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Remove Crysis Ransomware and Restore .CrySiS Encrypted Files

shutterstock_271501652A new ransomware has emerged. Its name is Crysis, and it sets the extension .CrySiS to encrypted files. RSA algorithm and AES ciphers are combined for the encryption process. The ransom note is set as a picture on the desktop background. To remove this ransomware and see how you can try to restore your files, you should read the article carefully.

UPDATE! Kaspersky malware researchers have released a Shade decryptor which can decode files encoded by the the Shade ransomware variants. Since this includes the .xtbl file extension, we have created instructions on how to decrypt your .xtbl files. The instructions can be found on the link below:
Decrypt Files Encrypted by Shade Ransowmare

Threat Summary

Name Crysis Ransomware
Type Ransomware
Short Description The ransomware encrypts files with the RSA algorithm and AES-128 ciphers and asks a ransom for decryption.
Symptoms Files are encrypted and become inaccessible. A ransom note with instructions for paying the ransom shows as a .txt file.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, File Sharing Networks.
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Crysis Ransomware – Delivery

Crysis ransomware can be delivered in several ways. One is through spam emails containing a malicious file attached to it. If the attachment is opened, it automatically injects malware inside your computer. Malicious code could also hide in the body of the email. That means that you can get infected just by opening such an email, no matter if you tamper with the attachment.

Other ways this ransomware gets delivered are with the help of social networks and file sharing services, which could contain malicious attachments or files with the Crysis ransomware’s payload inside. The files could be presented to you as useful or things you need, such as an important update. Browsing unknown websites and clicking on redirect links can also lead to an infection from this malware.

Crysis Ransomware – Technical Information

The Crysis ransomware is classified by researchers as a ransomware. When a computer is infected with the ransomware, it creates an executable file, and it could make new Windows Registry values as a persistence measure.

The executable file could have different names and be randomly generated, but it has been detected in the following directory with the name written below multiple times:

%LOCALAPPDATA%\_Skanda.exe

The modifications in the Windows Registry are generally created in these registry entries:

HKLM/Software/Microsoft/WindowsNT/CurrentVersion/Winlogon/Shell

and

HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/

That also includes the ransomware setting itself to start automatically with each boot of the Windows operating system.

Next, the ransomware will create a file with a randomly generated name, which contains the ransom message. The instructions in it, describing how the ransom can be paid are always these:

Attention! Your computer was attacked by virus-encoder.
All your files are encrypted cryptographically strong, without the original key recover is impossible! To get the decoder and the original key, you need to to write us at the email:dalailama2015@protonmail.ch with subject “encryption” stating your id.
Write in the case, do not waste your and our time on empty threats.
Responses to letters only appropriate people are not adequate ignore.

P.S. only in case you do not receive a response from the first email address within 48 hours please use this alternative email goldman0@india.com.

The file is a picture which is set as your desktop background after the encryption process is complete.

Two different emails are provided for contacting the developers of the Crysis ransomware. One registered as a domain in the Czech Republic and the other in India, but the origin of the ransomware is unknown. The cyber-criminals state in their ransom note that you should write to them if you want your files decrypted.

Contacting the ransomware creators for intending to pay for the ransom is NOT advised. No guarantee exists that your files are going to be unlocked and restored. Also, paying ransomware makers is almost the same as supporting their actions and encouraging them to make an even tougher variant of the malware.

The Crysis ransomware searches to encrypt various types of files. Files that could be encrypted have the following extensions:

