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DetoxCrypto Virus Removal and Restore Your Files


DetoxCrypto ransomware is another Pokémon themed crypto-virus, which appeared just a day ago. This ransomware seeks to encrypt sixty file extension types and gives victims a period of only three days to pay up. The ransom price that is asked is 3 BitCoins which is approximately 1,727 US dollars. If the three day period passes without payment is made, your files will get deleted.

Carefully read the article to see how to remove the virus and try recovering some of your files.

Threat Summary

Name DetoxCrypto
Type Ransomware
Short Description The ransomware seeks to encrypt files with 60 file extensions. You are given three days to pay, otherwise your files get deleted.
Symptoms The ransomware encrypts files, without changing their names or extensions. After that it shows a ransom note as your desktop background and in a pop-up window on your desktop.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, File Sharing Networks, Executable Files
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DetoxCrypto Virus – Spread

The DetoxCrypto ransomware has been discovered by the MalwareHunterTeam. The crypto-virus could be spreading through executable files. DetoxCrypto might spread a file with its payload via spam email campaigns, and place that the file as an attachment. If you open attachments with unknown origins or even vaguely suspicious ones could activate the virus, so it is far from advised. The ransomware’s owners might also involve social media networks and file-share services in their devious plan, and host a payload file there as well. Be extremely careful with the things you click on, what you download and open. A future entry point for the ransomware might become an Exploit Kit if it is not yet a reality.

DetoxCrypto Virus – Analysis

DetoxCrypto is a ransomware crypto-virus, which will lock your files and deem the unusable. Not a lot of details are known at the moment, but the ransomware might be somehow related to the PokemonGO ransomware. Although they seem to be written with a different code, the creators could turn out to be the same.

After successful encryption, DetoxCrypto ransomware will put an image as your desktop background, and a window will pop-up both revealing the ransom message. You can see an earlier version of the ransom note here:


The text from the actual ransom note is the following:

We are all Pokemons
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 Internet server and
nobody can decrypt your files until you pay and obtain the private key. If you see the main locker window, follow the instructions on the locker. Otherwise, it’s seems that you or your antivirus deleted the locker program.
Now you have the last chance to decrypt your files.
Server accepts payment in Bitcoin (BTC) only.
If you have bitcoins:
1. Pay amount of 3 BTC to address: ***********
2. Transaction will take about 15-30 minutes to confirm.
If you do not have bitcoins:
1. Open one of the exchangers:
and select exchange in your country and currency.
Or open hxxps://localbitcoins.com/ and find person who sells bitcoins near you.
Buy 3 BTC and make direct deposit to bitcoin address: *******
Exact payment amount can vary depending of exchange rates.
4. Transaction completion may take several days.
Reload this page in 15 minutes. After transaction completes you will be redirected to decryption page.
Don’t worry if some errors occurs and connection was broken. Wait 15 minutes and press F5.
Contact email for private key: pokemongo@mail2tor.com

Different variants of the DetoxCrypto virus use these emails for contact:

  • contact365@mail2tor.com
  • motox2016@mail2tor.com
  • pokemongo@mail2tor.com

The ransomware asks the price of three BitCoins, which is the equivalent of 1,727 US dollars. If three days go by without you paying the cybercriminals, your files will get erased. That will be the case if the threat in the ransom note turns to be true. Paying these crooks is not advised – if you do, you will only support them and aid their criminal actions. There is no guarantee that they will decrypt your files or even answer you.

According to a post on a malware researchers’ twitter, DetoxCrypto ransomware searches to encrypt files with around 60 different file extensions. You could see the list below:

→.bak, .mdf, .sql, .cs, .php, .xls, .doc, .xlsx, .docx, .zip, .rar, .7z, .tar.bz2, .tar, .cab, .iso, .dat, .mdb, .db, .sqlite, .csv, .s3db, .sqlitedb, .dbf, .myd, .ibd, .ibz, .xlt, .ppt, .pptx, .backup, .3ds, .pdf, .eps, .psd, .psb, .acbl, .cdr, .txt, .xml, .pst, .jpg, .jpeg, .bmp, .JPG, .JPEG, .BMP, .cpr, .all, .rns, .pptx, .xltx, .png, .PNG, .GIF, .gif, .dwg, .der, .crt, .cer

Source: MalwareHunterTeam

After the file encryption process is completed successfully, all files will remain with the same names and extensions they had before the encryption.

As you can see from the picture below, there are already detections of the crypto-virus on the VirusTotal website platform. The file in which the virus is wrapped bears the name MicrosoftHost.exe.


It is unclear whether DetoxCrypto ransomware erases Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows Operating System, but it is probably the case.

Remove DetoxCrypto Virus and Restore Your Files

If your computer got compromised and is infected with the DetoxCrypto ransomware virus, you should have some experience with removing viruses before dealing with it. You should get rid of this crypto-virus as fast as possible before it spreads deeper in the network you use and encrypts more files. The recommended action for you to take is to remove the virus completely by following the step-by-step instructions manual provided down here.

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Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.

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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About the DetoxCrypto Research

The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this DetoxCrypto 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.

Furthermore, the research behind the DetoxCrypto ransomware threat is backed with VirusTotal and the NoMoreRansom project.

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

Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove DetoxCrypto from Windows.

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


Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

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 DetoxCrypto 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 DetoxCrypto 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 DetoxCrypto 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.

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 DetoxCrypto 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.


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


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.


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

Video Guide for Automatic and Fast Removal

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

Ransomware infections and DetoxCrypto 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 recommended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

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.

Step 6: How to Restore Files Encrypted by Ransomware (Video Guide)

Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of DetoxCrypto from Mac OS X.

Step 1: Uninstall DetoxCrypto and remove related files and objects

Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy

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 DetoxCrypto:

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 DetoxCrypto. 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 DetoxCrypto. 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 DetoxCrypto 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 DetoxCrypto. 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

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

Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for DetoxCrypto:


SpyHunter for Mac

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

Ransomware infections and DetoxCrypto 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 recommended 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.

DetoxCrypto FAQ

What is DetoxCrypto ransomware and how does it work?

DetoxCrypto 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 DetoxCrypto ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.DetoxCrypto 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 DetoxCrypto 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 .DetoxCrypto files?

You can't. At this point the .DetoxCrypto 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 .DetoxCrypto files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by DetoxCrypto 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 ".DetoxCrypto" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .DetoxCrypto 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 DetoxCrypto 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 DetoxCrypto ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .DetoxCrypto files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like DetoxCrypto 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.

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:

Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.

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