Welcome to our CryptoShield Ransomware removal guide. The following instructions will aid you in removing the unwanted software from your PC.
The harmfulness of a Ransomware infection like CryptoShield could hardly match any other malware on the web. This nasty threat is created to encrypt all of the files found on the compromised computer, and then blackmail the victims for ransom if they want to decrypt their files and have access to them again. In the article that follows, we are going to explain the most typical ways this Ransomware distributes itself on the web and the tricky methods of its infection, so you will know how to recognize it and protect your PC. What is more, in case that you’ve become a victim of it, we will offer you a removal guide that can help you clean your system from the infection. So, whether you want to eliminate CryptoShield from your system or you simply want to learn how to stay safe from it, you will definitely find some useful information in the next lines.
Where can you find Ransomware threats like CryptoShield and how can they infect you?
Ransomware threats are presently some of the most popular online threats that you can encounter. They are the malware of choice for many cyber criminals to make quick money by keeping hostage of the users’ data and blackmailing them for ransom. Unfortunately, this is a tendency, which grows at a rapid pace and nasty threats like CryptoShield are just some of the latest versions of this malicious type of software. Generally, an infection with such threats may happen if you just click on some compromised transmitter like a fake ad, misleading link, spam email or attachment, illegal website, torrent, pirate content, etc. Very often, a Trojan horse infection can also help the Ransomware find its way to your machine by providing it with security holes to sneak in through undetected. The bad thing is that in the moment of the infection, you will hardly notice that the nasty threat has just compromised you. CryptoShield would try to remain hidden and would silently start to perform its malicious encryption to every single file that it can find on your machine. A very complex algorithm of symbols is used to lock your data and prevent your access to it.
The ransom demands and the decryption solutions
Unfortunately, you may come to know about the presence of the Ransomware on your machine only after the last file has also been encrypted. There are hardly any symptoms that may indicate the infection before it has completed its malicious deeds. The hackers behind CryptoShield then will display a ransom note on your screen, where they will reveal the harmful results and place their ransom demands. Your data will be secured with a public and a private decryption key. The public part of the key may be given to you for free (as a form of good will from the hackers, can you believe it?), but without the private one, you will not be able to decrypt your files. As you may guess, you will be asked to pay a huge amount of money for the private part, usually in Bitcoins. However, even that may not guarantee that you will really receive the full key and decrypt your files.
When dealing with cyber criminals, the risk of fraud is always present and this is what you should consider, in case you are thinking of paying the ransom. Many security experts and Ransomware victims would advise you against that, because this way, not only will you help the hackers become richer and encourage them to continue with their online blackmail scheme, but you may also waste your hard earned money in vain. The decryption key, if you receive any, may not work properly and you may still face the need to deal with the Ransomware and its encryption on your own. On the other hand, even if you remove CryptoShield from your system, which you can easily do with the help of the removal guide below, we need to warn you that this won’t get your files back. You will only clean your PC from a nasty threat and eliminate the further abuse of your system and security. Unfortunately, no computer expert or hacker can promise you the full recovery of your encrypted data. However, what you can do is, once you clean your system, you can use some external backup copies, (is a good idea to regularly keep some just as a prevention measure) to get your most important files back, or you can extract them from your system backups. That we can show you how to do in the guide below, so take a look at it and let us know if you need any assistance.
CryptoShield Ransomware Removal
Here is what you need to do in order to remove a Ransomware virus from you computer.
I – Reveal Hidden files and folders and utilize the task manager
- Use the Folder Options in order to reveal the hidden files and folders on your PC. If you do not know how to do that, follow this link.
- Open the Start Menu and in the search field type Task Manager.
- Open the first result and in the Processes tab, carefully look through the list of Processes.
- If you notice with the virus name or any other suspicious-looking or that seems to consume large amounts of memory, right-click on it and open its file location. Delete everything in there.
- Make sure that the hidden files and folders on your PC are visible, else you might not be able to see everything.
- Go back to the Task Manager and end the shady process.
II – Boot to Safe Mode
- Boot your PC into Safe Mode. If you do not know how to do it, use this guide/linked/.
III – Identify the threat
- Go to the ID Ransomware website. Here is a direct link.
- Follow there in order to identify the specific virus you are dealing with.
IV – Decrypt your files
- Once you have identified the virus that has encrypted your files, you must acquire the respective tool to unlock your data.
- Open your browser and search for how to decrypt ransomware, look for the name of the one that has infected your system.
- With any luck, you’d be able to find a decryptor tool for your ransomware. If that doesn’t happen try Step V as a last ditch effort to save your files.
V – Use Recuva to restore files deleted by the virus
- Download the Recuva tool. This will help you restore your original files so that you won’t need to actually decrypt the locked ones.
- Once you’ve downloaded the program, open it and select Next.
- Now choose the type of files you are seeking to restore and continue to the next page.
- When asked where your files were, before they got deleted, either use the option In a specific location and provide that location or choose the opt for the I am not sure alternative – this will make the program look everywhere on your PC.
- Click on Next and for best results, enable the Deep Scan option (note that this might take some time).
- Wait for the search to finish and then select which of the listed files you want to restore.