In this article we are going to try and help you remove crypz. Our instructions cover all Windows versions.
It’s well known that viruses are all over the internet, infecting thousands of computers daily. There are some of them that can bring destruction to your PC, others might spy on you. Some may steal money from your bank accounts and there are viruses that could turn your PC into a member of a botnet. There are many more possible harmful effects that a malicious program may have on your PC. However, there’s a certain type of a virus that stands out with its uniqueness. We are referring to non-other than the infamous ransomware type. This harmful piece of software works differently compared to any other kind of malware.
Most important things you need to know about crypz
In this article we will introduce you to one of the latest of ransomware viruses – crypz. We will give you the most important information you might need so as to protect your PC from this malicious software. Firstly, we should give you some general idea of how ransomware viruses actually work and what they do once they enter your PC. As we already mentioned, ransomware are not like other harmful programs. They do not destroy your files or try to steal money from you. Instead, once inside your system, the virus copies all your files and then deletes the original files. The copies are perfectly intact and are basically the same as the originals. There’s just one difference – all of the copies are encrypted. What this means is that unless your computer has a certain code to read that encryption and open the files, you won’t be able to gain access to them. This can be extremely problematic if your work depends on your computer or if you have valuable private pictures or other files. Also, it should be noted that if during the encryption period there are any portable devices attached to your computer, the files that reside in them will also become encrypted by the ransomware. Therefore, if you suspect that crypz is currently messing with your files, make sure that you have nothing connected to your PC so as to minimize the number of encrypted files.
Possible courses of action
After the encryption process has finished, you will be notified via a message generated by the virus itself that your files have been locked by it. It will also tell you that if you want to acquire the code needed to read the encryption, you will need to pay a ransom (hence ransomware). In most cases the ransom is paid in bitcoins – an untraceable cyber currency that is a real money equivalent. Usually instructions on how to transfer the money will be provided within the message. Now, here it is important to tell you why it might be a really bad idea to pay the ransom. First of all, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be sent the code that you need. Remember, no one obliges the virtual criminal to send it to you even if you’ve paid the ransom. Besides, paying the ransom would surely encourage the criminals to further spread their virus and blackmail more and more people. You may even find yourself falling prey to the malicious software all over again. Instead, you might try using our guide on how to remove crypz and restore your files. Just know that since ransomware programs are getting more and more advanced daily, even this guide might not be able to solve all your problems. Still, it is worth a try and will cost you nothing.
- A good piece of advice is to always have a backup of your files on a separate device – like a portable hard-drive or even a flash memory. That way you can save yourself both money and time, should your machine get infected by crypz.
- Another important tip is to always have a good and reliable anti-virus program. In fact, crypz often gets to your computer with the help of another virus – for example a Trojan Horse. An anti-virus will help you detect such viruses before they further infect your PC with the nasty ransomware.
- The next advice should be a no-brainer, still many people often tend to forget it. Basically, avoiding shady sites and being careful when opening your e-mails should boost your online security quite a bit. Using common sense while browsing is very important, since it could make the difference between keeping your PC safe and having it infected by some sort of a nasty and harmful program.
- Lastly, there’s actually a way to intercept crypz before it’s encrypted all your files. Since the process takes some time and the virus needs your PC’s resources to complete it, you may notice higher CPU and RAM usage and less free storage space on your hard-drives than you usually have. If you suspect that your machine may be currently under the effects of a ransomware, make sure to quickly shut it down and find a specialist.
Crypz File Ransomware Virus Removal
Enter Windows Safe mode.
- Win 7 Users: Restart your PC –> keep on clicking F8 –> In the subsequent Menu select Safe Mode with Networking.
- Win 8 Users: Start Button –> Control Panel –> System and Security –> Administrative Tools –> System Configuration –> In the subsequent Menu select Safe Boot –>
- Win 10 users: Start Menu –> Power Options Menu –> Hold down the SHIFT button while clicking on Restart –> Troubleshoot –> Advanced Options –> Startup Settings –> Restart –> In the subsequent Menu select Safe Mode with Networking.
Open Task Manager and locate any processes associated with crypz.
- Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC keys simultaneously –> Processes Tab –> Select a suspicious process (use Google or ask us in the comments if you are not sure about a process) –> Right Click and Open File Location –> End the suspicious process in Task Manager –> Delete the Folders containing the suspicious files.
Open the Registry Editor and search for crypz.
- Win 7 Users: Click Start and type regedit –> Enter –> Press CTRL + F buttons –> Type Cryp1 Virus in the search field.
- Win 8/10 users: Start Button –> Choose Run –> type regedit –> Enter Press CTRL + F buttons Type crypz in the search field.
Try to recover your files. First you will need System Restore.
- Win 7 Users: Start button –> Type Windows System Restore –> Enter –> Open System Restore –> Select a Restore Point and revert to it.
- Win 8 Users: Hold down the Windows key + Q –> Type Recovery –> Settings –> Choose the Recovery icon –> Open System Restore –> Select a Restore Point.
- Win 10 Users: Start Menu –> Power Options Menu –> Hold down the SHIFT button while clicking on Restart –> Troubleshoot –> Advanced Options –> System Restore –> Select a Restore Point and apply it.
Secondly use program that can access your Shadow Copies.
- Use Google to find the official website of such a program and download it.
- Use the program to select the file types and the hard drive locations you want the program to scan for.
- Start the scan and keep in mind that it might take a while.
- Once the scan has been completed just select the files you want to be recovered.
If you have questions or suggestions feel free to use our comments section!