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ToxCrypt Ransomware – Remove It and Restore Your .toxcrypt Encrypted Files

tox--sensorstechforumA virus-encoding program also known as ransomware, called ToxCrypt is continuing to spread its malicious data across the web. This virus aims to scare infected users into paying the ransom by resembling a toxic menace and using a strong AES and Crypto++ mechanisms to encrypt files. In return for the access of the user’s files, the ransom note of ToxCrypt demands the payoff of around 0.23 BTC. Users infected with this virus are strongly advised to not pay any ransom money and instead to remove ToxCrypt using an advanced anti-malware program. For the recovery of the files, it is advisable to try alternative methods like the ones here and see if they will work out successfully before attempting any other solutions.

Threat Summary

NameToxCrypt
TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files with the AES cipher and asks a ransom of 50% for decryption.
SymptomsFiles are encrypted and become inaccessible. A ransom note with instructions for paying the ransom shows in a newly installed Tor browser.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, File Sharing Networks.
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ToxCrypt Ransomware – Spread

In order to be widespread across computers, ToxCrypt virus-encoder may use the biggest weakness in a computer – the user. Since there are a lot of inexperienced users who may have become infected by clicking on malicious URLs associated with ToxCrypt crypto-virus. Such URLs tend to lead to JavaScripts or Exploit Kit attacks, which show a rapid grow in association with ransomware infections.

But this doesn`t exclude the possibility that this virus may be directly distributed via malicious attachments posted in spam e-mail messages, that may resemble a service or a person familiar to the user.

ToxCrypt Ransomware Viewed In Detail

Once executed as a process on your computer, ToxCrypt’s payload is reported to be associated with multiple files in the %AppData% Windows directory:

→ Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\tox.html
Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\Tox.scr
\tor\
tor\cached-certs
tor\cached-microdesc-consensus
tor\cached-microdescs.new
tor\lock
tor\state
tox.log
tox_tor\
tox_tor\Data\
tox_tor\Data\Tor\
tox_tor\Data\Tor\geoip
tox_tor\Data\Tor\geoip6
tox_tor\Tor\
tox_tor\Tor\libeay32.dll
tox_tor\Tor\libevent-2-0-5.dll
tox_tor\Tor\libevent_core-2-0-5.dll
tox_tor\Tor\libevent_extra-2-0-5.dll
tox_tor\Tor\libgcc_s_sjlj-1.dll
tox_tor\Tor\libssp-0.dll
tox_tor\Tor\ssleay32.dll
tox_tor\Tor\tor.exe
tox_tor\Tor\zlib1.dll
tox_tor\tor.zip

The files which are associated with the Tor network may be helping modules for the infected user to communicate with the cyber-crooks. In addition to creating those files, ToxCrypt ransomware begins the encryption process. It scans for and enciphers files with the following file extensions:

.txt, .odt, .ods, .odp, .odm, .odb, .doc, .docx, .docm, .wps, .xls, .xlsx, .xlsm, .xlsb, .xlk, .ppt, .pptx, .pptm, .mdb, .accdb, .pst, .dwg, .dxf, .dxg, .wpd, .indd, .cdr, .jpg, .jpe, .jpeg, .dng, .3fr, .arw, .mef, .mrw, .nef, .nrw, .orf, .raf, .raw, .rwl, .rw2, .r3d, .ptx, .pef, .srw, .x3f, .der, .cer, .rtf, .wb2, .mdf, .dbf, .psd, .pdd, .eps, .ai, .crt, .pem, .pfx, .p12, .p7b, .p7c, .pdf, .odc, .srf, .sr2, .bay, .crw, .cr2, .dcr, .kdc, .erf, .png, .xml, .sql, .php, .asp, .aspx, .js, .css, .cs, .cpp, .hpp, .java, .class, .py, .pl, .veg, .aep, .aepx, .blend, .prproj, .cad, .tif, .sitx, .sit, .rmvb, .bmp, .pps, .pub, .qbb, .swf, .asf, .dss, .qxd, .3gp, .cdl, .mswmm, .ss, .eml, .csv Source: Amigo A

For the encryption process, ToxCrypt uses two mechanisms. One of them is the notorious AES cipher that is nearly impossible to bruteforce unless there is a security hole in ToxCrypt’s encryptor and a Crypto ++ mode which includes multiple ciphers and additionally complicates the situation.

The encrypted files are no longer accessible and they contain the .toxcrypt file extensions, for example:

→ New Text Document.txt.toxcrypt

After encrypting the files of unsuspecting users, the ransomware then may open the custom Tor browser it has installed in the %AppData% directory with a web link directly linking to its service. There, the user immediately finds the following ransom instructions:

tox-ransomware-main-ransom-message-sensorstechforum

Not only this, but the audacity of the crooks behind ToxCrypt ransomware is so big, that they propose to their victims to join them and keep spreading this virus, promising a percentage of the profit:

tox-help-us-spread-the-virus

Besides this, the crooks have also created a live private messaging service, allowing them to communicate anonymously live with anyone whose PC got infected with ToxCrypt.

tox-chat-sensorstechforum

ToxCrypt Ransomware – Conclusion, Removal and File Reverting

The bottom line for ToxCrypt is that it is focused primarily on spreading across more and more computers and it even tries to corrupt average users into its scheme. Despite that the 50$ ransom may be tempting if your files are important we strongly advise against allowing the cyber-criminals to spread and not pay the ransom.

Instead you can successfully remove ToxCrypt from your computer by using the instructions below. They allow you to methodologically find the files associated with ToxCrypt and remove them. However, be advised that ToxCrypt may create additional files and modify the Windows Registry Editor. This is why, for maximum effectiveness experts advise to use an advanced anti-malware tool which will help removing the threat safely.

To restore the data, so far there is no direct solution. However we advise you to try the alternatives in step “3. Restore files encrypted by ToxCrypt below. They may not be 100% guarantee but there is a small chance you may revert some of your old data back, especially if your backup wasn’t affected by ToxCrypt Ransomware.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove ToxCrypt from Windows.


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

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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 ToxCrypt 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 ToxCrypt 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 ToxCrypt 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 ToxCrypt 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 ToxCrypt.

Ransomware infections and ToxCrypt 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 ToxCrypt from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall ToxCrypt 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 ToxCrypt:

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 ToxCrypt. 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 ToxCrypt. 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 ToxCrypt 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 ToxCrypt. 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 ToxCrypt.

Ransomware infections and ToxCrypt 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.


ToxCrypt FAQ

What is ToxCrypt ransomware and how does it work?

ToxCrypt 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 ToxCrypt ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.ToxCrypt 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 ToxCrypt 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 .ToxCrypt files?

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

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like ToxCrypt 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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