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Remove CrypMIC ransomware / virus (Removal Guide) - updated Sep 2016

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Ransomware

How dangerous is CrypMIC?

CrypMIC ransomware is a seriously dangerous virus which has already become a painful experience to hundreds of computer users. This nasty infection was first noticed in the middle of July, when it was spotted using the same Neutrino Exploit Kit for spreading around. The same exploit kit was used by another ransomware called CryptXXX. It should be added that these viruses are almost identical: they both use the same user interface for their payment site, rely on the same protocol for the communication with their C&C servers and deliver almost identical ransom notes explaining how to access their creators. Once security experts took down Neutrino, they both started using fake ad campaigns for spreading around and infecting systems undetected. Nevertheless, no matter how identical these viruses may look at first, they still feature separate source codes and display different capacities when it comes to the file encryption procedure. Beware that CrypMIC virus and its developers can try to make you pay for the encrypted files and disappear when the payments are made. Also, by leaving related files on the system, they can encrypt your data again after its decryption procedure. That’s why you must remove CrypMIC from the system before starting looking for data decryption techniques. To remove each of its files and stop its malicious code before it damages your files in the future, you should carry out a thorough system analysis with the help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. No it is time to visit our “Data recovery” section.

An image of the CrypMIC ransomware virus

Questions about CrypMIC ransomware virus

To decrypt over 900 types of files on the victim’s computer, CrypMIC ransomware uses a complex AES-256 encryption algorithm. And it is not only the data on the hard drive that can be encrypted. Any removable storage, network drives, and cloud services are vulnerable too, so there is virtually no directory on the computer that this virus cannot reach. Although, if the network shares have not been mapped to a computer drive, the virus will not be able to affect them. Naturally, the virus is also incapable of reaching the external storage drives which have been unplugged from the device before it was infected. That’s more or less all of the good news when talking about this virus. After the system infiltration, the shadow copies of the computer data are deleted prohibiting the victims of recovering it. Soon after, the virus creators offer their solution to this problem and demand to pay 1.2 to 2.4 BitCoin for the file decryption. Of course, as we have already mentioned, trusting the criminals is the last thing you should do. Think of it from their perspective: all that they are interested in is your money. So it is no wonder that the users files remain encrypted even after paying up. A better way to deal with this situation is to delete the virus from your computer. It will sure make the virus creators angry, and you will be able to safely store new data on your computer again. More recommendations on the CrypMIC removal are provided at the end of the article.

How can I get infected with this virus?

The best ransomware prevention can be achieved by investigating where and how this virus is usually distributed. We have done the research for you. Here are the most common ways users get infected with the CrypMIC ransomware:

  • Email. Most users are surprised to hear that a malicious ransomware script can arrive directly into their Inbox. In fact, it is the most common way ransomware viruses are distributed. Hackers send legitimate-looking letters, informing about a supposed speeding fine or job application and attach a document carrying the malicious script in the attachment section of the email. When the users download and open such files, the virus becomes activated, and file encryption begins.
  • Insecure websites. Ransomware might be unintentionally obtained from sites which involve in malicious software distribution as well. The virus might be hiding under a lottery winning announcement, fake download button or some corrupted ad. You should always be aware of the dangers and try to stay alert at all times.
  • Software downloads. It is important not to download software from the already mentioned insecure sites. Ransomware may be bundled with the regular programs, and you might not even notice when your files become inaccessible. Peer-to-peer networks may be a good virus distribution platform too. Thus, it is important to check whether the software you are downloading does not include some dangerous additions.

CrypMIC removal and data recovery recommendations:

The CrypMIC removal can be completed in several minutes if you use a reliable antivirus utility for this purpose. But it will not eliminate the encryption from the locked data. There are two options you can go for if you want to retrieve your files but do not have a backup. You can wait until the virus experts come up with a decryption tool, but this might take a while. Or, you can try using data recovery tools such as PhotoRec, R-Studio or Kaspersky virus-fighting utilities. Either way, you choose, make sure you remove CrypMIC first!

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To remove CrypMIC virus, follow these steps:

Remove CrypMIC using Safe Mode with Networking

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Networking'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Networking in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Networking'
  • Step 2: Remove CrypMIC

    Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete CrypMIC removal.

If your ransomware is blocking Safe Mode with Networking, try further method.

Remove CrypMIC using System Restore

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Command Prompt from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt'
  • Step 2: Restore your system files and settings
    1. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter. Enter 'cd restore' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    2. Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.. Enter 'rstrui.exe' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    3. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of CrypMIC. After doing that, click Next. When 'System Restore' window shows up, select 'Next' Select your restore point and click 'Next'
    4. Now click Yes to start system restore. Click 'Yes' and start system restore
    Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and make sure that CrypMIC removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

Guide which is presented above is supposed to help you remove CrypMIC from your computer. To recover your encrypted files, we recommend using a detailed guide prepared by security experts.

Please, do NOT pay the ransom which is asked by CrypMIC malware! According to FBI, thousands of people have been scammed and never seen a decryption key after transferring the money to cyber criminals. If your files are encrypted by ransowmare virus, follow one of these methods: 

If your files are encrypted by CrypMIC, you can use several methods to restore them:

Restore your files encrypted by CrypMIC with the help of Data Recovery Pro

Data Recovery Pro is a powerful program that can be used for restoring files. If you deleted them accidentally or got infected with ransomware, follow these steps:

  • Download Data Recovery Pro;
  • Follow the steps of Data Recovery Setup and install the program on your computer;
  • Launch it and scan your computer for files encrypted by CrypMIC ransomware;
  • Restore them.

Restore some of your files blocked by CrypMIC by using Windows Previous versions:

Windows Previous Versions feature is great when you need to restore some part of your files. To recover a photo that you love or a business document, use these steps:

  • Find an encrypted file you need to restore and right-click on it;
  • Select “Properties” and go to “Previous versions” tab;
  • Here, check each of available copies of the file in “Folder versions”. You should select the version you want to recover and click “Restore”.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from CrypMIC and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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  1. Brianna says:
    July 22nd, 2016 at 1:58 am

    Its quite intimidating that you cannot actually protect your computer from such viruses…. The new versions just keep on coming..

  2. Edgar Hallinger says:
    July 22nd, 2016 at 1:59 am

    Well. Manual removal did not work for me. Guess Ill need to try something else

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