This page aims to help you remove Cryptojoker Ransomware. These Cryptojoker Ransomware removal instructions work for all versions of Windows.
Read this, you will need it.
Cryptojoker Ransomware has been identified as a definite Ransomware virus. All of the pointers are firmly in place. A lot of your files are with a seemingly strange extension and cannot be opened. There’s also a note of sorts, which explains what’s going on and how much money you should be paying. Obviously this is not good and you are definitely finding yourself in a real tough spot. Don’t lose hope though, in this article we will not only explain what you are facing and how to remove it but also provide a possible way for you to get your files back without paying any money.
|Symptoms||Not much subtlety here. Your files are encrypted and there’s even an explanatory note.
|Distribution Method||Scan your computer for a Trojan virus, once you’ve dealt with Cryptojoker Ransomware.
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1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Cryptojoker Ransomware from your system.
3: Permanently delete Cryptojoker Ransomware from Task Manager’s processes.
4: Uninstall the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
How does Ransomware operate?
Ransomware threats have been an increasingly growing trend over the recent years. It is notable with the restrictions and limitations it enforces upon an end user’s files. First comes the infection though. Ransomware viruses like Cryptojoker Ransomware usually use another type of malware to infiltrate your computer, most often Trojan horses. Once inside, the ransomware application will scan and comply a list of your most often used personal files. Note that no system files will be affected as the creators of this malicious software want you to be able to send them money from your device. After the list is complied, select files would be encrypted. After that is done there not much left for you to do, since you can’t access your files and it is true that they cannot be decrypted without the proper key. We have some ideas about that though, so bear with us.
Should I pay?
Undoubtedly that is the question coursing through every Cryptojoker Ransomware victim’s head at one point or another. Frankly speaking, there’s just not a clear cut yes or no answer to that question. Nobody can make this decision but you. What we can do though is offer you our sincere opinion and explain our viewpoint as best as we can.
If we are to answer this question with one word it would have to be an emphatic – No! We can envision certain situations when paying for the decryption key would be acceptable, but in most cases we are feeling strongly against any such course of action.
- Never forget that you will be paying money to cyber criminals. As such, there is absolutely no guarantee that even if you pay the demanded ransom you will get your files back in return. Just as likely if not more is that you will not get anything in return except for more money demands.
- Even if you happen upon honor bound criminals and you indeed receive a decryption key…should you be essentially supporting a criminal activity, even if you are also a victim in the whole ordeal? This is a multi million US dollar industry, by paying the ransom you give the perpetrators every incentive to keep on doing what they do and that is extorting people. We strongly believe the only way for this awful practice to stop is by the victims taking charge and refuse to pay money to get their own files back.
Having written all that, we would like to emphasize again – this is your and yours only decision to make. There is no guarantee that our method for file retrieval will work out for everybody, in fact that is dependent to a great extent on how much time has passed since the initial exposure to Cryptojoker Ransomware. We can promise you though that it will not make things any worse.
Remove Cryptojoker Ransomware
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the first preparation.
The first thing you absolutely must do is Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.
- Do not skip this. Cryptojoker Ransomware may have hidden some of its files and you need to see them.
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.
Open the Start Menu, type “Control Panel” in the search box —> Enter. Network and Internet —> Network and Sharing Center —> Change Adapter Settings. Right-click your Internet connection —> Properties.
In Networking, left click Internet Protocol Version 4 —> Properties. If everything is normal, your window will look like this:
If it’s not, click on the two “automatic” choices. NOTE: If you are in a domain network, contact your Domain Administrator so he can make these settings, or this may break your Internet Connection.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION! READ THIS FIRST!
The next phase described in our removal guide is extremely important. Failure to reproduce the steps exactly as explained by us might have very serious and even device damaging implications. You will be asked to navigate through and alter important OS processes in order to rid yourself of Cryptojoker Ransomware. You should only do that and continue with our manual removal instructions if you feel confident enough to try that and if you are willing to accept the possible negative consequences.
On the contrary, if you prefer a safer and easier to manage solution we highly recommend downloading and installing a professional scanner and remover. It is not only easy to use but it will also be a future asset in your effort to remain malware free.
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.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Go in Startup —> 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.
- Search for the ransomware in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful – you can damage your system if you make a big mistake.
- Type %temp% in the Windows Search Field and delete all the files in the folder you are transported to.
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How to Decrypt files infected with Cryptojoker Ransomware
There is only one known way to remove this virus successfully – reversing your files to a time when they were not infected. There are two options you have for this:
The first is a full system restore. To do this type System Restore in the windows search field and choose a restore point. Click Next until done.
Your second option is a program called Recuva
Go to the official site for Recuva and download it from there – the free version has everything you currently need.
When you start the program select the files types you want to recover. You probably want all files.
Next select the location. You probably want Recuva to scan all locations.
Now click on the box to enable Deep Scan. The program will now start working and it may take a really long time to finish – maybe even several hours if your HDD is really big, so be patient and take a break if necessary.
You will now get a long list of files to pick from. Select all relevant files you need and click Recover.
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