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Danger level 8
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Cryp1 Ransomware

If your computer has been infected with Cryp1 Ransomware, you may lose all your personal files. This is a vicious malware attack to make you pay a ransom fee in order to get the decryption key that is needed for you to be able to recover your files after this beast encrypts them. Although this infection has a “1” in its name, it actually seems to be the third version of a known malware infection called CryptXXX Ransomware. This new version seems to be a much more severe hit as it can lock your screen and can also attack shared network resources. Most likely, your only chance to save your files if you have actually saved your files previously on a removable drive. You may also try to pay the demanded ransom fee, but experience shows that criminals tend not to deliver. What a shocker. Well, we cannot help you with decrypting your files, but we can certainly assist you to remove Cryp1 Ransomware from your system so that you can free up your PC from this ugly infection. Please read our full report to find out how you can avoid similar attacks in the future.

Our research shows that this infection spreads as a .dll file instead of the usual .exe. Since this malicious file is not an executable, obviously, it cannot be spread as a standalone file since it could not be activated. Therefore, it can only be distributed by other programs (Trojans) or scripts (.bat files). This is mainly why it is also called a Trojan ransomware. We have found that this infection uses exploit kits most frequently to attack its victims. This means that it is enough for you to land on a malicious webpage and this can infect your computer with Cryp1 Ransomware. Such a page usually contains JavaScript or Flash content that can exploit bugs and security holes if not updated. This is exactly why we usually recommend that you keep all your programs and drivers up-to-date so that you can prevent such nightmares from happening. Visiting such an infected website may not even raise the red flag for you because it all happens in the background without your consent or knowledge. In other words, you will obviously not know that you just dropped this infection onto your PC.

Another possibility is that this Trojan travels in spam e-mails as an attachment. However, you may not find this ransomware directly in such an attachment but rather a Trojan that can install it and activate it. You need to be very careful which mails you open in your inbox because such dangerous spam mails can evade your spam filter. These mails usually have deceptive sender names and subject lines, too. You may think that you are opening an important mail that contains an unpaid or problematic invoice. This is why you will not even doubt its authenticity. But when you download and run the seemingly .pdf or .doc invoice, you will be surprised to see that “nothing” really happens. Well, it does, but only in the background as Cryp1 Ransomware starts up its vicious mission. Of course, there are other ways as well for such a Trojan to infiltrate your system. You may be attacked through an innocent looking image or video that is posted on your timeline in Facebook or in any other social networking profile you use. These corrupt links usually pose as pornographic content or any other “must-see” image or video. One single click on such content and this infection may get triggered. However, it will be almost impossible for you to delete Cryp1 Ransomware once it sets its foot on your system because the damage can be done within a mere minute.

This ransomware mainly targets your documents, videos, audios, program files, and archives, including .3DM, .3DS, .3G2, .3GP, .7Z, .ACCDB, .AES, .AI, .AIF, .APK, .APP, .ARC, .ASC, .ASF, .ASM, .ASP, .ASPX, ASX, .AVI, .BMP, .CFG, .CFM, .CGI, .CGM, .CLASS, .CMD, .CPP, .CRT, .CS, .CSR, .CSS, .CSV, .CUE, .DB, .DCU, .DIF, .DIP, .DJV, .DJVU, .DOC, .DOCB, .DOCM, .DOCX, .DOT, .DOTM, .DOTX, .DWG, .DXF, .EML, .EPS, .FLA, .FLV, .GED, .GIF, .GPG, .GPX, .HTM, .HTML, .IBD, .IBOOKS, .IFF, .INDD, .JAR, .JAVA, .JKS, .JPG, .JS, .JSP, .KEY, .KML, .KMZ, .LAY, .LAY6, .LDF, .LUA, .M, .M3U, .M4A, .M4V, .MAX, .MDB, .MDF, .MFD, .MID, .MKV, .MML, .MOV, .MP3, .MP4, .MPA, .MPG, .NEF, .NOTE, .OBJ, .ODB, .ODG, .ODP, .ODS, .ODT, .PAS, .PCT, .PDB, .PDF, .PEM, .PHP, .PIF, .PL, .PLUGIN, .PNG, .PPS, .PPSX, .PPT, .PPTM, .PS, PSD, .RA, .RAR, .RAW, .RSS, .RTF, .SQL, .STD, .SVG, .SWF, .SXC, .SXD, .TAR, .TGA, .TGZ, .TIF, .TIFF, .TMP, .TXT, .VMX, .VOB, .WAV, .WMA, .WMV, .WPS, .XHTML, .XLC, .XLM, .XLR, .XLS, .XLSB, .XLSM, .XLSX, .XLT, .XLTM, .XML, and .ZIP. This infection uses the RSA-4096 encryption algorithm, which is a built-in Windows algorithm and this is why it is so fast. All your encrypted files get a “.crypt1” extension. When all the targeted files, including the shared network resources get ciphered, your computer screen gets locked and a full-screen picture appears as your new desktop background; the worst message you can ever read, i.e., the ransom note.

You are instructed to visit certain personal webpages that will guide you to transfer the demanded fee, which is in Bitcoins. We have no information about the amount of this fee but criminals usually try to extort a couple of hundreds of dollars worth of Bitcoins. Obviously, this amount can grow when they target companies. Since there may be technical issues, such as the infection losing contact with the Command and Control servers, it is quite risky to pay because it is possible that you will not get the decryption key. This can happen anytime since criminals may need to change servers and shut down some. You should consider this as well before paying the fee. But even if you are the lucky one and have a saved copy of your files on an external HDD, you should remove Cryp1 Ransomware first and only then proceed with copying the clean files back to your PC.

We cannot recover you files but we do believe that it is possible that there will be a tool soon on the web as there was before for the previous versions of this ransomware. But we do not recommend that you wait till then with the removal of Cryp1 Ransomware so here is what we suggest you do. First of all, it is possible that you can unlock your screen by pressing simultaneously Ctrl+Alt+Del keys and restarting your PC. Then, you can simply delete all the related files and that is really all. Please follow our instructions below if you want to manually erase all traces of this malicious program. If you want to protect your system from all known malware infections, we suggest that you use a professional malware removal tool, such as SpyHunter. If you need any help with this ransomware, please let us know by leaving your comment below this article.

Remove Cryp1 Ransomware from Windows

  1. Tap Win+E to open File Explorer.
  2. Delete the random-name .dll file from %TEMP%\[Random CLSID]\ directory.
  3. Delete the following files:
    %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\[Unique ID].bmp
    %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\[Unique ID].html
    %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\[Unique ID].txt
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\[Unique ID].bmp
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\[Unique ID].htm
  4. Empty your Recycle Bin and reboot your system.
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