Remove CryPy ransomware / virus (Virus Removal Guide) - Oct 2016 update

CryPy virus Removal Guide

What is CryPy ransomware virus?

CryPy ransomware description

CryPy virus is one of a few ransomware examples that are created using Python programming language. The family of these threats has already been named as “Pysomwares”. However, this group includes only several members – Fsociety virus and Fs0ci3ty ransomware. It is known that CryPy ransomware utilizes AES-256 encryption algorithm to lock victims’ files. It works slower than typical crypto-ransomware threats since it addresses its C2 server when encrypting every individual file. While encrypting victim’s files, this virus renames every single file by adding CRY prefix and scrambling the file name by adding .cry file extension. The encryption is initiated with the help of file and the tracking of Windows errors is enabled by using These files are compromised right after the installer enters the target computer system. Once the encryption procedure is finished, the virus leaves a ransom note called README_FOR_DECRYPT.txt. This file contains instructions on how to contact ransomware authors and decrypt data. The note of CryPy ransomware states:


All your files are encrypted with strong ciphers.
Decrypting of your data is only possible with the decryption program, which is on our secret server.

The rest of the ransom note explains that the virus will delete a random file every 6 hours, and, in 96 hours, it will damage the decryption key. It is believed that these claims should encourage victims not to take too long while trying to decide either to pay the ransom or not. The virus does not include payment address in the message but provides two e-mail addresses – and The victim is asked to write an email to either one or another e-mail address and receive the identification code. If you are looking for a solution to recover your files without paying, sadly, we cannot say that there is a free CryPy decrypter available. However, that does not mean that victims should pay the ransom. They can recover their files from backup or rely on special programs that are supposed to help people with files’ recovery. However, before you try any of these options, make sure you remove CryPy malware first. For that, we strongly suggest using the ReimageIntego software.

Ransomware note left by CryPy virus

When did this virus attack my computer?

CryPy malware spreads via malware-laden ads, malicious email campaigns and also exploit kits. There are only three actually useful pieces of advice we want to share with our readers. First of all, back up your files. Backups help to restore data in case you accidentally install malware on your computer. Backups should be kept on external devices stored separately from PC. Second, use a trustworthy anti-virus solution. Install a program with real-time protection feature and, if possible, use it together with anti-malware software. This will help you prevent viruses from attacking your PC. Lastly, keep all your software up-to-date. Criminals can easily hack your PC if you keep vulnerable old programs (without installing their security updates) on the system. Besides, avoid clicking on suspicious and aggressive ads, links, and do not open emails sent by unknown people. If you do not follow these tips, then there is no surprise why you have to deal with CryPy removal now. Please, be more careful and protect your computer – speaking of ransomware, all security experts agree that prevention is better than the cure!

How can you remove CryPy ransomware?

CryPy virus is a malicious software that should be eliminated from the system as soon as possible. If you notice this malware encrypting your files, you might be able to stop it and save part of your data. It works quite slow, so if you see this ransomware encrypting your files, follow CryPy removal instructions provided below and delete the virus as soon as you can. If your files have been encrypted already, it is also better to remove CryPy malware; otherwise, it will keep deleting your files one after another. Please, do not pay the ransom – if you do, you will only support cyber criminals and fund their projects. Below, you can find the guide explaining how to uninstall this virus.

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If you failed to remove virus damage using Reimage Intego, submit a question to our support team and provide as much details as possible.
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Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Reimage, try running SpyHunter 5.
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Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Intego, try running Combo Cleaner.

Getting rid of CryPy virus. Follow these steps

Manual removal using Safe Mode

Important! →
Manual removal guide might be too complicated for regular computer users. It requires advanced IT knowledge to be performed correctly (if vital system files are removed or damaged, it might result in full Windows compromise), and it also might take hours to complete. Therefore, we highly advise using the automatic method provided above instead.

Step 1. Access Safe Mode with Networking

Manual malware removal should be best performed in the Safe Mode environment. 

Windows 7 / Vista / XP
  1. Click Start > Shutdown > Restart > OK.
  2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 button (if that does not work, try F2, F12, Del, etc. – it all depends on your motherboard model) multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
  3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list. Windows 7/XP
Windows 10 / Windows 8
  1. Right-click on Start button and select Settings.
  2. Scroll down to pick Update & Security.
    Update and security
  3. On the left side of the window, pick Recovery.
  4. Now scroll down to find Advanced Startup section.
  5. Click Restart now.
  6. Select Troubleshoot. Choose an option
  7. Go to Advanced options. Advanced options
  8. Select Startup Settings. Startup settings
  9. Press Restart.
  10. Now press 5 or click 5) Enable Safe Mode with Networking. Enable safe mode

Step 2. Shut down suspicious processes

Windows Task Manager is a useful tool that shows all the processes running in the background. If malware is running a process, you need to shut it down:

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard to open Windows Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details.
    Open task manager
  3. Scroll down to Background processes section, and look for anything suspicious.
  4. Right-click and select Open file location.
    Open file location
  5. Go back to the process, right-click and pick End Task.
    End task
  6. Delete the contents of the malicious folder.

Step 3. Check program Startup

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard to open Windows Task Manager.
  2. Go to Startup tab.
  3. Right-click on the suspicious program and pick Disable.

Step 4. Delete virus files

Malware-related files can be found in various places within your computer. Here are instructions that could help you find them:

  1. Type in Disk Cleanup in Windows search and press Enter.
    Disk cleanup
  2. Select the drive you want to clean (C: is your main drive by default and is likely to be the one that has malicious files in).
  3. Scroll through the Files to delete list and select the following:

    Temporary Internet Files
    Recycle Bin
    Temporary files

  4. Pick Clean up system files.
    Delete temp files
  5. You can also look for other malicious files hidden in the following folders (type these entries in Windows Search and press Enter):


After you are finished, reboot the PC in normal mode.

Remove CryPy 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 CryPy. 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 ReimageIntego and make sure that CryPy removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

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

Dear victims, please do not support cyber criminals by paying the ransom. That will only encourage them to continue their malicious activities and attack more computer users!

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

Recover your files with Data Recovery Pro

You can try to use this tool to recover part of your files. Just install the software and follow the setup wizard.

  • 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 CryPy ransomware;
  • Restore them.

Try to recover your files encrypted by CryPy by using Windows Previous Versions

Windows Previous Versions is a handy feature, which can help you to recover some of your files. However, you should have enabled System Restore feature in the past if you wish to use it now. Follow these instructions to recover your files:

  • 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 CryPy and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes

How to prevent from getting ransomware

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address.

If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.


Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 


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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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