Another ransomware has started attacking users, encoding their important documents with a strong cipher. Its name is SecureCryptor, and it can be recognized by its distinctive file extension -.SecureCrypted. SecureCryptor ransomware uses a powerful encryption to cipher files of users, scrambling their hex code. This is done with the purpose of getting the user to make a ransom payoff on the email firstname.lastname@example.org to gain access back to the files. Users are strongly advised not to pay any ransom money to cyber-criminals since it is no guarantee of getting the files back.
|Short Description||Encrypts the user’s files with a strong encryption algorithm and requests to contact e-mail address to make a ransom payoff, most likely in BitCoin.|
|Symptoms||Files are encrypted and become inaccessible. A ransom note with instructions for paying the ransom shows when you try to open an encrypted file.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, File Sharing Networks.|
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SecureCryptor Ransomware – Distribution
SecureCryptor Ransomware Viewed In Details
Once activated on the user’s computer, the ransomware may drop one or more malicious scripts in the form of files that may have different names. The usual targeted folders and filenames by ransomware viruses like SecureCryptor are the following:
SecureCryptor Ransomware virus may delete volume shadow copies and other backups of files in Windows, by executing a script with escalated privileges and the following Windows command:
→ vssadmin delete-shadows /all /quiet
Then, the SecureCryptor ransomware may scan for and encrypt files of the following file types:
→ “PNG .PSD .PSPIMAGE .TGA .THM .TIF .TIFF .YUV .AI .EPS .PS .SVG .INDD .PCT .PDF .XLR .XLS .XLSX .ACCDB .DB .DBF .MDB .PDB .SQL .APK .APP .BAT .CGI .COM .EXE .GADGET .JAR .PIF .WSF .DEM .GAM .NES .ROM .SAV CAD Files .DWG .DXF GIS Files .GPX .KML .KMZ .ASP .ASPX .CER .CFM .CSR .CSS .HTM .HTML .JS .JSP .PHP .RSS .XHTML. DOC .DOCX .LOG .MSG .ODT .PAGES .RTF .TEX .TXT .WPD .WPS .CSV .DAT .GED .KEY .KEYCHAIN .PPS .PPT .PPTX ..INI .PRF Encoded Files .HQX .MIM .UUE .7Z .CBR .DEB .GZ .PKG .RAR .RPM .SITX .TAR.GZ .ZIP .ZIPX .BIN .CUE .DMG .ISO .MDF .TOAST .VCD SDF .TAR .TAX2014 .TAX2015 .VCF .XML Audio Files .AIF .IFF .M3U .M4A .MID .MP3 .MPA .WAV .WMA Video Files .3G2 .3GP .ASF .AVI .FLV .M4V .MOV .MP4 .MPG .RM .SRT .SWF .VOB .WMV 3D .3DM .3DS .MAX .OBJ R.BMP .DDS .GIF .JPG ..CRX .PLUGIN .FNT .FON .OTF .TTF .CAB .CPL .CUR .DESKTHEMEPACK .DLL .DMP .DRV .ICNS .ICO .LNK .SYS .CFG”Source:fileinfo.com
After encryption, the hex code of the files is scrambled, and they are no longer accessible. The extension .SecureCrypted is added, for example:
→ New Text Document.txt.SecureCrypted.Contact_Here_To_Recover_Your_Files.txt
When the file is opened, the following message can be seen:
SecureCryptor Ransomware – Conclusion, Removal, and File Reverting
The summary for SecureCryptor is that it is a relatively new variant and uses a strong cipher to encode files. In addition to that, SecureCryptor uses a relatively new technique for such viruses – it attaches a text document opening script to the encrypted files that open directly the ransom note, asking to contact the ransom e-mail for decryption.
To remove the SecureCryptor ransomware virus completely, make sure that you follow the instructions below. They should help you to detect the malicious files manually or assist you with automatically scanning for and detecting virus files and registry entries which might be modified by SecureCryptor.
To try and restore the data, we advise following the instructions in step “3. Restore files encrypted by SecureCryptor.” They may not be 100% effective. However, some users have reported that they were in luck to restore at least a small portion of the files. In addition to that, you may contact the cyber-criminals’ e-mail since they usually offer free decryption of 1 or 2 files as a “guarantee”.
Manually delete SecureCryptor from your computer
Note! Substantial notification about the SecureCryptor threat: Manual removal of SecureCryptor requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.