This page aims to help you remove the CryptXXX Ransomware Virus. These the CryptXXX Ransomware Virus removal instructions work for all versions of Windows.
Ransomwares are among the most awful malwares out there and are known to sometimes inflict very, very serious damage to your computer. They get their name from the way they operate. They usually sneak into your computer, using some dirty trick like a fake email with an attachment (more about that in a bit) and then, without you even suspecting, they encrypt your files and then offer you to buy the key for those files. Just to be clear: once those files have been encrypted, you lose any and all access to them until you either receive the key or follow the steps in this guide to remove the evil software that caused this in the first place.
Be warned, however, that with viruses as treacherous as these, there are unfortunately no guarantees that all files will be recovered – even if you go as far as submitting to the hackers’ demands and paying the ransom. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you will have lost access to them forever, so we recommend following the steps in this guide first, before taking any other action. They might not work 100%, but at least they won’t cause more damage.
What the CryptXXX Ransomware Virus is and how it may have entered your PC
As mentioned above, the CryptXXX Ransomware Virus is a type of ransomware, which encodes your files and then blackmails you into paying for the encryption key. Simple enough. The way it is usually distributed is with the help of so called Trojans or Trojan horse viruses, which might come in the form of an email. The email will typically have an attached file in it, which, once opened, will download the CryptXXX Ransomware Virus onto your computer and allow it to do its dirty work. The email might have no attachment and only a link in it to some website, which if clicked on will result in the same outcome. With this in mind, be very cautious, when receiving such emails, especially if they come from an unknown source.
Once it’s been successfully installed in your computer, the virus will then begin to encrypt your files. This might take some time, depending on the amount of data stored on your computer and how powerful your processor is. In some cases, you might even notice that your PC is running extremely slow, which is reason to suspect that you might be infected. The easiest way to check is to go to the Task manager and sort the processes by most RAM/CPU used. Should you notice a suspicious or unfamiliar process using a lot of resources, please shut down your computer immediately and seek out a professional to help you with this.
If, however, you haven’t had the rare luck of discovering the CryptXXX Ransomware Virus before it has deliberately made itself known to you, you will find out by the means of a message informing you of what has happened. This one will probably say that your files have been encrypted and, unless you pay a specific sum, that sum will increase dramatically over time and your files will risk being lost into oblivion.
Some things to consider
Though that threat may sound convincing, remember that you’re dealing with criminals here. If they already have the indecency of hacking into other people’s computers, who’s to say they’ll keep their end of the bargain and send you the promised key? Or that that key will even work? You might very well send your money and be left with nothing to show for it. Not to mention that you’ll be encouraging the hackers to continue doing this. Many people have already been burned this way – there is nothing worse than losing your files AND paying for the privilege.
And here’s another ‘fun’ fact. the CryptXXX Ransomware Virus and other like it have gain insane popularity over the past few years and you know why? Because the creators more often than not request their ransom to be paid in Bitcoins – a crypto currency that cannot be traced and makes them unreachable for the authorities. So, once again, by paying them, you’ll be ensuring they never get caught. The recent surge of ransomware viruses shows how successful this “marketing strategy” is – best put a stop to it before it gets completely out of control and they start hacking phones too!
The choice is obviously yours to make, but do try out the instructions in this guide first – they will not meddle with your files and will not harm them. If they fail, you can always resort to paying the hackers and hope that the problem will be fixed.
|Danger Level||High (All of your files are likely encrypted – this is one of the worst threats you can face) |
|Symptoms||Computer running very slow initially, then all of your files are locked away from you and ransom is demanded. |
|Distribution Method||Trojan horse sent via email remains the most probable vector of infection. |
|Detection Tool||Ransomware may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Remove CryptXXX Ransomware
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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 must do is Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.
- Do not skip this. the CryptXXX Ransomware Virus may have hidden some of its files.
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.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 each of the following in the Windows Search Field:
Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check our for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!
How to Decrypt files infected with the CryptXXX Ransomware Virus
There is only one known way to remove the virus’ encryption that MAY work (no guarantees) – reversing your files to a previous state. There are two options you have for this:
The first is using a system backup. Search for Backup and Restore in the windows search field —–> “Select another backup to restore files from”
If you have no backups, your option is Recuva
Go to the official site for Recuva and download its free version. When you start the program, select the file types you want to recover. You probably want all files. Next select the location. You probably want Recuva to scan all locations.
Click on the box to enable Deep Scan. The program will now start working and it may take a really long time to finish, so be patient and take a break if necessary.
You will now get a big list of files to pick from. Select all relevant files you need and click Recover.
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