What is .cry files virus? How did it infect your system? Is there a chance to restore your .cry files?
When the extension .cry appears appended to the names of all your important files, you should know that Dharma ransomware is running on your PC. Dharma .cry is a crypto infection that corrupts computer systems in order to encode target files and demands a ransom fee for their recovery. Since it is known to encrypt files with the help of sophisticated cipher algorithm, it will prevent you from accessing the data stored by .cry files.
Since there is no guarantee that hackers could provide an efficient decryption tool, we recommend you to avoid any negotiations with them and navigate to the trustworthy solutions presented in our guide.
|Name||.cry Files Virus|
|Short Description||Severe malware that is designed to encrypt valualbe files stored on compromised computers so that it can then extort ransom fee from victims.|
|Symptoms||Files are encrypted and renamed with the extension .cry|
Ransom message extorts a payment for files recovery.
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by .cry Files Virus |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss .cry Files Virus.|
|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.|
.cry Files Virus (Dharma) – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?
The so-called .cry files virus is yet another iteration of Dharma ransomware. It infects computer systems with the main goal to reach valuable personal files and encode them with strong cipher algorithm. Currently, samples of Dharama .cry are lurking on the web.
There are several common spread techniques that may be used for the delivery of .cry ransomware on targeted operating systems. Among them should be mentioned malspam, malvertising, freeware installers, fake software update notifications, and corrupted web pages.
The moment .cry files virus’s activation file is loaded on your system, it triggers a long sequence of malicious operations that enable it to evade detection, misuse system functionalities and eventually encode your valuable personal files.
There is no doubt that the main goal of Dharma .cry ransomware is to corrupt target types of files stored on the compromised computer. To complete this goal, the ransomware performs an encryption process. During this process, it activates a built-in cipher module that transforms the code of all target files with the help of sophisticated cipher algorithm. Since the threat is designed to corrupt files that are likely to store important personal data, an infection with it could prevent you from accessing all your:
- Audio files
- Video files
- Document files
- Image files
- Backup files
- Banking credentials, etc
Files encrypted by Dhrama .cry virus can be recognized by the specific extension .cry appended to their names. In addition, you are likely to see two other extensions – an ID number and an email address. The picture below depicts an image file encrypted by Dhrama .cry files virus:
The original name of the file is trip.jpg but after corruption it is changed to trip.jpg.id-1E857D00.[firstname.lastname@example.org].cry
As revealed by the analyses of .cry ransomware’s samples, once it completes the encoding process, it enters the command prompt panel to run the following command:
vssadmin delete shadows /all /quiet
This is an additional operation that improves the efficiency of the attack. It leads to the deletion of all Shadow Volume Copies (automatic backup copies of valuable files) from the infected system.
Finally, Dharma .cry drops a ransom message file to extort a ransom fee for .cry files decryption. The content of this file says the following:
All FILES ENCRYPTED “RSA1024”
All YOUR FILES HAVE BEEN ENCRYPTED!!! IF YOU WANT TO RESTORE THEM, WRITE US TO THE E-MAIL email@example.com
IN THE LETTER WRITE YOUR ID, YOUR ID ********
IF YOU ARE NOT ANSWERED, WRITE TO EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
YOUR SECRET KEY WILL BE STORED ON A SERVER 7 DAYS, AFTER 7 DAYS IT MAY BE OVERWRITTEN BY OTHER KEYS, DON’T PULL TIME, WAITING YOUR EMAIL
FREE DECRYPTION FOR PROOF
You can send us up to 1 file for free decryption. The total size of files must be less than 1Mb (non archived), and files should not contain valuable information. (databases,backups, large excel sheets, etc.)
When you make sure of decryption possibility transfer the money to our bitcoin wallet. As soon as we receive the money we will send you:
1. Decryption program.
2. Detailed instruction for decryption.
3. And individual keys for decrypting your files.
Do not rename encrypted files.
Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price (they add their fee to our) or you can become a victim of a scam.
And this is how the ransom note looks:
Apparently, the extortionists expect you to transfer them a ransom fee for the alleged restoration of your files, same as with the previousDharma / CrySis ransomware family variants. You should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum. Otherwise, you risk being tricked by hackers once again.
Remove .cry Files Virus (Dharma) and Attempt to Restore Data
The so-called .cry files virus is a threat with highly complex code that heavily damages both essential system settings and valuable data. So the only way to use your infected system securely again is to remove all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. For the purpose, you could follow our step-by-step removal guide.
In the event that you want to attempt to restore .cry files with the help of alternative data recovery methods, do check step four – Try to Restore files encrypted by .cry Files Virus. We remind you to back up all encrypted files to an external drive before the recovery process.