This page aims to help you remove FireCrypt Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any FireCrypt Ransomware file can be recovered.
A new Ransomware PC virus is on the loose and with each passing day more computers are getting infected with the nasty piece of malware. The name of this new Ransomware is FireCrypt and here you will learn how to protect yourself against it, as well as how it works and what symptoms it has, so that if it infects your PC, you’d be able to spot it before it is too late and your files have been locked via the method of encryption. Make sure to carefully read everything here – Ransomware viruses are evolving at a rapid pace, quickly becoming one of the most dangerous online threats. The information we are about to present you with could very well make the difference between having your personal files kept safe and accessible or having them locked by the nasty FireCrypt.
Characteristics of Ransomware
One important thing that needs to be noted is that this particular type of viruses is quite different from other forms of malware. As was already stated above, typical Ransomware encrypts your files instead of deleting them. This means that your data does not actually get damaged. Instead, it is rendered inaccessible. Later, the virus shows you a message, in which it reveals itself and also tells you that you’d need to pay ransom if you want to get the key, which would allow you to unlock the encrypted documents. This specific approach of the virus allows it to remain unnoticed by most conventional antivirus programs. The encryption method has a lot to do with the virus’ ability to stay under the radar. This is because encryption processes are actually a commonly employed technique for file protection, which is very widely used by all sorts of legitimate software. The problem is that in the case of a Ransomware attack, the encryption is aimed at your personal data without you having possession of the code that is used. Because encryption is not an inherently malicious process, the majority of antivirus programs allow it to be carried out. The end result is that all of your files and documents are locked and you’re being blackmailed by an anonymous hacker.
Signs and symptoms
Though difficult, it is not impossible to spot the symptoms of a Ransomware infection before it has finished locking up your data. It might be hard to notice them, but if you are vigilant enough, you might just be able to intercept the malicious virus before it’s too late. Depending on how much data you have stored on your computer and how powerful the machine is, the time required for the files to be encrypted might vary. If you’re lucky, this would give you a window of opportunity to recognize the symptoms and take counteraction. The most common signs of the infection are increased CPU time usage and RAM consumption. Another very typical symptom if you have a lot of personal files that take a lot of HDD space is that there would be even less free space on your hard drive without you having downloaded or installed anything new. It would seem as if there’s a bunch of invisible or hidden data that is taking up HDD memory on your PC. This happens due to the way the encryption works. For your files to get locked, they must first be copied with the copies actually having the encryption – this is what takes the additional storage space. Only after this has been done, the originals are deleted and the only files left are the locked copies. If you should notice any of the aforementioned symptoms, quickly shutdown your machine and call for professional support.
Is paying the ransom an option?
Technically, paying the money to the hacker is a possible course of action. However, this does not make it a good one. Remember, it is a criminal you’re dealing with – you might pay the ransom but there’s no guarantee that they’d send you the decryption key. Also, note that the most common payment method is via bitcoins. This cyber currency is preferred by hackers because it cannot be traced so if you send them the required amount of bitcoins, there’s almost no chance for the cyber-criminal to be tracked down and brought to justice. The advice we always give our readers is to check our Ransomware removal guide (below this article) and give it a try. Unfortunately, when it comes to Ransomware viruses, there are just no guarantees for success, since these viruses are evolving way too fast. However, our guide is still a much safer and better alternative in contrast to paying the demanded ransom.
How can you protect your PC from future threats?
In the battle against FireCrypt and other Ransomware viruses, it is crucial that our readers know how to properly protect their computers. Here is a list of useful tips to help you keep your system secured and safe:
- None of your browsers should be allowed to download files automatically. Your agreement should always be required prior to a file being downloaded.
- If there is a suspicious-looking executable file on your PC with unknown origins, do not open it (or even better, directly delete it).
- Be careful when browsing. Avoid sites with obscure and potentially harmful content and also, do not open any spam emails or shady hyperlinks that get sent to you.
- Have backup copies of all valuable documents and files on another device or backup the data using a cloud service (or both).
- Consider installing a high-quality paid antivirus software. It will help you protect your PC from backdoor malware. Viruses of this type are widely used for getting Ransomware inside people’s computers.
- If you think that FireCrypt or some other Ransomware has gotten on your machine, make sure not to connect any external memory devices or the files on them might also get encrypted by the virus.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||During the encryption period, the computer might get slowed down due to heavy use of CPU and RAM and the also the hard disk free space might get temporarily decreased.|
|Distribution Method||Noxious spam messages/e-mails, sketchy torrent files, websites with illegal and harmful content and also other viruses that serve as backdoor (for example, Trojan horses).|
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
FireCrypt Ransomware Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove FireCrypt successfully!
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 FireCrypt 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!