A Brazilian version of CryptoLocker, this particular ransomware acts as a screen locker and displays a scary message asking victims of the ransomware to pay a hefty ransom of 5 BTC to get access to their computer back. The ransomware virus, fortunately, is decryptable, and you won’t have to pay an insane amount to get access back to your computer. Anyone who has been infected by this variant of Crypter-2016 is advised to read the following article and learn methods to remove this ransomware and get access back to your computer.
|Short Description||The malware encrypts users files using a strong encryption algorithm, making direct decryption possible only via a unique decryption key available to the cyber-criminals.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness ransom note displayed in Brazilian language and a screenlocker. Changed file names and the file-extension .crypter has been used.|
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How Did I Get Infected with Crypter-2016
To spread the malware, the hackers behind Crypter-2016 have primarily focused on using a combination of tools to spam it and to cause an infection via spammed mail attachments as well as malicious web links that can cause infection with the virus.
Such may be spread via spammed e-mails that can cause the infection via pretending to be legitimate e-mails from a bank or a service, like PayPal for example. Some e-mails may contain malicious web links disguised as legitimate buttons, like the fake LinkedIn button in the phishing e-mail below:
More About Crypter-2016 Ransomware
As soon as Crypter-2016 has caused an infection, the ransomware virus may begin to drop several types of files in the key Windows folders without the user noticing of it. The files may contain different names and may be dropped in the following Windows folders:
After the malicious files by this Brazillian Cryptolocker variant, the malware begins to modify the registry entries. It may affect a wide variety of registry entries to rename the files and display its lock screen. Amongst the affected registry entries may be the following:
After having modified the entries, Crypter-2016 may commence a procedure that does not encrypt the user files, but instead only changes their file extension enough to render them no longer able to be opened. The files look like this:
After the file extension has been added, the Crypter ransomware also displays a distinctive screen locker message which can simply be removed by pressing Alt+F4. The screen locker looks like the following:
If you click on the tab “Chave para desbloquero” you will see a ransom message that gives fields on which information can be filled in to unlock the computer. Malware researcher Jiri Kropac (@jiriatvirlab) has tweeted that this may be fixed by typing the following on this tab:
How To Remove Brazillian Crypter Ransomware and Restore The Files
If you want to unlock your screen, simply press Alt+F4 or type do not and want as described in the image below. If this situation is not successful for you, advice is to simply remove the .crypter file extension from the encrypted files and save them as their original file formats, to make them openable again. But first, it is advisable to remove Crypter-2016 using an advanced anti-ransomware software which will help you take care of the threat automatically. More information on the safe removal of Crypter-2016 can be found in the removal instructions below. We advise you to choose either Manual or Automatic removal options, depending on how much experience you have with removing ransomware. Also, make sure to backup your files before attempting removal yourself.
What is Crypter-2016 Ransomware?
Crypter-2016 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 algorithms 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.
Can Crypter-2016 Ransomware Cayse Damage?
Yes, ransomware can damage your computer. Ransomware is a malicious software that is designed to block access to your computer or files until a ransom is paid.
Ransomware can also damage your system, corrupt data and delete files, resulting in the permanent loss of important files.
Should I Ignore Viruses, Like Crypter-2016?
No, you should never ignore ransomware. It can encrypt your data and block access to your computer, making it impossible to access your files until you pay a ransom.
Ignoring ransomware could lead to the permanent loss of your data, as well as the potential for the ransomware to spread to other computers on your network. Additionally, paying the ransom does not guarantee that your data will be recovered.
How Does Crypter-2016 Infect?
Via several ways.Crypter-2016 Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing emails, 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 Crypter-2016 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 .Crypter-2016 files?
You can't. At this point, the .Crypter-2016 files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted using a specific decryptionkey for the particular algorithm.
What to Do If a Decryptor Does Not Work?
Do not panic, and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .Crypter-2016 files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
Can I Restore ".Crypter-2016" Files?
Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Crypter-2016 files.
These methods are in no way 100% guaranteed that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.
How To Get Rid of Crypter-2016 Virus?
The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti-malware program.
It will scan for and locate Crypter-2016 ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Crypter-2016 files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like Crypter-2016 ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts.
What to Do If I Cant Get The Files Back?
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 can be re-downloaded from the web.
- Another clever way 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.
How to Report Ransomware to Authorities?
In case your computer got infected with a ransomware infection, you can report it to the local Police departments. It can help authorities worldwide track and determine the perpetrators behind the virus that has infected your computer.
Below, we have prepared a list with government websites, where you can file a report in case you are a victim of a cybercrime:
Cyber-security authorities, responsible for handling ransomware attack reports in different regions all over the world:
Germany - Offizielles Portal der deutschen Polizei
United States - IC3 Internet Crime Complaint Centre
United Kingdom - Action Fraud Police
France - Ministère de l'Intérieur
Italy - Polizia Di Stato
Spain - Policía Nacional
Netherlands - Politie
Poland - Policja
Portugal - Polícia Judiciária
Greece - Cyber Crime Unit (Hellenic Police)
India - Mumbai Police - CyberCrime Investigation Cell
Australia - Australian High Tech Crime Center
Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.
Can You Stop Ransomware from Encrypting Your Files?
Yes, you can prevent ransomware. The best way to do this is to ensure your computer system is updated with the latest security patches, use a reputable anti-malware program and firewall, backup your important files frequently, and avoid clicking on malicious links or downloading unknown files.
Can Crypter-2016 Ransomware Steal Your Data?
Yes, in most cases ransomware will steal your information. It is a form of malware that steals data from a user's computer, encrypts it, and then demands a ransom in order to decrypt it.
Can Ransomware Infect WiFi?
Yes, ransomware can infect WiFi networks, as malicious actors can use it to gain control of the network, steal confidential data, and lock out users. If a ransomware attack is successful, it could lead to a loss of service and/or data, and in some cases, financial losses.
Should I Pay Ransomware?
No, you should not pay ransomware extortionists. Paying them only encourages criminals and does not guarantee that the files or data will be restored. The better approach is to have a secure backup of important data and be vigilant about security in the first place.
What Happens If I Don't Pay Ransom?
If you don't pay the ransom, the hackers may still have access to your computer, data, or files and may continue to threaten to expose or delete them, or even use them to commit cybercrimes. In some cases, they may even continue to demand additional ransom payments.
Why Is the Ransom Paid in Crypto?
Cryptocurrency is a secure and untraceable form of payment, making it the ideal choice for ransom payments. It is difficult to trace, and the transactions are almost instantaneous. This means it is nearly impossible for authorities to track the payment and recover the money.
Can Ransomware Attack Be Detected?
Yes, ransomware can be detected. Anti-malware software and other advanced security tools can detect ransomware and alert the user when it is present on a machine.
It is important to stay up-to-date on the latest security measures and to keep security software updated to ensure ransomware can be detected and prevented.
Do Ransomware Criminals Get Caught?
Yes, ransomware criminals do get caught. Law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, Interpol and others have been successful in tracking down and prosecuting ransomware criminals in the US and other countries. As ransomware threats continue to increase, so does the enforcement activity.
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