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Remove JobCrypter Ransomware – Restore .css Files

Remove JobCrypter Ransomware Restore .css Files

This is an article that provides specific details on JobCrypter ransomware infection as well as a step-by-step removal followed by alternative data recovery approaches.

JobCrypter is a ransomware that plagues computer systems in order to encode predefined types of files stored on them. So once it gains access to and starts its malicious files it utilizes strong cipher algorithm to modify the code of files that store valuable data. Upon encryption corrupted files could not be opened nor restored without the help of an efficient recovery solution. They could be all recognized by the distinctive extension .css that stands at the end of their original names. In addition, a ransom message written in French urges victims to pay a ransom of 1000 EURO in exchange for a decryption solution possessed by hackers.

Threat Summary

Name JobCrypter
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description A data locker ransomware that utilizes strong cihper algorithm to encrypt target files stored on the infected computer and this way restricts the acccess to them.
Symptoms Valuable files are locked and renamed with the .css extension. Hackers demand a ransom to be paid.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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JobCrypter Ransomware – Distribution

One of the most preferred ways for the distribution of ransomware like JobCrypter is via email spam messages. This method allows bad actors to spoof the email address and sender hoping that you will follow the instructions provided by the text message. So beware even if you see emails that are seemingly sent by the names of representatives of legitimate services like your favorite website or your internet provider, any logistics company, your bank or even any governmental institution as they may carry the ransomware payload. As of their text messages they usually attempt to provoke a sense of urgency that makes you more prone to interact with the corrupted elements immediately. Corrupted elements could be either attached files of various types (Microsoft Office files, PDFs, images, etc.) or clickable in-text links. A single interaction with any of the provided compromised elements results in the automatic download of the ransomware to your system.

For the sake of your security, before you open a dubious file on your PC you could use a free online file extractor to check the security level of the file. Tools of this kind scan the code of each uploaded file for specific malicious traits. After, the scan you could see whether the uploaded file contains malicious elements or not. The information could help you to refrain from opening corrupted files on your PC.

JobCrypter Ransomware – Overview

At first JobCrypter ransomware needs to establish and execute all malicious files that support the infection process. Files and objects associated with this threat could have names different than JobCrypter and here are some of the possible folders that may be used for their storage:

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

When files are executed various modifications that affect essential system settings enable the threat to evade detection and attain persistent presence. One of the ways for JobCrypter ransomware to triggers its infection files on each system start is by manipulating the functionalities of specific registry keys stored in the Windows Registry Editor. So in case of infection with this threat, the keys Run and RunOnce may store some malicious values. The reason why these keys are often targets of ransomware is their main function to execute all files and objects needed for the regular system performance.

Following encryption, which is reviewed in detail in the next paragraph, this crypto virus drops a ransom note file to inform victims about its presence and impact. The note displays a message in French that looks like the following:

jobcrypter ransom message in French

Its main purpose is to blackmail you into paying hackers the demanded ransom which at this point is not clearly defined. No matter what they promise in this message it is wiser not to contact them at the provided email – frthnfdsgalknbvfkj@outlook.fr nor to pay them the ransom. Keep reading to learn what could help you to restore .css files.

Update! Recent submissions of JobCrypt samples analyzed by security experts reveal that hackers demand each victim to transfer them a ransom of € 1000 in order to recieve the specific decryption key. Additional changes are noticed in the ransom note text where the contact emails are changed to:

  • heniesanstravaille@outlook(.)fr
  • heniesanstravaille@yahoo(.)com
  • heniesanstravaille@gmail(.)com

JobCrypter ransomware updated ransom note 1000 euro ransom

JobCrypter Ransomware – Encryption Process

As a primary purpose of JobCrypter ransomware could be pointed out the encryption of predefined types of files stored on the compromised host. Only after the completion of this infection stage hackers are able to blackmail victims into paying ransom for a decryption solution that is supposedly able to restore corrupted data.

For data encryption, JobCrypter utilizes a strong cipher algorithm that modifies major parts of files’ code and generates a unique key that could revert back the original code. The process aims to restrict the access to valuable information stored by corrupted files. As of the files that may be infected by JobCrypter ransomware they are likely to be all of the following:

  • Audio files
  • Video files
  • Document files
  • Image files
  • Backup files
  • Banking credentials, etc

Upon encryption, the ransomware marks all corrupted files with the distinctive extension .css as an indicator that the access to them is blocked. Even though, hackers claim that the unique decryption key generated during the encryption stage is working and able to restore .css files their promises should not be taken for granted. There is real chance that the key they possess is broken due to bugs in their ransomware code. Furthermore, they may not contact you at all even after a successful payment of the ransom.

The good news is that there are alternative data recovery approaches that are tested to help in the restoration of corrupted files. Some of them are listed in the guide that follows. In addition, according to the security researcher Michael Gillespie, the code of the threat is crackable and he could provide help for data decryption.

Remove JobCrypter Ransomware and Restore .css Files

Below you could find how to remove JobCrypter step by step. To remove the ransomware manually you need to have a bit of technical experience and ability to recognize traits of malware files. Beware that ransomware is a threat with highly complex code that plagues not only your files but your whole system. So as recommended by security researchers you need to utilize an advanced anti-malware tool for its complete removal. Such a tool will keep your system protected against devastating threats like JobCrypter and other kinds of malware that endanger your online security.

After you remove the ransomware make sure to check the “Restore Files” step listed in the guide below. But before you take any further actions, don’t forget to back up all encrypted files to an external drive in order to prevent their irreversible loss.

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Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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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.

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  • 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 JobCrypter from Windows.


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

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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 JobCrypter 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 JobCrypter 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 JobCrypter 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 JobCrypter 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 JobCrypter.

Ransomware infections and JobCrypter 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 JobCrypter from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall JobCrypter 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 JobCrypter:

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 JobCrypter. 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 JobCrypter. 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 JobCrypter 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 JobCrypter. 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 JobCrypter.

Ransomware infections and JobCrypter 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.


JobCrypter FAQ

What is JobCrypter ransomware and how does it work?

JobCrypter 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 JobCrypter ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.JobCrypter 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 JobCrypter 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 .JobCrypter files?

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

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like JobCrypter 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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