How to Remove Crypter Ransomware

What is Crypter?

Crypter ransomware is a computer virus that targets Brazilian victims and by renaming files and demanding a ransom of 1 Bitcoin to “decrypt files.” The virus will claim it has encrypted files although it has not.

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Overview

Names Distribution
Crypter virus, CRYPTER – 2016 Ransomware Email, Exploit Kit, Social Media

Crypter is predominantly distributed by malicious email messages that contain malicious links and attachments. The email attachments will usually be a .zip file or fake Microsoft Word document file. If contents from the .zip file are manually extracted it will unpack another file that is usually a JavaScript file, JScript Encoded file, or VBScript Script file. When the file is manually executed by the user it will cause the malware to spread across the machine and begin the file rename process.

Crypter ransomware renames  files that match certain file extensions. Once the rename process is complete it will show a lock-screen and restrict access to the computer. The lock screen claims that the victim must pay a fine or ransom payment via Bitcoin by visiting a web address on the dark web.

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crypter

A lock-screen is typically used to display a message from the malware author or distributor to the victim. The lock-screen acts as a ransom note or deceptive entity and contains steps to make a payment of 1 Bitcoins.

It is suggested to avoid paying ransomware authors to decrypt your files. Instead, third-party programs Shadow Explorer, PhotoRec, or Recuva can be used to potentially recover files encrypted by this virus. A user may also be able to retrieve encrypted files by performing a system restore to a date and time before the infection occurred.

Removal Software

Name Detection Download
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium Ransomware.Crypter Buy
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free Ransomware.Crypter Download (Free)
HitmanPro by Surfright Ransomware.Crypter Download (Free)

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Decryption Software

Decryption Software

File Recovery Software

Name Description Download
Shadow Explorer Restores lost or damaged files from Shadow Copies Download (Free)
Photorec Recovers lost files Download (Free)
Recuva Recovers lost files Download (Free) | Buy

Troubleshoot

Alternative methods are suggested if there are issues removing Crypter ransomware from an infected computer.

How to Restore your computer

If a restore point has previously been established on your machine you will be able to perform a system restore in order to restore your machine to a date and time before it was infected. You will lose files on your computer that were obtained prior to the restore point.

There are several options to restore your computer. Most computers have their own restore software that can be found by performing a search. Additionally, computers that run the Windows Operating System have a default restore program that can also be found by performing a search.

A boot screen that can be used to access options to restore your computer can be reached by rebooting your computer and pressing the F8 key once the manufacture screen is displayed.

How to Recover your computer to factory settings

A system recovery (or reset) will recover your computer to factory settings. You will lose the current programs and files on your computer.

There are several options to recover your computer to factory settings. Most computers have their own recovery software that can be found by performing a search. Additionally, computers that run the Windows Operating System have a default recovery program that can also be found by performing a search.

A boot screen that can be used to access options to restore your computer can be reached by rebooting your computer and pressing the F8 key once the manufacture screen is displayed.