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.pluss.executioner and .destroy.executioner Files Virus – Remove + Restore Files

This article has been created in order to help explain what is CryptoJoker ransomware virus and how to remove it completely from your computer plus restore files that have been encrypted by this virus on your computer.

New form of ransomware virus using two different file extensions after it encrypts your files. It has been detected and dubbed CryptoJoker by malware analysts. The virus aims to use the AES encryption algorithm on the files of the victim computers and its end goal is to get victims to pay a hefty ransom fee by following the instructions in the Readme.html web-page of the virus. If you have been infected by this malware, recommendations are to focus on removing it completely and trying to restore files that have been encrypted by it, by reading the instructions below.

Threat Summary

Name CryptoJoker Virus
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description Aims to encrypt the files on the computers that have been infected by it after which demand victims to pay hefty ransom fee in order to get their files decrypted once again.
Symptoms The malware adds two different file extensions on the infected computer’s files – .pluss.executioner and .destroy.executioner
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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CryptoJoker Ransomware – Infection Methods

In order to infect the maximum amount of computers, the ones behind CryptoJoker ransomware may begin to perform various different activities to mask it’s infection file and then send it to you in the form of a fake legitimate document. The most often cause of infection is by opening the file via e-mail. Most malicious spam e-mails that are sent often make it seem like the attachments on those e-mails are legitimate documents, like:

  • Invoices.
  • Receipts.
  • Purchase requests.
  • Product returns.
  • Banking statement.
  • Delivery notifications.

As soon as the victim has already opened the malicious e-mails, the files may also be Microsoft Office documents which usually contain malicious macros embedded within them. In addition to this, the malware may also pretend to be other types of legitimate files that are uploaded online, such as:

  • Fake setups.
  • Fake key generators.
  • Fake program installers.
  • Fraudulent cracks, patches.

CyberJoker Ransomware – More Information

As soon as the ransomware virus has infected your computer, the malware may drop it’s payload on it. The payload files may be located onto various different types of folders, among which are:

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

In addition to this, the CyberJoker malware aims to perform various other activities besides simply encrypting your files, such as touch files, modify system permissions and others. One of those activities is to focus on modifying the Windows Registry Editor of the infected machine, more specifically attack the following sub-keys responsible for the automatic execution of the file-encryption software on the victim’s computer:

→ 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 CyberJoker ransomware may also perform other activities on the infected computer, such as delete it’s shadow volume copies by executing the vssadmin and bcedit commands:

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

The ransomware virus also drops a Readme.html file and a wallpaper which has the following message:


Text from image:

HEYKLOG-LOSTHAT
HEYKLOG & CRYPTONIC My Best Friend
Turkish Underground World ~
Guvenlik bir urun degil bir surectir.

CryptoJoker Ransomware – Encryption Process

To encrypt files on the infected computer, CryptoJoker uses it’s main executable CryptoJoker.exe which is configured to scan for and encrypt files with the following file extensions:

→ “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”

The CryptoJoker virus uses the AES encryption algorithm and it does not encrypt the whole file, but only parts of data from it so that the encryption process is a lot faster. In addition to this, the ransomware also appends the file extensions .pluss.executioner and .destroy.executioner to the encrypted files, making them start to appear like the following:

Remove CryptoJoker Ransomware and Restore .executioner Files

If you want to remove the CryptoJoker ransomware virus from your computer, it is strongly advisable to firstly isolate the threat prior to deleting it’s files. To do this, we advise you to follow the removal instructions below. They are specifically created in order to help you remove CryptoJoker either automatically or manually. If you lack the experience in malware removal, malware researchers strongly advise to remove this virus automatically, since this is the fastest and most effective method while remaining the simplest.

If you want to restore files that have been encrypted with the .executioner suffix added to them, we recommend that you try the alternative methods for file recovery below in step “2. Restore files encrypted by CryptoJoker Virus” below. They are created in order to help you restore as many files as possible without paying ransom.

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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.

How to recognize 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 CryptoJoker Virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove CryptoJoker 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 CryptoJoker 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 CryptoJoker 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 CryptoJoker 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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Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
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Step 4: Scan for CryptoJoker 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 CryptoJoker Virus.

Ransomware infections and CryptoJoker 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 CryptoJoker Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall CryptoJoker 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 CryptoJoker 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 CryptoJoker 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 CryptoJoker 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 CryptoJoker 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 CryptoJoker 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 CryptoJoker Virus.

Ransomware infections and CryptoJoker 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.


CryptoJoker Virus FAQ

What is CryptoJoker Virus ransomware and how does it work?

CryptoJoker 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 CryptoJoker Virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.CryptoJoker 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 CryptoJoker 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 .CryptoJoker Virus files?

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

One way to restore files, encrypted by CryptoJoker 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 ".CryptoJoker 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 .CryptoJoker 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 CryptoJoker 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 CryptoJoker Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .CryptoJoker Virus files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like CryptoJoker 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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