The CryptoFortress virus (Crypto Fortress virus) is ransomware that takes control of an infected computer system and uses the AES encryption algorithm to encrypt personal files. The virus restricts access to a computer system and will leave a message on the infected computer’s desktop, open a webpage with a message, or leave a text file demanding the computer owner pay a ransom or purchase CryptoFortress decryption software using Bitcoins or other online credit system.
The message displayed by the CryptoFortress virus varies; However a common message has been detailed below.
“All your important files (such as files on the network disks, USB devices, etc.): photos, videos, documents were encrypted with CryptoFortress virus. The only way to get your files back is to buy our decryption software. Otherwise, your files will be lost.
Caution: Removing of CryptoFortress will not restore access to your encrypted files.”
Victims of the virus who pay the fine and follow the instructions on the message might be able to retrieve their personal files and remove the ransomware, but it is not suggested to do so. Instead, malware analysts suggest to first use various procedures and third-party computer security software to remove the CryptoFortress virus and similar ransomware. Paying the ransom may actually cause further issues for some computer users.
How to remove CryptoFortress (Removal Instructions)
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2. Download and install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
3. Open the Anti-Malware program.
4. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to perform a scan.
5. Once the scan is complete, click the Quarantine All button to remove the files and restart your computer.
Ransomware usually infects 1 user account on Windows systems at a time. Here are some tips to remove ransomware by using different user accounts.
- Log into an account not affected by malware (with administrative rights) and perform a scan with reputable software to detect and remove malware.
- You can also delete the infected account.
- Other options include creating a new user account to remove malware if only 1 Window’s user account is present on the computer system.
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