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Remove Ransomcuck Ransomware and Decrypt .ransomcuck .cuck Files

ransomcuck-ransomware-ransom-note-sensorstechforumRansomware virus, resembling very much TeslaCrypt and Locky ransomware, named Ransomcuck has been reported to lock affected users’ files using the AES and RSA encryption algorithms. The virus uses the .ransomcuck and .cuck file extensions after it enciphers the files of an infected computer. It then, leaves several ransom notes and users who have become victims of this virus are strongly advised not to pay any money requested by the cyber-criminals in those notes. Since this is a very devastating threat, at the moment, we strongly advise removing it and trying to decrypt encrypted files using the alternative methods in this article while an actual decryptor is released.

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Threat Summary

Threat Summary

Name Ransomcuck
Type Ransomware
Short Description The ransomware seeks to encrypt files that are often used. You are given a deadline to pay, otherwise the price rises.
Symptoms The ransomware encrypts files, changing thier extensions to .cuck or .ransomcuck. After that it shows a ransom note as your desktop background and in a pop-up window on your desktop.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, File Sharing Networks, Executable Files
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Ransomcuck Virus – How Does It Infect

To conduct an attack, Ransomcuck’ malicious payload needs to be dropped on the targeted computer. This can happen in two main ways – via a malicious file that is disguised to trick users into opening it or via a malicious URL that may cause automatic download and execution on the victim PC.

Whatever the case may be, the virus may be spread via spam e-mail messages that may contain both – the URLs or malicious attachments. Once it has been sent out massively to a pre-programmed list of e-mail addresses the messages containing the malicious files may vary. For example, one spam message may claim that the user has paid for an order and provide an “Invoice” which could be the malicious file. But there may also be messages, saying the user has been added as a friend on Facebook with a fake “See More” button that instead of leading to Facebook, may transfer the user to a malicious web link that can cause the infection

Ransomcuck Ransomware In Detail

Once Ransomcuck has been executed on your computer, it may directly drop and execute it’s files without any permission and without you noticing. The malicious files may be more than just one .exe file, and they may be located in the following key Windows folders:

  • %AppData%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Temp%
  • %Local%
  • %SystemDrive%
  • %System32%

The malicious files of Ransomcuck may contain different names, for example:


Once the Ransomcuck virus is on your computer, it may also attack the Run and RunOnce registry keys, creating value strings with the location of the file encryptor and the ransom notes, so that they are executed every time you start Windows.

After the primary encryption module of the Ransomcuck malware infection has been executed, the virus may look for a variety of file types to encrypt. It looks primarily for files that are important and often used, such as:

  • Documents.
  • Databases.
  • Audio files.
  • Video files.
  • Files associated with often used programs, like Photoshop, for example.
  • Presentations.
  • Images.

The Ransomcuck virus is very clever in its actions, skipping important Windows folders to encrypt files in them because this may damage your operating system.

To encrypt the files of it’s victims, the Ransomcuck virus uses the .cuck or .ransomcuck file extensions after the files. Files encrypted by this ransomware, look like the following and cannot be opened by any software:


This is because the Ransomcuck virus uses two of the strongest encryption algorithms out there to scramble the structure code of the files – AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) and RSA (Rivest-Shamir-Adleman) ciphers. The AES cipher is being used for one and only purpose to encrypt the files themselves, generating a unique decryption key. This decryption key is then saved and encrypted with the RSA algorithm, and then this information is sent either via TCP or UDP traffic to the servers of the cyber-criminals, making them the only ones in power to unencrypt the files.

Related Article: Ransomware Encryption Explained – Why Is It So Effective?

After encryption, this virus then leaves behind on the %Desktop% two files:

  • How_to_Recover_ Files.html
  • How_to_Recover_ Files.txt

The files are reported to contain the following ransom note:

→“All files including videos, photos, and documents on your computer have been encrypted by this software.
help_Recover_your_files_txt-ransomcuck-ransomware-sensorstechforum-comEncryption was produced using a unique key specific to your computer. The only way to obtain your files back is to decrypt them using the unique key specific to your computer.
Your unique key is stored on a TOR server which will automatically destroy itself after 2 weeks. After that, no one will be able to restore your files.
If this program is altered in any way without ransom being payed, your files will be lost forever. A file has been created on the desktop with the exact same instructions.
Your files will be automatically decrypted once the payment is received.
This program automatically communicates with the server and will decrypt your files once the payment has been received.”

Ransomcuck Virus – Conclusion, Removal, and File Restoration Alternatives

Malware researchers believe that this virus has been created by the same coder who was behind the DetoxCrypto virus. Since they are constantly working and on the lookout for a free decryption method, it is NOT advisable to pay any ransom money to the criminals who are behind this virus. Instead, we advise you to remove it, using the instructions below and try alternative methods to decrypt your files. Bear in mind that for maximum effectiveness while removing Ransomcuck, experts recommend using an advanced anti-malware program. Some alternative techniques can be found in step “3.Restore files encrypted by Ransomcuck” below. These temporary solutions may not be as effective as the actual decryption key, but they are a good method while you wait for a free decryption to be released. We suggest you to check this article often since we are going to update it as soon as there is a free decryptor available.

