Cryakl Ransomware Removal July 2017 Update (+File Recovery)

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This page aims to help you remove Cryakl Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any Cryakl file can be recovered.

If you do not keep track of Internet security news, you may not have heard of the new Ransomware threat called Cryakl yet. This is a relatively new file-encrypting virus that draws the attention of virus analysts and the cyber community with its sophisticated nature and tricky infection techniques. What do you need to know about Cryakl if your computer has been attacked by it and how to deal with this malware is what we are going to cover up in the next paragraphs. At the end of this article, you are going to find also a removal guide with some detailed instructions about the elimination of the infection as well as some helpful file-restoration tips. We encourage you to take a look at them and let us know if you find them useful.

Characteristics of Cryakl

Cryakl is a new Ransomware infection that locks all files on the infected computers and wants a ransom in exchange for the recovery of the encrypted information with a decryption key. This behavior of the infection is part of an online blackmail scheme. As soon as Cryakl slips into the computer system, it infiltrates all the information, stored there and silently begins to apply a very complex algorithm that turns the targeted files into unreadable. During this process, the virus may add a file extension which ensures that no program can recognize and open the encrypted files. The purpose of this encryption procedure is to make the victim’s files unusable and to demand a ransom in order to release them. The victims can easily ignore the Ransomware and simply remove it from their system without any harmful effects if they have full file backups. 

However, in most of the cases, the computer users forget to archive their information in a timely manner and store it somewhere on a safe external drive or a cloud, that’s why an attack with a cryptovirus like Cryakl often results in a great data loss for them. After encrypting all files in the targeted system, the virus alters the victims about the encryption by placing a ransom message on the screen or in every folder with encrypted data. The message explains how to restore the files by paying a certain amount of money (usually asked in the form of Bitcoins) for a special decryption key. The victims usually have only a couple of days to make the ransom payment, and if they fail to fulfill the demands, the virus threatens to delete all encrypted files forever. In such cases, the only way to recover the encrypted files is to pay for a decryption key that the cybercriminals usually offer. Most of the security experts, including our team, however, do not recommend doing it. Remember that scammers usually have no interest in communicating with the victim once they have received the ransom because the money is all they want. Instead, we suggest that you remove the infection using anti-malware tools such as the professional Cryakl removal tool or the detailed manual instructions in the removal guide below.

Cryakl Ransomware Removal


 

Step1

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).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. If you want a fast safe solution, we recommend SpyHunter. 

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

malware-start-taskbar

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

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.

Step3

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

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:

hosts_opt (1)

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:

msconfig_opt

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.

Step4

WARNING!
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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce 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:

  1. %AppData%
  2. %LocalAppData%
  3. %ProgramData%
  4. %WinDir%
  5. %Temp%

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!

Step5 

How to Decrypt Cryakl 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!

Spreading the Ransomware infection

Cryakl is related to some massive cyber attacks against online users from different countries as well as different institutions, big organizations, networks, and enterprises. The attackers usually use an exploitation tool to infect computers and to “take hostage” of the victim’s files. In addition, the infection may camouflage like a seemingly harmless ad, a link, a torrent or an installer and get delivered inside the system via Trojan horse or to attack other connected devices.  That’s why the computer users should take all possible precautions to protect themselves from such a nasty Ransomware attack. Although we generally recommend installing anti-malware programs and regularly updating all computer programs, we should point out that backing up the information is probably the only rescue for your encrypted files. Just make copies of your valuable information, transfer it to a portable device, and disconnect it from your computer. If you don’t have backups, there are a few methods, which may not guarantee you 100% success rate, but which you could try in order to recover at least some of your data. We have described them in the file-restoration section that follows.

How to safely remove Cryakl?

For the reasons we mentioned in the previous paragraphs, removing this program is required to happen as soon as possible. Its presence in the computer system is not safe, as it can easily replicate to other computers or portable devices and encrypt their files in case they are plugged into the compromised computer. The safest way to remove Cryakl is to do a complete system check using an anti-malware program. To run it, you must first prepare your computer. Follow the instructions in the removal guide below to completely remove the virus.

SUMMARY:

Name Cryakl
Type Ransomware
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 Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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