Crypt38 ransomware is a new buggy Russian ransomware. It uses symmetric (AES) encryption algorithm. This means that, unlike many sophisticated recent ransomware viruses, which utilize the asymmetric encryption (different keys to encrypt and decrypt), this ransomware uses the same key for encryption and decryption of the victim’s data. Because of that, Crypt38 cryptomalware is regarded as an amateurish ransomware.
About Crypt38 Ransomware
Crypt38 virus-encoder scans your computer’s system for data to be encoded. This file encoder appends .crypt38 filename extension to every extension of an encrypted filename. For instance, report.xls becomes report.xls.crypt38 and from now on you cannot open this file anymore. This ransomware displays a ransom message written in Russian on your lock screen and demands for 1000 rubles (Russian currency), which is around 15,59 USD at the moment. The reason for such a low ransom is the easy-to crack encryption algorithm utilized by these hackers. The contact e-mail address that the message contains is: [email protected]. The ID provided is individual for every attacked user and must be written to the cyber crooks when contacting them by the given e-mail. It is quite obvious, that the main target of Crypt38 ransomware are Russian users since the ransom note is written only in Russian. But, you will never know what to expect form such frauds as the developers of ransomwares are.
How is Crypt38 Ransomware Distributed?
Crypt38 ransomware is a Trojan horse. This means that it tries to get into the victim’s computer by disguising its true intent. These type of viruses are notorious for their spam e-mail sending tactics. Typically, they send e-mails without having indicated the sender or try to pretend some representatives of some legislative bodies, official institutions or companies. You can get a spam e-mail supposedly from PayPal asking to update your account details and it will be the manifestation of Crypt38 file-encrypting virus. These e-mails contain malicious links or their attachments contain infected executables. Thus, be very careful and better stay aside from the spam folder. Equally, take care of your computer safety by updating the software from reliable sources and run a trustworthy security utility. Otherwise, exploit kits (e.g. Angler EK) can easily get mileage out of the vulnerable system and drop some ransomware on your PC.
How to Decrypt Files Encrypted by Crypt38 Ransomware?
There is no point in paying the ransom demanded by these cyber criminals, even though it is quite ridiculous. You can recover your data completely free with the help of the following link to the decrypter – https://download.bleepingcomputer.com/demonslay335/Crypt38Keygen.zip. You will need to save the request.bin located at %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows and load it onto the decrypter. This decrypter searches for the request.bin, in which the ransomware stores the victim’s ID. You must back up the encrypted files since the decryption can fail without a reason and corrupt your data. Spyhunter or Malwarebytes are the tools to be employed for the removal of Crypt38 Ransomware and a full cleanup of the corrupted system. Manual removal guide of this cryptomalware is provided for free just below.