This page aims to help you with the Crypto Virus 2015 removal. If you are looking with a Crypto Virus removal tool, we can help you with that as well.
The bad news first – Crypto Virus 2015 is of the type of malware known as Ransomware. If you are looking for information about this virus then it is very probably that you are one of the many affected users currently looking for solution to their problem. Said problem is of course that most of your files have inexplicably been seemingly replaced with the same ones but with a curious addition – unfamiliar extension after their name. Also a file/message informing you what has happened and what you should do can be easily found on your desktop.
|Name||CryptoLocker or CryptoWall (it can be either of these two variants)|
|Danger Level||High. This is a real nasty business. It doesn’t get much worse than that.|
|Symptoms||Your files have been encrypted.|
|Distribution Method||Look for a Trojan after you have dealt with the Ransomware.|
The unpleasant reality you have found yourselves in if you are to trust the explanatory message – your files have been encrypted with an encryption key and if you want to get them back you should pay a certain amount of money. In other words you would be paying a ransom for your files, thus the name – Ransomware, quickly establish itself as the most feared and obnoxious type of computer virus currently plaguing internet users. Generally anyone trying to perform a Crypto Virus removal finds that it’s very difficult and time consuming to do. That is the primary reason people employ a remover as it saves a lot of time and has a low degree of chance that something could go wrong.
We started with the bad news, now it is time for the kinda good news. You don’t necessarily need to cough up the demanded ransom and pay up for your files. There are other things you can try – like employing a Crypto Virus removal tool and we will get to that in a minute, but first let’s see review what exactly you will be dealing with.
Types of Ransomware applications
Generally there are two major types of ransom malware.
- “Pretend encryption” Ransomware. This is basically a scare tactic. The user’s files have not been really encrypted. But your screen has been locked away with some very unflattering pictures, either pornographic or in some other way NSFW. The end game here is the same – you are supposed to either send a text message to some number with premium rate taxing or money to some online account. If you remain calm and not lose your wits completely during the critical period of initial shock and disbelief then you have every chance to get rid of these without too many problems.
- “For real encryption” Ransomware. Unfortunately you are facing a virus from this category. Your files have been really encrypted and the only way for you to get them back is to either hope that the online community finds a way to break the encryption or pay the ransom and hope the creators of the virus keep their end of the bargain and send you the decryption key. Pretty bleak for a hope, we know. But don’t jump the gun just yet. While the files themselves are pretty hard to recover, you can still deal with the virus itself, and if you insecure about doing it manually, you can always employ a Crypto Virus removal tool.
If I don’t pay, what are my options?
It is our conviction and recommendation that you don’t pay the ransom. First you have no guarantees whatsoever that the cyber criminals will really send you a key once you send them money, it is completely possible that you may receive a demand for additional funds to be transferred instead.
Secondly, fundamentally you should not support this criminal industry by paying up the money. Every single dollar paid in Ransom just gives additional incentive to these guys and others just like them to continue tormenting unsuspecting users.
It is important to note that our methods may or may not work, in fact it largely depends how much time has passed since the encryption. What we can promise you is by implementing our solutions you will in no way be harming your files, no matter what the ransom demanding guys might have let you believe. What we are describing will in no way endanger your information. Additionally you can always download a professional Crypto Virus removal tool from one of the ads.
Crypto Virus 2015 Removal
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is just the first preparation.
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The first mandatory thing is to allow you to see Hidden Files and Folders. Each version of Windows does this slightly differently.
- I repeat – it’s extremely important you do this. Crypto Virus 2015 may have hidden some of its files and you need to see them to delete them.
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 Crypto Virus 2015 is hiding somewhere in here.
IMPORTANT NOTICE! DO NOT SKIP BEFORE READING FIRST!
You have reach a pivotal stage in the removal process. If you are to stop now you would not have successfully and fully removed Crypto Virus 2015. On the other hand it is equally as important to keep in mind that you will be asked to perform trickier and harder operations than anything you had to do up until this point. You will have to alter important system files, so it is advisable to continue only if you are experienced in manual malware removal or if you are absolutely sure you can handle the instructions to the letter. Any failure to do so might lead to very significant and in some cases possibly irreparable damage dealt to your device.
If you don’t fancy taking such risks then it is our emphatic suggestion you consider an alternative – download and install a professional software to deal with this problem and any future ones.
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!
How to Decrypt files infected with Crypto Virus 2015
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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