I wrote this article to help you remove Crypter Ransomware. This Crypter Ransomware removal guide works for all Windows versions.
A win-locker called Enjey Crypter ransomware was discovered last week. The clandestine program appears to be a project of Indian developers, as the hackers have registered their email account to an Indian platform. Experts have determined that Enjey Crypter ransomware belongs to the category of Trojan win-lockers. The malicious program resembles two other ransomware infections: RemindMe and Fs0ci3ty. Since virus developers keep their identity a secret, we cannot tell whether these three programs were created by the same people.
Enjey Crypter ransomware is spread through Trojan horses. The carrier for the covert program gets hidden behind a .doc file. The sender will try to make you believe that the document is important. He can describe it as a letter, an invoice, a receipt, a bank statement, a bill, or a fine. When you open the file, a UAC (user account control) prompt will be displayed. This is a request to allow the file to run with administrative privileges. If you give your approval, the Trojan-dropper will be installed. It will then drop Enjey Crypter ransomware on your system. To tell whether a given email is reliable, check the contacts. It is advisable to filter your letters.
Enjey Crypter ransomware targets documents, archives, databases, images, videos, audios, logs, and other file types. The win-locker encrypts the vulnerable objects and adds the following suffix to their original names: .email@example.com. The file extension is explanatory in itself. It indicates that an encryption has been performed, lists the email of the cyber criminals, and introduces the win-locker. The infected files will be easy to distinguish.
There is no information regarding the cryptographic technology behind Enjey Crypter ransomware. Time will tell how strong the coding scheme is. Upon completing the encryption process, the shady program drops a ransom note on the desktop. The file is titled README_DECRYPT.txt. It provides detailed information about the win-locker and the purpose behind it. Unlike other cyber infections, ransomware programs make their presence clear. This is a necessity, as their purpose is to make the victim pay.
The ransom note explains that Enjey Crypter ransomware has encrypted your important data. It lists instructions on what you need to do to have your accessibility restored. You will have to contact the author of Enjey Crypter ransomware and request the decoder for the program. His email address, as revealed in the custom extension, is firstname.lastname@example.org. In the message, you have to state your personal identifier. The uniquely generated number is listed at the beginning of the note.
In response to your request, the developer will send you his bitcoin wallet address. He will state the amount he requires you to transfer to his account. At this point in time, we do not have information about the amount of the ransom. There is a possibility for the sum to differ for separate victims. The reason for the fluctuation may lie in the contents of the encrypted files. Some win-lockers have the ability to analyze the locked data in order to determine how important it is. This feature is advanced. Few malware developers can include it in the scheme of the program. We cannot say whether Enjey Crypter ransomware has this capability.
In terms of handling the situation, our advice is not to pay the ransom. Making a deal with hackers is risky. At the end of the day, the developer of Enjey Crypter ransomware is a cyber criminal. The fact that he has created a virus which attacks computers for the purpose of making the victims pay him is enough to make you reserved about him. There is no guarantee that the deal would go through. The hacker could collect the ransom money and run with it. There is no one to seek help from when this kind of thing happens. It is best to try to solve the problem on your own. You can attempt to recover your files through their shadow volume copies. Some win-lockers execute a task to delete them. It is unknown whether Enjey Crypter ransomware performs such a task, so you should give it a try.
Crypter Ransomware Removal
Method 1: Restore your encrypted files using ShadowExplorer
Usually, Crypter Ransomware deletes all shadow copies, stored in your computer. Luckily, the ransomware is not always able to delete the shadow copies. So your first try should be restoring the original files from shadow copies.
- Download ShadowExplorer from this link: http://www.shadowexplorer.com/downloads.html.
- Install ShadowExplorer
- Open ShadowExplorer and select C: drive on the left panel
- Choose at least a month ago date from the date field
- Navigate to the folder with encrypted files
- Right-click on the encrypted file
- Select “Export” and choose a destination for the original file
Method 2: Restore your encrypted files by using System Restore
- Go to Start –> All programs –> Accessories –> System tools –> System restore
- Click “Next“
- Choose a restore point, at least a month ago
- Click “Next“
- Choose Disk C: (should be selected by default)
- Click “Next“. Wait for a few minutes and the restore should be done.
Method 3: Restore your files using File Recovery Software
If none of the above method works, you should try to recover encrypted files by using File Recovery Software. Since Crypter Ransomware first makes a copy of the original file, then encrypts it and deletes the original one, you can successfully restore the original, using a File Recovery Software. Here are a few free File Recovery Software programs: