In this article we are going to try and help you remove .crypz. Our instructions cover all Windows versions.
In you are reading the following article, it’s likely that your personal computer has been infected with .crypz. We are going to briefly but thoroughly discuss its characteristic features and common effects. Moreover, we are going to give you an idea about the way it functions and the possible ways to avoid it. It- .Crypz falls into the category of one of the most dangerous types of malware a user might end up dealing with at the present moment. According to the reports of some security experts, .crypz has been classified as a Ransomware. This is the reason why we are also going to explain the typical behaviour of Ransomware as a whole.
We have also prepared a guide to help you successfully go through the removal process of this nasty malware. We hope that it will come in handy to you.
Ransomware in general
Ransomware is exactly what should come to your mind when you think about hazardous malware. It is a type of a virus that was created in the late 90s in Russia but has quickly spread within the last decades.
As its name implies, Ransomware is a version of malware that is used to “kidnap” certain data from your system. As you might expect, it then requests an amount of money as a ransom in order to grant you back the access to the encrypted data. Nowadays Ransomware-based programs are among the most disgusting and malicious software to have been ever developed and used to harass innocent users.
It typically functions in the following way: this virus-like product invades your personal computer without your knowledge and/or consent. Immediately after it has infiltrated your machine, Ransomware starts gradually encrypting some of your files. As soon as it has done so, an alert notification, letting you know about that, would be displayed. The money that it then demands you to pay is in fact for purchasing the Decryption Key. Normally, this key consists of two parts – private and public. The decryption of your “kidnapped” files needs both of them to be properly performed.
Characteristic features of .crypz
Most commonly, .crypz functions in a way that is similar to the one of any other Ransomware product. First of all, it infiltrates your computer with the help of a Trojan horse. Most usually both the .crypz and the Trojan accompanying it get distributed via an email that contains them.
Be extremely careful and do not forget that it is necessary to handle the threat that comes from the Trojan horse immediately after you have managed to remove .crypz.
Most commonly, the next step .crypz usually performs is to scan your hard disks and flash drives for the files that are most often used. After it has completed that part of its plan, this Ransomware assembles a list of all such files and starts to lock them up. As a result, your most commonly used files end up being encrypted and inaccessible. Such an encrypting process may often use up a disturbingly big amount of system resources. That’s the moment when it’s really possible to notice the threat in your Task Manager. Generally, this would appear as the most unfamiliar process that is consuming the greatest amount of RAM. Unfortunately, in most of the recorded cases, the infection gets revealed only after .crypz has already completed the encryption process and the ransom notification has appeared.
Another harmful tactic of the hackers is to offer you an anti-Ransomware app as soon as the ransom-demanding message gets generated. Nevertheless, such tools would not be useful at all and could actually worsen the situation.
The recommended actions in case of an infection
To begin with, it is strongly recommended that you do not rush into paying the ransom the hackers demand from you. What’s more, you shouldn’t expect any moral or righteous actions to come from such cyber criminals. You have absolutely no reason to believe that they will grant you back the access to your files even if you complete the payment.
The guide below has been especially prepared for those who have already been infected with .crypz but want to try to remove it instead of paying the ransom. If you closely follow the steps below, you may be able to remove the virus. Nonetheless, even in case you manage to uninstall it, no one can promise that you that you will restore all of your locked up files. To be precise and completely honest – removing the virus does not necessarily mean decrypting the data you have lost.
We can simply advise you to never surrender to the criminals’ requests and complete any payments before you have tried anything possible to help yourself.
.crypz File Virus Ransomware Removal
Enter Windows Safe mode.
- Win 7 Users: Restart your PC –> keep on clicking F8 –> In the subsequent Menu select Safe Mode with Networking.
- Win 8 Users: Start Button –> Control Panel –> System and Security –> Administrative Tools –> System Configuration –> In the subsequent Menu select Safe Boot –>
- Win 10 users: Start Menu –> Power Options Menu –> Hold down the SHIFT button while clicking on Restart –> Troubleshoot –> Advanced Options –> Startup Settings –> Restart –> In the subsequent Menu select Safe Mode with Networking.
Open Task Manager and locate any processes associated with .crypz.
- Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC keys simultaneously –> Processes Tab –> Select a suspicious process (use Google or ask us in the comments if you are not sure about a process) –> Right Click and Open File Location –> End the suspicious process in Task Manager –> Delete the Folders containing the suspicious files.
Open the Registry Editor and search for .crypz.
- Win 7 Users: Click Start and type regedit –> Enter –> Press CTRL + F buttons –> Type Cryp1 Virus in the search field.
- Win 8/10 users: Start Button –> Choose Run –> type regedit –> Enter Press CTRL + F buttons Type crypz in the search field.
Try to recover your files. First you will need System Restore.
- Win 7 Users: Start button –> Type Windows System Restore –> Enter –> Open System Restore –> Select a Restore Point and revert to it.
- Win 8 Users: Hold down the Windows key + Q –> Type Recovery –> Settings –> Choose the Recovery icon –> Open System Restore –> Select a Restore Point.
- Win 10 Users: Start Menu –> Power Options Menu –> Hold down the SHIFT button while clicking on Restart –> Troubleshoot –> Advanced Options –> System Restore –> Select a Restore Point and apply it.
Secondly use program that can access your Shadow Copies.
- Use Google to find the official website of such a program and download it.
- Use the program to select the file types and the hard drive locations you want the program to scan for.
- Start the scan and keep in mind that it might take a while.
- Once the scan has been completed just select the files you want to be recovered.
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