What Is .Crypt Virus File? (Amnesia Ransomware)
A new ransomware infection is circling the web, appending the .crypt file extension to locked files. This new cryptovirus belongs to the Amnesia ransomware family.
The .crypt virus file is currently spread online with the help of various methods, including malicious spam and phishing tricks. Once the ransomware sneaks into a system, it triggers the file encryption process and drops a ransom note with instructions.
Called how_to_back_files.TXT, the ransom note gives information about the cryptovirus and instructs the user how to pay the demanded ransom amount. More details about the ransom note and the ransomware itself are available the article below.
We encourage you to read our article to learn more about the latest .crypt virus and how you can remove it from your computer.
.crypt Virus File Summary
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts all files located on infected systems. A ransom note demands a specific amount of money in cryptocurrency to be paid to allegedly recover encrypted files.|
|Symptoms||All your important files are encrypted, and cannot be accessed.|
|Ransom Demanding Note||how_to_back_files.TXT|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Freeware Installers|
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Why Are Your Files Encrypted by .crypt Virus File?
In other words, how did this Amnesia ransomware variant sneak into your system to encrypt all your data?
The most popular methods of distributing cryptoviruses such as .crypt virus file include pirated software, landing on scam pages, and malicious email attachments. Let’s examine the most widespread scenarios of getting a ransomware infection:
- 1.Victims downloaded a suspicious program from an untrustworthy torrent or freeware site.
Keep in mind that most torrent and free download websites may contain unverified files that may expose you to risks of Trojans and ransomware. Why is that? If you have downloaded a trojanized application (an application which contains a hidden Trojan component), it may have contained a backdoor, later utilized by ransomware operators in their campaigns.
- 2.Victims have opened a malicious email attachment sent to them by a seemingly verified sender.
Malicious spam) operators have their ways to trick you into opening an infected email attachment. Even big companies may fall victims to malware and ransomware, and this usually happens when an employee opens a malicious email attachment and executes the attached file.
The attached file may look like a regular document, but in truth, it contains malicious code that could compromise your system severely. Opening an unexpected email attachment is very dangerous and shouldn’t be done without additional verification.
.crypt Virus File Ransom Note: how_to_back_files.TXT
This is what the ransom note says:
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC.
Data recovery requires a decoder.
To restore information write to technical support by firstname.lastname@example.org, in case of no answer in 24, write to email@example.com
*Do not attempt to remove the program or run the anti-virus tools
*Attempts to self-decrypting files will result in the loss of your data
*Decoders are not compatible with other users of your data, because each user’s unique encryption key
The quality of the English language indicates that the ransomware operators are not native speakers. We generally advice against following any instructions provided by cybercriminals. Instead, it may be better for you to wait for an official decryption tool. In the meantime, keep your encrypted files at a safe location.
Instructions to guide you through the removal of .crypt (Amnesia) ransomware are available below.
Remove .crypt File Virus
You can remove the malicious intruder by following the removal instructions below the article.
We created these instructions with the sole purpose of helping you to remove as many malicious files as possible.
NOTE! If the manual removal steps don’t work for some reason, we would advise you to do what most cybersecurity experts would do – run a scan with an advanced anti-malware tool on your PC. Such a program aims to automatically detect and delete all malicious files and objects and protect your machine against future infections.
In terms of encryption of files locked by Amnesia, you can refer to the “Try to restore” step, which is part of the removal guide below. Please note that the alternative solutions we have given may not recover all affected files, but you may be able to restore some of your data partially.
- Guide 1: How to Remove .crypt Virus File from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of .crypt Virus File on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove .crypt Virus File in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase .crypt Virus File from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall .crypt Virus File from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove .crypt Virus File from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate .crypt Virus File from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable .crypt Virus File Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove .crypt Virus File from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .crypt Virus File
Step 2: Uninstall .crypt Virus File 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by .crypt Virus File on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by .crypt Virus File there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of .crypt Virus File from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall .crypt Virus File and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 .crypt Virus File 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove .crypt Virus File files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as .crypt Virus File, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove .crypt Virus File 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.
Erase .crypt Virus File 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.
Uninstall .crypt Virus File 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.
Remove .crypt Virus File 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".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the .crypt Virus File will be removed.
Eliminate .crypt Virus File 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by .crypt Virus File from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".