Crying Ransomware – Remove It and Restore .Crying Files

Crying Ransomware – Remove It and Restore .Crying Files

This article will help you remove Crying ransomware efficiently. Follow the ransomware removal instructions at the end of the article.

Crying is a ransomware cryptovirus that displays multiple windows with its instructions for ransom payment. The ransomware is a variant of HiddenTear and places the extension .crying after encryption. The Crying virus will demand a ransom sum of 0.05 Bitcoins. Keep reading below to see how you could try to potentially restore some of your files.

Threat Summary

Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer and displays a ransom message afterward.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and put the extension .crying to them after it finishes its encryption process.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Crying Ransomware – Infection Spread

Crying ransomware could spread its infection with various methods. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the World Wide Web, and researchers have gotten their hands on a malware sample. If that file lands on your computer system and you somehow execute it – your PC will become infected. You can see the detections of such a file on the VirusTotal service down here:

Crying ransomware might also distribute its payload file on social media and file-sharing services. Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Refrain from opening files right after you have downloaded them. You should first scan them with a security tool, while also checking their size and signatures for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the tips for preventing ransomware found in our forums.

Crying Ransomware – A Closer Look

Crying is a virus that encrypts your files and extorts you to pay a ransom to get them back to normal. Malware reserachers believe that the virus is currently in a developmental stage, meaning that it may not function properly yet and a newer version could probably get released soon. The ransomware is a variant of the HiddenTear project.

Crying ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows environment. Such entries are typically designed in a way to launch the virus automatically with each start of the Windows operating system.

Below, you can see the ransom note text that is created after the completion of encryption:

That ransom note reads the following:

Your’re Files have been encrypted.
Please read the program to learn how to decrypt your files.
if the program won’t open so you can read it. You can start the program again and again until it opens the form with the information displayed.

Additionally, a window named “Crying” will be launched. It looks like this:

The contents of that window are:

Bitcoin Address:
Please Click the button to see what happend to your computer.
Closing this window will result in files being deleted.
What Happend?

Upon clicking further, the Info. window will open, which looks like this:

That “Info.” window states the following:

Q: What has happend to my computer?
A: Your Computer is Infected by “Cry” Ransomware.
Q: Can i remove this?
A: Yes, Just send 0.05 Bitcoins to the address on the main page.
Q: AnyWay i can get my files back?
A: Yes, Although it’s highly unlikely to happen.
Q: Why has this happend to me?
A: You downloaded something leaked/Cracked/Downloaded this itself.
Q: Is this some type of joke?
A: Check your files. They all have have the extension .crying

The note of the Crying ransomware states that your files are encrypted. A ransom sum of 0.05 Bitcoins is demanded as payment for potentially unlocking your files. However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay this ransom (or any ransom). Your files may not get restored, and nobody could give you a real guarantee. Moreover, giving money to cybercriminals will likely motivate them to create more ransomware or do similar criminal acts.

Crying Ransomware – Encryption Process

As Crying ransomware is a HiddenTear variant it could seek to encrypt files with the following extensions:

→.txt, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .pdf, .pps, .ppt, .pptx, .odt, .gif, .jpg, .png, .db, .csv, .sql, .mdb.sln.php, .asp, .aspx, .html, .xml, .psd, .frm, .myd, .myi, .dbf, .mp3, .mp4, .avi, .mov, .mpg, .rm, .wmv, .m4a, .mpa, .wav, .sav, .gam, .log, .ged, .msg, .myo, .tax, .ynab, .ifx, .ofx, .qfx, .qif, .qdf, .tax2013, .tax2014, .tax2015, .box, .ncf, .nsf, .ntf, .lwp

All of the files that get encrypted will receive the same extension appended to them, and that is: .crying or at least that’s currently what is set in the code of this virus. That extension will become a secondary one and will be placed right after the original one for each file. The encryption algorithm is undoubtedly AES since it is a HiddenTear variant, but more algorithms might be added into the mix in the near future.

The Crying cryptovirus could be set to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

In case the command stated above is executed that would make the encryption process more efficient as it will eliminate one of the ways for restoring your data. If your computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially recover your files.

Remove Crying Ransomware and Restore .Crying Files

If your computer got infected with the Crying 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.


Berta Bilbao

Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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