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New Update! Malware researchers from Kaspersky have updated their Rannoh Decryptor utility with decryption for the CryptXXX 3.0 ransomware family. Files should be fully decrypted with the help of that software. You can find its download page and instructions at: Kaspersky’s Rannoh Decryptor page.
Update! It appears that some sort of a glitch reveals the private decryption key for this Crypz ransomware. You just need to enter your personal ID on the page and you should have the page saying that you have paid and give you the key. You can check this at https://xqraoaoaph4d545r.onion.to – but if it does not say that you have paid – do not pay!

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The CryptXXX 3.0 ransomware virus is back with a new variant. Files are encrypted with a .crypz extension. This time, the ransomware is more ruthless than before. Not only does it spread more aggressively through exploit kits but the newest variant may come with an infostealer called StillerX.

When encryption is finished, the ransomware will give you a personal ID, which you are supposed to use to pay for decryption. To see how to remove this ransomware virus and what you could do to recover your files, you should read the whole article.

Threat Summary

Name Crypz Ransomware
Type Ransomware
Short Description The latest variant of the CryptXXX ransomware. Encrypts your files (including ones found on network drives) and asks money for decryption giving you a personal ID for the purpose.
Symptoms The ransomware encrypts files with a .crypz extension. Creates a ransom note and gives links to specific sites, based on the Tor browser. It asks for payment to supposedly give access to a decrypter.
Distribution Method Email Attachments, Executable Files, Exploit Kits
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Crypz Ransomware – How Did I Get Infected?

Crypz ransomware can infect you through more than one way. Exploit kits remain the main cause of the infection being spread so rapidly. The exploit kits that are mainly used are Angler EK and Bedep EK. Other exploits might be involved as well, including the EITest malware campaign, which redirects to Angler, from compromised sites and hijacked sub-domains.

Spam emails continue to be a common factor in the spread of the Crypz ransomware. The emails have attached files which contain an executable file with malicious code. The malware code could be the actual ransomware, or other malware delivering files for the real threat to a compromised device.

Another well-known way for spreading the Crypz infection is via social media and file-share networks. DropBox was used in the past for spreading previous variants of the virus, disguised as something else like a useful app. You should be very wary of what you are downloading, opening or clicking, especially from a source with unknown origin. Steer away from suspicious links and files is the best tip to follow in such a situation.

Crypz Ransomware – Technical Information

The CryptXXX ransomware is back with a bang. The name UltraCrypter doesn’t seem to be in play anymore. This time, it can infect network drives, comes with an infostealer which can extract account credentials and passwords from a victim’s computer. For more information about these new capabilities of the ransomware, read the article on CryptXXX Version 3.100

The newest variant of the ransomware is dubbed Crypz and asks for money to be paid as ransom. If left unpaid the price rises. Files have a .crypz and that’s from where the name comes from. Once infected a registry key is created associated with the virus:

→HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage2

A .html file is created when encryption is completed and the name of the file may be random. The file opens a browser to show the .html code. This is done for one reason – to make the links given inside clickable. This file spreads copies of itself around numerous locations which have encrypted files. The same file with the text inside is made into a .bmp picture as well. The picture is set as a desktop background after the encryption process.

You can have a look at the .bmp file down here:

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The file contains various hyperlinks and a changed version of the sites for decryption. The sites might redirect you to other pages for payment which indicates that cyber criminals have multiple domains created for the task. The file shown above reads:

NOT YOUR LANGUAGE? USE https://translate.google.com

What happened to your files ?
All of your files were protected by a strong encryption with RSA4096
More information about the encryption keys using RSA4096 can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSA_(cryptosystem)

How did this happen ?
!!! Specially for your PC was generated personal RSA4096 Key , both public and private.
!!! ALL YOUR FILES were encrypted with the public key, which has been transferred to your computer via the Internet.
!!! Decrypting of your files is only possible with the help of the private key and decrypt program , which is on our Secret Server

What do I do ?
So , there are two ways you can choose: wait for a miracle and get your price doubled, or start obtaining BITCOIN NOW! , and restore your data easy way
If You have really valuable data, you better not waste your time, because there is no other way to get your files, except make a payment

Your personal ID:

For more specific instructions, please visit your personal home page, there are a few different addresses pointing to your page below:

If for some reasons the addresses are not available, follow these steps:

1 – Download and install tor-browser: https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en
2 – After a successful installation, run the browser
3 – Type in the address bar https://
4 – Follow the instructions on the site

Be sure to copy your personal ID and the instructions link to your notepad not to lose them.

If you follow any of the provided web links which are displayed, you will see the following page load:

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Entering your personal ID number will get you inside the system of the decryption service. Inside, you will find full payment instructions as past variants:

Your files are encrypted
If you do not pay for decrypting until [Date], the decryption cost will increase 2 and will be 1008 USD

We present you a special software that will allow you to decrypt your files.

How to buy the Decryption Tool?
1. You can pay using Bitcoin, getting them by the way most convenient for you.
2. You need to create a Bitcoin-wallet (e-wallet or other method).
3. Buy Bitcoin on one of the trading platforms.
4. Send 1.2 BTC to Bitcoin address.
5. Enter the ID of your Bitcoin-transaction.
6. Please check payment information you mentioned and click on “PAY” (Attention! Do not provide incorrect information! Otherwise, the payment amount will be increased by several times, or your account will be blocked!)

