Cring is malware created with criminal intentions that takes personal data hostage and applies advanced encryption to it. After doing so, Cring presents a ransom alert on its victims’ screens and informs them that their data will be inaccessible forever if they don’t pay a certain amount of money.
There is a whole group of viruses that operate this way and they all are classified as ransomware. The attack of threats like Cring, .Wbxd and .Coos attempt to blackmail the victims by limiting their access to highly valuable digital information. In general, what the infections of the ransomware type do is encode the data on the compromised computer with a complex algorithm that cannot be read by any software. The victims need a special decryption key that exactly corresponds with the applied encryption code of the locked data and is able to make it readable again. This decryption key is normally generated during the encryption process by the ransomware virus. However, the hackers behind the infection store it on their servers and demand a ransom for it.
The moment the targeted data is encrypted, (a process which normally happens in secret and without visible symptoms) the user is informed through a scary note that they will only be able to access it again after they pay the ransom amount that has been charged and the hackers have sent the matching decryption key. Sadly, it’s really difficult to deal with such malware and its attacks, so the future of the encrypted data is typically unknown even after the ransomware has been removed from the system.
The Cring Ransomware
The Cring ransomware is a threat that specializes in making user data inaccessible through complex file encryption. The Cring ransomware performs the attack in secret but after it is done, it informs its victims that they have to pay a ransom if they ever want to access their encrypted information again.
If the data that has been targeted by Cring is not too critical and losing it isn’t fatal, the impact of the ransomware’s attack would be less serious. However, if you badly need to have access to the files that have been encrypted, you may find yourself in great trouble. The hardest thing to do is to guarantee complete data recovery and, sadly, there are not many methods that can help you. In fact, even the hackers behind the ransomware can’t guarantee that their decryption key will work flawlessly and will reverse the complex code that has been applied to your information. And not to mention that nothing can make the hackers give you that key even if you pay them the money. It is why your best chance to retrieve the data is only through an external complete data backup source.
The Cring file decryption
The Cring file decryption is a simple way to retrieve encrypted files. Nevertheless, decryption of the Cring file will only be carried out if a matching decryption key is retrieved from the hackers behind the infection.
It is not advisable to send money to the hackers behind ransomware threats as you may waste the money and still be left with a bunch of inaccessible files or a non-working decryption key. Therefore, a far wiser approach is to investigate the solutions available from security specialists in ransomware recovery and remove Cring from your device to protect new or recovered data from being encrypted again.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.|
|Distribution Method||From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.|
|Data Recovery Tool||Not Available|
Cring Ransomware Removal
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
- Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name.
Search for the ransomware in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful – you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware.
Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:
Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!
How to Decrypt Cring files
We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!