Remove FuxSocy ENCRYPTOR from operating systems

Also Known As: FuxSocy ENCRYPTOR virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

FuxSocy ENCRYPTOR ransomware removal instructions

What is FuxSocy ENCRYPTOR?

Discovered by Vitali Kremez, FuxSocy ENCRYPTOR is malicious software, classified as ransomware. This malware emulates Cerber ransomware. It operates by encrypting data and demanding ransom payments for decryption. During FuxSocy ENCRYPTOR encryption, each file is renamed with a randomized filename and extension. Therefore, a compromised file might appear as "qz9vOWYcxN.8c67", and so on. After this process is complete, the victim's desktop wallpaper is changed. Additionally, a text file with a random name and containing the ransom message is stored in each affected folder.

The ransom message presented on the wallpaper informs users that their data has been encrypted. To decrypt it, they require decryption software and private keys (generated individually for each victim). The message states that they must open any of the encrypted folders to find a specific text file. This file contains detailed instructions about how to decrypt the data. If victims are unable to locate the file, there is an alternative method provided within the instructions. The text file has a virtually identical message, which repeats that data has been encrypted, however, it adds that, to retrieve files, users must purchase decryption tools from the cyber criminals behind this infection. This is the only method to recover compromised files. The developers of FuxSocy ENCRYPTOR store the private keys on their servers and, thus, only they can decode the data. The message ends with a duplicate of the instructions displayed on the wallpaper. This part details how to install qTOX, messaging and video-calling software, which offers end-to-end encryption. Victims must then create a profile and add the account of the cyber criminals to their friends' lists. Essentially, creating a means of communication. Unfortunately, most ransomware-type programs use strong encryption. Therefore, only the encryption software used to originally encode the files is capable of restoring them. Generally, only the ransomware developers can recover affected files. Regardless, you are advised against meeting the ransom demands or communicating with cyber criminals. Despite paying, users often receive none of the promised tools, leaving their data permanently damaged and useless. Removing FuxSocy ENCRYPTOR will not restore the encrypted files, however, it will prevent this malware from further data encryption. The only solution is to recover data from a backup, if one was made prior to the infection and stored separately.

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

FuxSocy ENCRYPTOR decrypt instructions

Most malicious programs of this type share common traits. For example, PhobosImposterMedusaLocker, and Masked are some examples of ransomware similar to FuxSocy ENCRYPTOR. This type of software encrypts data and demands ransom payments. They differ by cryptographic algorithm used (symmetric or asymmetric) and size of ransom. Ransom sums range between three-digit and four-digit sums (in USD). Unless ransomware is still in development and/or has certain flaws/bugs, it cannot by manually decrypted (without the involvement of the cyber criminals behind it). To ensure file safety against data encryption and damaging infections, maintain backup copies and store them on remote servers and/or unplugged storage devices. Store multiple backups in different locations.

How did ransomware infect my computer?

Ransomware and other malware is commonly proliferated via trojans, spam campaigns, untrustworthy download channels, fake software updaters, and illegal activation ("cracking") tools. Trojans are malware infections, which cause chain infections. Spam campaigns are used to send thousands of deceptive emails containing dangerous attachments or web links leading to them. These emails are usually presented as "official", "important", "urgent", or otherwise highlighted as priority mail. The infectious attachments can be in various file formats (e.g. archive and executable files, PDF and Microsoft Office documents, JavaScript, etc.). Once opened, they begin downloading/installing malicious software. P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, Gnutella, eMule, etc.), unofficial and free file-hosting sites, third party downloaders and similar sources are untrustworthy. These download channels can offer deceptive and/or content bundled with malware. Fake updaters abuse flaws present in outdated software and/or simply install malicious programs, instead of the promised updates. Rather than activating licensed products, "cracking" tools often download/install malware.

Threat Summary:
Name FuxSocy ENCRYPTOR virus
Threat Type Ransomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker.
Encrypted Files Extension Random string of characters.
Ransom Demanding Message Presented on the desktop wallpaper and within a text file, which has a random filename.
Cyber Criminal Contact Cyber criminals provide support via qTOX chat.
Detection Names Avast (FileRepMetagen [Malware]), BitDefender (Generic.Ransom.Magniber.8486CAD0), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Filecoder.NYE), Kaspersky (Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Encoder.fsc), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Rogue Process Name ieUnatt.exe
Symptoms Cannot open files stored on your computer, previously functional files now have a different extension (for example, my.docx.locked). A ransom demand message is displayed on your desktop. Cyber criminals demand payment of 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.
Malware Removal (Windows)

To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
▼ Download Malwarebytes
To use full-featured product, you have to purchase a license for Malwarebytes. 14 days free trial available.

