In this article, you will find more information about FCRYPT ransomware as well as a step-by-step guide on how to remove malicious files from an infected system and how to potentially recover files encrypted by this ransomware.
When your system is infected with FCRYPT ransomware your important files will be encrypted and renamed with the extension .FCrypt. In addition, you will have a file called #HELP-DECRYPT-FCRYPT1.1#.txt dropped on your system. This file could be automatically loaded on your screen. It contains more information about the ransomware, impacts caused by it and instructions on further steps for data recovery.
|Short Description||A data locker ransomware that corrupts valuable files and renames them with .FCrypt extension.|
|Symptoms||Important files are locked and renamed with .FCrypt extension. They get lock icons and cannot be opened.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
FCRYPT Ransomware – Distribution
FCRYPT ransomware has been released in active attack campaigns. Its distribution is likely to happen with the help of commonly used techniques such as malspam, corrupted freeware installers, software cracks, infected web pages, fake software update notifications and other.
Preferred by hackers is believed to be malspam. It is a well-known fact that almost every user has an email address where a large number of emails appear a daily basis. Considering this, hackers often attempt to deliver their ransomware by disguising it as important documents, shopping offers, and payment notifications. When misused by hackers, these files are often attached to emails that pose as representatives of popular businesses, frequently used services, and governmental institutions. As you might guess by loading such a file on your device you automatically infect it with the malicious code embedded in the code of this file.
Another way to disguise their ransomware activator is by injecting it into the code of any web page and set this page to trigger an automatic download whenever loaded in a web browser. URLs to infected pages could be again presented in emails that attempt to deliver the malicious code on your device, tied to online advertisements, shared in forum communities or displayed on social media channels.
FCRYPT Ransomware – Overview
FCRYPT is the name given to a ransomware infection that plagues computer systems in an attempt to reach valuable files stored on it and encode them by utilizing a specialized cipher algorithm. It’s version 1.1 of this threat that has recently been launched in active attack campaigns.
At the beginning of the infection process, FCRYPT creates a bunch of malicious files which it afterward uses for the completion of all infection stages. To realize this step, the ransomware could be configured to either write the files directly on the system or download them from a contacted command-and-control server. Either way, it could choose some of the following system folders for their storage:
By executing these files on your system, FCRYPT v1.1 accesses some fundamental system components so that it can compromise certain settings and eventually become able to complete the attack to the end.
Analyses of FCRYPT’s sample reveal that its code is designed to gain entry to Windows Registry Editor where some low-level system and apps settings are stored. Once it is there FCRYPT ransomware adds values under predefined registry keys, often Run and RunOnce in order to become able to misuse their functionalities for malicious purposes. Values added under the registry key Run support the persistent presence of FCRYPT on your computer because of key’s functionality to load automatically all listed files and processes on every system start.
Since RunOnce registry key is capable of loading files and processes instantly, the ransomware could be configured to use it for the display of its ransom note. This usually happens at the end of the attack when all previous infection stages including the data encryption are completed. As of the note, it could be found in the file #HELP-DECRYPT-FCRYPT1.1#.txt dropped by the ransomware. Here is the message it presents:
–= FCRYPT V1.1 =–
All your important files are encrypted and have the extension: .FCrypt
No one else can decrypt your file!
Please follow the steps below:
1. Send this file (#HELP-DECRYPT-FCRYPT1.1#.txt) to E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Uninstall all anti-virus software on your computer.
3. Waiting for our reply .
You DON’T need to pay any money for decryption.
IN ORDER TO PREVENT DATA DAMAGE:
# DO NOT MODIFY ENCRYPTED FILES
# DO NOT CHAGE DATA BELOW
It’s interesting that hackers demand no ransom for the recovery of .FCrypt files just an email at email@example.com . However, it is a possible scenario that their reply message will try to blackmail you into transferring them a ransom in any cryptocurrency.
Even if they send you a working decryption solution you should ensure that no malicious files and objects are present on your infected PC. As long as they are running on it, you could not consider it safe.
FCRYPT Ransomware – Encryption Process
During the encryption stage, FCRYPT v1.1 activates a built-in cipher module to localize target files and then encode their original code. Encrypted files get lock icons and the extension FCrypt appended to their names.
Corrupted by this threat could be:
- Audio files
- Video files
- Document files
- Image files
- Backup files
- Banking credentials, etc
Remove FCRYPT Ransomware
The so-called FCRYPT ransomware is a threat with highly complex code designed to corrupt both system settings and valuable data. So the only way to use your infected system in a secure manner again is to remove all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. For the purpose, you could use our removal guide that reveals how to clean and secure your system step by step. In addition, in the guide, you will find several alternative data recovery approaches that may be helpful in attempting to restore files encrypted by FCRYPT ransomware. We remind you to back up all encrypted files to an external drive before the recovery process.