Remove PSCrypt Ransomware – Restore .PSCrypt Files

Remove PSCrypt Ransomware – Restore .PSCrypt Files

This article will aid you in removing the PSCrypt ransomware effectively. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the bottom of the article.

PSCrypt ransomware is the name of a cryptovirus, that is reported to mainly encrypt computer systems in Ukraine. The virus is a Globe Imposter variant. The extension it places to all files after encryption is .pscrypt. After encryption, a ransom note window will be shown with instructions on how to pay the demanded ransom. Read on through and find out what ways you could try to potentially recover some of your files.

Threat Summary

Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer system and it shows a ransom note afterward.
SymptomsThis ransomware virus will encrypt your files and place the .pscrypt extension on each one of them.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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PSCrypt Ransomware – Delivery

PSCrypt ransomware could be delivered in more than one way. However, the way that is the most widespread is via a payload dropper file which initiates the malicious script for the ransomware. Samples have been spotted by malware researchers and you can preview one of them sent for analysis on the VirusTotal service right here:

The PSCrypt ransomware might be using other ways to deliver the payload file, such as social media and file-sharing sites. Freeware applications found on the Internet could be promoted as helpful but also could hide the malicious script for this virus. Before opening any files after you have downloaded them, you should instead scan them with a security program. Especially if they come from suspicious places, such as emails or links. Also, don’t forget to check the size and signatures of such files for anything that seems out of place. You should read the ransomware prevention tips given in the forum section.

PSCrypt Ransomware – In Depth

The PSCrypt ransomware is a cryptovirus, which has been mainly been hitting computer systems in Ukraine. Malware researchers say that it is a GlobeImposter variant – in other words, it pretends to be the Globe ransomware virus. When the PSCrypt ransomware encrypts your files, it will put the .pscrypt extension to every file and place a file that serves as a ransom note with instructions.

In the future, the PSCrypt ransomware could be set to make new registry entries in the Windows Registry to achieve a higher level of persistence. Those entries are usually designed in a way that will start the virus automatically with every launch of the Windows Operating System, like in the example given below:


The ransom note is in a file called „Paxynok.html“. It is a word in Ukranian that roughly translates to something like “Bill”. That .html file shows the following ransom note:

The following message about the ransom payment is in that window:

13 69 9B 5F 1E ***
Для відновлення даних потрібно дешифратор.
Щоб отримати дешифратор, ви повинні:
Оплатити послуги розшифровки:
Оплата відбувається за коштами біткойн (BTC):
Вартість послуги складає 2500 гривень
Оплату можна провести в терміналі IBox.
Інструкція по оплаті:
1. Знайти найближчий термінал Айбокс Айбокс
за допомогою рядка пошуку знайти сервіс «».
2. Ввести свій номер телефону.
3. Внести суму 2500 грн
4. Роздрукувати і зберегти чек.
5. Зайти на сайт
6. У розділі «Купити» => «За готівку в терміналі» ввести код з чека (підкреслять червоним), ввести капчу, ознайомитися і погодитися з Умовами використання і натиснути кнопку «Оплатити».
Переконатися, що код прийнятий і сума збігається з внесеної в термінал.
7. Після того, як код був коректно прийнятий системою, натисніть «Далі» для вибору способу отримання коштів.
8. Виберіть розділ «Поповнити ВТС-адреса», введіть адресу – 1AY8WvyqnHwDSqY2rp3LcE6sYTQkCu9oCY і капчу, натисніть кнопку «Відправити».
9. Після оплати:
Надіслати скріншот платежу на [email protected]
У листі вкажіть свій особистий ідентифікатор (подивіться на початок цього документа).
10. Після отримання дешифратора і інструкцій, зможете продожам роботу.
Додаткова інформація:
Програма можемо дешифрувати один файл як доказ того, що у неї є декодер. Для цього необхідно надіслати зашифрований файл на пошту: [email protected]
Ні оплати = Немає розшифровки
Ви дійсно отримуєте дешифратор після оплати
Не намагайтеся видалити програму або запустити антивірусні інструменти
Спроби самодешіфрованія файлів приведуть до втрати ваших даних
Декодери інших користувачів не сумісні з вашими даними, оскільки унікальний ключ шифрування кожного користувача.
З повагою.

The following is a rough translation in English of the ransom note:

13 69 9B 5F 1E ***
To recover data you need decryptor.
To get the decryptor you should:
pay for decrypt:
site for buy bitcoin:
bitcoin adress for pay:
Contact us by email : [email protected] In the letter include your personal ID (look at the beginning of this document)
After answering your inquiry, our operator will give you further instructions, which will be shown what to do next (the answer you get as soon as possible)
In the letter include your personal ID (look at the beginning of this document).
After you will receive a decryptor and instructions
We can decrypt one file in quality the evidence that we have the decoder.
No Payment = No decryption
You really get the decryptor after payment
Do not attempt to remove the program or run the anti-virus tools
Attempts to self-decrypting files will result in the loss of your data
Decoders other users are not compatible with your data, because each user’s unique encryption key.

At the end of the note there are examples given for paying with Bitcoins. You can see those examples from the screenshots down here:

PSCrypt ransom sum that is demanded as payment for allegedly restoring your files is currently 2500 Ukrainian Hryvnias. That amount equals to nearly 100 US dollars. No matter what sum of money is asked from you, you shouldn’t in any case consider paying the cybercriminals. Paying those crooks can motivate them to indulge in similar criminal acts in the future.

PSCrypt Ransomware – Encryption

No official list exists, with file extensions that the PSCrypt ransomware seeks to encrypt. This article will be duly updated if such a list is found. However, all files which get encrypted will receive the .pscrypt extension appended to them as a secondary extension after the original one. Some of the file extensions which the ransomware is coded to search for and encrypt any files which have them are the following:

→.jpg, .doc, .docx, .pdf, .xls, .xlsx

PSCrypt is more than likely to erase the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows Operating System by executing the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

If the above-stated command is inputted into the command prompt of the Windows operating system, that will make the encryption process more effective, as one of the main ways for file recovery will be gone. Keep reading to find out what methods you can try out to potentially restore some of your files.

Remove PSCrypt Ransomware and Restore .pscrypt Files

If your computer got infected with the PSCrypt 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.

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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