A new ransomware going by the name of 2k19cry virus has been detected in the wild. The ransomware appends the .2k19cry extension to encrypted files. In fact, the 2k19cry virus belongs to the Paradise ransomware family which was first detected in 2017. A similar ransomware case is the 2k19sys virus.
The 2k19cry virus renames all encrypted files by adding a random string of characters, email address and the .2k19cry extension. The ransomware displays the ransom note in a pop-up window but it also creates another one in a text file which is named -=###_INFO_you_FILE_###=-.txt.
Read this article to learn how to remove the 2k19cry ransomware virus and attempt to restore your files.
|Short Description||Aims to encrypt files and then ad its custom file extension to them,|
|Symptoms||Files are encrypted and cannot be opened. The ransomware also drops a ransom note file, containing the extortionist message.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files|
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|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
2k19cry virus – More Information
The primary method of distribution that is used by the 2k19cry Virus is believed to be either via malicious web links or infection files. The 2k19cry Virus may enter your computer as an e-mail attachment in an e-mail sent in massive malspam campaigns. Such can pretend that you have received an invoice, receipt or a document from your bank.
Not only this, but you may also download various different types of files and objects that you believe are legitimate. They can however prove to be exactly the opposite as these files may turn out to be the virus infection file.
Once you are infected with the 2k19cry Virus, you may immediately notice it as your files may start to appear with the 2k19cry Virus extension.
Also note that the 2k19cry Virus may be able to perform the following malicious actions on your computer:
- Create mutexes.
- Touch system files.
- Modify the Run and RunOnce Windows registries.
- Obtain system information from your computer.
- Relay information.
- Obtain rights as an administrator to read and write files.
Once this is done, the 2k19cry Virus begins scanning your computer for different files to encrypt. 2k19cry Virus carefully skips encrypting files in the default system directories of Windows and instead it begins to encrypt files that have specific file extensions.
After the files are encrypted, you cannot open them and a unique file decryption key is generated and transferred to the cybercriminals. This makes them the only ones who can unlock your files. However, we strongly advise you not to pay any ransom, because paying means enabling further malicious operations as you are giving money to criminals.
As for the ransom note, it it shown in a pop-up window which reads the following:
All your files are encrypted!
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC. If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail email@example.com and: firstname.lastname@example.org
You PC id: nJjMoz
You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us. After payment we will send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all your files.
Free decryption as guarantee
Before payment you can send us 1-2 files for free decryption.
Please note that files must NOT contain valuable information.
The file size should not exceed 1MB.
How to obtain Bitcoins
The easiest way to buy bitcoins is LocalBitcoins site. You have to register, click ‘Buy bitcoins’, and select the seller by payment method and price.
Also you can find other places to buy Bitcoins and beginners guide here:
Do not rename encrypted files
Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss
You are guaranteed to get the decryptor after payment
Do not attempt to use the antivirus or uninstall the program
This will lead to your data loss and unrecoverable
Decoders of other users is not suitable to decrypt your files – encryption key is unique
Our advice is not to pay any ransom to the cybercriminals as your payment will further enable their criminal operations. It may be better to wait for an official decrypter to be released, or to attempt alternative data restoration methods which are explained in the instructions at the end of this article.
Remove 2k19cry Virus and Try Restoring Files
To remove 2k19cry Virus from your computer, we strongly recommend that you read the instructions underneath. They have been created with the primary purpose to help you remove the 2k19cry Virus files and try to restore all encrypted data. For a faster and effective removal, we strongly recommend that you download and run a scan of your computer using a professional malware removal software. Such program has been made with the main idea to help you erase all traces of the 2k19cry Virus from your machine by scanning for its files and objects. It can also protect you from future threats and intrusive software of this type.