The notorious CryptoShield ransomware virus has been spotted out in the wild in a new version. The new iteration of CryptoShield 1.1 uses a custom file extension to encrypt files. It also drops a file thatcontains a ransom note that aims to make the victim of CryptoShield aware of the ransowmare’s presence on his computer. This CryptoShield 1.1 ransomware virus also has some incremental changes in comparison to the previous versions of the malware. In case you have become a victim of this ransomware virus, we recommend reading the following material to learn how to remove CryptoShield ransomware from your computer and how to restore your files in case they have been encrypted by it.
|Short Description||This CryptoShield 1.1 ransomware variant encrypts files with RSA cipher and asks a ransom payoff for decryption.|
|Symptoms||Files are enciphered and become inaccessible by any type of software. A ransom note with instructions for paying the ransom shows on the infected PC.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, File Sharing Networks, Malicious Executable in Torrent Trackers.|
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New CryptoShield 1.1 Ransomware – How Does It Infect
Deception is the key to a successful infection and the people behind this iteration of CryptoShield 1.1 ransomware know this. This is why they use cunning e-mails to deceive users who are inexperienced into opening the files encrypted by this iteration of the ransomware.
These type of specific e-mails may contain either an embedded URL or an e-mail attachment in a .ZIP archive. These attachments may pass through most of the antivirus blockers on the e-mail platforms, because they are hidden with an obfuscation software.
Not only this, but the e-mails are created to resemble different companies or respectful organizations such as:
These e-mails may present the malicious attachment as an invoice, bill of arrangement and other types of files along with messages that prompt the quick reaction from the user, like a request to urgently open the attachment. This results in the virus successfully infecting the computer from which the attachment is opened.
After infection, the malicious attachment infecting with CryptoShield may connect to the remote distribution site from which the payload of CryptoShield 1.1 ransomware is downloaded.Independent malware researcher Karsten Hahn
(@struppigel) has tweeted the threat’s malicious executable with a very low detection ratio on 3 February, 2017:
CryptoShield Ransomware – Encryption and Ransom
After having already infected the computer, the CryptoShield 1.1 ransomware virus gets right down to business. The ransomware aims to perform multiple activities on the compromised computer. For once, it begins to modify the Windows Registry Editor, so that the malicious files run on Windows boot up. The usually targeted registry keys for this are the Run and RunOnce subkeys. But the virus may also drop it’s ransom note in the %Startup% folder.
This is not all, however. Bear in mind that CryptoShield 1.1 ransomware is a threat like no other. This is why, the virus may also touch specific system files that will allow it to control the processes in Windows Task manager. This gives the CryptoShield virus the power to discontinue database processes and other critical Windows Processes. These actions may allow it not only to encrypt videos, music, documents, and other important files, but to encrypt whole databases as well.
For the file encryption, CryptoShield 1.1 ransomware has so far used the RSA cipher. The encryption procedure happens by replacing bytes of the files with symbols belonging to the encryption algorithm. After encryption takes placed, the files are no longer able to be opened and they appear corrupt. Similar to the 1.0 version, the files carry the .cryptoshield file extension:
Another activity which CryptoShield 1.1 ransomware may perform after the encryption is issue administrative commands to delete shadow copies from the infected computer. One of those commands may be the vssadmin command in administrative mode.
To make sure it’s presence is known, CryptoShield 1.1 ransomware drops a ransom note. This ransom note not only aims to stress the seriousness of the situation but also makes sure the user is completely aware of what the situation is. The ransom note also contains instructions on paying a hefty fee to the cyber-crooks behind this CryptoShield 1.1 variant.
CryptoShield Ransomware – Remove and Try to Decrypt Files
As a bottom line, this iteration of CryptoShield 1.1 has some very interesting changes, primarily in how it is hidden from antivirus programs. With it, we see that cyber-criminals are also keeping up with the latest technologies to ensure their profits from online extortion. In case you have fallen to be a victim of CryptoShield 1.1 ransomware, advises are not to pay any ransom to cyber-criminals.
Instead, it is strongly suggestible to remove that virus by following the instructions below. Security experts advise to use a specific anti-malware software which will scan your computer automatically, so that you can be very fast and thorough in removing CryptoShield ransomware, especially if you do not have experience in malware removal.
After having removed this CryptoShield 1.1 ransomware versions, there is nothing left for you but to wait for security researchers to make a breakrough, which, if happens, we will make sure to update it and link on this article, so we advise checking it regularly.
Besides this, you also have several alternative file restoration options, like trying to salvage your files via shadow copies, attempting to get them back via data recovery software, tracking down online communication with a network sniffer or tampering with your files via a third-party decryptor. We have added some suggestions in relation to those methods down below on step “2. Restore files encrypted by CryptoShield 1.1” below and our advice is to backup your encrypted files and try those methods with copies of them on your affected system.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove CryptoShield 1.1
Step 2: Uninstall CryptoShield 1.1 and related malware 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 CryptoShield 1.1 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 CryptoShield 1.1 there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for CryptoShield 1.1 with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
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Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by CryptoShield 1.1.
Ransomware infections and CryptoShield 1.1 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.
Simply click on the link and on the website menus on the top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.
CryptoShield 1.1 FAQ
What is CryptoShield 1.1 Ransomware?
CryptoShield 1.1 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 algorithms 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.
Can CryptoShield 1.1 Ransomware Damage My Computer?
