Encrpt3d is a virus software used for locking its victim’s files, and for blackmailing the attacked users. Encrpt3d requests a ransom payment for unlocking the encryption-locked data.
The Ransomware category of viruses is a major computer security threat, and it has been exponentially growing in severity during the last four or five years. There are several different forms of Ransomware with varying levels of harmfulness. For instance, the so-called screen-locking Ransomware is a rather simple subtype of Ransomware and an experienced and knowledgeable user should be able to deal with this type of threats without too much difficulty. However, the most common, and also the most dangerous Ransomware subcategory are the infamous data-encrypting viruses. Their main job is to make the user’s files inaccessible, and then force the victim to pay money for their release. This may not seem all that awful if you don’t normally keep sensitive and valuable data in your computer, but seeing as how you are on this page, reading an article about the malicious Encrpt3d cryptovirus, we assume that you probably do have some important files that this threat is now holding hostage. The important thing now is to stay calm so that you’d be able to make the best decision possible with regard to the future of your computer, files, and even your money.
The Encrpt3d virus
The Encrpt3d virus is money-extortion malware that makes you unable to open your files until you release a ransom payment. The Encrpt3d virus achieves its goal of locking the targeted files via data-encryption.
The ransom payment that the hackers want from their victims may seem to some as the lesser of two evils. If you pay, you’d lose some money (oftentimes quite substantial amounts) but you will regain your data, which is probably way more valuable than the money you spend to release it. In theory, the logic behind this course of action seems sound. However, there is something that must be considered here, which many people forget about, namely the fact that paying doesn’t necessarily mean getting your files back. The hackers want you to “purchase” a decryption key from them that can unlock the encryption which is keeping your files locked, but this is no regular purchasing deal. Therefore, you might pay, but whether you get anything in return for your money or not is up in the air. There’s always the risk of wasting several hundred, or even several thousand dollars for a key that you were never going to receive from the hackers. That is why the general advice here is to only pay if all other potential options have been exhausted, and if you really are willing to risk your money for the locked files. In any other situation, it’s better to refrain from making this payment.
The Encrpt3d file extension
The Encrpt3d file extension is the suffix that this Ransomware uses to rename your files. The Encrpt3d file extension will not get recognized by the programs in your system, preventing you from opening the affected files.
The alternatives we can offer you here have varying effectiveness – there is simply no universal method for dealing with Ransomware encryption. One thing we are confident we can do, however, is help you remove the virus from your system. The removal won’t directly release the files, but it will prevent further encryption of new data you create or download on the computer. Also, if you have backups on external devices, you should only connect the backup device if you are sure there is no Ransomware in the computer. Otherwise, the files that are in the external device would probably get locked-up as well, destroying what is probably your best show at recovering your important data.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||Your computer might get slowed-down, and the free HDD space might get decreased during the encryption.|
|Distribution Method||Fake ad messages, misleading spam letters, Trojans, pirated content, and more.|
Remove Encrpt3d Ransomware
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).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
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:
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:
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.
- Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.
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 delete entries not related to the ransomware.
Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:
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 Encrpt3d 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!