CryptoManiac Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery)

The encrypted files may not be the only damage done to you. parasite may still be hiding on your PC. To determine whether you've been infected with ransomware, we recommend downloading SpyHunter.

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

The article we have posted below focuses on the characteristics and effects of a piece of software known as CryptoManiac. What you really have to know about this program is that it’s based on a type of malware called Ransomware. This term encompasses all the malicious products from that software family that can cause some trouble to you and your PC in various ways. Also, such viruses are famous for harassing the victim users into transferring a ransom, which is intended for the purpose of making the hackers reverse the encryption process that has occurred. The particular Ransomware program we are discussing below, CryptoManiac, represents a virus, fully capable of depriving you of the access to most of your extremely important files by means of encrypting them. Take a look at the next passages to learn more about this virus.

CryptoManiac can infect your device in lots of various manners, the most usual of which we will mention here. In addition, CryptoManiac is famous for making a list of the files you tend to use the most; and after that encoding all this data. The malicious programs known for their expertise in file encryption are generally of the file-encrypting Ransomware subcategory.

CryptoManiac Ransomware

Ransomware versions:

Apart from the biggest ransom-demanding virus group, there may be other types of viruses, which are also considered Ransomware. They may affect:

  • your mobile devices – In fact, Ransomware is able to invade tablets and phones, so these devices aren’t safe either. Such viruses could result in rendering you incapable of accessing the screens/ monitors of the affected devices. Actually, what really stops you from using such a device’s screen is the ransom alert appearing on it, which in most of the cases says that you have to pay a ransom in order to get it removed.
  • your computer desktops – These malicious programs really look and act like the mobile-targeting Ransomware versions. Their potential consequences resemble the ones of the mobile-invading Ransomware, only such viruses attack your desktop PCs and laptops. As a result, their screens get covered with some really bothering ransom-requesting banners, and you may end up unable to access any of the desktop icons.
  • punish real hackers using their own poison  As odd as it may sound, very rarely some hackers could get punished for whatever illegal activities they do with the help of viruses, which are built on Ransomware code.

CryptoManiac Ransomware Removal



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).



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. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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


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.


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:


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.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you 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!


How to Decrypt CryptoManiac 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!

The most common sources CryptoManiac may come from:

Getting your computer infected by any other Ransomware version is likelyto happen if you:

  • Open or load emails and their attachments that appear to be rather strange: This way of catching Ransomware is one of the most common methods for distributing Ransomware on the Internet. It is possible that the most terrifying aspect of this possibility is the chance of getting contaminated by a Trojan along with the Ransomware version.
  • Interact with fake system requests and odd pop-ups: This malware might come rather automatically in case you (intentionally or unintentionally) select a suspiciously looking system notification. In fact, you might get such virus-related notifications in the form of pop-ups from various web platforms that may contain different types of malware. As soon as you click on such an alert that is pretending to be genuine, your device might end up attacked by a whole array of viruses.

Ransomware is indeed an incredibly harmful cyber-threat because of the fact that all the files you cherish most could be endangered and almost anything on the web may be contaminated by such a virus.

Removing such infections is possible, isn’t it?

In case your computer has already been attacked by a virus like CryptoManiac, we have to say that your options are incredibly limited. You may try asking a specialist for some help if possible. Another thing that might help is to download a piece of software with a decent reputation of successfully dealing with such viruses, and reversing their horrible effects and consequences. What’s more, the wisest idea is to take a look at the Removal Guide after the characteristics table, which we have especially designed for you as it may actually help. Still, sadly, we can’t really promise you that any of these methods will necessarily succeed in recovering your files. It all depends on the way the hackers have programmed CryptoManiac to behave and on each separate case. But it is nevertheless a better idea to not pay the demanded ransom right away and try all the other potential options first instead.


Name CryptoManiac
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

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