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KazyCrypter Virus — How to Detect and Remove It from Your Computer

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The KazyCrypter virus is among the most dangerous hacking tools of late. It provides the most advanced infiltration options and can completely take over the victim computers leading to further virus infections. In the majority of cases may not even know that their system have been impacted. Read our in-depth guide to find out more about it.

Threat Summary

Name KazyCryper
Type Advanced Malware
Short Description Can cause severe performance issues and lead to infections with other viruses.
Symptoms In most cases the victims are not aware of the infections.
Distribution Method The attack campaigns are usually deployed by Trojans or hacker tactics such as email messages, fake software installers and virus files.
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KazyCrypter Virus – Distribution Methods

The KazyCrypter malware is distributed mainly through Trojans and automated exploit kits. They are usually configured using scripts and commands in order to simultaneously attempt intrusions against whole networks of computers.

In other cases the traditional tactics of orchestrating email campaigns can be used. There are several ways that this can be done:

  • Links — The criminals can embed malware links in the messages themselves. In most cases social engineering tricks are used in order to make the victims interact with the virus.
  • File Attachments — In other cases the KazyCrypter malware files can be delivered as executables or archives alongside the messages.
  • Information you provide

Infected Documents — A recent trend is the creation of documents of various types — rich text documents, spreadsheets and presentations. They are masked as files of user interest and as soon as they are opened a notification prompt appears. It asks the users to enable the built-in macros (scripts), if this is done the virus is downloaded from a remote server and executed on the machine.

Another tactic would be to employ malware malware software installers which are hacker-modified copies of the original setup files. They are taken from the official vendors and usually target popular free and trial versions of famous software. They are often distributed on hacker-controlled sites or file-sharing networks like BitTorrent.

An effective method of distributing malware like the KazyCrypter virus is the use of browser hijackers. They represent malware browser plugins that are programmed to change important settings of the software applications with the goal of redirecting the users to hacker-controlled pages or into directly executing the virus. They are usually made compatible with the most popular applications: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.

KazyCrypter Malware – Malicious Activity

The KazyCrypter virus is a among the most dangerous malware released in the last few months. It is sold exclusively on the undergound hacker markets and at the moment its development has reached version 5. One of the most important attributes associated with it is the fact that it remains undetectable by all major anti-virus solutions. It follows a complex behavior patterns that begins by initiating a complete information harvesting operation. It is used to look out for any security software that might interfere with the code execution. The KazyCrypter malware is able to efffectively bypass or delete them, this includes all forms of sandboxes, debuggers, virtual machines and anti-virus products. If it is unable to do is it may delete itself to avoid detection.

There are two main types of data types that can be harvested by the malware code. The first one is related to information related to the system itself and is more appropriately used for statistical purposes. Other data can directly expose the victims identity — real names, addresses, phone numbers, emails, account credentials, passwords and preferences.

The virus can evade detection by employing the delayed execution strategy which overcomes most signature-based scans. Furthermore the code features many system modification components that can be used to further manipulate both software and users into thinking that there is nothing alarming going on. Advanced infiltration tactics are used to increase the size of chosen files or to assign system and/or hidden attributes to the malware components.

Upon infection the KazyCrypter virus proceeds by launching an anti-memory scanner which is able to protect itself from any intervention. It elevates the malware processes and can shut down the computer if it detects any removal attempts. It can also disable restore restore, task manager, command prompt and other processes automatically. Using this component the virus attains a persistent state of execution which automatically prevents any manual removal attempts.

It can connect to a hacker-controlled server from where additional commands and features can be added. The hacker controllers that the built-in ransomware supports five different types of encryption (AES, DES, TRIPLEDES, RC2 and RIJNDAEL). Using a custom configuration it can make it quite difficult for certain products to restore the computers.

The hackers note that all malware components technically remain hidden from both the users and all associated software (both user installed applications and system services) which provides the best possible protection against removal. The fact that the engine can burrow itself in the system folders makes it a very dangerous threat to handle. Such tools are sometimes used in complex attacks with Trojan components. Such hacking tools allow the criminals to spy on the victims in real time, as well as take over control of their machines at every given moment.

The hackers provide different versions according to the targets. The buyers can opt to choose compiled solutions that are effectively against all modern versions of Microsoft Windows.

At the moment the prospective buyers can choose from five package “deals”:

  • Bronze Package — For the price of $13 the users get 30 days usage of the tool.
  • Silver Package — For the price of $25 the users get 90 days usage of the tool.
  • Gold Package — For the price of $35 the users get 180 days usage of the tool.
  • Lifetime Access Package — Available upon special request.
  • Custom Versions — Available upon special request.

Remove KazyCrypter Virus and Protect Your PC

Q: How Do I Remove KazyCrypter Malware and How Do I Protect Myself In the Future?

A: In order to remove KazyCrypter virus, you should first stop the malicious processes of the malware by entering Windows Task Manager and stopping the malicious task by right-clicking on the KazyCrypter process and clicking on End Process or End Process tree. This results in the virus stopping to mine. After doing so, you may want to remove the malware preferably by following the automatic or manual removal instructions below, if you have removed malware manually and have the experience. Be advised that security experts strongly recommend to remove the KazyCrypter malware automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware software, that aims to scan for and erase all malware from your system plus protect it against future infections as well.

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How to Remove KazyCryper from Windows.


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

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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 KazyCryper 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 KazyCryper 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 KazyCryper 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 KazyCryper 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.


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Get rid of KazyCryper from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall KazyCryper and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
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 KazyCryper:

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 KazyCryper. 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 KazyCryper. 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 KazyCryper 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 KazyCryper. 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.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



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Remove KazyCryper from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase KazyCryper from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall KazyCryper from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove KazyCryper from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

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Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the KazyCryper will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate KazyCryper from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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