Bit Cryptor also dubbed BitCryptor is classified as a ransomware considered to be from the CryptoGraphic Locker family. It encrypts the user’s files via the AES-256 encryption algorithm. As a result, a ransom message is displayed on the user’s computer. The message is stating that in order for the files to be decrypted, a unique encryption key is needed. However, the key is provided only after a fee of about $240 is paid. Researchers warn that paying the money on time, or within 96 hours, does not always decipher the affected files.
Bit Cryptor Distribution Method
Bit Cryptor is written to affect computers with all versions of Windows, including Windows XP and Widows Vista. Bit Cryptor may have entered the system through a malicious website or opening a suspicious email attachment. Another probable distribution is bundling. Bit Cryptor may have been included in the download package of a free software product downloaded from the Internet.
Bit Cryptor Description
As already mentioned, Bit Cryptor uses the AES-256 algorithm, as well as the RSA encryption method. AES stands for Advanced Encryption Standard. It is described as a symmetric block cipher initially used by governments to protect private information. In the hands of cyber criminals, it becomes a significant threat. In particular, the cipher AES-256 is widely used in TSL/SSL across the Web. It is ranked as a top cipher that is practically not breakable because of its massive key combinations.
Researchers believe that Bit Cryptor is slightly different than other ransomware because its payment system is built straight in the malware executable. After it is installed, Bit Cryptor creates an executable with a random name in the %AppData% or %LocalAppData% folder. After it is launched, the randomly named executable will start scanning the drive letters on the PC to encrypt files.
Some of the extensions it affects are .doc, .docx, .xls, .pdf. Once detected, those files’ extensions will be changed to 7z.encrypted.
Bit Cryptor Removal
Security experts warn that paying the fee of $240 may not result in decrypting all encrypted data. After all, the safest way to stay protected against malware, in general, is keeping the AV tool up-to-date, and backing up important files.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter