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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

TitanCryptor Ransomware

TitanCryptor Ransomware, also called ArgusCrypt Ransomware, is a dangerous file-encrypting threat. Encrypting user’s files is not the only thing this malicious application can do, as our researchers report it might also destroy shadow copies and try to erase other backup options. Afterward, the malware is supposed to show a ransom note asking to purchase a private recovery key needed for data restoration. There is not knowing what the price could be, but if you do not want to risk losing your money in vain, whatever the sum is, we advise ignoring the ransom note. If you have a backup on a removable media device or cloud storage, you should use it instead of buying decryption means from hackers. Of course, before using your backup, you should clean the system. To erase TitanCryptor Ransomware, you could use the instructions available below or employ a reliable antimalware tool. As for learning more about the malicious application, you can do so by reading the rest of our article.

The malware could be spread with infected email attachments or software installers distributed through unreliable file-sharing websites. In other words, we believe it is most likely TitanCryptor Ransomware could come with suspicious files downloaded/received from the Internet. If the user is not careful enough and opens such data without even scanning it with an antimalware tool, it could infect the system without him realizing it. As you see, the launcher could be disguised to look like a text document, a picture, an installer, etc. Thus, it is safer to be cautious with all files coming from untrustworthy sources no matter how they look. The scan should only take a few moments, and you would instantly know whether you should open the scanned file or not. For this task, we strongly recommend acquiring a reliable antimalware tool that could defend your system against various threats.

TitanCryptor Ransomware does not need to create other data to settle in, which means it runs right from the directory where its launcher was opened. This means the malicious application might start encrypting user’s files and deleting shadow copies soon after the system gets infected. Therefore, victims may not realize what is happening until it is too late. During the encryption process, each file ought to receive a second extension called .Argus. Not to mention the targeted files (e.g., pictures, videos, archives, documents, and so on.) are locked while using two robust encryption algorithms called AES and RSA. Accordingly, once encrypted, the computer no longer recognizes the files, and the only way to restore them becomes using a specific decryption key and decryption software. Both of these means are available only to TitanCryptor Ransomware’s developers. Knowing this, they programmed the malware to show a ransom note to try to extort money from their unfortunate victims.

The malware’s ransom note might be called ARGUS-DECRYPT.html, and it could appear in every directory containing encrypted files. After opening it, users should see a message written by the TitanCryptor Ransomware’s developers. It describes what happened to the victim’s data and suggests contacting the malicious application’s developers and purchasing decryption tools from them. Also, the note may contain a proposition, according to which the hackers can decrypt one file free of charge as a guarantee they have the necessary decryption tools. Unfortunately, it does not prove they will send them once the victim makes a payment.

All things considered, we believe it might be risky to deal with the TitanCryptor Ransomware developers, and if you think the same, we advise not to do this. Users who have backup copies somewhere safe should use them to recover their data instead of paying the ransom. As we explained earlier, it would be safer to remove the threat from the system first. One of the ways to get rid of it is to remove its launcher from the computer and the instructions located below this text can help you complete this task. Naturally, if you are not particularly experienced in erasing malicious applications, it might be best to acquire a reliable antimalware tool and let it remove TitanCryptor Ransomware for you.

Eliminate TitanCryptor Ransomware

  1. Click Ctrl+Alt+Delete.
  2. Choose Task Manager and select Processes.
  3. Find a process belonging to the threat.
  4. Mark it and click End Task.
  5. Exit Task Manager.
  6. Click Win+E.
  7. Find these paths:
  8. Locate the malicious application’s launcher.
  9. Right-click it and select Delete.
  10. Locate files with ransom notes (e.g., ARGUS-DECRYPT.html).
  11. Right-click them and select Delete.
  12. Exit File Explorer.
  13. Empty your Recycle Bin.
  14. Restart the computer.
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