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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Step 1: Scan for Ransomcuck 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.

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

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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.

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

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Step 2: Uninstall Ransomcuck and related malware 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.
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2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.
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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"
delete ransomware from windows step 3Follow the instructions above and you will successfully delete most unwanted and malicious programs.

Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Ransomcuck 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 Ransomcuck there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.
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2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.
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3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
delete ransomware virus registries step 3 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.

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: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Ransomcuck


Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows Key + R.
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2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.
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3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
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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.
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5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.
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Step 5: Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Ransomcuck.

Method 1: Use STOP Decrypter by Emsisoft.

Not all variants of this ransomware can be decrypted for free, but we have added the decryptor used by researchers that is often updated with the variants which become eventually decrypted. You can try and decrypt your files using the instructions below, but if they do not work, then unfortunately your variant of the ransomware virus is not decryptable.

Follow the instructions below to use the Emsisoft decrypter and decrypt your files for free. You can download the Emsisoft decryption tool linked here and then follow the steps provided below:

1 Right-click on the decrypter and click on Run as Administrator as shown below:

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2. Agree with the license terms:

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3. Click on "Add Folder" and then add the folders where you want files decrypted as shown underneath:

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4. Click on "Decrypt" and wait for your files to be decoded.

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Note: Credit for the decryptor goes to Emsisoft researchers who have made the breakthrough with this virus.

Method 2: Use data recovery software

Ransomware infections and Ransomcuck 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 recommended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on the top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


What is Ransomcuck Ransomware?

Ransomcuck 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 algorithms 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.

What Does Ransomcuck Ransomware Do?

Ransomware in general is a malicious software that is designed to block access to your computer or files until a ransom is paid.

Ransomware viruses can also damage your system, corrupt data and delete files, resulting in the permanent loss of important files.

How Does Ransomcuck Infect?

Via several ways.Ransomcuck Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing emails, 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.

Another way you may become a victim of Ransomcuck 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 .Ransomcuck files?

You can't without a decryptor. At this point, the .Ransomcuck files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted using a specific decryption key for the particular algorithm.

What to Do If a Decryptor Does Not Work?

Do not panic, and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .Ransomcuck files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

Can I Restore ".Ransomcuck" Files?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Ransomcuck files. 

These methods are in no way 100% guaranteed that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How To Get Rid of Ransomcuck Virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti-malware program.

It will scan for and locate Ransomcuck ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Ransomcuck files.

Can I 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:

Germany - Offizielles Portal der deutschen Polizei

United States - IC3 Internet Crime Complaint Centre

United Kingdom - Action Fraud Police

France - Ministère de l'Intérieur

Italy - Polizia Di Stato

Spain - Policía Nacional

Netherlands - Politie

Poland - Policja

Portugal - Polícia Judiciária

Greece - Cyber Crime Unit (Hellenic Police)

India - Mumbai Police - CyberCrime Investigation Cell

Australia - Australian High Tech Crime Center

Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.

Can You Stop Ransomware from Encrypting Your Files?

Yes, you can prevent ransomware. The best way to do this is to ensure your computer system is updated with the latest security patches, use a reputable anti-malware program and firewall, backup your important files frequently, and avoid clicking on malicious links or downloading unknown files.

Can Ransomcuck Ransomware Steal Your Data?

Yes, in most cases ransomware will steal your information. It is a form of malware that steals data from a user's computer, encrypts it, and then demands a ransom in order to decrypt it.

In many cases, the malware authors or attackers will threaten to delete the data or publish it online unless the ransom is paid.

Can Ransomware Infect WiFi?

Yes, ransomware can infect WiFi networks, as malicious actors can use it to gain control of the network, steal confidential data, and lock out users. If a ransomware attack is successful, it could lead to a loss of service and/or data, and in some cases, financial losses.

Should I Pay Ransomware?

No, you should not pay ransomware extortionists. Paying them only encourages criminals and does not guarantee that the files or data will be restored. The better approach is to have a secure backup of important data and be vigilant about security in the first place.

What Happens If I Don't Pay Ransom?

If you don't pay the ransom, the hackers may still have access to your computer, data, or files and may continue to threaten to expose or delete them, or even use them to commit cybercrimes. In some cases, they may even continue to demand additional ransom payments.

Can a Ransomware Attack Be Detected?

Yes, ransomware can be detected. Anti-malware software and other advanced security tools can detect ransomware and alert the user when it is present on a machine.

It is important to stay up-to-date on the latest security measures and to keep security software updated to ensure ransomware can be detected and prevented.

Do Ransomware Criminals Get Caught?

Yes, ransomware criminals do get caught. Law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, Interpol and others have been successful in tracking down and prosecuting ransomware criminals in the US and other countries. As ransomware threats continue to increase, so does the enforcement activity.

About the Ransomcuck Research

The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this Ransomcuck how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific malware and restore your encrypted files.

How did we conduct the research on this ransomware?

Our research is based on an independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, and as such, we receive daily updates on the latest malware and ransomware definitions.

Furthermore, the research behind the Ransomcuck ransomware threat is backed with VirusTotal and the NoMoreRansom project.

To better understand the ransomware threat, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.

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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