Cryakl Ransomware

Also Known As: Cryakl virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

Cryakl ransomware removal instructions

What is Cryakl?

Cryakl is a ransomware-type virus that stealthily infiltrates systems and encrypts various data. During encryption, Cryakl renames files using the "email-[EMAIL ADDRESS].ver-[CL MALWARE VERSION].id-[VICTIM’S ID]-[MONTH]@[DAY]@[YEAR] [HOUR]@[MINUTE]@[SECOND] [AM/PM].randomname-[RANDOM FILE NAME].[RANDOM EXTENSION]" pattern. For example, "sample.jpg" might renamed to a filename such as "". There are many variants of this malware (each with a different cyber criminal email address) and, therefore, the filenames vary. Updated variants of this ransomware use .cs16, .fairytail and .doubleoffset extensions for encrypted files. Following successful encryption, Cryakl creates a text file ("README.txt:"), placing it on the desktop and changes the desktop wallpaper.

The message within Cryakl's text file is short as compared to other ransomware-type viruses and simply states that victims must contact cyber criminals via an email address provided to restore the encrypted files. Other similar viruses provide much more detail including, for example, type of encryption algorithm, cost of decryption, payment/decryption instructions, etc. Cryakl employs RSA cryptography and, therefore, public (encryption) and private (decryption) keys are generated. Cyber criminals store the private key on a remote server and victims are encouraged to pay a ransom to receive it. These people should never be trusted. Research shows that cyber criminals often ignore victims, once payments are submitted. Therefore, paying does not guarantee that your files will ever be decrypted and there is a high probability that you will be scammed. Therefore, never attempt to contact these people or pay any ransom. You can attempt to restore encrypted data using Kaspersky Rannoh Decryptor. If that does not work, the only solution is to restore your files/system from a backup.

Screenshot of a message encouraging users to pay a ransom to decrypt their compromised data:

Cryakl decrypt instructions

There are hundreds of ransomware-type viruses similar to Cryakl including Jokers House, Apocalypse, and JeepersCrypt - these are just some examples from many. As with Cryakl, they also encrypt data and make ransom demands. The only major differences are size of ransom and type of encryption algorithm (symmetric/asymmetric) used. Distribution methods are also identical - most ransomware is distributed via spam emails (malicious attachments), third party software download sources (peer-to-peer networks, freeware download websites, free file hosting websites, etc.), trojans, and fake software update tools. Therefore, open files received from suspicious emails or download software from unofficial sources. In addition, use a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite and keep your installed applications up-to-date. Bear in mind, however, that criminals proliferate malware via fake updaters, so using third party tools to update installed applications is very risky.

Message presented within Cryakl text file:

to decrypt files write to this mail

Screenshot of Cryakl desktop wallpaper:

Cryakl wallpaper

List of emails used by various Cryakl variants:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Examples of filenames used by Cryakl ransomware:

  • 9@53@19 AM5109895.randomname-EFWMERGVKYNBPETHVKZNBQETHWKZNB.RGV.cbf

Screenshot of Kaspersky RannohDecryptor that can be downloaded HERE, can be used to decrypt files encrypted by certain variants of this ransomware :

Kaspersky Rannoh Decryptor

Update January 17, 2020 - Crooks have recently released an updated variant of Cryakl ransomware which drops "README.txt" ransom note and appends "[][victim's_ID].[random_letters]" extension to each filename (e.g., "1.jpg" would be renamed to something like "1.jpg[][512064768-1579174918].nyp" and so on so forth).

Screenshot if it's ransom note ("README.txt"):

Updated variant of Cryakl ransomware (ransom note)

Text presented within this file:

encrypted files ? write you country to

Screenshot of files encrypted by this ransomware ("[][victim's_ID].[random_letters]" extension):

Updated variant of Cryakl ransomware (encrypted files)


Cryakl ransomware removal:

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Quick menu:

Step 1

Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.

Safe Mode with Networking

Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.

Windows 8 Safe Mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click "Restart" while holding "Shift" button on your keyboard. In the "choose an option" window click on the "Troubleshoot", next select "Advanced options". In the advanced options menu select "Startup Settings" and click on the "Restart" button. In the following window you should click the "F5" button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.

windows 10 safe mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Step 2

Log in to the account infected with the Cryakl virus. Start your Internet browser and download a legitimate anti-spyware program. Update the anti-spyware software and start a full system scan. Remove all entries detected.

If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking, try performing a System Restore.

Video showing how to remove ransomware virus using "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and "System Restore":

1. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then select Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list and press ENTER.

Boot your computer in Safe Mode with Command Prompt

2. When Command Prompt mode loads, enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt type cd restore

3. Next, type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt rstrui.exe

4. In the opened window, click "Next".

restore system files and settings

5. Select one of the available Restore Points and click "Next" (this will restore your computer system to an earlier time and date, prior to the Cryakl ransomware virus infiltrating your PC).

select a restore point

6. In the opened window, click "Yes".

run system restore

7. After restoring your computer to a previous date, download and scan your PC with recommended malware removal software to eliminate any remaining Cryakl ransomware files.

To restore individual files encrypted by this ransomware, try using Windows Previous Versions feature. This method is only effective if the System Restore function was enabled on an infected operating system. Note that some variants of Cryakl are known to remove Shadow Volume Copies of the files, so this method may not work on all computers.

To restore a file, right-click over it, go into Properties, and select the Previous Versions tab. If the relevant file has a Restore Point, select it and click the "Restore" button.

Restoring files encrypted by CryptoDefense

If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking (or with Command Prompt), boot your computer using a rescue disk. Some variants of ransomware disable Safe Mode making its removal complicated. For this step, you require access to another computer.

To regain control of the files encrypted by Cryakl, you can also try using a program called Shadow Explorer. More information on how to use this program is available here.

shadow explorer screenshot

To protect your computer from file encryption ransomware such as this, use reputable antivirus and anti-spyware programs. As an extra protection method, you can use programs called HitmanPro.Alert and EasySync CryptoMonitor, which artificially implant group policy objects into the registry to block rogue programs such as Cryakl ransomware.

HitmanPro.Alert CryptoGuard - detects encryption of files and neutralises any attempts without need for user-intervention:

hitmanproalert ransomware prevention application

Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta uses advanced proactive technology that monitors ransomware activity and terminates it immediately - before reaching users' files:

malwarebytes anti-ransomware

  • The best way to avoid damage from ransomware infections is to maintain regular up-to-date backups. More information on online backup solutions and data recovery software Here.

Other tools known to remove Cryakl ransomware:

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Tomas Meskauskas

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Medium threat activity

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