Cryptxxx Ransomware Removal

Welcome to our Cryptxxx removal instructions. This article intends to help you remove Cryptxxx Ransomware from your system and is designed to work for all Windows versions.

Cryptxxx belongs to the infamous, notoriously harmful and dangerous category of malware known as Ransomware. They are among the most terrible things to infect your computer and you must by now be aware of this, if you’ve come here to seek a way of removing it. To ease your burden a little, we can assure you at least that you’re in the right place.

What makes ransomware so awful is the fact that it is practically undetectable without using security software and you may not notice it until it is too late. Once it’s found its way into your system, it does its work, going almost completely unnoticed, until it’s time for it to reveal itself and make you conscious of its presence. This will usually come in the form of a message on your screen, which will tell you about how your files have been encrypted and what a nightmare you’ll be in, if you refuse to pay the ransom for the encryption key. It’s not true. Whatever they are trying to scare you into believing – don’t fall for it. They won’t destroy your files and neither will seeking out alternative methods of dealing with this mess.

A little about how Cryptxxx Ransomware works

Cryptxxx and other viruses of this type were originally a Russian phenomenon. Today, they’re everywhere and are unfortunately only gaining more and more popularity. They’re usually distributed through hitching a ride on a Trojan, which in turn arrives enveloped in an email or other message. This will probably have one of the two enclosed: a file (of any format, could even be a Word or a plain old text file) or link, which when opened will download Cryptxxx onto your computer. As mentioned above, you will probably not notice that there’s something going on, but there is a chance that your computer might be taking ages to load and just generally function. The same is true, because ransomware usually takes up a lot of RAM and slows down the processes on your PC.

In some cases you might even be able to prematurely determine, whether your computer has been infected, by checking your Task Manager. Sort the processes by most RAM used and if you see something you don’t recognize, we advise you to shut down your PC immediately and turn to a professional for further help. This will at least freeze the encryption process, if it is indeed a ransomware at work. If you haven’t been this lucky though, the program will quietly encode your files and then show you a message that informs you of your options. Usually it will request you pay a certain amount and then threaten that the amount will double, triple and quadruple if you don’t pay right that instant. The ransom is for the encryption key, which the hackers will allegedly send you and with the help of it you will be able to de-crypt your files. All of this is meant to put pressure on you and urge you into making a bad decision – paying the ransom. Remain cool and explore all available options first!

Unfortunately, there are no guarantees in this line of business. They might send you that key, or they might not. If they do – it might work perfectly and you’ll have regained access to your data… but it might not run so smoothly. In case something goes wrong and the de-crypting isn’t impeccable, there will almost certainly not be a re-fund from the hackers.

Don’t rush into paying before trying other methods first

We cannot decide for you what’s best to undertake, but we can assure you that it won’t hurt for you to try the steps in this guide before emptying your wallet into the pockets of criminals. Keep in mind, however, that removing the virus does not grant you access to the encrypted files. That has to be done separately, with the help of software that is specialized in restoring deleted files. More on that in the guide.

We should also mention here that the only reason hackers go to the lengths of infecting other people’s PCs is because those people will later pay them money. So by giving them the ransom, you’re also motivating them to continue. And since they’ll probably be requesting to be paid in the crypto currency Bitcoins, which is untraceable and also the main reason for Cryptxxx’s staggeringly fast-growing popularity, they also have no reason to feel threatened by the authorities.

Threat Cryptxxx
Classification Ransomware
Security Alert
High. (Your private files are in danger of being lost forever!)
Negative Effects Computer might be running very slow. A message regarding the encryption of your files and the demand of a ransom has probably already appeared on screen.

Cryptxxx Ransomware Removal

Step 1

Reveal Hidden Files. If you don’t know how to do this, ask us in the comments.

Step 2

Start Button => Search=> Copy/Paste “notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts” => Enter.

Hosts File

If you notice other IPs different from the localhost IPs – you might be in danger!

Localhost IPs

Ask for additional help in the comments.

Step 3

Right click on the Taskbar => Start Task Manager.

Start Windows Task Manager

Navigate to Processes.

Processes in Task Manager

Locate any suspicious processes associated with Cryptxxx. Right click on the process = > Open File Location => End Process = > Delete the directories with the suspicious files.

Step 4

Start Button => Search => Type:

  • %AppData%
  • %LocalAppData%
  • %ProgramData%
  • %WinDir%
  • %Temp%

Type in Search

Hit Enter after each new search. Check each Folder and delete recent entries.

Step 5

Get Your Files Back!

The only way you can do that is by backpedaling to a moment when you were not infected. You can achieve this in one of two ways:

  • System Restore. Start Button => Search field => Type System Restore => Enter.
    Choose a Restore Point.
    Restore Point
    Click Next until the process has been completed.
  • Google and Download a Program called ShadowExplorer. Install and open it => Choose the Drive letter (C:, D:, F:, etc.) and date you want to restore information from => Right click on the files you want restored => Export.

If you run into any trouble – ask us for help in the comments section!