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Cyspt ransomware. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Cyspt ransomware – a cryptovirus which might be based on AresCrypt ransomware virus

Cyspt virus
Cyspt ransomware is believed to be the same AresCrypt virus

Cyspt ransomware, first discovered by MalwareHunterTeam, appears to be very familiar to an old cryptovirus called AresCrypt. Some researchers have even speculated that it is the same virus which has just been acting under a different name. This malicious program can infiltrate the system via infected files or hyperlinks. After a secret invasion, Cyspt virus performs the encryption process and adds the .OOFNIK extension to each document. Furthermore, the victim receives a message which announces that “Cyspt has locked your PC!!!” and claims that the only way to recover files is paying $40 (what a ridiculous price having in mind ransoms asked by other ransomware viruses) in Bitcoins to the developers. The cybercriminals have been using cysptcc@gmail.com email address as the main way to contact them. According to them, if no contact is made within three days, encrypted files will be permanently lost.

Name Cyspt ransomware
Type Cryptovirus
Danger level High. Infects the system and locks all valuable files
Related to AresCrypt
Appendix .OOFNIK
Ransom $40
Email cysptcc@gmail.com
Detection Use Reimage to determine if your system is infected. Warning: the anti-virus software does not recover encrypted files!

Even though the urged price might look very funny, crooks have been threatening their victims that the ransom will rise if there will be a 24-hour delay. However, no matter that the ransom price is not big, we still recommend avoiding contact with the Cyspt ransomware developers. There still is a risk of getting scammed, and we guess that you do not want money loss, even if we are talking about the small amount of money.

In most of the cases, criminals have been urging for cryptocurrency transfers such as Bitcoin, Dash or similar cryptocurrency. Such payments do not require any particular details and let the entire process to remain anonymous and uncaught. So, as you can see, the crooks have all the conditions to carry out their illegitimate activities further. Remove Cyspt virus and do not let these people benefit from you.

After you are done with the Cyspt ransomware removal, you should find all malicious content that might be hidden in your system. Such viruses can leave various harmful files and launch unwanted processes behind your back. We recommend using Reimage to scan your computer and detect anything related to malware. However, feel free to use another tool if you are like.

Cyspt ransomware uses unique encryption[1] codes such as RSA, AES, or SHA, to lock up documents that are situated on the infected machine. After encryption, crooks store all unique keys on remote servers which makes them hard to identify. However, that does not mean that file recovery is impossible. We have provided some methods that should be helpful after losing files below the text.

After you do everything to get rid of Cyspt ransomware, make sure you prepare your computer and files that are kept there for the future. Install reliable antimalware to avoid other possible infections. Furthermore, gather all important data and copy it to somewhere safe, for example, and cloud,[2] external hard drive or a simple USB drive. Here, you will be the only one to access that information.

Malicious attachments spread ransomware infections silently

According to tech experts,[3] ransomware is mostly spread via infected files or links which come together with a rogue email message. Do not open any suspicious-looking letters if you want to avoid possible danger. Some crooks pretend to be from reliable organizations, however, you still need to consider – were you expecting to receive anything lately or were you not.

Other ways to avoid ransomware infections are:

  • by staying away from unsafe pages. P2P networks[4] and other sources often lack recommended protection and might distribute malware anywhere;
  • not pressing on every link you overcome as they might be also infected with malware;
  • updating software and various applications regularly;
  • not downloading any anti-malware tools from untrusted websites.

Get rid of Cyspt virus by using automatic removal option only

Keep in mind that the Cyspt ransomware removal should be performed automatically only. The manual technique is not possible for this case as the infection might be too hard to eliminate on your own, especially for less-experienced users. Nevertheless, these cyber threats are very likely to leave many malicious components, files, and other objects in the system.

Remove Cyspt virus as soon as you spot that your files are locked with the .OOFNIK extension and a ransom note pops out. Furthermore, you can try downloading and installing some tools for fast malware detection. We offer trying one of these programs:

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To remove Cyspt virus, follow these steps:

Remove Cyspt using Safe Mode with Networking

Deactivate the ransomware virus with 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 Cyspt

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

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

Remove Cyspt using System Restore

Use the System Restore feature to disable virus activity:

  • 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 Cyspt. 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 and make sure that Cyspt removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

Guide which is presented above is supposed to help you remove Cyspt from your computer. To recover your encrypted files, we recommend using a detailed guide prepared by 2-spyware.com security experts.

Try the following methods and restore your data.

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

Use Data Recovery Pro for your locked documents

This method is definitely a better option than paying the demanded price. Give it a try and perform each step as shown in the instructions.

  • 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 Cyspt ransomware;
  • Restore them.

Windows Previous Versions feature might restore some of your individual files

Give this tool a try if you are keen on restoring some files which were encrypted during the cyber attack.

  • 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”.

Shadow Explorer tool might recover some data for you

Use this method to recover files that were blocked by the ransomware infection. Just keep in mind, that this method might not work for data which had its Shadow Copies damaged.

  • Download Shadow Explorer (http://shadowexplorer.com/);
  • Follow a Shadow Explorer Setup Wizard and install this application on your computer;
  • Launch the program and go through the drop down menu on the top left corner to select the disk of your encrypted data. Check what folders are there;
  • Right-click on the folder you want to restore and select “Export”. You can also select where you want it to be stored.

Currenlty, there is no Cyspt ransomware decryptor released by cyber security experts

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from Cyspt and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes

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