A ransomware infection, known by it’s name CYR-Locker has been detected by malware researchers recently. The virus encrypts the files on the computers it infects and after this, requires the users to pay a hefty ransom fee to decrypt the encrypted files. This ransomware infection also performs several other activities, such as display a screen with message that asks the user to pay 10 million into a BitCoin account, but does not specify in what currency or value, only that victims have 24 hours to comply or they will permanently lose their files. We advise you to read this article thoroughly to learn completely about CYR-Locker ransomware and know how to remove it and try and restore encrypted files.
|Short Description||The malware encrypts users files using a strong encryption algorithm, making direct decryption possible only via a unique decryption key available to the cyber-criminals.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness ransom notes and “instructions” that may appear on the desktop after encryption takes place.|
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CYR-Locker Ransomware – How Does It Spread
Typical to most ransomware viruses, this virus is replicated on a global scale and it may attack any user anywhere by e-mail. The e-mails sent by this virus may contain deceitful e-mail messages similar to the example below:
Such e-mails usually contain malicious e-mail attachments embedded in them either by download URLs or directly attached to the e-mail. The attachments may be of multiple different file types and usually resemble legitimate documents but are nothing like the real thing. Instead they may infect the computer in concealed manner, using obfuscated malware. Then the payload of the CYR-Locker virus may be downloaded onto the computer which consists of two executables – one named CYR-Locker.exe, the other one with random numbers in it.
CYR-Locker – More Information
As soon as infection by CYR-Locker takes place, the user immediately notices it by the change of the screen image:
But this is by far not all that this virus does. This ransomware infection also performs multiple other activities such as touch multiple files of Windows to change settings, delete shadow volume copies and other backups of files and most importantly encrypt files on the computers it infects.
For the encryption process of this ransomware infection, multiple important files may be negatively affected:
- Microsoft Office files.
- OpenOffice documents.
- PDF files.
- Text files.
- Database files.
- Image files.
After the encryption process is complete the files can no longer be opened. The CYR-Locker virus also changes the wallpaper and other information on the encrypted computer with the following information:
“Your personal files are encrypted by CYR-Locker.
Your documents, photos, databases and other important files have been encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key, generated for this computer.
Private decryption key is stored on a secret Ineternet server and nobody can decrypt your files until you pay and obtain the private key.
You only have 24 hours to submit the payment. If you do not send money within provided time, all your files will be permanently crypted and no one will be able to recover them. I need money amount from you just 10 millions send through Bitcoin into account: CYR-Locker.
WARNING! DO NOT TRY TO GET RID OF THE PROGRAM YOURSELF. ANY ACTION TAKEN WILL RESULT IN DECRYPTION KEY BEING DESTROYED. YOU WILL LOSE YOUR FILES FOREVER. ONLY WAY TO KEEP YOUR FILES IS TO FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTION.”
Remove CYR-Locker and Restore Encrypted Files
For the removal process of CYR-Locker ransomware, advices are to backup your encrypted data initially. Then, recommendations are to focus on removing this ransomware infection from your computer. The removal of this ransomware infection from your computer can also be performed using an advanced anti-malware program. This program can not only completely remove the malware from your computer but also perform several other activities like protect your computer against most types of malware out there in the future as well.
After having removed this ransomware infection from your computer, recommendations are to focus on trying to restore the encrypted files. We have suggested several alternative methods that can help you perform this in step “2. Restore files encrypted by CYR-Locker”.
Manually delete CYR-Locker from your computer
Note! Substantial notification about the CYR-Locker threat: Manual removal of CYR-Locker requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.