- Slow Computer
- System crashes
- Connects to the internet without permission
- Installs itself without permissions
- Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel
Cryptofag Ransomware is not an infection that is spread widely. In fact, it does not really work at the moment, and so our researchers believe that this ransomware is new and, possibly, still being developed. If that is the case, hopefully, we have time to warn you about this threat and prepare you for the potential invasion. If you back up your personal files and install a trustworthy security tool to guard your operating system against malware, you will not need to fear this or any other ransomware infection. Even if the security tool you choose to guard your operating system fails you, and your personal files get encrypted or damaged, you will have backup copies, which means that you will evade the loss of your files. If the malicious ransomware has already invaded your operating system, do not rush to assume that your data has been encrypted. Learn more about this and the removal of Cryptofag Ransomware via this report.
At the time of research, Cryptofag Ransomware could not encrypt any files, which is why you should not just assume that your files were taken hostage just because a scary notification says so. When the malicious threat invades your operating system, and it is most likely to slither in via corrupted spam emails, it quickly creates a file called “HACKED.OPENME”. This file should be located in various different folders, and so you are bound to notice it sooner or later. At the same time, Cryptofag Ransomware also displays a window with a ransom note in blue screen. According to the information, your files were locked and only a special key can unlock them. It is stated that to retrieve this key you need to email at cryptofag@@@protonmail.ch. It is unclear why cyber criminals have added three “@” symbols in the middle. Alternative email addresses via which you might be able to communicate with cyber crooks include cryptofag@@@inbox.lv, cryptofag@@@india.com, cryptofag@@@pobox.sk, and cryptofag@@@md.
According to our research, there is one more file that Cryptofag Ransomware creates, and this one is called “key2017.keepme”. This file should contain a unique key, and it might be used for the decryption of your files. This is good news because that means that the decryption might be possible. There are plenty of threats that lock up files but are incapable of decrypting them, and Cryptofag Ransomware does not seem to operate this way. If your files were encrypted, have you found which ones? They might have a unique extension attached to them, but we have yet to find proof of that. Based on the data we have gathered, the malicious ransomware might create a LOG file listing all files that were encrypted, and it should be located in the %UserProfile%\Documents folder. The log file name should consist of random numbers. If your files are encrypted, check this file first to see what damage has been done. If you find out that the encrypted files are worthless to you, you will probably want to delete the ransomware right away.
If your personal files are backed up, you do not need to panic about Cryptofag Ransomware. Once you remove this infection from your operating system, delete all infected files, and then replace them with the healthy copies. If your files are not backed up, you might be thinking about communicating with cyber criminals and, potentially, fulfilling their demands to pay a ransom fee. If you are in a predicament like that, think if you should follow the instructions presented to you by cyber criminals. They do not care about your personal files, so who’s to say that they will keep their promise to unlock them? In any case, the final task for you is to delete Cryptofag Ransomware, and that is not very difficult. The guide below shows how to eliminate this infection manually, but we advise employing a legitimate anti-malware tool instead. Other infections could have found their way into your system, and you must realize by now how important reliable protection is. Anti-malware software can ensure that you do not need to deal with other threats in the future.
Cryptofag Ransomware Removal