Try2Cry Ransomware


Try2Cry is what is widely regarded as a ransomware cryptovirus. This means that Try2Cry encrypts the data found on its victims’ computers. Thus, Try2Cry prevents its victims from being able to access their data.

Try2Cry Ransomware

The Try2Cry Ransomware Pop up message

This is, unfortunately, a very popular form of cybercrime and, essentially, blackmail. The way it works is that after the virus has encrypted your files, it will proceed to offer you a decryption key for their subsequent decryption or decoding. The catch, however, is that the hackers behind the ransomware expect that you pay a hefty sum of money in exchange for that decryption key.

Typically, users who’ve fallen victim to such attacks are informed about them via a ransom note that is boldly placed on the desktop of their computers, for example in a notepad file or similar. And it’s also common to find identical messages in the folders containing any encrypted files.

But what’s important to know in this instance is that no matter how badly the cybercriminals in charge of Try2Cry, Maas or Zida are trying to scare you, there’s more than just one way out of this awful situation. And paying the ransom amount that they’re demanding should be last on your list.

Below we have put together a detailed removal guide to help you manually locate and remove the virus from your computer, so at to make sure that it cannot encrypt any files that you manage to restore (or new ones that you create). And after you’ve taken care of that, the second part of the guide will provide you with several file recovery possibilities. And although we cannot guarantee that they will all yield the desired results, as each ransomware infection is different, they certainly won’t do you any harm. Hence, we recommend giving them a go.

The Try2Cry virus

The Try2Cry virus uses a complex encryption algorithm to rob its victims of access to their data. In addition, the Try2Cry virus is also very stealthy and will usually not trigger a response from your antivirus software.

Try2Cry Ransomware

The Try2Cry Virus encrypted files

This is among the worst things about ransomware, aside from the encryption itself. And to top it off, malicious code of this kind doesn’t really have any symptoms that would alert the user of its presence. On some rare occasions the encryption process may result in a system slowdown, especially on older computers, and if the volume of data stored on them is quite large.

In this case, a more perceptive user may feel prompted to check their Task Manager, where the ransomware will be visible as the process using the most RAM and CPU. Should this ever be your case, you will have to immediately shut down your machine and contact a professional for help.

The Try2Cry file distribution

The Try2Cry file distribution usually takes place with the help of spam messages or fake online ads. At times, the Try2Cry file may also be downloaded onto the system by a backdoor Trojan horse virus.

Therefore, we would also highly recommend scanning your PC for any additional malicious code after you’ve already dealt with Try2Cry.



Name Try2Cry
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 Not Available
Detection Tool

Remove Try2Cry Ransomware

Try2Cry 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).

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

Try2Cry Ransomware

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. 

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.

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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:

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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:

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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.

Try2Cry Ransomware

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!

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How to Decrypt Try2Cry 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!


About the author


Violet George

Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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