Crypton Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery) July 2018 Update

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

Have you ever heard about file-encryption? It is a process that can be used for advanced data-protection of important files. When a piece of data gets encrypted, it can no longer be accessed/opened unless the person who wants to open it has access to a special key that can enable the computer to read through the encryption code and thus access the said data. So far so good, however, there is a type of malware viruses that make use of this process, turning it against the regular users by locking their files through encryption and keeping then using the encryption key as the object of a blackmailing money extortion scheme. Programs that belong to this category of PC malware are called cryptoviruses and they are the most advanced subcategory of the infamous Ransomware type of viruses. Here, we will focus on Crypton – one recently reported Ransomware cryptovirus version that is currently on the rise with the infected users’ numbers going up by the hour. If you have already encountered this insidious malware threat and if it has managed to infect your computer and lock your files with its encryption, make sure to visit our Ransomware removal guide that we’ve added at the end of this article. However, also be sure to read the remainder of the article itself – it contains some highly important information that can help you in the struggle against Crypton as well as aid you in keeping your system safe in future.

Why are Ransomware cryptoviruses so successful?

A major factor that makes this particular malware category one of the most dangerous and problematic ones is the fact that detecting such a virus is really difficult and rather unlikely in most cases where it tries to attack a computer. You see, sometimes, even if there’s a strong, reliable security software on the targeted machine, a malware like Crypton Ransomware  might still be able to sneak inside the computer’s system and start the process of encrypting the files without getting notices whatsoever. The reason for that comes from the encryption process that is used – in the beginning of the article we explained how this is actually an inherently useful method for protecting data. It doesn’t damage or harm anything on the computer – all it does is it simply locks the files in order to protect them against unauthorized access. Of course, in the case of a Ransomware attack, that gets reverted and the encryption is used maliciously, yet it still doesn’t typically damage anything on the computer which in most cases allows the Ransomware to remain under the radar of the user’s antivirus program. Here, we must also note that must such infections don’t really have any particular symptoms aside from potential surge in the use of system resources (CPU and RAM) during the encryption process.

Crypton 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

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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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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.

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!
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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 Crypton 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!

By the time the victim realizes that there’s a virus on their computer, it’s typically already too late. In fact, after finishing the encryption, the Ransomware would automatically reveal itself by creating a ransom note on the infected PC – it could be through a pop-up banner displayed on the screen or via a notepad message generated on the computer’s desktop or inside the directory where the locked files are. This ransom-note serves two purposes: to inform the user that their files have been locked by the Ransomware and that a certain amount of money needs to be paid for the decryption key and also to give them precise directions on how the transaction needs to be carried out.

As far as the ransom payment is concerned, we typically advise our readers to avoid paying it or at least seek other alternatives instead of directly sending their money to the cyber-criminals behind the attack. The reason we say that is because it is never really guaranteed that you will actually get anything in return for your money – the hackers might simple decide not to send you the decryption details. As we already mentioned, there’s a removal guide down below and it also includes some file-restoration instructions. Sadly, we can’t promise that your data will be recovered even if you complete everything from the guide, yet it is still worth the shot and besides, you won’t lose anything if you give it a try.

Avoid potential Ransomware sources and get a file backup!

In order to prevent future infections caused by Ransomware, be sure to stay safe online. Such viruses tend to get distributed through all sorts of sketchy web content such as shady ads, spam messages that contain attached links and files, illegal sites that distribute pirated software, fake web offers and misleading update requests, etc. Also, get yourself a file backup – this is a very effective way for dealing with Ransomware as the hackers won’t be able to blackmail you for the access to the files on your PC as you will still have fully accessible copies of them on your backup location.

SUMMARY:

Name Crypton
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms During the encryption period, your PC might start to use more CPU and RAM than usual which can be a possible Ransomware infection symptom.
Distribution Method Shady online ads and update requests, pirated software downloads from questionable websites, spam messages, backdoor malware, etc.
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.