A ransomware variant named PayForNature, dubbed after the e-mail address it uses to communicate with victims, is the reason for reports of encrypted user files with the .crypt file extension. The virus uses an RSA-1024 encryption algorithm, and this allows it to encode the files and make access to them impossible unless the user purchases a decryption software or the uniquely generated RSA key which can unlock the files. All victims of this ransomware are strongly advised not to make any ransom payoff and to read this article to learn how to remove this malware and try and restore your data back to normal.
|Short Description||The ransomware uses an RSA-1024 algorithm and encrypts files appending the extension .crypt to them.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will lock your files and rename them with .crypt extension and the e-mail address of the cyber-criminals.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Suspicious Sites|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by PayForNature |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss PayForNature Ransomware.|
|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.|
PayForNature Ransomware – Distribution Ways
To be widespread and infect as many computers as possible, PayForNature Ransomware may use various spamming techniques to replicate a malicious executable file which may contain the payload of the ransomware. Much like Crypt38 ransomware, this variant may use a spam e-mail message containing either the malicious attachment or a malicious URL, which aims to redirect to a drive-by download web page. Not only this, but PayForNature Ransomware may be spread via other online services such as social media, forums, comments and other user created content.
Users are warned that this ransomware may also exist in RAR, ZIP archive as well as spread via malicious macros in infected docx documents.
PayForNature Ransomware – More Information
As soon as PayForNature has been activated on your computer, it may immediately start modifying its settings. The malware may create a malicious .exe file in the following Windows directory:
After this, PayForNature may modify the “Run” registry key adding the above-mentioned path to the executable. This may make it run when you start up Windows. The targeted key may be the following:
After the encryption process by PayForNature is running, the virus may begin to scan for and encrypt a wide variety of file types. The primary files it looks for are different extensions associated with:
- Audio files.
- Microsoft Office Documents.
- Adobe Reader PDF files.
- Other often used files.
To encrypt the files, PayForNature uses a strong RSA-1024 cipher which generates unique keys and sends them remotely to the cyber-criminals behind PayForNature. The ransomware also adds several unique identifiers and its e-mail to the encrypted files, for example:
Security experts recommend against paying the ransom money and contacting the cyber-criminals. This may not only support their criminal activities but is also not a guarantee you will receive your files back and the cyber-crooks may want more money. This is why the removal of PayForNature is advisable.
Remove PayForNature Ransomware and Try to Revert Your Files
To remove PayForNature Ransomware in full, we strongly advise you to follow the steps in the instructions below. They are divided in Manual and Automatic. In case you feel convinced that you will find and remove all registry entries and files associated with PayForNature, you should follow the manual instructions below. However, if you feel unconfident that you will completely get rid of this virus from your computer, experts recommend using an advanced anti-malware software which will swiftly take care of this and protect your computer in the future as well.
In case you are interested in decrypting your files, we urge you to try with the methods provided in step “3.Restore files encrypted by PayForNature” below.