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Allcry Crypter Ransomware – Remove and Restore .allcry Files

This article aims to help you remove the Allcry ransomware virus from your server and restore .allcry encrypted files.

A ransom infection, attacking servers has been reported by malware researchers. The virus aims to slither onto the infected computer via a malicious file and it then encrypts important files on the server itself, adding the .allcry file extension to them. The malware then drops a ransom note, named “readme.txt” with a message asking victims to make a payoff in 0.2 BTC (BitCoins) to the wallet of the cyber-criminals. In addition to this, they leave an e-mail (allcry@naij.com) for contact. If you are a victim of the Allcry ransomware virus, it is strongly recommended to read this article and learn how to remove this ransomware and restore files, encrypted by it on your server or PC.

Threat Summary

Name Allcry
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description Aims to encrypt the files on the infected computer or server and then ask victims to pay 0.2 BTC to get the files working again.
Symptoms Attacks files and adds the .allcry file extension to them after encryption. A black-green ransom note, named Allcry appears.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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How is Allcry Ransomware Spread

In order for it to be replicated, the Allcry virus may be sent to victims via e-mails of spamming character. Such e-mails are primarily created to deceive you into thinking they are legitimate messages from either a bank or a large retailer company. The messages have malicious e-mail attachments that are embedded within them and those attachments may pose as:

  • Invoices.
  • Purchase receipts.
  • Registration confirmation letters.
  • Fake banking statements.
  • Account activity reports.

As soon as the victim is tricked into opening the e-mails themselves, he or she immediately becomes infected.

Besides via e-mail, the Allcry ransomware can also arrive on a computer via other methods as well, such as:

  • Fake license activators.
  • Fake game patches/cracks.
  • If it pretends to be an installer.

Also, the virus creates multiple connections to advertisement networks, suggesting it may arrive on your machine via adware as well.

Allcry Ransomware – Malicious Activity Analysis

Once an infection occurs, the ransomware begins to drop multiple different types of files on the computers of victims:

C: \ Windows \ System32 \ winsrv.exe
%Program-specific location% \ QBridge.exe

When these two files are dropped, the virus automatically creates a process in Windows Task Manager, called winsrv.exe. The process is located in the following folder:

C:\Windows\System\winsrv.exe

To download the previously mentioned QBridge.exe file, the Allcry ransomware virus executes the following command in Windows Command Prompt, using functions, programmed in winsrv.exe:

→ ping 127.0.0.1 -n 3> Nul & copy% \QBridge.exe

The virus may use the same command to update or patch the QBridge.exe file. It’s legal alibi is that it is an ad module and it even has a valid digital signature to support that, suggesting this virus is created by someone with experience in signatures as well.

In addition to thos actions, the winsrv.exe file, created in the system folder has also embedded scripts with Keep-Alive type of connection to specific third-party hosts. The hosts are ad servers.

Allcry ransomware is also configured to drop it’s file encrypter in the following location:

C:\allcry.exe

The virus also creates registry entries with values for the allcry.exe file:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ Allcry \ Software \ Shell \ Open \ Command
– (default) = C: \ allcry.exe “% 1”
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ .allcry
– (default) = Allcry Software

As soon as this is done, the Allcry ransomware also generates a script which automatically opens the “Allcry crypter” message each time you click to try and open an encrypted file. The message looks like the following:

Besides the main message which supports English, Korean and Chinese languages, another symptom of having this virus is it’s readme.txt ransom note file, which has the same message as the primary ransom note:

Contents of readme.txt:

Some files haye been encrypted

Please send 0.2 bit coins to my btc wallet address
If you paid, send the hardware id to my email

I will give you program to decryper

If there is no payment within seven days,

we will no longer support decryption

Email 2 allcy@alquds.oom

BTC wallet 2 lBSJXEPpBythZiXNthDBdeNdeanru
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Allcry Ransomware – Encryption Process

The Allcry ransomware’s encryption targets files in the following Windows locations:

  • Hard Disk.
  • External hard drive.
  • Network shared folders.
  • USB or other external storage drives connected to your PC.

Among the files encrypted by this virus are a lot of file types, among which may be documents, videos, audio files, programs, .PDF types of files, archives, virtual drives and many others. Among the encrypted files may also be the following:

“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”

After the encryption, the files assume the .allcry file extension, which makes them appear like the following:

When you open the files, the virus is configured so that it actually opens the “Allcry crypter” ransom note instead.

Remove Allcry Crypter Ransomware and Restore .allcry Files

If you want to remove this virus manually, then we advise you to follow the manual removal instructions below. They are designed so that you isolate the threat and delete each file and revert any settings modified by it.

However, since Allcry creates multiple objects on your computer and may be tricky to delete, experts advise to remove it automatically using an advanced anti-malware software which scans and removes Allcry plus other unwanted software on your computer and protects it against future infections as well.

In order to restore as many files as possible after removing Allcry Crypter from your computer, we recommend you to follow the alternative methods for file recovery below in step “2. Restore files encrypted by Allcry”. They are created to help you restore as many files as you possibly can without having to pay the ransom.

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Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Allcry from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Allcry

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Allcry and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Allcry on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Allcry there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

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Step 4: Scan for Allcry with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Allcry.

Ransomware infections and Allcry aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of Allcry from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Allcry and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Allcry:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Allcry. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Allcry. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Allcry via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Allcry. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Allcry.

Ransomware infections and Allcry aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Allcry FAQ

What is Allcry ransomware and how does it work?

Allcry is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.

Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.

How does Allcry ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Allcry Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment.

This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.

After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.

Another way, you may become a victim of Allcry is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.

How to open .Allcry files?

You can't. At this point the .Allcry files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .Allcry files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by Allcry ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore ".Allcry" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Allcry files.

These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How do I get rid of Allcry ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate Allcry ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Allcry files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Allcry ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:

  • Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
  • Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
  • Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
  • You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.

More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.

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