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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

Cyspt Ransomware

Cyspt Ransomware is the infection responsible for adding the “.OOFNIK” extension to your personal files. Of course, that is not the worst thing that it does. In fact, the extension is pretty much harmless, and you can even delete it if it bothers you. Unfortunately, that is not a solution to the bigger problem, which is that your personal files are encrypted. What does that mean? A special algorithm was used to encode the data of the file to ensure that it cannot be read. That means that, for example, if you try to open “example.jpg.OOFNIK,” you will not succeed. So, what can you do to recover the corrupted files? Here’s the bad news: You cannot do anything. A decryption key is not available, and legitimate decryptors cannot help you without knowing the key to decode files. Unfortunately, this is what cyber criminals need because as soon as you realize that you are out of options, you might consider the one offered by them. That is not what you should do. Instead, you should remove Cyspt Ransomware.

Our research team has found that Cyspt Ransomware was created using the open source project called “ARESCrypt.” The distribution of this malware is still mysterious, but we can assume that spam emails, vulnerability exploits, and other malicious threats could help spread the ransomware. As soon as this threat lands on your operating system, an error message stating “Operating system incompatible. Exiting” is displayed. This is a red flag that you need not to overlook. If you close the operating system right there and then, you could, potentially, save your files. If you are not quick, and you do not delete Cyspt Ransomware in time (note that the threat will not be deleted when you turn off the computer), your files will be encrypted. As our research has revealed, the threat only encrypts files in these directories: %USERPROFILE%\Desktop, %USERPROFILE%\MyPictures, %USERPROFILE%\MyMusic, and %USERPROFILE%\Downloads. So, if no personal or sensitive files are stored here, you are fine. Of course, that does not mean that you should postpone the removal of the malicious infection.

If valuable files are encrypted, and you have no way of recovering them (for example, you might have backups online or on external drives), you might be taking the ransom note created by Cyspt Ransomware seriously. This ransom note is delivered via a window that is launched as soon as the files are encrypted, and this is how you are likely to learn about the infection and its attack first. According to the ransom note, files are encrypted and can be recovered only if you pay a ransom within 24 hours. The message informs that $40 worth of Bitcoins must be paid to 1CKAsRbfSnvpWvfkk9Y5p5yUzMk4fTbLu7 (wallet address). Bitcoin is the preferred crypto-currency that has been used by the creators of M@r1a Ransomware, SymmyWare Ransomware, Sicck Ransomware, and many other malicious threats. After the payment, the creator of Cyspt Ransomware wants you to email them at funnybtc@airmail.cc. You shouldn’t do any of this because once you pay, you cannot get your money back, and a decryptor is unlikely to be given to you.

It is important to delete Cyspt Ransomware because this threat is controlled by cyber criminals who have found a way to execute malware on your operating system. You do not want them creating a bigger mess, do you? Our recommendation is to remove the infection using anti-malware software. Why is that the superior option? Because the right software can automatically remove Cyspt Ransomware, clear the system from other threats, and also – which is most important – ensure full-time protection against all kinds of malicious threats in the future. If you choose to eliminate the threat manually, you will need to think about the security of your operating system separately. Also, it is unlikely that you will be able to handle it on your own, and you will end up installing anti-malware software anyway. Nonetheless, if you want to delete the infection manually, the removal guide below might make the operation a little easier. Keep in mind that the launcher’s location and name are unknown, and our guide only lists a few possible locations.

Cyspt Ransomware Removal

  1. Access Windows Explorer (tap Win+E keys).
  2. Enter these paths one by one into the bar at the top to look for malicious files:
    • %USERPROFILE%\Desktop
    • %USERPROFILE%\Downloads
    • %TEMP%
  3. Right-click and Delete malicious files (if you cannot do that, launch Task Manager (tap Ctrl+Shift+Esc) and terminate processes linked to the files first).
  4. Enter %APPDATA% into the bar at the top of Windows Explorer.
  5. Right-click and Delete the malicious {random name}.exe file.
  6. Enter %USERPROFILE% into the bar at the top.
  7. Right-click and Delete the file named files.txt.
  8. Empty Recycle Bin.
  9. Perform a full system scan to check for malicious leftovers.
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