Cyspt ransomware removal instructions
What is Cyspt?
Cyspt is a ransomware-type virus discovered by MalwareHunterTeam. Research shows that this ransomware is likely to be a new variant of another virus called AresCrypt. Following successful infiltration, Cyspt encrypts most stored files and appends filenames with the ".OOFNIK" extension. For instance, "sample.jpg" is renamed to "sample.jpg", and so on. Immediately after encryption, Cyspt opens a pop-op window containing a ransom-demand message.
The pop-up window contains a message stating that data has been encrypted and can only be restored with the help of Cyspt's developers. Unfortunately, this information is accurate. It is currently not known which cryptography (symmetric or asymmetric) Cyspt uses to encrypt data, however, in any case, decryption requires a unique key generated individually for each victim. All keys are stored on a remote server controlled by cyber criminals. Restoring data without the key is impossible. Therefore, victims are forced to pay a ransom in exchange for decryption. The cost is $40 and must be paid in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency. In most cases, cyber criminals demand $500-1500. As compared to other ransomware, Cyspt's cost of decryption is rather low, however, users are encouraged to pay the ransom within 24 hours after encryption, otherwise the cost will double. After 72 hours, decryption supposedly becomes impossible (criminals will probably delete the keys). Despite this, we strongly advise you to ignore all requests to submit payments. Research shows that ransomware developers often ignore victims, once payments are submitted. Therefore, victims send money and receive nothing in return. They simply end up supporting cyber criminals' malicious businesses. Unfortunately, there are no tools capable of cracking Cyspt encryption and restoring data free of charge. The only solution is to restore everything from a backup.
Screenshot of a message encouraging users to pay a ransom to decrypt their compromised data:
The internet is full of ransomware-type viruses similar to Cyspt. The list of examples includes (but is not limited to) Gorgon, GEFEST 3.0, XCry, and .vaca. As with Cyspt, these viruses also encrypt data and make ransom demands - most ransomware has identical behavior. These viruses typically have just two major differences: 1) size of ransom, and; 2) type of encryption algorithm used. Unfortunately, most employ RSA, AES, and/or other similar cryptographies that generate unique decryption keys. Therefore, unless the virus is still in development or has certain bugs/flaws, manual decryption without the involvement of the developers (not recommended) is impossible. To prevent data loss, we strongly advise you to maintain regular data backups and store them on remote servers or external storage devices. Locally-stored backups are encrypted with regular data.
How did ransomware infect my computer?
It is currently not known exactly how cyber criminals promote Cyspt. In most cases, however, ransomware-type viruses are distributed using spam email campaigns, unofficial software download sources, fake software update tools, software cracks, and trojans. Cyber criminals send spam emails that contains malicious attachments and deceptive messages, encouraging users to open attached links/files. Opening them typically results in malware infiltration. Third party software download sources (P2P networks, free file hosting websites, freeware download sites, etc.) present malicious executables as legitimate software, thereby tricking users into downloading and installing viruses. Fake updaters infect computers by exploiting outdated software bugs/flaws or simply downloading and installing malware rather than updates. Software 'cracks' are also used to proliferate malware - users often hope to bypass software activation, however, rather than doing so, they infect their computers with high-risk viruses. Trojans are malicious applications that, once infiltrated, cause so-called "chain infections". Therefore, they download and install additional software into the system.
|Threat Type||Ransomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker|
|Symptoms||Can't open files stored on your computer, previously functional files now have a different extension, for example my.docx.locked. A ransom demanding message is displayed on your desktop. Cyber criminals are asking to pay a ransom (usually in bitcoins) to unlock your files.|
|Distribution methods||Infected email attachments (macros), torrent websites, malicious ads.|
|Damage||All files are encrypted and cannot be opened without paying a ransom. Additional password stealing trojans and malware infections can be installed together with a ransomware infection.|
To eliminate Cyspt virus our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
How to protect yourself from ransomware infections?
To prevent this situation, be very cautious when browsing the internet and downloading, installing, and updating software. Think twice before opening email attachments. Files/links that are irrelevant and those received from suspicious/unrecognizable email addresses should never be opened. Furthermore, download software from official sources only, using direct download links, since third party download/installation tools are often used to proliferate viruses. The same rule applies to software updates. It is important to keep installed programs up-to-date, however, this should be achieved only through implemented functions or tools provided by the official developer. Never use software cracking tools, since using pirated software is considered a cyber crime and you also risk infecting your computer. Have a reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed and running at all times - these tools can detect and eliminate malware before it does any harm. If your computer is already infected with Cyspt, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.
Text presented in Cyspt ransomware pop-up window:
Cyspt has locked your PC!!!!
What Happened to My Computer?
Your important files are encrypted/
Many of your documents, photos, videos, databases, and other files are no longer
accessible because they have been encrypted. Maybe you are busy looking for a way to
recover your files, but do not waste your time. Nobody can recover your files without
our decryption service.
In addition, your PC will be able to close this without restarting, which will be fatal to your files.
Can I Recover My Files?
Sure. We guarantee that you can recover all your files safely and easily.
But if you want to decrypt your files, you need to pay.
You only have 24 hours to submit the initial, low rate payment. After that the price will be doubled.
Also, if you don't pay in 3 days, you won't be able to recover your files forever.
How Do I Pay?
Payment is accepted in Bitcoins only. For more information, click .
Please check the current price of Bitcoin and buy some bitcoins. For more information.
And send the correct amount to the address specified in this window.
To confirm the payment, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
Send your unique id, along with your Bitcoin account
After your payment, click . Best time to check: 5:00 to 8:00 EST.
Once the payment is checked, you can start decrypting your files immediately.
DO NOT REMOVE OUR SOFTWARE OR REBOOT.
THIS WILL RESULT IN AN AUTOMATIC REVOCATION OF OUR DECRYPTION SERVICES.
Send $40 worth of Bitcoin to this address:
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Cyspt ransomware process ("pdf") in Windows Task Manager:
Screenshot of files encrypted by Cyspt (".OOFNIK" extension):
Cyspt ransomware removal:
Instant automatic removal of Cyspt virus:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Cyspt virus. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Cyspt?
- STEP 1. Cyspt virus removal using safe mode with networking.
- STEP 2. Cyspt ransomware removal using System Restore.
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.
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.
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.
Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Log in to the account infected with the Cyspt 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.
2. When Command Prompt mode loads, enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.
3. Next, type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.
4. In the opened window, click "Next".
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 Cyspt ransomware virus infiltrating your PC).
6. In the opened window, click "Yes".
7. After restoring your computer to a previous date, download and scan your PC with recommended malware removal software to eliminate any remaining Cyspt 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 Cyspt 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.
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 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 Cyspt ransomware.
Note that Windows 10 Fall Creators Update includes a "Controlled Folder Access" feature that blocks ransomware attempts to encrypt your files. By default, this feature automatically protects files stored in the Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Favorites as well as Desktop folders.
Windows 10 users should install this update to protect their data from ransomware attacks. Here is more information on how to get this update and add an additional protection layer from ransomware infections.
HitmanPro.Alert CryptoGuard - detects encryption of files and neutralises any attempts without need for user-intervention:
Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta uses advanced proactive technology that monitors ransomware activity and terminates it immediately - before reaching users' files:
- 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 Cyspt ransomware: