scare you not to attempt any alternative methods of recovering your things. Don’t believe its lies. Your files will only be damaged if you delete some of the encrypted files, change their names or file extensions. None of the recovery methods included in this article will tamper with these, so rest assured that if everything else fails you can always choose to pay the ransom as a very last resort.
|Name||.Crinf File Extension|
|Danger Level||High. There are very few viruses more severe than a ransomware infection.|
|Symptoms||Personal and sensitive documents are encrypted; a ransom for them is demanded|
|Distribution Method||Most likely a trojan.|
Should you actually pay the ransom?
Paying the ransom may seem like the safest way to recover your data, but it is far from it. Remember that you are dealing with criminals – people who have absolutely no obligation to keep their end of the bargain. In fact these types of viruses are usually handled by an automated software system and should any irregularity or bug occur there will be nobody to assist you. Also remember that any money paid to the hackers behind .Crinf File Extension will go towards the development of new and more advanced Ransomware – which could infect your computer again to milk you for more money! You should only ever considering paying this blackmail money if you have vital information still encrypted on your computer all other other recovery options were exhausted.
How to deal with Ransomware
- Dealing with this Ransomware is generally a two step process – first you need ot remove the ransomware itself and then you have to recover your files.
- Unfortunately the hackers are right about one thing – the only way to decrypt the files is to obtain the key used in the ecryption process. Fortunately this is not the only option available. Instead of trying to decrypt the encrypted files we are going to try to restore the originals instead.
- When .Crinf File Extension began encrypting your files it deleted the originals and left these new encrypted copies in their place. Recovering these deleted files is very similar to what you would do if you wanted to recover a file you accidentally deleted yourself. You will find the detailed instructions in the guide below. Remember that the soon you act and the less files were written on the HDD the better your chances.
.Crinf File Extension Removal/Restoring Encrypted Files
The first thing to do is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking.
For W8 and 8.1:
Click the Start button, then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the pop-up.
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
W10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
Hold the Start Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t type or change it. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Right click on each of the malware processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a malware, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to. There’s a good chance .Crinf File Extension is hiding somewhere in here.
A BIG WARNING HERE! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Doing this can damage your PC significantly if you make a big mistake. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professional .Crinf File Extension remover. Additionally, accounts connected to your credit cards, or important information, may be exposed to the virus.
If you do not remove the virus completely it could leak the information to its creator, so be careful!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a Pop Up window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete/uninstall the registries manually:
- Type regedit in the Windows Search Field. Search for the ransomware (try typing its name) in your registries and delete anything with that name. But be extremely careful – if you delete the wrong thing here, you can damage your system.
- Type %temp% in the Windows Search Field and delete all the files in the folder you are transported to.
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!
Restoring files encrypted with .Crinf File Extension
There is only one known way to remove this virus successfully, barring actually giving in the to the demands of the people who created the virus – reversing your files to a time when they were not infected.
There are two options you have for this:
The first is to do a full system restore. This can take care of the file extension for you completely. To do this just type System Restore in the windows search field and choose a restore point. Click Next until done.
Your second option is a program called Shadow Volume Copies.
Open the Shadow Explorer part of the package and choose the Drive (C or D usually) you want to restore information from. Right click on any file you want to restore and click Export on it.
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