Remove CryptConsole 3 Ransomware - Restore Encrypted Files
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This article will help you remove CryptConsole 3 ransomware efficiently. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.

CryptConsole 3 is the latest variant of the CryptConsole ransomware family. The latest iteration of the virus has the same modus operandi as previous variants. It claims to encrypt your files and demands money as a ransom to supposedly get those files restored. The CryptConsole 3 ransomware will not actually encrypt your files. In addition, it could lock your computer screen making you unable to use it. Continue to read the article and see how you could try to potentially recover your files.

Threat Summary

NameCryptConsole 3.0
TypeRansomware, Virus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware could lock your computer screen and displays a ransom note message.
SymptomsThe ransomware claims that has encrypted your files and displays a screen with instructions on how to pay the cybercriminals to restore everything back to normal.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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CryptConsole 3 Ransomware – Update November 2018

November 2018 brings a new variant for the CryptConsole 3 ransomware. The new iteration encrypts files without placing an extension and even removes the original one. An example for an encrypted file would be:

  • 5255535FD090D0BDD0B3D0BBD0B8D0B9D181D1815F323031382D31392E786C7378

The ransom note file is called simply “README.txt“.
You can see the ransom note in the screenshot right down here:

Below you can read the actual contents of it:

Your files are encrypted!
YOUR PERSONAL ID qhsEbrD4aBnpkUxBfvUSfD3mygjfS51sdlqwlvYR
———————————————————————————
Discovered a serious vulnerability in your network security.
No data was stolen and no one will be able to do it while they are encrypted.
For you we have automatic decryptor and instructions for remediation.
For instructions, write to us on one of our mails [email protected] or [email protected]
———————————————————————————
You will receive automatic decryptor and all files will be restored
———————————————————————————
* To be sure in getting the decryption, you can send one file(less than 10MB) to [email protected] or [email protected]
In the letter include your personal ID(look at the beginning of this document).
Attention!
Attempts to self-decrypting files will result in the loss of your data
Decoders other users are not compatible with your data, because each user’s unique encryption key
———————————————————————————

In addition, the following e-mail addresses have been given for contacting the cybercriminals behind the CryptConsole 3 ransomware:

Any given CryptConsole 3 virus variant has been using two emails each and they seem to be different with every new update.

CryptConsole 3 Ransomware – Update August 2018

CryptConsole 3 continues to be spread and already has a few versions with small variations being released at the beginning of August. The ransom note message has remained with the name README.txt. However, the email addresses for contacting the cybercriminals have changd and may differ with each variant. Below you can see the emails used in the most current version of CryptConsole 3 ransomware:

Other than the fact that more and more iterations are being found in the wild faster and gaining some sort of momentum, nothing new is surrounding CryptConsole 3.

CryptConsole 3 Ransomware – Spread Techniques

CryptConsole 3 ransomware might spread its infection in various techniques. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the World Wide Web, and researchers have gotten their hands on a malware sample. If that file lands on your computer system and you somehow execute it – your computer system will become infected.

CryptConsole 3 ransomware might also distribute its payload file on social media and file-sharing services. Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Refrain from opening files right after you have downloaded them. You should first scan them with a security tool, while also checking their size and signatures for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the tips for preventing ransomware found in the forum section.

CryptConsole 3 Ransomware – Detailed Overview

CryptConsole 3 is a virus that supposedly encrypts your files and shows a window with instructions on the screen of your computer system. The extortionists want you to pay a ransom for the alleged restoration of your files and restoration of your computer system back to normal.

CryptConsole 3 ransomware makes entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows environment. Such entries are typically designed in a way to launch the virus automatically with each start of the Windows operating system.

After the encryption process of the CryptConsole 3 virus completes, a ransom message will be saved as a note inside a .txt file. You can see its contents from the following screenshot given right down here:

The ransom note states the following:

Your files are encrypted!
YOUR PERSONAL ID
[REDACTED] ———————————————————————————
Discovered a serious vulnerability in your network security.
No data was stolen and no one will be able to do it while they are encrypted.
For you we have automatic decryptor and instructions for remediation.
———————————————————————————
You will receive automatic decryptor and all files will be restored
———————————————————————————
* To be sure in getting the decryption, you can send one file(less than 10MB) to [email protected] or [email protected] In the letter include your personal ID(look at the beginning of this document).
Attention!
Attempts to self-decrypting files will result in the loss of your data
Decoders other users are not compatible with your data, because each user’s unique encryption key
———————————————————————————

The note of the CryptConsole 3 ransomware states that your files are encrypted. You are demanded to pay a ransom sum – for previous variants that sum was in the vicinity of 50 US dollars.

The email addresses given for contacting the cybercriminals are the following:

However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom. Your files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that. Moreover, giving money to cybercriminals will most likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or commit different criminal acts.

CryptConsole 3 Ransomware – Encryption Process

The encryption process of the CryptConsole 3 is unknown. Files get encrypted but it is unknown if the extension of encrypted files is based on the email addresses which the cybercriminal authors use. The encryption feature might be disambiguated in the near future, revealing how the whole process works. Currently there is no information regarding which types of files might get encrypted if such a feature was present in the malicious application. If information about the file extensions which might get encrypted in the future is found, this article will get duly updated.

The files which are used the most by users that would probably get encrypted will probably be from the following categories:

  • Audio files
  • Video files
  • Document files
  • Image files
  • Backup files
  • Banking credentials, etc

The CryptConsole 3 Ransomware threat can still lock your screen and demand a ransom as payment.

The CryptConsole 3 cryptovirus could be set to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

If the above-stated command is executed that will make it harder to restore your computer back to its state before becoming infected with the threat. In the future that would also help make the encryption process more viable. That is due to the fact that the command eliminates one of the prominent ways to restore your data as well. If your computer system was infected with this ransomware and you wish to find out how you could potentially restore your system back to normal, continue reading below.

Remove CryptConsole 3 Ransomware and Restore Encrypted Files

If your computer got infected with the CryptConsole 3 ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.

Note! Your computer system may be affected by CryptConsole 3.0 and other threats.
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To remove CryptConsole 3.0 follow these steps:

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove CryptConsole 3.0 files and objects
2. Find files created by CryptConsole 3.0 on your PC

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3. Scan for malware and unwanted programs with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
4. Try to Restore files encrypted by CryptConsole 3.0
Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov is a tech-geek and loves everything that is tech-related, while observing the latest news surrounding technologies. He has worked in IT before, as a system administrator and a computer repair technician. Dealing with malware since his teens, he is determined to spread word about the latest threats revolving around computer security.

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