.Crypte File Virus (Jigsaw Ransomware) – Remove It and Restore Files

.Crypte File Virus (Jigsaw Ransomware) – Remove It and Restore Files

This article will help you to remove the .Crypte File Virus completely. Follow the ransomware removal instructions given at the bottom of the article.

The .Crypte File Virus is in actuality Jigsaw ransomware. That is an old cryptovirus, but this French variant has emerged recently. The ransom note and screen that it displays are almost completely identical to those of the original malware. The virus has a list with over 120 file extensions that seeks to encrypt. All of the locked files will get the extension .crypte appended to them.

Threat Summary

Name.Crypte File Virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware will encrypt your files and display a screen with the ransom note, which is themed around the movie “SAW”.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt files by placing the .crypte extension to all of them.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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.Crypte File Virus (Jigsaw Ransomware) – Spread

Jigsaw ransomware could infect computers using different methods for spreading that infection. Spam e-mails could be spreading its payload dropper. Those types of emails will try to convince you that something important is attached as a file to that e-mail. In actuality, the attachment will look like a legitimate document or one that is archived, but it is a file containing a malicious script. If you open that file, it will launch the payload for the ransomware. You can preview the analysis of one such file on the VirusTotal service:

Jigsaw ransomware might be using other methods for spreading, like putting the payload file dropper via social media and file-sharing sites. Freeware applications which roam the Internet could be presented as useful but also could hide the malicious files of this virus. Refrain from opening files after you download them, especially if they come from unverified sources, such as links and e-mails. First, you should scan these files with a security tool, and also make sure to check their sizes and signatures for anything that seems unusual. You should read the ransomware preventing tips topic in the forum.

.Crypte File Virus (Jigsaw Ransomware) – Description

The Jigsaw ransomware ransomware virus is back with this new variant targeted at French-speaking users. Once more the theme remains to be the Jigsaw character from the movie series “SAW” as the original Jigsaw ransomware virus.

When the Jigsaw virus is initialized, it could modify an existing entry in the Windows Registry or create a new one to achieve a higher level of persistence. That registry entry makes the malware to automatically execute with each launch of the Windows operating system.

Next, a window will pop-up on your screen that shows the Jigsaw character and text being typed out with green letters. That text is the ransom message with information and instructions for payment.

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The text of the ransom note reads:

Tous vos documents, photos, vidéos, et autres sont en cours de cryptage
Ne paniquez pas, ce n‘est pas définitif. Vos fichiers ne sont pas perdus
J’en sélectionnerai un par heure à supprimer, au hasard.
Cette règîe est valable pour la première journée. Après, c’est autre chose.
Vous perdrez quelques fichiers le premier jour, des centaines le 2 eme.
Inutile de vous dire que vous avez peu de temps
Si vous payez la rançon de 70 euros maintenant, vous ne perdrez que 2 fichiers.
Le plus simple pour vous est de vous inscrire sur flipco.in
Validez comme indiqué et envoyez l’argent à l’adresse indiquée. 3NQoq5MVPfEMw12gB4a2c1G61mRZyMymsB
Tous vos fichiers se décrypteront.
Si vous tentez d’éteindre le virus ou l’ordinateur, je serais tjs la
1000 de vos fichiers seront détruits en punition
Je suis le seul à pouvoir décrypter vos fichiers.
renseignez vous sur le cryptage informatique si vous ne me croyez pas

plus vous payez tot, plus vous récupererez de fichiers

1 file will be deleted.

Please send at least $70 of Bitcoin here:

The Jigsaw ransomware scares you that it will delete files from your computer every hour until you pay 70 US dollars in Bitcoin and that there is nothing else that you can do to prevent that. But you should NOT under any circumstances pay the ransom as the note is lying to you – the virus was decryptable in the past, and it should still be. Supporting cybercriminals is a bad idea as that will only motivate them to do more criminal acts.

.Crypte File Virus (Jigsaw Ransomware) – Encryption Process

The list is with a little over than 120 file extensions that will become encrypted. The full list is the following:

→.3dm, .3g2, .3gp, .7zip, .aaf, .accdb, .aep, .aepx, .aet, .ai, .aif, .as, .as.txt, .as3, .asf, .asp, .asx, .avi, .bmp, .c, .class, .cpp, .cs, .csv, .dat, .db, .dbf, .doc, .docb, .docm, .docx, .dot, .dotm, .dotx, .dwg, .dxf, .dxf.c, .efx, .eps, .fla, .flv, .gif, .h, .idml, .iff, .indb, .indd, .indl, .indt, .inx, .jar, .java, .jpeg, .jpg, .js, .m3u, .m3u8, .m4u, .max, .mdb, .mid, .mkv, .mov, .mp3, .mp4, .mpa, .mpeg, .mpg, .msg, .pdb, .pdf, .php, .plb, .pmd, .png, .pot, .potm, .potx, .ppam, .ppj, .pps, .ppsm, .ppsx, .ppt, .pptm, .pptx, .prel, .prproj, .ps, .psd, .py, .ra, .rar, .raw, .rb, .rtf, .sdf, .ses, .sldm, .sldx, .sql, .svg, .swf, .tif, .txt, .vcf, .vob, .wav, .wma, .wmv, .wpd, .wps, .xla, .xlam, .xll, .xlm, .xls, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xlt, .xltm, .xltx, .xlw, .xml, .xqx, .zip

The list with file extensions for encryption could still be around the number of 120 or it could have been updated with more than that. The encrypted files will have the .crypte extension appended to all of them, after their file name.

The Jigsaw ransomware is very likely to erase all Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system, in order to make the encryption process more viable.

A decryption tool developed by the malware researcher Michael Gillespie is available for you to try out. Since this variant is new, the decrypter might not work yet, but you should definitely consider running it. You can find it in the bottom of the article.

Remove Jigsaw Ransomware and Restore .crypte Files

If your computer got infected with the Jigsaw 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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