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.fairytail Files Virus (Cryakl) Ransomware – Remove and Restore Data

This article aims to help you by showing you how to fully remove the .fairytail ransomware infection from your computer system and how to restore files that have been encrypted with the added .fairytail file extension to them.

The new variant of Cryakl ransomware virus is here and it uses the .fairytail file extension after it encrypts the files on the computers that have been infected by the virus. Alongside it, the files are also renamed with a added symbols to their original anames, making them to appear corrupt. In addition to this, the .fairytail files virus also drops a ransom note file which aims to extort the victims of this virus into paying a hefty ransom fee in order to recover their encrypted files. If you are one of the victims of the .fairytail ransomware virus, we advise that you read this article and learn how to remove this virus from your computer and how to try and restore .fairytail encrypted files without paying the actual ransom.

Threat Summary

Name .fairytail Files Virus
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description New variant of Cryakl ransomware virus. Encrypts documents, videos and other important files and asks to contact the cyber-crooks and cooperate to get your files back.
Symptoms Drops a Readme.txt ransom note file and encrypts the files, adding the .fairytail file extension after their original name.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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.fairytail Files Virus – Methods of Replication

For this virus to infect users while remaining undetected, it uses obfuscation techniques that aim to avoid conventional antivirus protection. Those techniques are usually embedded in an Exploit Kit or other form of malicious infection kit and they target vulnerabilities in Windows. The infection process is done via an infection file which is masked as a legitimate type of document or other type of important file, such as:

  • A receipt.
  • Setups of programs.
  • Invoices.
  • Fake key generators.
  • Program cracks or patches.
  • Fake banking statements.

If you receive the file via e-mail it may be an executable type of file, a JavaScript file or even a Microsoft Word .docm type of file, containing malicious macros within it. The cyber-criminals may make it so that the e-mail looks like a legitimate type of message sent to notify you that it is important to open the attachment. They often include convincing statements, for example:

.fairytail Cryakl Ransomware – More Information

As soon as an infection by this ransomware virus takes place on your computer, you may immediately begin to experience system freezes and interrupts. This is because the .fairytail ransomware performs it’s malicious activity on your computer, starting with dropping it’s malicous files in it. Those usually are located in the following Windows directories:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %Roaming%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Temp%

As soon as the Cryakl .fairytail files virus has had it’s malicious files dropped on the computer of the victim, the malware may immediately start to interfere with the Run and RunOnce Windows Registry sub-keys, adding values of data in them that make the malicious file of the virus which encrypts your data run automatically when your Windows boots. The sub-keys have the following locations:

→ 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

In addition to this, the virus may also drop a README.txt file that has the one and only purpose to get you to message the cyber-criminals via e-mail in order to receive further instructions on how to pay the ransom fee of this virus in order to get them to decrypt your files.

Furthermore, before beginning to encrypt your files, the .fairytail ransomware infection may also delete the shadow volume copies on your computer system and disable the Windows Recovery process. This is done by executing commands in Windows Command Prompt with the following parameters:

→ process call create “cmd.exe /c vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /quiet & bcdedit.exe /set {default} recoveryenabled no & bcdedit.exe /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures”

.fairytail Ransomware – Encryption Process

The Fairytail ransomware virus has different activities when it comes to encrypting your files. Firstly, the virus is configured to search for important files on your system, such as archives, images, audio and video files, documents and others. It does this by targeting the most commonly used file extensions, some of which are the among following:

“PNG .PSD .PSPIMAGE .TGA .THM .TIF .TIFF .YUV .AI .EPS .PS .SVG .INDD .PCT .PDF .XLR .XLS .XLSX .ACCDB .DB .DBF .MDB .PDB .SQL .APK .APP .BAT .CGI .COM .EXE .GADGET .JAR .PIF .WSF .DEM .GAM .NES .ROM .SAV CAD Files .DWG .DXF GIS Files .GPX .KML .KMZ .ASP .ASPX .CER .CFM .CSR .CSS .HTM .HTML .JS .JSP .PHP .RSS .XHTML. DOC .DOCX .LOG .MSG .ODT .PAGES .RTF .TEX .TXT .WPD .WPS .CSV .DAT .GED .KEY .KEYCHAIN .PPS .PPT .PPTX ..INI .PRF Encoded Files .HQX .MIM .UUE .7Z .CBR .DEB .GZ .PKG .RAR .RPM .SITX .TAR.GZ .ZIP .ZIPX .BIN .CUE .DMG .ISO .MDF .TOAST .VCD SDF .TAR .TAX2014 .TAX2015 .VCF .XML Audio Files .AIF .IFF .M3U .M4A .MID .MP3 .MPA .WAV .WMA Video Files .3G2 .3GP .ASF .AVI .FLV .M4V .MOV .MP4 .MPG .RM .SRT .SWF .VOB .WMV 3D .3DM .3DS .MAX .OBJ R.BMP .DDS .GIF .JPG ..CRX .PLUGIN .FNT .FON .OTF .TTF .CAB .CPL .CUR .DESKTHEMEPACK .DLL .DMP .DRV .ICNS .ICO .LNK .SYS .CFG”

After the files match with the ones Cryakl ransomware is scanning for, the virus begins the encryption procedure by triggering the encryption mode to begin replacing bytes of data from the original files with scrambled data, breaking the original structure of the files and thus making them no longer able to be opened again. This results in the files to seem corrupt and the malware changes their file extensions, making them assume the following appearance:

The sum, demanded by the cyber-crooks may vary depending on the negotiations with them and paying the ransom is highly inadvisable, because you cannot trust them and you support them to further develop and spread their viruses to infect others.

Remove Cryakl Ransomware and Restore .fairytail Encrypted Files

If your computer has been infected by the .fairytail ransomware virus, recommendations are to remove it by following the removal instructions in the article. However, in order to perform the removal, you would need to have some experience with malware. Furthermore, experts strongly advise to do the removal automatically using an advanced anti-malware software, which will help scan for all the malicious files of .fairytail and remove them plus protect your computer against future infections as well.

In the even that your files have been encrypted by this ransomware virus, you can try the alternative methods for file recovery which we have suggested below in step “2. Restore files encrypted by .fairytail Files Virus”. They may not be 100% effective, but the tools may help you recover as many encrypted files as possible without actually having to pay ransom.

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Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove .fairytail Files Virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .fairytail Files Virus

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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 .fairytail Files Virus 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 .fairytail Files Virus 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 .fairytail Files Virus 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.

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Step 4: Scan for .fairytail Files Virus 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.

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

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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.

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

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

Ransomware infections and .fairytail Files Virus 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 .fairytail Files Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .fairytail Files Virus and remove related files and objects

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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 .fairytail Files Virus:

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 .fairytail Files Virus. 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 .fairytail Files Virus. 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 .fairytail Files Virus 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 .fairytail Files Virus. 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 .fairytail Files Virus.

Ransomware infections and .fairytail Files Virus 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.


.fairytail Files Virus FAQ

What is .fairytail Files Virus ransomware and how does it work?

.fairytail Files Virus 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 .fairytail Files Virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways..fairytail Files Virus 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 .fairytail Files Virus 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 ..fairytail Files Virus files?

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

One way to restore files, encrypted by .fairytail Files Virus 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 "..fairytail Files Virus" files (Other Methods)?

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .fairytail Files Virus 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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