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Remove Krypte ransomware / virus (Improved Instructions)

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Krypte ransomware is the new Razy virus

Questions about Krypte ransomware virus

Krypte virus is another ransomware family member that we add to our threat database today. This malicious virus appears to be a German version of Razy ransomware, and it uses AES encryption to make victim’s personal files useless. It encodes them – changes their structure to prevent the victim from accessing their content. Krypte virus also adds file extensions to make the encrypted files stand out – it adds .fear file extensions and distorts the original filename. Then the virus launches Krypte program, which provides an explanation of what has been done to the data and what the victim should do now. It greets the victim with such words:

Hallo! Ich bin Krypte! Eine Ransomware! Ich habe deine Dokumente, Musik, Bilder und andere Wichtige dateien mit einer AES Verschlüsselung Verschlüsselt. Wenn du deine Daten wiederhaben willst, dann Befolge Bitte diese Anweisungen 🙂

Of course, as a ransomware virus, Krypte demands a ransom. Just like Razy 5.0, it asks to buy PaySafeCard worth 15-20 Euros and enter its code in the box provided under the so-called ransom note. The virus warns that the decryption key needed for data recovery will be destroyed in case the victim fails to pay up within 72 hours. The virus asks not to run an anti-virus program to remove Krypte, because “it is the only way to get data back.” However, Krypte removal should be the top priority task for those who have their computers infected with this malware. To uninstall the virus, we recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego software, but if you wish, you can use a different malware removal tool as well.
Krypte virus displays ransom note in German language

Distribution methods that allow this virus to enter target systems

The executive file of Krypte virus typically reaches victims via email. Criminals manage to conceal this file and make it look like a normal and safe document or another type of file. They attach such files to emails and politely ask the target to open them. Tricks that cyber criminals use are shockingly efficient and convincing. Typically, crooks send emails containing attachments dubbed as invoices, contracts, CVs, receipts, and similar documents. Avoid email letters sent to you by unknown people, and especially attachments that arrive alongside them. Opening such attachment can lead to catastrophic consequences. Another way to accidentally install malicious file is to wander around suspicious websites and carelessly click on catchy ads that present too-good-to-be-true offers. Malware-laden ads is also one of the main methods to distribute malicious viruses. Attackers no longer need to hack websites to insert malicious scripts into them; they just need to infect ad networks. Such ads can be displayed even on legitimate websites, and in such case, only a strong anti-malware software can stop malicious components in case they attempt to get into victim’s computer.

How to remove Krypte virus from the system?

Crypto-ransomware viruses put the entire computer system at risk not only because they bring user’s data to naught, but also because they are capable of installing additional malware such as data-stealing Trojans. That is why security researchers warn users not to try to remove malicious files from the system manually. For Krypte removal, we suggest using the anti-malware program. In case the virus prevents you from downloading it or launching it, follow instructions provided below. After you remove Krypte virus, use a backup to recover lost files, or look at data recovery options provided below.

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To remove Krypte virus, follow these steps:

Remove Krypte 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 Krypte

    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 Krypte removal.

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

Remove Krypte 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 Krypte. 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 Krypte removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

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

Data can be successfully recovered from a backup in case you have it; if you do not, we encourage you to deliberate data recovery options that are explained below. Although the ransom this virus asks is not big, we believe that criminals should not steal even a single cent from you. Every ransom paid fuels criminals’ motivation to continue malicious activities, so please, do not encourage them!

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

Data Recovery Pro tool

Data Recovery Pro is a powerful tool that might help you to restore encrypted data. It can rescue various data and save healthy versions of it to a selected folder. Instructions on how to use this tool are here:

  • 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 Krypte ransomware;
  • Restore them.

Take advantage of Windows Previous Versions feature

If you enabled System Restore function some time ago, now you have a chance to take advantage of it. This method helps to restore individual files, but not many of them at one time. You will have to find needed files and complete these steps to recover them:

  • 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 Krypte and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes

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. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

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 server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

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. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

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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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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  1. fearless says:
    September 30th, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Nice file extension. Fear. Well I had a backup so imma show my middle finger to this virus! Gonna remove it firstly and recover the data, but sure thing I will need to protect my computer with anti-virus in the future.

  2. bye says:
    September 30th, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Auf Wiedersehen, krypte. Ich habe ein backup! hahaha

  3. Dans_01 says:
    September 30th, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Im not wasting a single euro… I have already lost my files. Why do criminals expect people to pay them ransoms that they demand? It is unlikely that they even provide these decryption tools… Nobody should believe what criminals say!

  4. Metelica says:
    September 30th, 2016 at 7:10 am

    Thank you – I have removed the virus.

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