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.crypted_pony Files Virus (Pony) – How to Remove It

This blog post aims to explain what is the .crypted_pony_test_build_xxx_xxx_xxx_xxx_xxx file extension and how you can remove the Crypted_pony ransomware virus from your computer effectively.

A new version of what appears to be Pony ransomware has been detected in the widl. The virus appears to use an immensely long file extension which it adds upon file encrytpion – .crypted_pony_test_build_xxx_xxx_xxx_xxx_xxx. The virus also adds a long-named ransom note too, called IF_YOU_WANT_TO_GET_ALL_YOUR_FILES_BACK_PLEASE_READ_THIS.HTML.. The ransom note contains a ransom message that aims to convince victims to pay ransom in order to get their files to work once again. If your computer has been infected by the .crypted_pony_test_build_xxx_xxx_xxx_xxx_xxx files version of Pony ransomware, we suggest that you read the article underneath.

Threat Summary

Name .crypted_pony
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description Aimed at encrypting the files and rendering them unusable until the victim pays ransom.
Symptoms Files are encrypted and cannot be opened and a ransom note, called IF_YOU_WANT_TO_GET_ALL_YOUR_FILES_BACK_PLEASE_READ_THIS.HTML is dropped.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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Pony Ransomware – Distribution Methods

The main methods by which Pony ransomware could be spread onto the victim computers is believed to be conducted via e-mails that contain e-mail attachments embedded in them, usually pretending to be:

  • Receipts.
  • Invoices.
  • Pictures.
  • Banking documents.
  • Power point presentations.

In addition to e-mails, the Pony .crypted_pony_test_build_xxx_xxx_xxx_xxx_xxx ransomware variant may be spread via multiple different types of methods, including uploading the malicious files of this malware on websites, where they pose as:

  • Cracks of software.
  • License activators for programs.
  • Key generators for various types of software.
  • Portable program variants.

Beware, since the crooks behind this malware go through great extent to conceal the files from your antivirus software, making it very difficult to avoid detection.

.crypted_pony Files Virus – More Information

Once your computer has been compromised by the .crypted_pony_test_build_xxx_xxx_xxx_xxx_xxx file ransomware, the first thing that you should be able to see is the ransom note of the virus, which appears like the following:

Once the .crypted_pony files virus compromised your computer’s defences, the malware may drop it’s payload, which may be located in the following Windows directories:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Temp%

In addition to this, the .crypted_pony virus may also interfere with the Run and RunOnce registry keys of Windows, located in the following directories:

→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\

In addition to this, the .crypted_pony ransomware may also delete the shadow copies on the computers, compromised by it by obtaining administrative privileges and running the following commands in Windows Command Prompt as an administrator:

→ sc stop VVS
sc stop wscsvc
sc stop WinDefend
sc stop wuauserv
sc stop BITS
sc stop ERSvc
sc stop WerSvc
cmd.exe /C bcdedit /set {default} recoveryenabled No
cmd.exe /C bcdedit /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures
C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe” /C vssadmin.exe Delete Shadows /All /Quiet

Besides this, Pony ransomware may also be type of the Pony Loader(https://sensorstechforum.com/macro-based-bartalex-malware-spreads-pony-loader-and-dyre-trojan/) threat, which is known to collect information from the infected computers and also perform mining activities and cryptocurrency theft from infected machines. And since it may have Trojan components, the Pony ransomware may perform the following actities:

  • Obtain administrator permissions.
  • Obtain language and regional settings.
  • Steal files.
  • Obtain read and write permissions.
  • Obtain system and network information from your computer.

Pony Ransomware – Encryption Process

The encryption process of pony ransomware is done with the aid of an advanced encryption mode, which renders files no longer able to be used until they are decrypted. The files that are eligible for encryption by the .crypted_pony ransomware are believed to be the following:

  • Image file types.
  • Document file types.
  • Adobe Photoshop file types.
  • Video file types.
  • Audio file types.
  • Archive file types.
  • Other often used files.

Once the encryption commences, the ransomware may leave the files looking like the following:

Remove Pony Ransomware and Try Restoring Your Files

If you want to make sure that this ransomware virus is completely gone from your computer, we would suggest that you follow the removal instructions that are underneath this article. They have been created to help you delete all traces of Pony Ransomware either manually or automatically from your computer. According to security experts, the most recommended removal strategy against the .crypted_pony ransomware is to remove it by scanning your computer with an advanced malware removal software, since it will check each part of your PC for the malicious objects of this ransomware and remove them fully, plus ensure future protection as well.

In addition to this, if you want to try and recover files, encrypted by the .crypted_pony ransomware virus, we would strongly recommend that you try the file recovery instructions underneath this article. They have been created with the main goal to help you to try and restore files, encrypted by this ransomware virus, but they may not be 100% effective to recover all of the encrypted files.

Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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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.

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  • 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 .crypted_pony from Windows.


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

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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 .crypted_pony 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 .crypted_pony 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 .crypted_pony 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.

IMPORTANT!
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 .crypted_pony 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.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


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

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

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

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .crypted_pony.

Ransomware infections and .crypted_pony 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 .crypted_pony from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .crypted_pony 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 .crypted_pony:

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 .crypted_pony. 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 .crypted_pony. 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 .crypted_pony 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 .crypted_pony. 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 .crypted_pony.

Ransomware infections and .crypted_pony 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.


.crypted_pony FAQ

What is .crypted_pony ransomware and how does it work?

.crypted_pony 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 .crypted_pony ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways..crypted_pony 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 .crypted_pony 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 ..crypted_pony files?

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

One way to restore files, encrypted by .crypted_pony 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 "..crypted_pony" files (Other Methods)?

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .crypted_pony 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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