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.corrupt Files Virus – How to Remove and Restore Encrypted Documents

This article has a goal to help you by showing you how to remove the .corrupt file extension ransomware virus from your computer and explain how to restore files that have been encrypted by it without having to pay ransom.

New form of ransomware infection, appending the .corrupt file extension after it encrypts the files on the infected computer has been reported by victims. The malware aims to make the important documents on the computers infected by it no longer able to be opened and after this, the virus also aims to get the victim to pay a hefty ransom fee in order to make his files usable again. The virus may demand different cryptocurrencies as a form of payment, primarily BitCoin. If you have been infected by the .corrupt files ransomware, paying the ransom is highly inadvisable and we recommend you to read the following article in order to learn how to remove this ransomware infection and try to recover files encrypted with .corrupt file extension added to them without paying to cyber-criminals.

Threat Summary

Name .corrupt Ransomware
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description A virus from the file encryption type. Encrypts the files on your computer, and then asks you to contact a random-named ProtonMail e-mail account for further demands.
Symptoms Appends two file extensions to the encrypted files – .corrupt and a random-named e-mail address for payment.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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.corrupt Ransomware – Spreading Methods

In order to get this ransomware out there and running, the cyber-criminals have though the process through. They may have utilized an exploit kit which uses vulnerabilities in unpatched Windows systems to enter undetected and drop the malicious files of the ransomware via an intermediary infection file or a malicious web link. These objects are often seen as fake e-mail attachments, like the one in the malicious e-mail that is carefully disguised below:

After the victim opens the malicious file, the infection process is triggered and the malicious file drops the payload of the virus on the victim’s computer. Usually, the file may be obfuscated itself in order to avoid conventional antivirus programs from detecting it. This process ensures a more successful infection to take place.

In addition to via e-mail, the ransomware may infect users via multiple different types of files that may pose as legitimate ones, for instance:

  • Software setups.
  • License activators.
  • Game patches and game cracks.
  • Fake torrent files.

.corrupt Ransomware Virus – Activity

Once the payload of the .corrupt files virus is dropped, it may consist of more than one malicious files and these files may reside in the following commonly targeted Windows directories:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %Roaming%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Temp%

After having dropped it’s malicious files, the .corrupt files virus may perform other activities on the computer of the victims, like interfere with the following Run and RunOnce Windows registry sub-keys by adding registry value strings with data in them:

→ 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

This allows for the .corrupt files virus to run it’s malicious files automatically when Windows starts up. If you check the data of those registry entries, which are usually value strings with random names, the actual file encrypting executable’s location can be discovered.

In addition to this, the .corrupt files virus also obtains permissions to run administrative commands via the Windows Command Prompt. Some of the commands which the virus may run on your computer may be hidden from your sight and delete your backups, shadow volume copies plus disable the Windows Recovery service. The commands are usually ran via a script and are the following:

→ process call create “cmd.exe /c vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /quiet & bcdedit.exe /set {default} recoveryenabled no & bcdedit.exe /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures”

How Does .corrupt Ransomware Encrypt

To perform the encryption process of the infected computer, the .corrupt files virus may begin to scan the infected machine for the following types of files:

  • Documents.
  • Videos.
  • Music files.
  • Archives.
  • Virtual drive files (.vdmk, etc.).

The encryption process may be performed by using the AES or RSA encryption algorithms (or both in combination) via different encryption modes, like RC4 for example. This is done with the purpose of increasing the difficulty to decipher the decryption key which is generated after the process is complete. The files no longer look the same and appear with one of the following file extensions:

Remove .corrupt Files Virus and Recover Encrypted Documents

In order to remove this ransomware infection from your computer, you will need to have some experience. The preferred methods to do the removal are via following the manual or the automatic removal instructions below. If you lack the experience in manual removal, security experts strongly advise downloading and scanning your computer with an advanced anti-malware scanner, which will automatically delete all of the objects, related ot the .corrupt files virus and protect your computer against future threats.

In order to try and restore as many files as you can, you can try the alternative file recovery methods which we have suggested from step “2. Restore files encrypted by .corrupt Ransomware” below. The methods may not be 100% effective, but can help recover multiple files that have been encrypted without you having to pay for decryption to the cyber-criminals.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove .corrupt Ransomware from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .corrupt Ransomware

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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 .corrupt Ransomware 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 .corrupt Ransomware 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 .corrupt Ransomware 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 .corrupt Ransomware 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 .corrupt Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and .corrupt Ransomware 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 .corrupt Ransomware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .corrupt Ransomware 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 .corrupt Ransomware:

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 .corrupt Ransomware. 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 .corrupt Ransomware. 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 .corrupt Ransomware 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 .corrupt Ransomware. 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 .corrupt Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and .corrupt Ransomware 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.


.corrupt Ransomware FAQ

What is .corrupt Ransomware ransomware and how does it work?

.corrupt Ransomware 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 .corrupt Ransomware ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways..corrupt Ransomware 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 .corrupt Ransomware 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 ..corrupt Ransomware files?

You can't. At this point the ..corrupt Ransomware 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 ..corrupt Ransomware files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by .corrupt Ransomware 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 "..corrupt Ransomware" files (Other Methods)?

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .corrupt Ransomware 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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