Yes, ransomware can damage your computer. Ransomware is a malicious software that is designed to block access to your computer or files until a ransom is paid. It can encrypt your files and make them inaccessible, preventing you from using your computer or accessing your data. Ransomware can also damage your system, corrupt data and delete files, resulting in the permanent loss of important files.
Should I Ignore Ransomware, like CryptoShield 1.1?
No, you should never ignore ransomware. Ransomware can encrypt your data and block access to your computer, making it impossible to access your files until you pay a ransom. Ignoring ransomware could lead to the permanent loss of your data, as well as the potential for the ransomware to spread to other computers on your network. Additionally, paying the ransom does not guarantee that your data will be recovered. The best way to protect yourself is to invest in robust cyber security measures, such as backup solutions and anti-malware software.
How Does CryptoShield 1.1 Ransomware Infect My Computer?
Via several ways.CryptoShield 1.1 Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing emails, 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 CryptoShield 1.1 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 .CryptoShield 1.1 files?
You can't. At this point, the .CryptoShield 1.1 files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.
What to Do If Ransomware Decryptor Does Not Work?
Do not panic, and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .CryptoShield 1.1 files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by CryptoShield 1.1 ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, be 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.
Can I Restore ".CryptoShield 1.1" Files (Other Methods)?
Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .CryptoShield 1.1 files.
These methods are in no way 100% guaranteed 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 CryptoShield 1.1 Ransomware Virus?
The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti-malware program. It will scan for and locate CryptoShield 1.1 ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .CryptoShield 1.1 files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like CryptoShield 1.1 ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with 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 I Cannot Recover Ransomware Encrypted Files?
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.
How to Report Ransomware to Authorities?
In case your computer got infected with a ransomware infection, you can report it to the local Police departments. It can help authorities worldwide track and determine the perpetrators behind the virus that has infected your computer. Below, we have prepared a list with government websites, where you can file a report in case you are a victim of a cybercrime:
Cyber-security authorities, responsible for handling ransomware attack reports in different regions all over the world:
Germany - Offizielles Portal der deutschen Polizei
United States - IC3 Internet Crime Complaint Centre
United Kingdom - Action Fraud Police
France - Ministère de l'Intérieur
Italy - Polizia Di Stato
Spain - Policía Nacional
Netherlands - Politie
Poland - Policja
Portugal - Polícia Judiciária
Greece - Cyber Crime Unit (Hellenic Police)
India - Mumbai Police - CyberCrime Investigation Cell
Australia - Australian High Tech Crime Center
Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.
Can You Prevent CryptoShield 1.1 Ransomware from Encrypting Your Files?
Yes, you can prevent ransomware. The best way to do this is to ensure your computer system is updated with the latest security patches, use a reputable anti-malware program and firewall, backup your important files frequently, and avoid clicking on malicious links or downloading unknown files. In addition, it is also important to keep your passwords secure and to avoid visiting websites or downloading applications from untrusted sources. Finally, ensure you have adequate backup and recovery procedures in place to restore your system to its pre-attack state, should a ransomware attack occur.
Can CryptoShield 1.1 Ransomware Steal Your Data?
Yes, in most cases ransomware will steal your information. It is a form of malware that steals data from a user's computer, encrypts it, and then demands a ransom in order to decrypt it. In many cases, the malware authors or attackers will threaten to delete the data or publish it online unless the ransom is paid. This means that if a user is infected with ransomware, their data can be stolen and held for ransom. It is important to be aware of this threat and take precautions to protect yourself and your data.
Can Ransomware Affect WiFi?
Yes, ransomware can affect WiFi networks, as malicious actors can use it to gain control of the network, steal confidential data, and lock out users. If a ransomware attack is successful, it could lead to a loss of service and/or data, and in some cases, financial losses.
Should I Pay Ransomware?
No, you should not pay ransomware extortionists. Paying them only encourages criminals and does not guarantee that the files or data will be restored. The better approach is to have a secure backup of important data and be vigilant about security in the first place.
What Happens If I Don't Pay Ransom?
If you don't pay the ransom, the hackers may still have access to your computer, data, or files and may continue to threaten to expose or delete them, or even to use them to commit cybercrimes. In some cases, they may even continue to demand additional ransom payments.
Why Is the Ransom Paid in Crypto?
Cryptocurrency is a secure and untraceable form of payment, making it the ideal choice for ransom payments. It is difficult to trace, and the transactions are almost instantaneous. This means it is nearly impossible for authorities to track the payment and recover the money.
Can Ransomware Be Detected?
Yes, ransomware can be detected. Anti-malware software and other advanced security tools can detect ransomware and alert the user when it is present on a machine. It is important to stay up-to-date on the latest security measures and to keep security software updated to ensure ransomware can be detected and prevented.
Do Ransomware Criminals Get Caught?
Yes, ransomware criminals do get caught. Law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, have been successful in tracking down and prosecuting ransomware criminals in the US and other countries. As ransomware threats continue to increase, so does the enforcement activity.
About the CryptoShield 1.1 Research
The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this CryptoShield 1.1 how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific malware and restore your encrypted files.
How did we conduct the research on this ransomware?
Our research is based on an independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, and as such, we receive daily updates on the latest malware and ransomware definitions.
To better understand the ransomware threat, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.
1. How to Recognize Spam Emails with Ransomware
2. How Does Ransomware Encryption Work?
3. How to Decrypt Ransomware Files
4. Ransomware Getting Greedier and Bigger, Attacks Increase by 40%
5. 1 in 5 Americans Victim of Ransomware
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