Cryptexplorer.us is reported as a browser locker that encrypts random files on the compromised machine and demands ransom in exchange for the private key needed for their decryption. The payment is processed through the Tor anonymity network. Experts warn that paying the ransom in no way guarantees that your files will be restored and suggest backing up your important data on a regular basis.
How Does Cryptexplorer.us End Up in Your System?
- Corrupted websites
- Malicious attachments to spam emails
- Freeware bundles
Select your download sources carefully and never open email attachments from unknown senders.
How Does Cryptexplorer.us Affect Your Computer?
Once installed, the browser locker will modify various files on the targeted machine and create registry entries in order for the threat to be loaded at every system start-up.
As soon as the victim opens the preferred browser he will be presented with detailed information on the ransom payment. If the user tries to navigate to a different web page, he will be redirected back to the Cryptexplorer.us site.
The required fee is to be paid via the Tor network.
In some cases, users report the Cryptexplorer.us as a browser hijacker that has the ability to change the browser settings and continually redirect the victim to the Cryptexplorer.us website. When describing this capability of Cryptexplorer.us no user mentions anything about a file-encryption process, yet the ransom message is still present.
How to Remove the Cryptexplorer.us from Your Computer?
Competent anti-malware solutions can eliminate the threat from your computer, but the tricky part is restoring the encrypted files. Due to the raised number of ransomware infections in the past year, experts stress on the necessity of performing regular back-ups of your important data. This way you do not have to worry about paying a ransom and not having your files decrypted.
The manual below will help you remove Cryptexplorer.us from your computer. Below there is also a manual on how to restore your files, which has proven to be successful with other ransomware infections.
If you are one of the lucky ones, whose files have not been encrypted, the only thing you need to do is remove the detected threat and back up your files.
Remove Cryptexplorer.us and Restore the Encrypted Files
Stage One: Remove Cryptexplorer.us
1. First and most important – download and install a legitimate and trustworthy anti-malware scanner, which will help you run a full system scan and eliminate all threats.
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2. Run a second scan to make sure that there are no malicious software programs running on your PC. For that purpose, it’s recommended to download ESET Online Scanner.
Your PC should be clean now.
Stage Two: Restore the Encrypted Files
Option 1: Best case scenario – You have backed up your data on a regular basis, and now you can use the most recent backup to restore your files.
Option 2: Try to decrypt your files with the help of Kaspersky’s RectorDecryptor.exe and RakhniDecryptor.exe. They might help you in the process but keep in mind that they were not specially designed to encrypt information that was decrypted by this particular ransomware.
Option 3: Shadow Volume Copies
1. Install the Shadow Explorer, which is available with Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows XP Service Pack 2.
2. From Shadow Explorer’s drop down menu choose a drive and the latest date you would like to restore information from.
3. Right-click on a random encrypted file or folder then select “Export”. Select a location to restore the content of the selected file or folder.
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