The price initially asked is 1.2 BitCoins, which equals a sum of about 500 US dollars. You will have up to five days or to a week to pay. If you don’t make a payment, the price increases, but there is no threat that your files are going to be erased or lost.

Do NOT pay the notorious cyber criminals. They show no signs of stopping and paying them will only get them what they want. The more money they collect, the bigger stimulus they have to make their ransomware stronger. Users have reported to us that they have paid the ransom and received non-working keys.

Researchers from Kaspersky and TrendMicro have developed free decrypt tools for previous variants of the ransomware, and we expect that they will update their tools. If not, hopefully, other researchers rise and make a new such tool.

The Crypz ransomware encrypts files with the extensions encrypted by CryptXXX 3.0:

→.3dm, .aes, .ARC, .asc, .asf, .asm, .asp, .avi, .bak, .bat, .bmp, .brd, .cgm, .class, .cmd, .cpp, .crt, .csr, .CSV, .dbf, .dch, .dcu, .dif, .dip, .djv, .djvu, .doc, .DOC, .docb, .docm, .docx, .DOT, .dotm, .dotx, .eml, .fla, .flv, .frm, .gif, .gpg, .hwp, .ibd, .jar, .java, .jpeg, .jpg, .key, .lay, .lay6, .ldf, .max, .mdb, .mdf, .mid, .mkv, .mml, .mov, .mp3, .mp4, .mpeg, .mpg, .ms11, .MYD, .MYI, .NEF, .obj, .odb, .odg, .odp, .ods, .odt, .otg, .otp, .ots, .ott, .PAQ, .pas, .pdf, .pem, .php, .png, .pot, .potm, .potx, .ppam, .pps, .ppsm, .ppsx, .PPT, .pptm, .pptx, .psd, .qcow2, .rar, .raw, .RTF, .sch, .sldx, .slk, .sql, .SQLITE3, .SQLITEDB, .stc, .std, .sti, .stw, .svg, .swf, .sxc, .sxd, .sxi, .sxm, .sxw, .tar, .tar, .bz2, .tbk, .tgz, .tif, .tiff, .txt, .uop, .uot, .vbs, .vdi, .vmdk, .vmx, .vob, .wav, .wks, .wma, .wmv, .xlc, .xlm, .xls, .XLS, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xlt, .xltm, .xltx, .xlw, .xml, .zip, .zipx

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The extension list may have new additions with the new variant, but the previous extensions are surely still being encrypted. After the encryption process is done, all files found on your PC and network will get a second extension added as their appendix – .crypz.

Crypz ransomware deletes Shadow Volume Copies from Shadow Explorer in the Windows Operating System same as previous variants of the ransomware do.

Malware researchers came up with free decrypt tools for previous variants of the ransomware – you can read more about it in the Cryp1 (UltraCrypter) article. Continue reading further, to see what you can try doing about the file decryption while we wait for a fully working decrypt software.

Remove Crypz Ransomware and Restore .Crypz Files

If your computer got infected with Crypz, you should have some experience in removing viruses. You should get rid of Crypz ransomware as soon as possible because it will keep encrypting files. What’s worse, if not dealt with, the ransomware virus will infect others over your network. The recommended thing to do is to remove the virus and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided here.

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  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Crypz Ransomware from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Crypz Ransomware

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Crypz Ransomware 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Crypz Ransomware on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Crypz Ransomware there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Crypz Ransomware with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Crypz Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and Crypz Ransomware aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of Crypz Ransomware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Crypz Ransomware and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Crypz Ransomware:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Crypz Ransomware. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Crypz Ransomware. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 Crypz Ransomware 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Crypz Ransomware. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Crypz Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and Crypz Ransomware aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Crypz Ransomware FAQ

What is Crypz Ransomware ransomware and how does it work?

Crypz Ransomware 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 algorithm how 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.

How does Crypz Ransomware ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Crypz Ransomware Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, 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 Crypz Ransomware 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 .Crypz Ransomware files?

You can't. At this point the .Crypz Ransomware files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .Crypz Ransomware files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by Crypz Ransomware ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore ".Crypz Ransomware" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Crypz Ransomware files.

These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How do I get rid of Crypz Ransomware ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate Crypz Ransomware ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Crypz Ransomware files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Crypz Ransomware ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

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 it can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way to get back some of your files 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.

2 Comments
  1. Avatarabhinav

    Hi,
    I got my laptop by virus attack, due to that all files got converted into some known format called .crypz.
    Kindly let me know, how i will get my data back. All files are encrypted by Crypz ransomware . can I get back my data again.I am try recovering method to get the data but failed to get back my data, if their is any method to get my data or any decrypting program please suggest me and also give solution for this ransomware attack .
    I have question, Can ransom only encrypt data or else they can do also collect the data?

    Reply
    1. SensorsTechForumSensorsTechForum

      Hi abhinav,

      Unfortunately, some crypto viruses may also employ infostealers. There is no telling what cyber criminals will do with your data once it is in their hands.

      What recovery method have you tried so far?

      Reply

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