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ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 Virus – How to Remove It (+Restore Files)

This article will aid you to remove ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 virus. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.

ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 virus is one that encrypts your data and demands money as a ransom to get it restored. Files will receive the .ARGUS extension. The ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 virus will leave ransomware instructions inside a text file. Keep on reading the article and see how you could try to potentially recover some of your locked files and data.

Threat Summary

Name ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description The ransomware encrypts files by placing the .ARGUS before the affected files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
Symptoms The ransomware will encrypt your files and leave a ransom note with payment instructions.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 Virus – Distribution Techniques

The ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 virus as a new ransomware threat is being distributed in an initial campaign targeting a pre-selected list of targets. It is anticipated that future releases will use a much more encompassing campaign and with several different methods at once.

A popular method is the use of email SPAM messages — they are sent in bulk and contain phishing tactics that all attempt to scam the recipients into thinking that they are receiving a legitimate message. The emails are designed with elements taken from well-known sites or services that they might use. The virus file can be directly attached to the emails or linked in the body contents.

A related mechanism is the creation of web sites that use a similar mechanism — they are fake copies of vendor download sites, Internet portals or review sites. By interacting with elements the ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 virus will be delivered to the vicims.

The virus may also be spread through various file-sharing networks which are often used in the distribution of both legitimate and pirate content. These three methods are also used to carry infected payloads which can cause infections with the ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 virus. Such an example is a malicious setup file which is made by taking the installers of popular end-user software and adding the virus code in them. A similar strategy is the creation of infected documents, the carriers can be of any of the common types: spreadsheets, databases, rich text documents and presentations. If opened a notification box will appear asking the users to enable the built-in scripts. This will trigger the infection.

Large-scale attack campaigns can alternatively make use of distribution via browser hijackers. They are malicious web browser plugins which are made compatible with the most popular web browsers and uploaded to their respective repositories. The strains use fake developer credentials and user reviews in order to further manipulate the victim users into adding them to their browsers. As soon as they are installed they will start to cause changes to the browser, system and also deploy the virus threat.

The captured strains so far showcase that the majority of the impacted users are English-speaking.

ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 Virus – Detailed Analysis

The security analysis performed on the ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 virus indicates that it does not originate from any of the known malicious families. This means that it is likely that the individual or group behind it may have developed it. The other possible source is a custom order from the hacker underground markets.

It appears that the virus does follow a modular framework as the acquired samples showcase a step-by-step pattern.

The infection engine will be started as soon as the virus is deployed on the target devices. The analysis shows that the ransomware will attempt to install itself as a persistent threat — it will disable the boot recovery menu and may also add entries to the Windows Registry or various Windows configuration files. Such modifications will launch the malicious module every time the computer boots and may render manual user removal guides non-working.

This module is also used to delete system data such as recovery images, shadow volume copies and other information that is used during the virus removal and restore process.

A nonstandard component is included in this ransomware. When executed it will start to zero out the disk by deleting sensitive data and leading to problems with file data.

There are other possible additions that can be included in future releases of the ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 virus:

  • Information Retrieval — Such virus modules make use of scripts and stand-alone components in order to hijack data that can expose the identity of the victim users. The module will search for specific strings such as their name, address, phone number and any stored account credentials.
  • Machine Identification — This module can assign a unique ID to each machine by looking out for strings such as the installed hardware components, user settings and operating system variables.
  • Additional Virus Deployments — Infections with ransomware of this type can be used in causing other infections. They can range from browser hijackers to Trojans.

ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 Virus – Encryption Process

As soon as all prior components have completed execution the built-in ransomware code will be engaged. Like other popular threats it will make use of a built-in list of target file type extensions that will be processed wih a strong cipher and rendered inaccessible. An example list is the following:

  • Archives
  • Backups
  • Databases
  • Images
  • Music
  • Videos

As a result all victim files will be renamed with the .ARGUS extension. To blackmail the victims into paying the hacker operators a “decryption fee” they will also produce a ransomware note with the ARGUS-DECRYPT.html file name. It will be launched in a web browser window and request that the users visit a payment gateway page using the Tor Browser.

A desktop wallpaper is also applied which reads the following:

ARGUS RANSOMWARE v1.0
Dear admin!
All your files has been encrypted!
For encrypting used cryptographic algorithm RSA2048.
Only we can provide you decryptor.
Read the lnstructions.html for more information.
You can find this file everywhere on your PC.
Only we can provide you decryptor.
Do not attempt to decrypt the data yourself.
You might corrupt your files.
Don’t Delete Encrypted Files
Don’t Modify Encrypted Files
Don’t Rename Encrypted Files

Remove ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 Virus and Try to Restore Data

If your computer system got infected with the ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0

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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 ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 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 ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 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 ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 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 ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 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'.

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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.

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

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0.

Ransomware infections and ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 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 ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 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 ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0:

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 ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0. 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 ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0. 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 ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 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 ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0. 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 ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0.

Ransomware infections and ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 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.


ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 FAQ

What is ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 ransomware and how does it work?

ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 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 ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 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 ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 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 .ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 files?

You can't. At this point the .ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 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 .ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 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 ".ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 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 ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 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 ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like ARGUS CRYPTOR V1.0 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.

How to Report Ransomware to Authorities?

In case your computer got infected with a ransomware infection, you can report it to the local Police departments. It can help authorities worldwide track and determine the perpetrators behind the virus that has infected your computer. Below, we have prepared a list with government websites, where you can file a report in case you are a victim of a cybercrime:

Cyber-security authorities, responsible for handling ransomware attack reports in different regions all over the world:

Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.

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