In this article we are going to try and help you remove Cry Ransomware. Our instructions cover all Windows versions.
Ransomware – the cyber threat that gets you into serious trouble
Cry Ransomware, the program this article is about, is a member of the family of malware called Ransomware. This type of malicious software is particularly hazardous and we can hardly imagine a threat more disturbing than it. The brief explanation of its effects is the following: this Cry Ransomware virus is the reason why some of the files you frequently use have been encrypted with a double-part encryption key and why you are now seeing a really bothering notification on your screen telling you to pay ransom and informing you about some pretty terrible consequences for your blocked files if you refuse to pay. But this is not all that makes Cry in particular and Ransomware as a whole so unwanted and awful.
The reasons why Cry is a terrible piece of malware to catch:
- Your system might get infected with Ransomware everywhere on the web: by torrents, from bundles, from contagious websites and from all kinds of contaminated emails and their attachments. You may even catch Cry from text documents and images. Nothing on the web is really safe.
- This program often works in a team with a Trojan Horse virus. The Trojan makes sure there is a way to sneak into your PC and assists Cry in successfully infecting your PC. It will typically try to exploit a weakness in your OS or any installed program on your PC. This is probably the worst part of being infected with a version of Ransomware – you never know whether Cry was accompanied by a Trojan or not and if so – what else it might be up to. You can just wait to see that or try to locate and remove it.
- Once installed on your computer, Cry Ransomware carefully reviews all the places you use for file storage. It does so in order to define which data you use most and enlists all such files. Then this Ransomware proceeds with the encryption process. A double key is used, consisting of a private and a public component. The public part is normally given to you right after the completion of the contamination process. However, the private key is necessary in order to decrypt your files and you get a screen notification informing you about the consequences of the infection, payment options and extra warnings.
- You never know whether you will get your blocked files back even if you pay the requested amount of money. The hackers who are harassing you might have no intention of restoring your access to your files, as all they really need is your money.
- You get no guarantee of the recovery of your encrypted data even if you remove the virus via special software or the Removal Guide below. Deleting the virus doesn’t mean recovering your files. No matter what you decide to do – whether it’s trying to deal with Cry or paying the demanded ransom, you should know that your files will still be in danger and their future will be uncertain.
What are you supposed to do when there is no actual choice?
Whatever you attempt, you will be at risk. However, we would advise you not to make the hackers who are blackmailing you more confident than they already are. Paying the ransom will do exactly that, it will boost their desire to make money in this indecent and criminal way. You may never get your files back, but you may save many users on the web by refusing to pay the cyber criminals. This could be really discouraging to them.
What are the working solutions against Cry ?
Prevention is the only file-saving strategy when it comes to Ransomware-caused contaminations. Some prevention advice is rather general, other pieces are more concrete:
- Your system should be fully prepared to face cyber threats. Scan it for vulnerabilities and infections whenever possible. Install the best anti-malware tool. Keep your Firewall on. Make sure Trojans and Ransomware don’t get the chance to infect your machine and harass you.
- Keep several copies of the data you care about. Be smart. Back up all of the files you really need, always!
- Just avoid visiting web locations that appear shady or suspicious. If there’s reason to not trust a certain website and you believe it not to be safe, simply stay away from it.
Cry Ransomware 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 Cry .
- 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 Cry .
- 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 Cry 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!