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Remove CTB-Faker Ransomware and Restore Locked Files


CTB-Faker is ransomware that presents itself as CTB-Locker, but it is just a mere copycat. On top of it all, it does not encrypt files but just gathers them in a .ZIP file archive and locks them with a password. There are a few different contact details left by the ransomware along with different ransom note images. To remove this ransomware and see how you can try to restore your data, you should read the article in full.

Threat Summary

Name CTB-Faker
Type Ransomware
Short Description The ransomware will lock your files and display a ransom note, which imitates the CTB-Locker ransomware. It also gives an email for contact with the ransomware creators.
Symptoms The ransomware puts files into a .ZIP archive and locks them with a password.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, File Sharing Networks
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CTB-Faker Ransomware – Infection

CTB-Faker ransomware is distributed through fake profiles on adult sites. On the fake profile page, there is a link to a supposed password-protected video of a girl doing a striptease. The password is provided right next to the link, so it is easy click-bait for people curious to see such videos. A VBS file will launch a fake error message that you graphic card cannot play the file.


A probability exists that there can be spam emails spreading the infection as well. The emails can have attachments or the same texts with links inside them. Opening a link or attachment will get the malicious code on your computer. Social media networks and sites for file-sharing are not excluded to be used for the malware distribution as well. Avoiding infection can be done by being careful and not falling for such suspicious texts and links.

CTB-Faker Ransomware – Information

CTB-Faker is a ransomware which is dubbed like that because of two things. The fact that uses a ransom note very similar to the original CTB-Locker and that it does not encrypt files. Instead, it puts all files inside a .ZIP archive and locks them with a password. Read on, to see how you might get your files back.

Before locking files in the archive, CTB-Faker is going to create these files:

  • C:\ProgramData\7zxa.dll
  • C:\ProgramData\Default.SFX
  • C:\ProgramData\Descript.ion
  • C:\ProgramData\Rar.exe
  • C:\ProgramData\RarExt.dll
  • C:\ProgramData\RarExt64.dll
  • C:\ProgramData\RarFiles.lst
  • C:\ProgramData\UNACEV2.DLL
  • C:\ProgramData\UnRAR.exe
  • C:\ProgramData\Uninstall.lst
  • C:\ProgramData\WinCon.SFX
  • C:\ProgramData\WinRAR.exe
  • C:\ProgramData\Zip.SFX
  • C:\ProgramData\archiver.bat
  • C:\ProgramData\archiver.vbs
  • C:\ProgramData\copy.bat
  • C:\ProgramData\copy.vbs
  • C:\ProgramData\help.exe
  • C:\ProgramData\rarnew.dat
  • C:\ProgramData\restore.exe
  • C:\ProgramData\startup.exe
  • C:\ProgramData\startup.vbs
  • C:\ProgramData\untitled.png
  • C:\ProgramData\untitled.vbs
  • C:\ProgramData\zipnew.dat

Then, the following entry in the Windows Registry is going to be created:

→HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\help.exe C:\ProgramData\help.exe

After files get locked with in a .ZIP file, the CTB-Faker ransomware creates a ransom note in the following locations:

  • C:\ProgramData\index.html
  • C:\ProgramData\your personal files are encrypted.txt
  • C:\your personal files are encrypted.txt

You can see one of the pictures with the ransom note below:


In written form the note reads:

Your personal files are encrypted by CTB-Locker
Your documents, photos, softwares and all other important files have been encrypted with a strong encryption (SHA-512) and unique key (RSA-4096), generated for this computer.
Private decryption key is stored on a secret internet server and nobody can decrypt your files until you pay US$50 and get the private key.
You only have 7 days to submit the US$50 of payment. If you do not send the money within the provided time the price will raise to US$100.
Press ‘Decrypt’ to recover your files that have been encrypted after you pay for the unique key password.
Press ‘Internet’ to pay for the unique key password. You can use other computer or smartphone too.
Send 0.08686 bitcoin (US$50) to 1NgrUc748vG5HerFoK3Tkkb1bHjS7T2w5J
After you pay 0.08686 bitcoin send a e-mail to miley@openmailbox(.)org with your transaction ID and I will send your private key password. If you have any doubt you can contact this e-mail too.

