|Short Description||Encrypts important files and gives decryption keys upon paying ransom which is usually financial compensation.|
|Symptoms||Appearing of different objects in various user folders or the Desktop. Files encoded with .bitcrypt extension|
|Distribution Method||Spam mails. MiTM attacks, malicious redirects.|
|Detection tool||Download SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By BitCrypt|
|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
Reports have increased recently, regarding a new ransomware virus, called BitCrypt. I may use unique RSA-100 type of encryption that is next to impossible to decrypt. Like other ransomware viruses, such as CryptoWall, Troldesh, CryptPKO and others, BitCrypt scans for the files on the affected PC, then encrypts them with a custom .bitcrypt(filename.docx.bitcrypt) extension. This behavior is very similar to another ransomware virus, using .crypt extension on the files it encrypts.
What Does BitCrypt Ransomware Do?
Once on your computer, a malicious file may infect it with .bitcrypt ransomware. This may happen if the user opens an infected document sent from another email, disguised as a familiar one to them, saying “Important”. Another strategy may be the employing any social engineering technique that may trick the user into opening malicious content. Also, users can get infected by having PUPs on their computers that sometimes cause malicious redirects.
Once on the computer, BitCrypt may begin to scan for files to encrypt. After it finds its targets, it encrypts them, creating a bitcrypt.ccw file in %AppData% directory for Windows with the current content:
This content that has upper case, lower case letters and numbers plus signs in it is the encryption itself. To it, a unique encryption key may correspond. Such encryption keys are held on the cyber criminals’ servers along with other information. Some users report seeing the following message after their files have been encrypted with the .bitcrypt extension:
Your BitCrypt ID:
All necessary files on your PC (photos, documents, databases and other) were encoded with a unique RSA-100. Decoding of your files is only possible by a special program that is unique for each BitCrypt ID. Specialist from the computer repair services and anti-virus labs won’t be able to help you. In order to receive the program decryptor, you need to follow this link…
Remember, the faster you act the more chances to recover your files undamaged.”
From there the user should immediately disconnect their equipment from the internet and seek professional support, experts say. They strongly advise against complying with the attackers’ demands, since this is no guarantee that the files may be decrypted after all.
How to Remove BitCrypt from Your PC?
In case you have stumbled upon this devastating virus, bear in mind that you should immediately download a particular anti-malware protection program from a safe computer. After this, you should boot your computer into safe mode, for which you should follow our tutorial below. After the PC is isolated in safe mode with no networking, you should install the anti-malware software on your computer and remove all BitCrypt associated files. After this is done you should seek professional support since decrypting is time-costly process. We have also provided you with a protection tutorial below so that you can avoid this attack on your PC in the future. Our recommendation to you is to keep a copy of your files on an external drive in case they become encrypted to avoid such situations.
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
BitCrypt – How To Protect Your Files?
In case you have seen ransomware attacks, you might want to back up your data. To perform this action, you should guide yourself by the after mentioned manual.
Security engineers recommend that you back up your files immediately, preferably on an external memory carrier in order to be able to restore them. In order to protect yourself from BitCrypt (For Windows Users) please follow these simple instructions:
For Windows 7 and earlier:
1-Click on Windows Start Menu
2-Type Backup And Restore
3-Open it and click on Set Up Backup
4-A window will appear asking you where to set up backup. You should have a flash drive or an external hard drive. Mark it by clicking on it with your mouse then click on Next.
5-On the next window, the system will ask you what do you want to backup. Choose the ‘Let Me Choose’ option and then click on Next.
6-Click on ‘Save settings and run backup’ on the next window in order to protect your files from possible attacks by BitCrypt.
For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10:
1-Press Windows button + R
2-In the window type ‘filehistory’ and press Enter
3-A File History window will appear. Click on ‘Configure file history settings’
4-The configuration menu for File History will appear. Click on ‘Turn On’. After its on, click on Select Drive in order to select the backup drive. It is recommended to choose an external HDD, SSD or a USB stick whose memory capacity is corresponding to the size of the files you want to backup.
5-Select the drive then click on ‘Ok’ in order to set up file backup and protect yourself from BitCrypt.
Enabling Windows Defense Feature:
1- Press Windows button + R keys.
2- A run windows should appear. In it type ‘sysdm.cpl’ and then click on Run.
3- A System Properties windows should appear. In it choose System Protection.
5- Click on Turn on system protection and select the size on the hard disk you want to utilize for system protection.
6- Click on Ok and you should see an indication in Protection settings that the protection from BitCrypt is on.
Restoring a file via Windows Defense feature:
1-Right-click on the encrypted file, then choose Properties.
2-Click on the Previous Versions tab and then mark the last version of the file.
3-Click on Apply and Ok and the file encrypted by BitCrypt should be restored.
How to Remove BitCrypt from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove BitCrypt
Step 2: Uninstall BitCrypt 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by BitCrypt on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by BitCrypt there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for BitCrypt with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by BitCrypt.
Ransomware infections and BitCrypt 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.
If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:
Get rid of BitCrypt from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall BitCrypt and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 BitCrypt 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove BitCrypt files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as BitCrypt, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by BitCrypt on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac BitCrypt aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.
What is BitCrypt ransomware and how does it work?
BitCrypt 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 BitCrypt ransomware infect my computer?
BitCrypt 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 BitCrypt 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 .BitCrypt files?
You can't. At this point the .BitCrypt files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.
Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?
If a decryptor did not decrypt your .BitCrypt files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by BitCrypt 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 ".BitCrypt" files (Other Methods)?
We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .BitCrypt 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 BitCrypt 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 BitCrypt ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .BitCrypt files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like BitCrypt 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?
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.