How to protect yourself from ransomware infections

Do not open suspicious or irrelevant emails, especially those received form unknown addresses. Also do not open attachments found in them, since they are a potential source of system infections. Use only official and verified download channels. Avoid software "cracking" (activation) tools, since they are illegal and high risk. Using third party updaters is not advised, as they can install malware rather than the updates. Program activation and updates should be done through functions/tools provided by legitimate developers. Have a reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed and kept up-to-date. This software can be used for regular system scans and threat removals. If your computer is already infected with FuxSocy ENCRYPTOR, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.

Text presented in FuxSocy ENCRYPTOR ransomware desktop wallpaper:

FuxSocy ENCRYPTOR
(=^..^=)

YOUR DOCUMENTS, PHOTOS, DATABASES AND OTHER IMPORTANT FILES
HAVE BEEN ENCRHYPTED!
The only way to decrypt your files is to receive
the private key and decryption program.

To receive the private key and decryption program
go to any decrypted folder - inside there is the special file {RAND}_R_E_A_D___T_H_I_S_{RAND}
with complete instructions how to decrypt your files.

If you cannot find any {RAND}_R_E_A_D___T_H_I_S_{RAND} file at your PC,
follow the instructions below:

  1. Visit hxxps://tox.chat/download.html
  2. Download and install qTOX on your PC.
  3. Open it, click “New Profile” and create profile.
  4. Click “Add friends” button and search our contact – AD049F565435C774D2A7D0A9 6FC2CC2E4AB5D6B860AEB52F2B1F6A0 1BB2682104F1361981FDE

Screenshot of FuxSocy ENCRYPTOR text file (random filename):

FuxSocy ENCRYPTOR text file

Text presented in this file:

Attention!
All your files documents, photos, databases and other important files are encrypted.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase a private key. It is on our server and only we can recover your files.

  1. Visit hxxps://tox.chat/download.html
  2. Download and install qTOX on your PC.
  3. Open it, click “New Profile” and create profile.
  4. Click “Add friends” button and search our contact – AD049F565435C774D2A7D0A9 6FC2CC2E4AB5D6B860AEB52F2B1F6A0 1BB2682104F1361981FDE

Screenshot of files encrypted by FuxSocy ENCRYPTOR (random extension):

Files encrypted by FuxSocy ENCRYPTOR

FuxSocy ENCRYPTOR ransomware process in Task Manager:

FuxSocy ENCRYPTOR's process

FuxSocy ENCRYPTOR ransomware removal:

Instant automatic malware removal: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Malwarebytes is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
▼ DOWNLOAD Malwarebytes By downloading any software listed on this website you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. To use full-featured product, you have to purchase a license for Malwarebytes. 14 days free trial available.

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 FuxSocy ENCRYPTOR 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 FuxSocy ENCRYPTOR 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 FuxSocy ENCRYPTOR 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 FuxSocy ENCRYPTOR 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 FuxSocy ENCRYPTOR, 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 FuxSocy ENCRYPTOR 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, and Desktop folders.

Controll Folder Access

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:

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 FuxSocy ENCRYPTOR ransomware:

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

PCrisk security portal is brought by a company RCS LT. Joined forces of security researchers help educate computer users about the latest online security threats. More information about the company RCS LT.

Our malware removal guides are free. However, if you want to support us you can send us a donation.

Removal Instructions in other languages
Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

QR Code
FuxSocy ENCRYPTOR virus QR code
A QR code (Quick Response Code) is a machine-readable code which stores URLs and other information. This code can be read using a camera on a smartphone or a tablet. Scan this QR code to have an easy access removal guide of FuxSocy ENCRYPTOR virus on your mobile device.
We Recommend:

Get rid of Windows malware infections today:

▼ REMOVE IT NOW
Download Malwarebytes

Platform: Windows

Editors' Rating for Malwarebytes:
Editors ratingOutstanding!

[Back to Top]

To use full-featured product, you have to purchase a license for Malwarebytes. 14 days free trial available.