Android ransomware is gaining popularity with newer and newer variants continuing to be detected. One such virus is the CryEye ransomware which encrypts the files on your Android device and adds the .cryeye file extension to them. The is most likely one of the first more serious ransomware virus which we have detected to use the AES cipher effectively. CryEye ransomware demands a ransom payment of 0.0130 BTC to cyber-criminals and the payment must be made in approximately 24 hours else the cyber-criminals threaten to delete the decryption keys. If you Android smartphone or tablet has been infected by CryEye ransomware we strongly recommend that you immediately read the following article to learn how to remove this ransomware and try to recover your files without paying BitCoins to the cyber-criminals.
|Type||Android Ransomware, Cryptovirus|
|Short Description||Installes itself on your android device and locks you out of it, encrypting files and demands 0.0130 BTC ransom payoff to decrypt them for you.|
|Symptoms||The virus adds a .cryeye file extension to the encrypted files and in addition to this locks you out of your phone by changing your PIN code.|
|Distribution Method||Malicious web links and smartphone redirects. Malicious apps installed from Google Play.|
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CryEye Ransomware Spread
In order to infect victims, this ransowmare virus may advertise suspicious apps via websites, via adware that has previously affected your Android, or most ofte via apps downloaded from Google PlayStore. Such apps have also been reported to cause numerous issues since in Google PlayStore there are too many apps to be thoroughly checked. And while there are those applications that are legitimate, they may establish connection to a malicious website, after you install them and give them permissions to do just that. After doing so, you lose control over your Android device. One way to protect yourself at least partially from those infection methods is to use a VPN service which blocks apps, like DNS66, for example.
CryEye Ransomware – More Information
DoubleLocker or CryEye ransomware is an Android ranosomware which locks down the devices of victims. This virus has many capabilities, the primary of which is to gain permissions on your Android device.
As soon as the device is infected, the malware immediately modifies the .apk file on it, responsible for the PIN code and changes the default PIN, thus locking you out of your own smartphone. The lockscreen is replaced with the following screen, resulting in this message to appear:
CryEye Ransomware – Encryption
When it comes to the encryption process of CryEye ransomware, the virus aims to perform multiple different types of activities on the victims’ computers. The main of those activities is to locate the files. To do this, the virus scans for files with file extensions, associated with the following file types:
- Audio files.
In addition to this, the ransomware virus is also the type of infection that changes the file extension to .cryeye. This makes the files appear like the following example:
The files are also encrypted via AES-256 encryption algorithm, resulting in them becoming no longer able to be opened. An assymetric key is generated which is used for the decryption of the files and it is known only to the cyber-criminals.
Remove CryEye Ransomware and Restore Your Files
If you want to remove this virus, we recommend you to follow the instructions down below.
- Guide 1: How to Remove CryEye Ransomware from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of CryEye Ransomware from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove CryEye Ransomware from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase CryEye Ransomware from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall CryEye Ransomware from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove CryEye Ransomware from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate CryEye Ransomware from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove CryEye Ransomware from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove CryEye Ransomware
Step 2: Uninstall CryEye 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by CryEye Ransomware 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 CryEye Ransomware there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of CryEye Ransomware from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall CryEye Ransomware 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 CryEye 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:
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 CryEye Ransomware files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as CryEye Ransomware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove CryEye Ransomware from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase CryEye Ransomware from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall CryEye Ransomware from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove CryEye Ransomware from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the CryEye Ransomware will be removed.
Eliminate CryEye Ransomware from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.