The CrypVault virus (also known as Cryp Vault or CryptoVault) is a very dangerous variant of ransomware and an encryption virus that has been spreading through Europe and the United States. The CrypVault virus runs and generates a unique public RSA key and a private RSA key. It encrypts computer files that match the .xls, .doc, .pdf, .rtf, .psd, .dwg, .cdr, .cd, .mdb, .1cd, .dbf, .sqlite, .jpg, and .zip file extensions, holds the encrypted files hostage, and demands a payment to restore or decrypt the files that it encrypts and holds for ransom.
The CrypVault virus takes control of an infected computer system and encrypts most personal files. It restricts access to the infected computer system and will leave a message on the infected computer’s desktop, open a webpage, or leave a text file with a message that demands the computer owner to pay a ransom or purchase CrypVault decryption software using Bitcoins or another online credit system.
The alert message displayed by CrypVault ransomware might say something similar to “Your files have been safely encrypted on this PC: photos, videos, documents, etc. Click “Show encrypted files” Button to view a complete list of encrypted files and you can personally verify this.” The message will be delivered in a new window, webpage, or text file found on Windows desktop.
Victims of the virus who pay the fine and follow the instructions on the message might be able to restore 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 CrypVault virus and similar ransomware. Paying the ransom may actually cause further issues for some computer users.
How to remove CrypVault (Removal Instructions)
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1. Download and install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.
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2. Open the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware program.
3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.
4. Once the malware scan is complete, click the Remove Selected button and reboot 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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