Welcome to our Crypz removal instructions. This article intends to help you remove Crypz from your system and is designed to work for all Windows versions.
Encrypted files and online blackmailing? What you need to know.
Locking people’s files and blackmailing them to pay ransom in exchange for their return is quickly becoming the new trend among hackers and virtual criminals all over the Internet. Their weapon of choice is referred to as ransomware. Ransomware is not a single virus, but rather a whole category of different malicious programs used for the same purpose – to force people to transfer bitcoins to the criminal who is in charge of the nasty software. Crypz is one of the newest of the ransomware category, therefore it is most likely to infect your computer, especially since it is currently on the rise. There are several aspects that make ransomware particularly tough to deal with, which we will cover in our article. It is important to know that it is hundred times easier to protect your PC from the virus, than it is actually dealing with it after it has infected your system. Therefore, read carefully and take notes, because this might make the difference between having a clean and secure PC and losing access to your files (or even your very computer).
General information about Crypz File Virus
First of all, let’s dig deeper into the topic of what ransomware actually do to your machine. As we already said, they lock your files and demand a ransom. Here is how this happens: Once Crypz enters your system it begins to copy all your files and then deletes the originals. What’s special about the copies is that they’re all encrypted. To be able to read that through that encryption, your computer needs a certain code, which only the hacker who’s made Crypz has. Once the process has finished, the malicious program notifies you with a message about the encryption of your files and that if you need to regain access to them, you’ll need to pay a ransom in the form of bitcoins. Bitcoins are an untraceable crypto currency. This means that the virtual criminal cannot be tracked down and brought to justice – one more reason for ransomware to be so popular among the hackers. Know that there’re even some ransomware viruses that lock your whole computer, denying you access to it whatsoever – these are also known as screen lockers. Crypz hasn’t been reported to do that, but it’s still a piece of information that we wanted to share with you.
What you can do once your files get encrypted
Unfortunately, you aren’t left with many options should your files get encrypted by this nasty virus. Obviously, paying the ransom seems like a possible course of action. However, we strongly advise against it – there’s no guarantee that you’ll ever get your files back even if you pay the hacker. There’s virtually nothing that can make them send you the encryption code if they decide not to do so and so you could have simply wasted your money without even restoring your files. Instead of going for the ransom payment, we suggest you to try out our ransomware removal guide which could also help you regain access to your files. Just know that since Crypz File Virus is the newest of its kind, it’s possible that our guide might not be able to restore all affected files. Still, it’s worth the shot and won’t cost you anything.
Protecting your system
Next important, which we need to tell you is how to effectively fend off any future ransomware threats. As we said earlier, it’s just times easier to prevent landing Crypz that it is to have it removed and your files restored.
- To keep your PC safe, you’ll need to know how the malicious software gets distributed. Most common methods are spam e-mails and shade/illegal sites. Therefore, be careful when opening new e-mail letters and stay away from sites that look suspicious.
- Also, download content only from sites that you trust. Another good piece of advice is to have a trusty and up-to-date anti-virus program since often ransomware get distributed via other harmful programs such as Trojan Horses.
- Know that it is actually possible to detect Crypz before it has locked your files since the encryption process requires both time and considerable resources from your computer. Therefore, remain vigilant for any of the following symptoms: higher than usual CPU and RAM usage, less free storage space than your PC is supposed to have and generally weird behavior of your machine. If more than one of these symptoms are present, you might want to shut-down your PC and contact a professional.
|Negative Effects||Unusually high CPU and RAM usage; Less free disk space than you think you should have; Strange PC behaviour.|
Crypz File Virus Ransomware Removal
Reveal Hidden Files. If you don’t know how to do this, ask us in the comments.
=> Search=> Copy/Paste “notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts” => Enter.
If you notice other IPs different from the localhost IPs – you might be in danger!
Ask for additional help in the comments.
Right click on the Taskbar => Start Task Manager.
Navigate to Processes.
Locate any suspicious processes associated with Crypz . Right click on the process = > Open File Location => End Process = > Delete the directories with the suspicious files.
=> Search => Type:
Hit Enter after each new search. Check each Folder and delete recent entries.
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. => Search field => Type System Restore => Enter.
Choose a 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!