Crypt0L0cker 2017 encryption is a military-grade system that withstands any plausible brute-forcing.
Nevertheless, that is no reason to give up and pay up.
The crime of computer era sells itself rather than steals or spies. Black hat hackers first do damage, and then the user concerned is prompted to undo the damage with the software product the crooks impose. The malefactors behind the Crypt0L0cker leverage a data encrypting campaign depriving the victims of the access to the file contents. A worst case scenario also affects filenames turning those, literally, into gibberish. The victims can neither distinguish between nor read the files and folders hit by the ransomware.
The ransomware contains two ‘0’ digits in its name. That is a bit of showing-off indicating the infection actually breaks the binary code (sequences that consist of ‘1’ and ‘0’ only). Thereby, it acts on the kernel level which, again, makes it virtually invulnerable to bulk computing attacks.
Observations, in particular, insight into the infection’s kernel mode, reveal Crypt0L0cker is closely related to TorrentLocker, the latter being its most likely forerunner.
Despite all the complexity of the ransomware impacts, its intervention rather resorts to mere spamming vector. The users get the Crypt0L0cker installed on their machines because of their own mistake. Meanwhile, the crooks do not idle. They arrange and implement huge distribution actions that drop a great majority of messages that look like routine or trusted notifications. The recipients too often cannot stand the lure and proceed with opening the deadly attachment disguised as a scanned or archived items. A single click on the attachment triggers the workflow of Crypt0L0cker installation. The downloading and installing pace are subject to system capacity and Internet speed. In general, however, it does not take long for the ransomware to complete its introduction and execute its payload.
Crypt0L0cker encryption warning
The infection does not spare any memory it can reach. Its scanning targets any network shares, hard drives and removable media. However, the virus sticks to certain rules of selection. Crypt0L0cker does not encrypt system and some program files. Should it do otherwise, the system and certain software would simply fail. That would restrict the options of reading the ransom note and paying the requested amount by the victims. On the other hand, the encryption by ransomware is not about to spare any important corporate and personal data.
The files eligible for the scrambling undergo asymmetric process that issues a pair of keys, the public key and the private key. You need both to regain your files. The private key is not available on your PC so that any attempts to retrieve it from the affected memory are to no avail. The crooks want their victims to spend 2.2 bitcoins for the key. Please note a single bitcoin currently amounts to over USD 1000.
The ransom note by Crypt0L0cker is available in the DECRYPT_INSTRUCTIONS. There are two copies of the files, in HTML and TXT, respectively, dropped into each folder concerned. To ensure the victims read its content, the ransomware modifies startup presets adding system.pif key. That opens the ransom note at each new session.
The DECRYPT_INSTRUCTIONS prompts the user to set up a communication with the extortionists in the TOR browser. As you probably know, TOR is the browser that does not allow tracking web-surfing of its users. The hacker’s message also threatens to increase the initial amount of 2.2 BTC or to erase the private key, unless the victim pays as instructed.
Impacts of the encryption attack are not easy to deal with. There is no good reason to pay the ransom as well. The best solutions for the users concerned are listed below.
Automated cleanup to remove Crypt0L0cker 2017 encryptor
Infection vector for ransomware typically features a trojan. The one in question definitely subscribes to that routine. The trojan drops its body into target computer and proceeds with disabling the detecting functionality of any security solution installed. The antivirus is thus unable to spot introduction of virus from the remote server.
The ransomware invasion is indicative of its dropper residing in the computer memory. It also hints at other invasions. The PC can hardly be considered properly protected due to the impacts of the above trojan.
Ultimate option implies a total formatting for any drives of your PC. That is not an option for many users, for it destroys all the data hosted by the machine. The best solution to pick would be in-depth system examination with a reliable security suite.
The trojan that has installed Crypt0L0cker ransomware, unless removed, is to trigger its installation campaign as soon as a new strain of ransomware is available. Thereby, it is critical to kill it as soon as possible.
The technique successfully overcomes malicious software, including any ransoming threats. It deploys a reputable security suite that offers not a single chance for malicious components to avoid detection and extermination. The software is incredibly user-friendly and operates on a single-click basic.
It is good to note the removal of Crypt0L0cker 2017 ransomware does not recover the data affected. However, the virus is subject to compulsory extermination or else is going to introduce related infections into the machine.
1. Click the button to download the stub installer and go through several setup dialogs. Once the tool is up and running, click Start Computer Scan
2. Wait until the cleaner checks the PC for Crypt0L0cker malicious code. As soon as the scan is completed, the report will list all malware objects spotted in the system. Make sure the entries for detected infections are checked, and select the Fix Threats feature. This will result in malware removal and system remediation, so you should now be good to go.
Restore the encrypted files
Crypt0L0cker ransomware encryption is a sophisticated data modification. There is no simple and single solution to cover all the cases. Transferring the ransom as demanded by the crooks is not the way either.Kindly apply the methods outlined below as they have been carefully developed to provide a recovery help for the most severe cases of encrypting assaults.
Data recovery with automatic software
Good news is that the virus actually deals with copies of the files. The originals have been deleted. The removed data still can be restored by virtue of such tools as Data Recovery Pro.
Shadow Volume Copies
As Windows creates backups at given periods of time, a victim is advised to address relevant restore points. Unfortunately, the method cannot apply unless the System Restore had been enabled prior to the invasion. Please also note the recovery returns files as saved before the time associated with the restore point addressed.
- Previous Versions dialog to target individual files
One can open Properties for any file. The menu has a tab called Previous Versions. It indicates versions of a file that have been backed up.
To make use of the feature, right-click an affected file and choose Properties in the drop-down list. Proceed with clicking the above-mentioned tab. You can opt between the Copy or Restore procedures, the former enabling to copy the item into the location specified by the user.
Backups and removing remaining traces of Crypt0L0cker ransomware
Prevention is the best cure. If you stick to making regular reserve copies of your data and store those outside your operating system, the impacts by the ransomware are very limited. However, prior to copying the data from backups into the system hit by Crypt0L0cker virus, make sure the removal of this virus has completed.
Your manual removal attempts may kill the ransomware in general. In most of the cases, some remnants manage to survive and are still capable of causing a significant damage. Please apply a reliable anti-malware scanner to detect and remove, if applicable, any remaining infections.