→.odc, .odm, .odp, .ods, .odt, .docm, .docx, .doc, .odb, .mp4, sql, .7z, .m4a, .rar, .wma, .gdb, .tax, .pkpass, .bc6, .bc7, .avi, .wmv, .csv, .d3dbsp, .zip, .sie, .sum, .ibank, .t13, .t12, .qdf, .bkp, .qic, .bkf, .sidn, .sidd, .mddata, .itl, .itdb, .icxs, .hvpl, .hplg, .hkdb, .mdbackup, .syncdb, .gho, .cas, .svg, .map, .wmo, .itm, .sb, .fos, .mov, .vdf, .ztmp, .sis, .sid, .ncf, .menu, .layout, .dmp, .blob, .esm, .vcf, .vtf, .dazip, .fpk, .mlx, .kf, .iwd, .vpk, .tor, .psk, .rim, .w3x, .fsh, .ntl, .arch00, .lvl, .snx, .cfr, .ff, .vpp_pc, .lrf, .m2, .mcmeta, .vfs0, .mpqge, .kdb, .db0, .dba, .rofl, .hkx, .bar, .upk, .das, .iwi, .litemod, .asset, .forge, .ltx, .bsa, .apk, .re4, .sav, .lbf, .slm, .bik, .epk, .rgss3a, .pak, .big, wallet, .wotreplay, .xxx, .desc, .py, .m3u, .flv, .js, .css, .rb, .png, .jpeg, .txt, .p7c, .p7b, .p12, .pfx, .pem, .crt, .cer, .der, .x3f, .srw, .pef, .ptx, .r3d, .rw2, .rwl, .raw, .raf, .orf, .nrw, .mrwref, .mef, .erf, .kdc, .dcr, .cr2, .crw, .bay, .sr2, .srf, .arw, .3fr, .dng, .jpe, .jpg, .cdr, .indd, .ai, .eps, .pdf, .pdd, .psd, .dbf, .mdf, .wb2, .rtf, .wpd, .dxg, .xf, .dwg, .pst, .accdb, .mdb, .pptm, .pptx, .ppt, .xlk, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xls, .wps

After the encryption is fully finished, encrypted files have the .CrySiS extension. The encryption method used is suspected to be an RSA algorithm mixed with AES ciphers, like many other ransomware, because it is considered unbreakable.

The Crysis ransomware is known to encrypt the following file locations:

  • %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data
  • %localappdata%
  • %WINDIR%\System32
  • %TEMP%
  • %userprofile%\downloads

For the moment, it is unknown if Shadow Volume Copies are deleted from the Windows OS, but probably is the case. After removing the ransomware, you should see the fourth part of the instructions provided bel

There are many variants of the CrySiS ransomware and most of them act in the same principle:

Remove Crysis Ransomware and Restore .Crysis Encrypted Files

If you were infected by the Crysis ransomware, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. The ransomware can lock your files irreparably, and therefore, it is greatly recommended that you be quick and follow the step-by-step instructions written below.

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Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.

As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • Profile of the content creator.
  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Crysis Ransomware from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Crysis 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 Crysis 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 Crysis 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 Crysis 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.

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Step 4: Scan for Crysis 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 Crysis Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and Crysis 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 Crysis Ransomware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Crysis 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 Crysis 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 Crysis 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 Crysis 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 Crysis 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 Crysis 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 Crysis Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and Crysis 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.


Crysis Ransomware FAQ

What is Crysis Ransomware ransomware and how does it work?

Crysis 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 Crysis Ransomware ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Crysis 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 Crysis 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 .Crysis Ransomware files?

You can't. At this point the .Crysis 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 .Crysis Ransomware files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by Crysis 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 ".Crysis 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 .Crysis 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 Crysis 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 Crysis Ransomware ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Crysis Ransomware files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Crysis 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.

3 Comments
  1. AvatarDominick Turnbull

    I can confirm that it does delete the VSS files.

    Reply
    1. SensorsTechForumSensorsTechForum

      Hello Dominick,

      It doesn’t surprise us that Crysis ransomware deletes Shadow Volume Copies, as most recent crypto viruses do so. Thanks for confirming.

      However, can you provide us with more information? Have you been infected by Crysis? If that’s the case, what have you done so far?

      Keep in touch!

      Reply
  2. AvatarPsyBoot Boot

    Yeap delete the VSS files… I have been infected in my VM, i have bkp of the VM soooo no problens, but dont know how they infected me, i have some pictures if u guys want =)

    Reply

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