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Danger level 7
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

Cryptolite Ransomware

Cyber criminals released a new malicious application called Cryptolite Ransomware; however, our specialists could not find a working sample to test it properly, so it is not so easy to talk about how it acts on victims’ computers. Malware analysts are 100% sure for one thing – this infection has been developed by crooks to obtain money from users. If you ever encounter this malicious application, do not even think about sending money to the ransomware author. Instead, delete it from the system right away without giving crooks a cent. Specialists say that Cryptolite Ransomware might open a window on users’ Desktop to lock it. Do not freak out if you have found a window with a message displayed on your screen, you should be able to close it by killing the malicious process using Task Manager. Once the screen is unlocked and you can access your Desktop freely, you will have to delete malicious components representing Cryptolite Ransomware from your system.

Cryptolite Ransomware slithers onto computers and then locks files discovered on the affected computer. It does not try to ruin the operating system the computer runs on, but, instead, it targets documents, videos, pictures, and other personal files that belong to users. Ransomware infections usually append new extensions to those files they encrypt, and Cryptolite Ransomware is no an exception for sure. According to specialists, it is very likely that it will append the .encrypted extension to users’ files. You should also find a window with a message opened for you on your Desktop. It is not a secret that ransomware infections want users’ money. Speaking about this particular ransomware infection, it should demand 0.5 Bitcoin. Unfortunately, you have zero guarantees that you will receive the decryption key from cyber criminals, so do not transfer crooks your money. The ransom note will explain to you where you can purchase Bitcoins from and how to transfer them, but it does not mean that it is very clever to act as instructed. As mentioned, you do not even know whether you will receive the tool you could unlock your encrypted data with.

You do not need to purchase the decryptor to get your files back. Encrypted data can be restored from a backup you have. Alternatively, you should try to enter the following key to unlock affected files: GuBlZEpxPFqDAtjNh7c6mKs4Iy9Mrfw2UYvn3ei5HTgaO1dCbz8QXLJk0RVoW. We cannot promise that it will work in your case, but we are sure that sending money to malicious software developers is the worst you can do.

Cryptolite Ransomware does not seem to be an actively-distributed malicious application. This explains why our specialists could not find much information about its distribution as well. Even though its dissemination is still quite a secret, researchers suspect that it should be spread using old distribution methods. To be more specific, there is a huge possibility to find malicious software installed on the system if you keep opening all spam emails you receive and their attachments – malicious applications are often spread masqueraded as ordinary email attachments. Even though spam is the most common ransomware distribution method, ransomware-type infections might also be distributed via exploit kits. Finally, users might download malware from the web themselves as well. It often looks like decent software, so it is not surprising that users still find it difficult to recognize harmful infections. Luckily, there are antimalware tools that can protect users’ PCs against harmful malware available on the market. If you do not have such a tool installed on your system, acquire it ASAP and activate it for the maximum system’s protection against harmful threats.

Less sophisticated ransomware infections are not that difficult to remove, but, unfortunately, we cannot say that it is easy to unlock files encrypted by ransomware. If the decryption key indicated above does not work, you could only restore files from your backup. Do not expect that they will be miraculously decrypted for you when you remove Cryptolite Ransomware because this is not going to happen, we can assure you that. Of course, the ransomware infection must be erased from the system no matter what.

How to delete Cryptolite Ransomware manually

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc.
  2. Click Processes.
  3. Right-click on the Cryptolite Ransomware process and select End Process/End task.
  4. Delete all suspicious files you have downloaded and opened recently.
  5. Empty your Recycle Bin.
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