CryptXXX extortion trojan has undergone some modification. IT experts claim the changes designate a distinct variety of the notorious ransomware.
First of all, the malware now sends its victims to a payment page called Microsoft Decryptor. The preceding releases redirect their victims to the pages bearing different names such Google Decryptor an Ultra Decryptor. The Microsft Decryptor site also does not provide for any method of communication with the payee. The victims have already complained the key does not work even though they have paid the ransom, but there is now way to contact the hackers for support.
The infection assigns new names to its ransom reminders: README.html, README.bmp, and README.txt.
README.html (Microsoft Decryptor alert)
What is quite unique for this strain of ransomware is it does not change encrypted filenames whatsoever. IT experts suggest that aggravates the situation for system administrators, but the statement is rather questionable: Anyway, the file names remain unchanged after the data encryption has completed. This is a new approach as previous releases typically added new extension to affected data changing the file name into some gibberish.
This article is open for any amendments and comments to provide better insight into the new variety of CryptXX extortion plague.
Automated cleanup to remove “Attention! Your files are encrypted.” trojan
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 Microsoft Decryptor ransomware (Attention! Your files are encrypted), 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 Microsoft Decryptor virus 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. Wail until the cleaner checks the PC for Attention! Your files are encrypted# ransomware files 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
Microsoft Decryptor 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 the Microsoft Decryptor virus
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 Attention! Your files are encrypted# ransomware, make sure the removal of Microsoft Decryptor 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.