A new version of the notorious Crypt888 ransomware has appeared in the wild. The virus encrypts the files and unlike the previous version which pretended to be Petya ransomware, this virus adds the Lock. file prefix before the encrypted files and features a new wallpaper. In it are included instructions to restore the files by contacting email@example.com e-mail. However, malware researchers strongly advise not to contact them, since most Crypt888 variants, like this one are decryptable and in this article we will show you how to remove it and get your files back.
|Short Description||Encrypts the files on the infected computer and asks to pay for a decryptor.|
|Symptoms||Files are appended the .Lock prefix to them and cannot be opened. The virus then changes the wallpaper to a customly made image.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files|
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Crypt888 Ransomware – Distribution Methods
In order to infect, the latest Crypt888 ransomware version may be spread in multiple different methods. The primary strategy used to spread it may be via spam messages distributed via e-mails. Such messages usually carry either malicious e-mail attachments or may contain In them web links that link to the download of the attachment or direct infection. In the latest cases the attachments pose as legitimate documents of Microsoft Word or .PDF files. However, they may be nothing that even comes close to being legitimate. The documents may actually contain malicious macros within them that cause the infection when the victim enables macros, similar to what the graphic below explains:
Other methods by which your computer could become infected with the newest Crypt888 ransomware variant may be fake updates, files uploaded on torrent sites, game patches, cracks.
Crypt888 Ransomware More Information
The Crypt888 ransomware virus aims to perform different types of activities on the compromised computer. The virus initially may attack the processes of Microsoft Windows. It then may gain administrative privileges which allow it to tamper with the Windows Registry Editor and Windows Command Prompt. The new Crypt888 virus then may change the wallpaper of the infected computer to a red image with the following message
YOU ARE HACKED
ALL YOUR PERSONAL FILES HAVE BEEN ENCRYPTED!
IF YOU WANT TO RESTORE YOUR DATA YOU HAVE TO PAY!
CONTACT US: firstname.lastname@example.org
REMEMBER! YOU CAN’T RESTORE YOUR FILES WITHOUT OUR DECRYPTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
For the encryption process, Crypt888 may attack widely used type of files, which are:
- Audio files.
- Other types of files.
Only after it has encrypted your files, Crypt888 ransomware may begin to leave them with the .Lock prefix, making them look like the following:
Fortunately, the user no longer has to pay to restore the encrypted files, because this virus is from the Crypt888 variants, meaning that you may succeed in decrypting your files by following the instructions below. But first, you need to remove this ransomware from your computer.
Crypt888 Removal Instructions
To remove Crypt888, please guide yourself by following the removal instructions below. In case you are having difficulties in following the manual instructions we strongly advise you to use an anti-malware program that will assist in the detection of all the files and registry entries associated with Crypt888 automatically and swiftly.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Crypt888 from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Crypt888 from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Crypt888 from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Crypt888 from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Crypt888 from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Crypt888 from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Crypt888 from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Crypt888 from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Crypt888
Step 2: Uninstall Crypt888 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 Crypt888 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 Crypt888 there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Crypt888 from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Crypt888 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 Crypt888 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 Crypt888 files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Crypt888, 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 Crypt888 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 Crypt888 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 Crypt888 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 Crypt888 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 Crypt888 will be removed.
Eliminate Crypt888 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.