This page aims to help you remove HolyCrypt. These HolyCrypt removal instructions work for all versions of Windows, including Windows 10.
HolyCrypt is a type of ransomware and one of today’s top cyber threats. We can imagine the stress you must be under, if you have happened to turn your computer on today only to find a disturbing message on your screen, informing you that you have lost access to certain information on your machine. Alone the fact that someone has broken into your property is devastating, but the text of the message may have added more oil to the fire, as it was probably written in a very urgent and ultimatum-like manner. Sometimes cyber criminals go as far as to pose as legal authorities and claim that you have broken some law, which has led to the locking of certain files of yours until you pay a ‘fine’. Needless to say that this is an awful extortion scheme and it has been plaguing internet users almost since the dawn of the internet itself. Over recent years the number of separate ransomware samples has grown into epic proportions and the tendency isn’t giving any signs of declining. Though this should make you weary, we do not seek to scare you by telling you this. Knowledge is power and the better informed you are about the danger you’re facing, the greater chance you stand of protecting yourself against it in the future. The below guide will show you just how to remove HolyCrypt from your PC, as well as try and help you restore your encrypted files. But don’t skip to it just yet, as the information provided in this article may prove vital in ensuring you don’t get infected ever again.
What HolyCrypt does and how it travels
These are the two most important points to any form of unwanted or malicious software. First of all, like any form of ransomware, HolyCrypt slips into your system practically undetected and proceeds to encode the files you most often use. This can sometimes be a tedious and lengthy process, depending on the power of your processor and the amount of data stored. If your machine isn’t the fastest one on the market and has been used to keep a substantial amount of files on it, you are very likely to experience a drastic slow-down of your computer during the encryption process, as it tends to use a large amount of your system’s CPU and RAM. Should this ever occur, check your Task Manager for the processes using most memory and if you notice one that clearly doesn’t belong there – shut down your PC and seek professional assistance.
The above, however, is a pretty rare chain of events and most times ransomware goes about its dirty business without being noticed, until its unfortunately too late. Therefore it’s crucial to understand how it got there in the first place. Studies have shown that one of the most effective distribution means is a thing called malvertisements (‘malicious’ + ‘advertisements’). These are ads that may appear in any given form, but represent no actual product or service. By clicking on them you immediately get infected by the malware attached to them, in this case – HolyCrypt . For this reason we urge users to abstain from interacting with any type of banners, popups, pages and tabs that automatically get opened, etc. It’s not said that they are all dangerous, but it’s certainly not worth risking your safety. If you happen to see an offer on some advertisement that is interesting to you, try researching it online as opposed to blindly following the ad.
One more extremely common way for ransomware to be distributed is with the help of a Trojan Horse. Trojans are the most versatile of viruses out there and one of their many uses is serving as a backdoor for things like HolyCrypt . The Trojans are most often spread through spam emails that can be elaborately disguised as legit emails from existing companies. The emails may contain innocent-looking attachments such as Word or PDF documents, which contain the Trojan. By downloading and opening these attachments (they could be presented to you as bills, statements, etc.), you will be exposing your PC to the Trojan and it will in turn automatically proceed to downloading the ransomware. With that being said, you should at all time be very cautious with all of the emails you receive; be critical about any new messages, double check with the respective companies where applicable and refrain from opening anything that is obviously suspicious. Naturally, many of the cases of infection with viruses like these can be prevented if you have an adequately equipped security system on your computer. This includes an up-to-date antivirus program and ideally a proven antimalware tool.
NOTE: Because it is highly likely that you were infected with the help of a Trojan, it is important that you detect and remove it as well.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware are by far the worse threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||There are practically no detectable symptoms up to the point where the ransom note is displayed.|
|Distribution Method||Most times it’s either via malvertisements or with the help of a Trojan Horse, which is usually sent in an attached file to spam mails.|
|Detection Tool||HolyCrypt may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
HolyCrypt Ransomware Removal
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the first preparation.
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.
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 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 files infected with HolyCrypt
We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.
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