Ransomware

Remove JCry Ransomware (+File Recovery)


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This page aims to help you remove JCry Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any JCry file can be recovered.

JCry is the name of a new and highly problematic Ransomware infection which the malware researchers have been warning about recently. This threat is based on a secret algorithm and uses the method of file-encryption to block the access to the victim’s personal files. The infection is spreading across the Internet very quickly and the number of its victims is growing rapidly because there are numerous transmitters, which carry the Ransomware and trick the users into interacting with its harmful payload. As per the information that we have, JCry could be found inside malicious spam emails that carry infected attachments as well as in various spam messages, compromised software installers, pop-up ads, misleading links, fake offers and more. A favorite method that the malware creators use to allow their harmful program to sneak inside the system is through a previous contamination with a Trojan Horse, which weakens the security and creates vulnerabilities that are easy to exploit. Once inside, the Ransomware takes hostage of documents, images, audios, videos, archives and other personal data and keeps it encrypted until a ransom is paid for a special decryption key. The worst aspect of the attack is that there are usually no visible symptoms which can give away the encryption process before it has completed. And sadly, after the files have been locked down, it is almost impossible to access them without the applying the corresponding decryption key. Paying a ransom to anonymous crooks, however, is not a very good solution to this unpleasant situation because you cannot really be sure of you will be given anything for your money that would allow you to bring back your data. And since you are on this page, you are most probably looking for alternatives which do not involve giving money to some anonymous online crooks. If this is the case, then we suggest you take a look at the removal guide below. It contains a section which explains how to remove the Ransomware that has nested itself inside the computer as well as a file-recovery section with some free suggestions on how to extract some of your files.

We hope that the instructions above can help you minimize the negative consequences of the attack of JCry to a certain extent but keep in mind that their effectiveness may vary. Unfortunately, even paying the ransom to the criminals cannot guarantee the full recovery of your files and your computer because there is a high chance that you may get tricked to send your money to a given cryptocurrency wallet without receiving anything in return. Or even worse, the crooks behind JCry may send you another infection, aimed at further messing with your computer, which could be camouflaged as a decryption key. That’s why we do not recommend you contact the hackers or enter into negotiation with them. Instead, our suggestion is to take actions to remove the Ransomware cryptovirus and clean your system from its hidden malicious code. If you decide to give a try to some alternative file-recovery methods, make sure that you first eliminate the infection from the computer and scan the entire OS for hidden malware because, if the Ransomware remains active in the system, it may block your file-restoration attempts and may encrypt any backup sources that you connect to the machine.

SUMMARY:

Name JCry
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

Remove JCry Ransomware


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

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. 

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. 

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!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
Avoid this by using SpyHunter - a professional Parasite removal tool.

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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 JCry 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!


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