Remove FireCrypt Virus and Restore .Firecrypt Files
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The article will help you to remove FireCrypt cryptovirus efficiently. Follow the ransomware removal instructions at the bottom of the article.

FireCrypt is a ransomware cryptovirus that has been made with a malware builder called BleedGreen. The virus will encrypt your files while putting the extension .firecrypt to every one of them. The FireCrypt cryptovirus will show a ransom note after the encryption process finishes. Keep reading to see how you could try to potentially restore some of your files.

Threat Summary

NameFireCrypt
TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer and displays a ransom note.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and append the extension .firecrypt on your files after it completes its encryption process.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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FireCrypt Virus – Distribution Ways

FireCrypt ransomware could distribute its infection via different ways. The payload file that initiates the malicious script for the ransomware in question has been circling the Internet and detected by most anti-virus software. Your computer system will become infected if such a payload file is executed. You can preview one such payload file on the Payload Security service:

FireCrypt ransomware might also distribute its payload on social media networks and file-sharing websites. Freeware distributed on the Web can be presented as useful but could also hide the malicious script for the cryptovirus in question. Refrain from opening files right after you have downloaded them, especially if they come from suspicious sources like links and emails. Instead, you should scan them with a security tool, beforehand. Also you should do a check on the size and signatures of these files, for anything out of the ordinary. Read the tips for ransomware prevention in the forum to see how you can avoid infection.

FireCrypt Virus – Technical Information

FireCrypt ransomware is also a cryptovirus. The extension .firecrypt is to be appended to all files that become encrypted by it. The ransomware is made with the help of a malware builder tool called BleedGreen. You can see that tool in the image below:

The tool is command-line software that automatically compiles specific parameters and puts everything inside a custom payload file.

FireCrypt ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence or also launch and repress processes in Windows. The virus closes the Task Manager process and creates the following:

  • The folder with a path name “%AppData%\SysWin32
  • A file with a path “%AppData%\SysWin32\files.txt
  • A file with a path “%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\[random name].exe
  • A file with a path “%UserProfile%\Desktop\[random characters]-READ_ME.html
  • A file with a path “%UserProfile%\Desktop\[random characters]-filesencrypted.html
  • A file with a path “%Temp%\[random characters]-[counter].html

The ransom note will be displayed when the encryption process is complete. That ransom note contains instructions for decrypting your files along with the demands for payment by the cybercriminals that distribute the malware.

Here is what the ransom note looks like:

That ransom note reads the following:

Key Will Be Destroyed On:
[Date]

Your Files Are Encrypted:
[Date]

Your files have been encrypted on this PC: photos, videos, documents, etc. Click “Encrypted Files” link to view a complete list of encrypted files, and you can personally verify this. Encryption was produced using a unique public key AES-256 generated for his computer. To decrypt files you need to obtain the private key. The only copy of the private key, which will allow to decrypt your files, is located on a secret server on the Internet; the server will eliminate the key after a time period specified in this window. Once this has been done, nobody will ever be able to restore files… In order to decrypt the files you will need to send $550 UDS in for of BTC to the following bitcoin address:

1H91foPkEGFqurFdq5zek4frCshzPZbq9V (How to buy Bitcoins?)

After payment contact [email protected] with your transaction details and “User ID”. Once the payment is confirmed you will receive decryption key along with decryption software. Any attempt to remove or corrupt this software will result in immediate elimination of the private key by the server. Beware.

FireCrypt ransomware demands the amount of 550 US dollars as payment in Bitcoin and gives an email for contact on the encrypted mailing service Sigant.org. However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay the cybercriminals, nor contact them. Your files may not get restored, and nobody could give you any guarantee for that. Moreover, giving money to these criminals will most likely motivate them to create more ransomware or do other criminal acts.

There is another version of the ransom note that says “Deadly” on top of it, and that being the major difference between the two. You can preview that sign in the picture down here:

You can see the complete list with file extensions that the FireCrypt ransomware seeks to encrypt, right here:

→.txt, .jpg, .png, .doc, .docx, .csv, .sql, .mdb, .sln, .php, .asp, .aspx, .html, .htm, .csx, .psd, .aep, .mp3, .pdf, .torrent

Every one of the files that get encrypted will receive the same extension appended at the end of their names, which is the .firecrypt extension. The encryption algorithm which is utilized by the ransomware is AES 256-bit, which is also mentioned in the ransom note.

The ransomware can connect to http://www.pta.gov.pk/index.php and fill up the disk drives with downloads of that website’s files.

The FireCrypt cryptovirus is highly likely to erase the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows Operating System by using the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

Read on through and see for yourself what type of ways you can try to potentially restore some of your data.

Remove FireCrypt Virus and Restore .firecrypt Files

If your computer got infected with the FireCrypt ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.

Note! Your computer system may be affected by FireCrypt and other threats.
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To remove FireCrypt follow these steps:

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove FireCrypt files and objects
2. Find files created by FireCrypt on your PC

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4. Try to Restore files encrypted by FireCrypt

Berta Bilbao

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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