Krypte ransomware / virus (Improved Instructions)

Krypte virus Removal Guide

What is Krypte ransomware virus?

Krypte ransomware is the new Razy 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 FortectIntego 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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If you failed to fix virus damage using Fortect 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 Fortect, try running SpyHunter 5.
Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Intego, try running Combo Cleaner.

Getting rid of Krypte 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 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 FortectIntego 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 FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes

How to prevent from getting ransomware

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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