Warning: Do not try to get rid of the program by yourself. Any action taken will result in decryption ey being destroyed. You will lose your files forever. The only way to recover your files is pay for the key.

The e-mails used for contacting the malware makers are these:

  • miley@openmailbox(.)org
  • help@openmailbox(.)com

Contacting the CTB-Faker owners is unadvised as paying the asked ransom money gives no guarantee that you will recover your files. Furthermore, there might be ways you can try to restore your files without further consequences. Continue reading to the end of the article to find them out.

The CTB-Faker ransomware claims to use a very strong RSA 4096-bit cipher with a SHA-512 algorithm, but that is not true. The file extensions which the ransomware locks are the following:

→.exe, .msi, .dll, .jpg, .jpeg, .bmp, .gif, .png, .psd, .mp3, .wav, .mp4, .avi, .zip, .rar, .iso, .7z, .cab, .dat, .data

Every file with an extension featured above will be moved and locked in a .ZIP archive, instead of each file being encrypted. CTB-Faker is actually a WinRAR SFX file which puts a lot of executables and batch files in your computer.

The process of moving the files takes up CPU resources so that it might be heavy for your system. Thus, you might actually notice a high load on your computer and see it being slow during this process. It might be a good tip to restart your PC then because that can interrupt the process.

CTB-Faker ransomware is not reported to erase Shadow Volume Copies from Windows, and probably does not need to do so. If no files get deleted from your system, Shadow copies may not help you.

Remove CTB-Faker Ransomware and Restore Locked Files

If your computer machine is infected with the CTB-Faker ransomware, you should have some experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware when you see how to get your data back. See the step-by-step instructions provided below for more information.
Also, do not forget to see some tips on our forum topic about preventing ransomware infections.

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Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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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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About the CTB-Faker Research

The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this CTB-Faker how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific malware and restore your encrypted files.

How did we conduct the research on this ransomware?

Our research is based on an independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, and as such, we receive daily updates on the latest malware and ransomware definitions.

Furthermore, the research behind the CTB-Faker ransomware threat is backed with VirusTotal and the NoMoreRansom project.

To better understand the ransomware threat, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.


1. How to Recognize Spam Emails with Ransomware
2. How Does Ransomware Encryption Work?
3. How to Decrypt Ransomware Files
4. Ransomware Getting Greedier and Bigger, Attacks Increase by 40%
5. 1 in 5 Americans Victim of Ransomware

Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove CTB-Faker from Windows.

Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove CTB-Faker


Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

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 CTB-Faker 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 CTB-Faker 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 CTB-Faker 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.

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 CTB-Faker 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.


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


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.


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

Video Guide for Automatic and Fast Removal

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by CTB-Faker.

Ransomware infections and CTB-Faker 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 recommended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

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

Step 6: How to Restore Files Encrypted by Ransomware (Video Guide)

Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of CTB-Faker from Mac OS X.

Step 1: Uninstall CTB-Faker and remove related files and objects

Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy

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 CTB-Faker:

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 CTB-Faker. 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 CTB-Faker. 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 CTB-Faker 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 CTB-Faker. 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

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

Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for CTB-Faker:


SpyHunter for Mac

Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by CTB-Faker.

Ransomware infections and CTB-Faker 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 recommended 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.


What is CTB-Faker ransomware and how does it work?

CTB-Faker 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 CTB-Faker ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.CTB-Faker 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 CTB-Faker 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 .CTB-Faker files?

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

One way to restore files, encrypted by CTB-Faker 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 ".CTB-Faker" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .CTB-Faker 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 CTB-Faker 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 CTB-Faker ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .CTB-Faker files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like CTB-Faker 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.

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:

Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.

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