Winnix Cryptor Ransomware Virus (Removal Steps and Protection Updates)

The Winnix Cryptor ransomware is one of the newest reported malware threats that infects target computers and extorts money from the victims to restore their data.


Name
Winnix Cryptor

File Extensions
WNX

Ransom
4 Bitcoins

Solution #1
Winnix Cryptor Ransomware can be removed easily with the help of an anti-malware tool, a program that will clean your computer from the virus, remove any additional cyber-security threats, and protect you in the future.

Solution #2
Winnix Cryptor Ransomware can be removed manually, though it can be very hard for most home users. See the guide below.

Distribution
Phishing links, click bait ads, email spam, and others.

Winnix Cryptor Ransomware Description

Winnix Cryptor ransomware is a new threat that has recently been reported by security researchers. It features typical ransomware behavior – when infection is complete, it encrypts target user files with a storng cipher and extorts a ransom payment fee from the computer owners to restore their data.

The ransomware places two ransom note files on the Windows desktop (in TXT and HTML formats) with the name YOUR FILES ARE ENCRYPTED!. Here is a sample message contents:

Your files have been safely encrypted on this PC: photos, documents, databases, etc. Encryption was produced using a unique public key generated for this computer. To decrypt files you need to obtain the private key.
The only way to get the private key is to pay 4 BTC. You saved it on qualified system administrator who could make your network safe and secure.
In order to decrypt the files send your bitcoins to the following address:
13gYXFxpzm7hAd4esdnJGt9JvYqyD1Y6by
After you complete your payment, send an email to [email protected] with YOUR ID as subject (ID is in the end of the file) and you’ll receive private key, needed software and step by step guide in 1 business day.
Offer is valid for 5 business days (expiration date is in the end of the file). AFTER TIME IS UP, PRICE DOUBLES.
No discounts, no other payment methods.
How to buy bitcoins?
1. Create a Bitcoin Wallet (we recommend Blockchain.info)
2. Buy necessary amount of Bitcoins
Do not forget about the transaction commission in the Bitcoin network (= 0.0005).
Here are our recommendations:
LocalBitcoins.com – the fastest and easiest way to buy and sell Bitcoins;
CoinCafe.com – the simplest and fastest way to buy, sell and use Bitcoins;
BTCDirect.eu – the best for Europe;
CEX.IO – Visa / MasterCard;
CoinMama.com – Visa / MasterCard;
HowToBuyBitcoins.info – discover quickly how to buy and sell bitcoins in your local currency.
More questions?
Send an email to [email protected]
ID:[redacted[
EXP DATE: Sept. 12 2016

Winnix Cryptor Team

According to the note the criminals demand a fee of 4 Bitcoins which is equivalent to about 2800 US Dollars. All affected files receive the file name extension WNX. To further pressure the users, the hackers have als added a time limit of 5 working days.

winnix-cryptor-ransomware

Winnix Cryptor Ransomware Distribution

The Winnix Cryptor ransomware can be distributed via various means – email spam campaigns, malicious ads, browser hijacker redirects and software bundles downloaded from untrusted sources. We highly recommend that you follow good security practices to stay protected from this and other threats.

Winnix Cryptor Ransomware Removal

For a faster solution, you can run a scan with an advanced malware removal tool and delete Winnix Cryptor completely with a few mouse clicks.

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

Windows-key-plus-R-button-launch-Run-Box-in-Windows-illustrated

    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

    show-hidden-files-win8-10

    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 Winnix Cryptor Ransomware Using SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

Manual removal of Winnix Cryptor requires being familiar with system files and registries. Removal of any important data can lead to permanent system damage. Prevent this troublesome effect – delete Winnix Cryptor 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) 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

    3) Using System Restore Point

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

restore-files-using-system-restore-point

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

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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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