This page aims to help you remove the .crypted Virus for free. Our instructions also cover how any .crypted file can be decrypted and recovered.
You’re most likely on this webpage because you have been infected by the .crypted file virus, which is one of the latest forms of ransomware. This considered to be by far the most dangerous of external cyber threats, but our removal guide will help you promptly delete this virus from your system. As for the affected files – we have prepared a solution within the same guide as well, however we cannot promise you that it will be able to recover all of your data. Unfortunately, this is one of the main reasons why ransomware is regarded as so dangerous, but we’ll get into that in a little bit.
What is ransomware?
As the name might suggest, this is malicious software, which is designed to invade a user’s computer by stealth and encrypt certain files that stored in it with a strong algorithm. The encryption process will mainly result in the file extensions being changed, making them unreadable to any program, hence rendering them inaccessible to the user. Once the encryption is complete, the program then places a ransom note on the screen of the victim, informing them of all that’s taken place. In addition to this, the note will also typically include information regarding payment amount and credentials of the hackers in exchange for the decryption key, which is necessary in order to unlock the files. With the rise of the cryptocurrency known as bitcoins, cybercriminals have started demanding the ransom be paid in this exact currency, so it’s very likely that this has been the case with .crypted as well. The reason for this is that bitcoins are notoriously difficult to trace, making the hackers hard to reach for the respective authorities.
How .crypted may have entered your PC
There are several widely used methods hackers use to distribute their malicious extortion tools and the most successful one so far has proven to be the phenomenon of malvertisements. These are adverts of various shapes and sizes (banners, popups, etc.) that have been injected with a malicious script, which is run after being clicked. The adverts might have been specifically designed for the purpose, or they might have actually been real ads for existing products or services that have been infected by criminals. For this very reason it’s paramount that you are always alert around online advertising materials and abstain from clicking on any at all. It’s best to look something you saw in an ad online than follow it directly, because there’s simply no way of knowing whether it’s real or not. This is especially true for ads found on various shady websites with suspicious content.
Speaking of those websites, online download platforms, various obscure file sharing sites and torrent sites are exceptionally loved by hackers and their viruses. It’s more likely that you contract an infection from a website like that or downloaded files from such places than any other online locations. Ransomware like .crypted is often also distributed within program bundles, which are two or more programs (files) packaged together. It’s also likely to download a malicious bundle from a torrent site or similar, so unless you can absolutely trust a certain webpage we advise you to abstain from getting involved with its contents. Another widespread technique is employing the help of another virus – a Trojan. This one might be sent to you as an attachment to a spam email, which might be elaborately disguised as a legit message. Once the infected attachment is opened, it allows the Trojan to automatically download the ransomware onto your machine. None of this will be indicated in any way, which is why you will most probably have no reason to suspect anything is wrong.
In very rare cases users have been lucky and were able to sense an infection was present due to the fact that their machine had slowed down substantially. This can happen if the processor itself isn’t very fast and the amount of files stored on the computer is rather large. Because the encryption process actually requires a lot of the PC’s resources, you might want to check your Task Manager and sort the processes by CPU/RAM used. This way you will be able to see the malware running at the top of the list, if it is indeed present. In this event, you should shut down your computer and contact a specialist to help you remove the issue professionally. Do not attempt to switch the machine back on without a technician there to assist you.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware are by far the worse threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||The encryption process usually runs without any indications, save for rare cases, when the affected computer is severely slowed down.|
|Distribution Method||Malvertisements, infected torrents, program bundles and spam emails.|
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Remove .crypted File Virus
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).
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.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 files infected with .crypted
We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.
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