CryptON Ransomware Virus (Removal Steps and Protection Updates)

Malware researchers discovered the CryptON ransomware, a new virus CryptoLocker strain which you can easily remove using our in-depth removal guide.

CryptON Ransomware Update

Security researchers have spotted a new version of CryptON that has been released in attack campaigns against computer users worldwide. Corrupted files can be recognized by the specific extensions .id.ransomed@india(.)com that are appended at the end of their names. Find a removal for this threat here.

CryptON Ransomware Description

Malware researchers reported the discovery of a new ransomware strain called Crypton. This Crypton ransomware is merely just another CryptoLocker strain that has been modified and used in several large attack campaigns.

The virus is not really that different from the core family code. This has helped the anti-virus companies and malware researchers to quickly update their definitions list.

Upon infection, the virus is able to scan for running processes and spawn new ones. Like other CryptoLocker ransomware strains it is also able to modify Windows files and load viral code into the host’s memory.

The encryption engine uses a strong cipher which targets the most popular file type extensions – documents, music, photos, videos, configuration files and etc. When this process is complete a ransomware note in Portuguese is shown to the victims. A machine-translated version of it reads the following:

All your files have been encrypted with Crypt ° Locker!
This means that, without a decryption key, recovering your files is not possible. If your files have a value for you and you are willing to pay me for the decryption key, contact me: steaveiwalker@india.com, steavewalker@163.com
You have 3 days to pay for my services. After this period, you will have lost all your files.
Anti-virus software can remove Cryptolocker, but can not decrypt your files. The only way to recover your files – is to pay for the decryption key.
Information for IT Specialists: The data was encrypted with the AES (Rijndael) algorithm with the length of the 256-bit session key. The session key is encrypted with the RSA algorithm (2048 bits). The public key is included in the Cryptolocker. The private key for decryption of the session key is stored only in my database. To break this key, you need more than a million years.

CryptON Ransomware Distribution

The CryptON Ransomware follows the typical distribution tactics that are employed by the rest of the Cryptolocker strains.

  • Spam Messages – The spam messages typically use social engineering tactics to increase the infection ratio. They include hyperlinks that infect with the virus or directly attach the dangerous payload.
  • Infected Software Installers – Various software installers can often be bundled with dangerous viruses. In the most popular case these are pirated iliegal copies of legitimate applications and games that are often found on hacked download sites and P2P networks.
  • Redirects – Dangerous redirects can be used to deliver the viral payload. They include browser hijackers and hacked ads.

CryptON Ransomware – How To Remove it and Prevent It From Coming Back

There are two ways of removal:

Summary of CryptON Ransomware

 


Name
CryptON Ransomware

File Extension
.[id]@india.com PATTERN

Ransom
Varies

Easy Solution
You can skip all steps and remove CryptON Ransomware ransomware with the help of an anti-malware tool.

Manual Solution
CryptON Ransomware ransomware can be removed manually, though it can be very hard for most home users. See the detailed tutorial below.

Distribution
Spam emails, malicious URLs, malicious attacments, exploit kits, freeware.

CryptON Ransomware Ransomware Removal

STEP I: Start the PC in Safe Mode with Network
This will isolate all files and objects created by the ransomware so they will be removed efficiently.

    1) Hit WIN Key + R

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    2) A Run window will appear. In it, write “msconfig” and then press Enter
    3) A Configuration box shall appear. In it Choose the tab named “Boot
    4) Mark “Safe Boot” option and then go to “Network” under it to tick it too
    5) Apply -> OK

Or check our video guide – “How to start PC in Safe Mode with Networking

STEP II: Show Hidden Files

    1) Open My Computer/This PC
    2) Windows 7

      – Click on “Organize” button
      – Select “Folder and search options
      – Select the “View” tab
      – Go under “Hidden files and folders” and mark “Show hidden files and folders” option

    3) Windows 8/ 10

      – Open “View” tab
      – Mark “Hidden items” option

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    4) Click “Apply” and then “OK” button

STEP III: Enter Windows Task Manager and Stop Malicious Processes

    1) Hit the following key combination: CTRL+SHIFT+ESC
    2) Get over to “Processes
    3) When you find suspicious process right click on it and select “Open File Location
    4) Go back to Task Manager and end the malicious process. Right click on it again and choose “End Process
    5) Next you should go folder where the malicious file is located and delete it

STEP IV: Remove Completely CryptON Ransomware Ransomware Using SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

Manual removal of CryptON Ransomware requires being familiar with system files and registries. Removal of any important data can lead to permanent system damage. Prevent this troublesome effect – delete CryptON Ransomware ransomware with SpyHunter malware removal tool.

SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter

STEP V: Repair Windows Registry

    1) Again type simultaneously the Windows Button + R key combination
    2) In the box, write “regedit”(without the inverted commas) and hit Enter
    3) Type the CTRL+F and then write the malicious name in the search type field to locate the malicious executable
    4) In case you have discovered registry keys and values related to the name, you should delete them, but be careful not to delete legitimate keys

Further help for Windows Registry repair

STEP VI: Recover Encrypted Files

    1) Use present backups
    2) Use professional data recovery software

      Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery – a specialist tool that can restore partitions, data, documents, photos, and 300 more file types lost during various types of incidents and corruption.
    3) Using System Restore Point

      – Hit WIN Key
      – Select “Open System Restore” and follow the steps


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    4) Restore your personal files using File History

      – Hit WIN Key
      – Type “restore your files” in the search box
      – Select “Restore your files with File History
      – Choose a folder or type the name of the file in the search bar

    restore-your-personal-files-using-File-History-bestecuritysearch

      – Hit the “Restore” button
      5) Emsisoft’s CryptON Decrypter

      Some encrypted files may be restored with the help of Emsisoft’s CryptON Decrypter. Just make ensure to have copies of all encrypted files before any recovery attempts.

STEP VII: Preventive Security Measures

    1) Enable and properly configure your Firewall.
    2) Install and maintain reliable anti-malware software.
    3) Secure your web browser.
    4) Check regularly for available software updates and apply them.
    5) Disable macros in Office documents.
    6) Use strong passwords.
    7) Don’t open attachments or click on links unless you’re certain they’re safe.
    8) Backup regularly your data.

SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter

Author : Martin Beltov

Martin graduated with a degree in Publishing from Sofia University. As a cyber security enthusiast he enjoys writing about the latest threats and mechanisms of intrusion.


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