Cryp70n1c – name of the computer virus which is classified as a ransomware. It is a relatively new infection that wasn’t distributed in high volumes. However, it is not known how long this infection will be distributed and how much computers will be infected. That puts anyone into the position of a potential victim.
In case your computer is already infected with Cryp70n1c you are probably experiencing major issues – encrypted files, locked screen and a demand to pay the ransom – the things that are bothering you right now. Please read this article to the end and learn how you can help yourself – we will provide you with instructions how to remove this ransomware infection from your computer and protect the system to ensure that this won’t happen again. In addition to that, we will introduce possibilities to restore your locked files.
Cryp70n1c ransomware traits
Firstly, we would like to mention that this infection is a typical ransomware, and as described by WikiPedia, “Ransomware is a type of malicious software from cryptovirology that threatens to publish the victim’s data or perpetually block access to it unless a ransom is paid”. In this particular case, you won’t be threatened that your data will be published publicly – Cryp70n1c will simply lock your files and require a ransom to be paid in order to unlock them.
Even though there is no evidence on how this infection is distributed, most of the time ransomware comes as an attachment to spam email. We have seen this happening with various ransomware infections in the past – Napoleon virus, WannaSmile ransomware and other similar viruses have been distributed this way.
So the most important thing to do in order to avoid ransomware – never open emails from spam category and don’t even think about opening questionable attachments to those letters. If you do so, just in a couple of minutes malicious files of Cryp70n1c will be uploaded to your computer and encryption process will start automatically.
During that process, most of your files will be locked and extension .cryp70n1c will be added to the end of them. Right after that you will notice a new file stored on your desktop named “READ_IT.txt”. It is a ransom note and inside of it you will find instructions – what happened and what you should do next:
This computer has been hacked
Your personal files have been encrypted. Send us 0,05 Bitcoin to get the decryption passcode.
After that, you’ll be able to get your files back again.
Failure to do so within 3 days will result in all your files being deleted & lost forever – visit www.luno.com to buy Bitcoin and once you have purchased 0.05 please send them to the following Bitcoin Address 1KDQcgujZKjMgZkYSbMJJpLeGSDqBwa1RM thank you and have a great day. If you need to contact us for any reason please e-mail us [email protected]
Your screen will be locked as well, with this message:
We are the Cryptonic Army
All data files have been locked and in 3 days they will be deleted unless you pay us
Please find the text file on your desktop for instructions
Users are threatened that if they fail to pay the ransom in 3 days, all files and folders will be deleted and lost forever. To avoid this happening, they are encouraged to pay 0.05 BTC, which is around 800 USD right now. If you are in this situation – do not panic and don’t pay the ransom. It is a lot of money even if those locked files are really important to you. You can be left without anything even if you do pay – never trust cyber criminals. Instead of that you should make sure that your system is secured, and remove all files related to Cryp70n1c virus. It might be difficult to do it manually, thus we suggest to get some help from anti-malware software – scan your computer with Spyhunter. Either of those applications should be able to detect and remove the virus immediately.
Unfortunately, this won’t decrypt your files. Cryp70n1c ransomware employs strong cryptography to lock the files and at the moment there are no tools to decrypt .Cryp70n1c extension. However, if you have a backup copy of your hard drive, you can attempt to restore files from there. Please follow the instructions provided below.
Cryp70n1c Virus quicklinks
- Cryp70n1c ransomware traits
- Automatic Malware removal tools
- How to recover Cryp70n1c Virus encrypted files and remove the virus
- Step 1. Restore system into last known good state using system restore
- 1. Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt:
- 2.Restore System files and settings.
- Step 4. Use Data Recovery programs to recover Cryp70n1c Virus encrypted files
Automatic Malware removal tools
How to recover Cryp70n1c Virus encrypted files and remove the virus
Step 1. Restore system into last known good state using system restore
1. Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt:
for Windows 7 / Vista/ XP
- Start → Shutdown → Restart → OK.
- Press F8 key repeatedly until Advanced Boot Options window appears.
- Choose Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
for Windows 8 / 10
- Press Power at Windows login screen. Then press and hold Shift key and click Restart.
- Choose Troubleshoot → Advanced Options → Startup Settings and click Restart.
- When it loads, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list of Startup Settings.
2.Restore System files and settings.
- When Command Prompt mode loads, enter cd restore and press Enter.
- Then enter rstrui.exe and press Enter again.
- Click “Next” in the windows that appeared.
- Select one of the Restore Points that are available before Cryp70n1c Ransomware has infiltrated to your system and then click “Next”.
- To start System restore click “Yes”.
Step 2. Complete removal of Cryp70n1c VirusAfter restoring your system, it is recommended to scan your computer with an anti-malware program, like Spyhunter and remove all malicious files related to Cryp70n1c Ransomware . You can check other tools here.
Step 3. Restore Cryp70n1c Virus affected files using Shadow Volume CopiesIf you do not use System Restore option on your operating system, there is a chance to use shadow copy snapshots. They store copies of your files that point of time when the system restore snapshot was created. Usually Cryp70n1c Ransomware tries to delete all possible Shadow Volume Copies, so this methods may not work on all computers. However, it may fail to do so. Shadow Volume Copies are only available with Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. There are two ways to retrieve your files via Shadow Volume Copy. You can do it using native Windows Previous Versions or via Shadow Explorer. a) Native Windows Previous Versions Right-click on an encrypted file and select Properties → Previous versions tab. Now you will see all available copies of that particular file and the time when it was stored in a Shadow Volume Copy. Choose the version of the file you want to retrieve and click Copy if you want to save it to some directory of your own, or Restore if you want to replace existing, encrypted file. If you want to see the content of file first, just click Open.
b) Shadow Explorer It is a program that can be found online for free. You can download either a full or a portable version of Shadow Explorer. Open the program. On the left top corner select the drive where the file you are looking for is a stored. You will see all folders on that drive. To retrieve a whole folder, right-click on it and select “Export”. Then choose where you want it to be stored.
Step 4. Use Data Recovery programs to recover Cryp70n1c Virus encrypted filesThere are several data recovery programs that might recover encrypted files as well. This does not work in all cases but you can try this:
- We suggest using another PC and connect the infected hard drive as slave. It is still possible to do this on infected PC though.
- Download a data recovery program.
- Install and scan for recently deleted files.