Remove FCRYPT Ransomware — Restore Your PC

An infection with the dangerous FCRYPT ransomware virus leads to serious security issues. With our removal guide, victims can try to secure their computers and restore encrypted files.

Manual Removal Guide
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In case that your Mac has been affected by FCRYPT ransomare or you suspect that other threats are running on it you can follow detailed instructions on how to detect and remove Mac viruses so you can keep the device clean and secure.

Distribution of FCRYPT Ransomware Virus

The FCRYPT ransomware is a devastating cryptovirus that has been recently released in attack campaigns against computer users worldwide. Threat actors could be utilizing widely used tactics of distribution to infect computer systems.

One of the methods that may be used by the malicious actors behind FCRYPT ransomware includes the coordination of SPAM email messages — they are used to spread the threat by sending out messages that pose as legitimate notifications sent by popular Internet portals or services that the targets may use. The virus files can be either directly attached or linked in the body. They can also be uploaded to fake download sites which are designed to appear like any of the popular Internet portals or vendor download sites. The malicious actors may use similar sounding domain names, certificates and hijacked design and contents to coerce the victims into thinking that they are accessing the legitimate address.

Another way that the threat may spread is through infected payloads — the use of various files that are infected with virus code. A popular example is the malicious document which can take any form: presentations, rich text files, spreadsheets and databases. Once they are opened by the victims a notification message will pop-up asking the target users to enable the built-in scripts. If this is done the virus infection will follow. The other popular technique is the inclusion of the code in application installers. They are malicious copies of legitimate setup files of popular end-user programs that have been modified with the FCRYPT ransomware code.

Ransomware files are also popularly spread by fake user profiles — they can post to community forums or social media accounts. The criminals can utilize both fake or stolen identities to increase the number of infected users.

In certain cases, the criminals may also be distributed via malicious browser plugins — additions to the most popular web browsers that are advertised as useful. The plugins are uploaded to the official repositories and often make use of fake or hijacked user reviews and developer credentials. Once they are installed by the users they will execute their built-in instructions that in many cases leads to the FCRYPT ransomware virus infection in the end.

Impact of FCRYPT Ransomware Virus

The FCRYPT ransomware engine will drop many files that are used by the initial infection engine. This shows that the structure is modular in nature and the attack campaigns can be dynamically reconfigured with every planned infiltration attempt. The most common places where they can be placed include the following: %AppData%, %Local%, %LocalLow%, %Roaming% and %Temp%.

As soon as the data sets have completed running the FCRYPT engine can launch various system modification actions including the following:

  • Windows Registry Modifications — The engine can introduce changes both to the values used by the operating system and third-party applications. This can lead to unexpected errors when accessing certain functions or services. This can also cause severe performance problems, the users may be unable to use their computers until the threat is completely removed.
  • Boot Persistence Installation — The FCRYPT ransomware can install itself as a persistent threat which means that it will be started every time the computer is booted. This will additionally disable the boot options and recovery menus which makes manual user removal guides useless.
  • Data Removal — The engine can be programmed to delete sensitive data which makes recovery very difficult. Files that are targeted include backups, System Restore Points and Shadow Volume Copies. In this case only a combination of a data recovery and an anti-spyware solution must be used.

When all modules have completed running the actual ransomware engine will be started. It follows the typical behavior by using a strong cipher and a built-in list of target file type extensions:

  • Archives
  • Databases
  • Backups
  • Images
  • Videos
  • Music

The victim files will be renamed with the FCRYPT extension. The associated ransomare note will be created in a file called #HELP-DECRYPT-FCRYPT1.1#.txt which reads the following message:

–= FCRYPT V1.1 =–
Warning!
All your important files are encrypted and have the extension: .FCrypt
No one else can decrypt your file!
Please follow the steps below:
1. Send this file (#HELP-DECRYPT-FCRYPT1.1#.txt) to E-mail : [email protected]
2. Uninstall all anti-virus software on your computer.
3. Waiting for our reply .
You DON’T need to pay any money for decryption.
NOTE!
IN ORDER TO PREVENT DATA DAMAGE:
# DO NOT MODIFY ENCRYPTED FILES
# DO NOT CHAGE DATA BELOW
…..BEGIN CERTIFICATE…..
hQEMAwPklKRCsUg0AQgAgYvhOX9OYzDYPtlWet2NBve7dlZKpo6IpdhYWUdpRTpygip0QF010rxAHEz0mTEga7uFovhMzmu/I8quySllRsS7XypaP7SGdvbyrikpUnAR
*****

Remove FCRYPT Ransomware Virus and Restore PC

Please note that paying the requested ransom fee to cybercriminals does not really solve your problem with FCRYPT cryptovirus. In fact, you only encourage hackers to continue spreading ransomware of this kind. Instead, you must remove the threat immediately, and only then look for optional ways to recover your data.

WARNING! Manual removal of FCRYPT ransomare ransomware virus requires being familiar with system files and registries. Removing important data accidentally can lead to permanent system damage. If you don’t feel comfortable with manual instructions, download a powerful anti-malware tool that will scan your system for malware and clean it safely for you.

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FCRYPT ransomare Ransomware Virus – Manual Removal Steps

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. The steps below are applicable to all Windows versions.

1. Hit the WIN Key + R

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

Show Hidden Files

Some ransomware threats are designed to hide their malicious files in the Windows so all files stored on the system should be visible.

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

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

Repair Windows Registry

1. Again type simultaneously the WIN Key + R key combination

2. In the box, write regedit 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

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Recover Encrypted Files

WARNING! All files and objects associated with FCRYPT ransomare ransomware virus should be removed from the infected PC before any data recovery attempts. Otherwise the virus may encrypt restored files. Furthermore, a backup of all encrypted files stored on external media is highly recommendable.

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1. Use present backups

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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
    – Hit the “Restore” button

Preventive Security Measures

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