CryptoShield Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery)

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This page aims to help you remove CryptoShield  Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how many CryptoShield files can be recovered.

Nowadays the Internet is not safe at all. Grave cyber threats are lurking on it and some awfully annoying programs may be waiting for you there. In this article we are describing one of the most hazardous threats, known to users in the world – one Ransomware-like virus, named CryptoShield. The most harmful effects of its presence on the victim PC are the potential encryption of all your mostly used files. Then this virus proceeds with blackmailing you for ransom. This matter is discussed in details in the text below.

Why is CryptoShield considered such a harmful virus?

This is a representative of the file-encoding Ransomware subgroup. The programs that fit into this malware category are especially dangerous. Their effects are intrusive and harassing. The way they normally work is the following:

  • Firstly, CryptoShield has to invade your system one way or another. In fact, there may be lots of distribution methods. The potential sources might include letters inside your email from unfamiliar senders, their attachments like images and documents; malicious update alerts; fake advertisements that redirect you to contaminated websites and others. As soon as you access some of the aforementioned possible sources, the virus will just sneak into your computer automatically. After that you will probably have no clue that something wrong is going on.
  • Once your PC has been infected with such a Ransomware, the virus begins to act according to its plan. Firstly, it scans all the disks and drives where you store important data. Later on, CryptoShield detects the exact files you use the most. In the end,  the virus assembles a list with all such data and locks all of it up one by one.
  • Immediately after the encryption process has been finished, the infected user normally gets an alert message with all the info about the contamination, which also contains payment details about the requested ransom. Usually, such notifications include some additional threats about potential destruction of the hijacked files in case you refuse to pay the ransom.

Do all Ransomware-based programs the same as CryptoShield?

In the past there used to be some more versions of Ransomware. Nowadays, new ones are being developed and there may appear some more categories of this malware. In the present, among the most popular subtypes are the mobile-oriented Ransomware (encrypting no data, but the screens of the infected mobile devices like tablets and smartphones); the screen-locking category (blocking the desktop of your computers – desktop and laptops, but no hijacking of files occurs); as well as some specific Ransomware-based programs, used by law enforcement agencies to punish hackers and cyber criminals and to make them pay fines or just prevent them from using their computers and causing any harm.

In case you have been unfortunate enough as to catch CryptoShield, how should you proceed?

As soon as you receive the ransom-requiring screen notification, you may be quite worried and concerned for the future condition of your PC and your encrypted data, especially if you need these files on a daily basis. Nonetheless, rushing into paying off the hackers, who are in charge of CryptoShield, immediately after you get the ransom alert does NOT make sense at all. You have to remember some essential information about the Ransomware-caused infections:

  • They are incredibly difficult to be fought. Your data is likely to stay inaccessible for good in case you do something wrong or the hackers are not in the mood.
  • Completing the payment of the ransom might make the hackers, who are disturbing you, restore your data. Nevertheless, this might NOT be your particular case. The criminals,  who are blackmailing you, could ONLY be after your money, and do not intend to recover your data. It is up to you whether to risk both your money and your data and to pay; or to risk only your files and to choose another method to deal with this issue.
  • An alternative to paying the demanded ransom is to consult an expert in the Ransomware sphere to advise you; buying a specialized program to do that or just accepting the loss of your data and reinstalling your entire OS.
  • Actually, one more potential solution exists, however, we do not guarantee that your files and your machine will be freed from this Ransomware nightmare. Despite that, you should give it a go. Below, you will find our Removal Guide and we advise you to follow the included instructions as they could help you.

SUMMARY:

NameCryptoShield
TypeRansomware
Danger LevelHigh (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
SymptomsNo serious symptoms in general. Then the first sign is the popping up of the ransom notification. 
Distribution MethodFake pop-ups, banners, update requests; contaminated websites; contagious emails and attachments.
Data Recovery Tool
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CryptoShield 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

This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove CryptoShield successfully!

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. 

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!
You can possibly recover parasite files by downloading Data Recovery Pro. At minimum, its free scanner can tell you if you can get them back.
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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 CryptoShield files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!