Cryptoboss Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery)

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

Ransowmare programs are easily among the most devastating malware categories out there to date. We’ve dedicated this article and the removal guide that follows after it to one of the latest ransomware variants to plague internet users – Cryptoboss Ransomware. Cryptoboss Ransomware belongs to the file encrypting type of ransomware, meaning once it infiltrates its victim’s PC, it places a strong encryption algorithm on certain data on that machine, making it impossible for the user to access. Once that’s out of the way, the ransomware virus will then typically place a ransom note on the computer’s screen, informing the user of the malicious process that has taken place and also of the way they can regain access to their blocked. Most often this will consist of ransom demands for a given amount of money and will also include a deadline to intimidate users into paying as soon as possible for fear they may forever lose their files. Before you venture into submitting to the ransom demands, please read through the following lines and find out why that may not be your best option.

How malware like Cryptoboss Ransomware operates and what your options are

First of all, we think it’s important to explain how most file-encrypting ransomware works. Usually, they get distributed via various social engineering tactics and once the user unknowingly triggers an automatic download process of the ransomware, they will have no idea of what is happening. This is one of the keys to ransomware’s insane success rate – most of the time they exhibit no symptoms and can perform their evil actions without being interrupted by anything. The worst part is that even if you have an antivirus program on your PC, it might not detect the ransomware either. That is because the process of encryption is not an inherently malicious one. In fact, it’s actually used as a data protection method, so antivirus software will typically let it pass as something completely legitimate. There are, of course, rare instances when users were able to intercept the process by realizing that something terribly wrong may be underway. A severe PC slowdown for no apparent reason, as well as RAM and CPU spikes in your Task Manager can sometimes signalize the presence of ransomware, at which point you should immediately shut down your computer and seek a professional for help.

Now, since you are probably on this page not out of curiosity, but because you have been affected by Cryptoboss Ransomware, you must be more concerned with how to deal with the consequences of the infection. We already pointed out that submitting to the ransom demands of the hackers is not the best idea. First of all, it’s criminals that you’re dealing with here and you’d be surprised to know just how many people sent their money in the hopes of receiving the promised decryption key and got nothing. After all, they’re only interested in your money, so fulfilling their part of the bargain may not even cross their minds. So, what’s the alternative? First of all, regardless of what you decide to do, removing Cryptoboss Ransomware from your PC would be the things you want to do either way. If you don’t, even if you succeed to decrypt your files, they will likely end up being locked again.

Below is a detailed removal guide, which will help you detect and delete the ransomware from your machine. However, that will not be enough to unblock your files. In the same guide below, you will also find a separate set of steps that will attempt to restore your files from system backups. This may or may not be successful and, unfortunately, that is the reason why ransomware has become the top threat today: nothing is for certain when it comes to this virus category. In the event that our instructions don’t help you, we also have a list of decryptor tools available for you. These are often updated and perhaps you may be able to find one, which will help in your case. From here on, though, what we can recommend is that you frequently back up all of the most valuable data you have and keep it on an external drive. That way, even in the event of another infection, no real harm will be done.

SUMMARY:

Name Cryptoboss
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.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

Cryptoboss 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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Scan Results


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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!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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 Cryptoboss Ransomware 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!