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CryPy Virus Remove and Restore .Cry Files

crypy-ransomware-sensorstechforumA nasty virus, called CryPy, reported to use the Python language for it’s script has been detected by malware researchers, using AES-256 cipher to encode files. The encryptes files by this virus have the .cry file extension and in addition to that, the ransomware also changes the file names with random numbers, beginning with the CRY initials. After it’s encryption process is complete, CryPy malware drops a ransom note, called README_FOR_DECRYPT.txt. In this note, the virus also notifies that it will randomly delete a file every 6 hours if a ransom payoff to the cyber-criminals has not been made to restore the files. Anyone whose computer has been attacked by this devastating ransomware virus should not pay any ransom money and immediately remove the CryPy virus using the instructions in this article to avoid further file deletion. Furthermore, instead of paying the ransom, you can counter attack it and try to restore your files using alternative methods such as the ones suggested below.

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Threat Summary

Name

CryPy

TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionThe malware encrypts users files using a strong encryption algorithm, making direct decryption possible only via a unique decryption key for each file available to the cyber-criminals.
SymptomsCryPy Ransomware leaves a “README_FOR_DECRYPT.txt” ransom note and may delete random files from your computer if the terms in the note are not met. Changed file names and the various file extensions may be used.
Distribution MethodVia an Exploit kit, Dll file attack, malicious JavaScript or a drive-by download of the malware itself in an obfuscated manner.
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CryPy Ransomware – How Does It Perform an Infection

This devastating threat is strongly believed to use a combination of tools that conceal it from any firewall and most conventional antivirus programs on a victim computer. One of those tools may be a malicious e-mail attachment tricking the user into opening it. Such attachments may be fake .PDF or Microsoft Office documents that when opened can cause the infection. The documents seem to be from a legitimate sender, and the e-mail aims to convince the user that they are of an important nature.

But attachments may not be the only method for spreading malicious files. Malicious web links posted on social media and other websites are also reported to cause infections by a drive-by-download after a malicious browser redirect. Such malicious web sites may be presented to the user in the form of an advertisement(malvertising) that is displayed as a pop-up or a direct browser redirect as a result of adware (PUP) installed on the victim’s computer.

CryPy Ransomware In Detail

When CryPy ransomware Is activated on the computer of it’s victim, the ransomware virus is believed to perform several different activities, to collect information about the compromised system and send it to the C&C servers of the virus.

Then the CryPy virus may drop it’s payload by contacting its server and downloading it from there. The payload may be one or more files of the following file types:

→ .exe, .tmp, .bat, .cmd, .dll, .vbs, etc.

After the payload of CryPy has been dropped, the virus may begin to modify numerous of settings, such as modify the Windows Registry Editor so that the malicious executables run on system startup. The usually targeted registry keys for this are:

→HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

After this has been conducted, the Virus may begin to encrypt the files on the compromised computer. It may scan for wide variety of file extensions to encrypt but the CryPy ransomware is mainly programmed to scan for and encrypt often used types of files, such as:

Videos.
Image files.
Audio files.
All types of documents opened with Microsoft Office, Adobe, Photoshop and other software.
Database files.

As soon as the virus detects that a file has been found, it performs the following activities:

1)Encrypts the file using a strong AES-256 encryption algorithm.
2)Generates a unique decryption key.
3)Sends the decryption key to the CryPy ransomware’s command and control server.

The specific thing about this virus is that it connects to the sever every time one file is encrypted, generates a unique key for that file and sends it to the cyber-crooks. This means that if you have 100 files, it will contact the server 100 times.

The encrypted files by CryPy ransomware are enciphered with a very strong AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) algorithm. They can no longer be opened by any program because their code structure has changed. In addition to this, the virus not only adds it’s distinctive .cry file extension, but it also changes the file names, for example:

cry-ransomware-encrypted-file-crypy-sensorstechforum

This is very similar to other ransomware viruses using the same extensions, such as the Central Security Treatment Organization Ransomware.

After enciphering the files of the infected computer, CryPy ransomware adds a Halloween style picture on the victim’s computer and adds a “README_FOR_DECRYPT.txt” ransom note which it automatically opens. The ransom note has the following message to the victims CryPy:

“IMPORTANT INFORMATION
All your files are encrypted with strong ciphers.
Decrypting of your files is only possible with the decryption program, which is on our secret server.
Note that every 6 hours; a random file is permanently deleted. The faster you are, the fewer files you will lose.
Also, in 96 hours, the key will be permanently deleted, and there will be no way of recovering your files.
To receive your decryption program contact one of the emails:
1. m4n14k@sigaint.org
2. blackone@sigaint.org
Just inform your identification ID and we will give you next instruction.
Your personal identification ID: CRY{Unique Identification Number}”

CryPy Ransomware – Summary, Removal, and File Restoration

In case you want to restore your files, first, it is important to remove the CryPy virus from your computer. To do this, it is strongly advisable to follow the step-by-step instructions below. They are methodologically organized to assist you in removing CryPy ransomware completely from your computer. Furthermore, malware researchers also recommend using an advanced anti-malware software that will assist you into swiftly and automatically erasing all files associated with this malware.

If you are looking for methods to restore .cry encrypted files, at this point, there is no decryptor available for free. However, you can try the alternative methods illustrated in step “3. Restore files encrypted by CryPy” below.

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As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • Profile of the content creator.
  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove CryPy from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove CryPy

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall CryPy 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by CryPy on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by CryPy there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for CryPy with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by CryPy.

Ransomware infections and CryPy 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.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of CryPy from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall CryPy and remove related files and objects

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We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to CryPy:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to CryPy. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to CryPy. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 CryPy 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as CryPy. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by CryPy.

Ransomware infections and CryPy 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.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


CryPy FAQ

What is CryPy ransomware and how does it work?

CryPy 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 algorithm how 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.

How does CryPy ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.CryPy Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, 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 CryPy 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 .CryPy files?

You can't. At this point the .CryPy files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .CryPy files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by CryPy ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, 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.

How Do I restore ".CryPy" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .CryPy files.

These methods are in no way 100% guarantee 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 CryPy ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate CryPy ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .CryPy files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like CryPy ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an 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 nothing works?

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.

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