How to uninstall SpartCrypt ransomware

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

SpartCrypt ransomware removal instructions

What is SpartCrypt?

SpartCrypt (also known as SpartCrypter) is malicious software classified as ransomware. The program was discovered by S!Ri who also took screenshots of the ransom messages. SpartCrypt encrypts the victim's data and renames all compromised files by adding the name and email address of the developers, the victim's ID, and ".Encrypted" extension. For example, "1.jpg" might be renamed to a filename such as "1.jpg.SpartCrypt[LordCracker@protonmail.com]-[ID-1E857D00].Encrypted". It also creates a text (.txt) file ("How_To_Restore_Your_Files.txt") and displays a pop-up window, both of which contain information about how to contact SpartCrypt, and other details.

Cyber criminals who designed SpartCrypt can be contacted via the furhlordcracker@protonmail.com and phabos@cock.li email addresses. Victims are urged to send the appointed unique ID and they can attach up to five files, which these cyber criminals offer to decrypt free of charge. They will then state the cost of decryption, which, they say, depends on how quickly they are contacted. They promise to return a decryption tool after payment is made using the Bitcoin cryptocurrency. Despite this, never trust these or other cyber criminals - they are unlikely to send any decryption tools or keys, even after payment. Victims who pay ransomware developers are often scammed. Unfortunately, in most cases, it is impossible to decrypt files without specific tools held only by the developers of the ransomware. To avoid any further encryption caused by SpartCrypt, we recommend that you uninstall it immediately. Since this will not make encrypted files accessible, restore data from a backup if one has been created prior to the ransomware attack.

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

SpartCrypt decrypt instructions

SpartCrypt is similar to many other ransomware-type programs including, for example, ANTEFRIGUS, Ninja, and DoppelPaymer. They are used to encrypt data and force victims to purchase decryption tools/keys. The main differences between these programs are cryptographic algorithm used to encrypt files and cost of decryption. Unfortunately, most ransomware-type programs encrypt files with strong encryption algorithms (symmetric or asymmetric) and thus it is impossible to recove them without tools held only by the ransomware developers, unless the ransomware is not finished (contains bugs, flaws, etc.). To avoid data and financial loss caused by ransomware, have your data backed up on an unplugged storage device or remote server (for example, Cloud).

How did ransomware infect my computer?

Typically, cyber criminals proliferate ransomware and other malicious software through emails, untrustworthy software download channels, unofficial activation and updating tools, and Trojans. They often send emails with malicious files attached. For example, PDF or Microsoft Office documents, JavaScript files, executable files such as .exe, archives such as ZIP, RAR, etc. Their emails sometimes contain web links that download malicious files. In any case, their main goal is to trick recipients into opening the attached files. If opened, these infect operating systems with malicious software. Examples of untrustworthy software download channels are Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule, and other similar download sources), unofficial websites, third party downloaders, free file hosting and freeware download pages. Cyber criminals often use these to distribute malware. They disguise malicious files as harmless/legitimate and hope that someone will download and execute (open) them. Once executed, they install malware. Unofficial activation tools are programs that supposedly activate licensed software free of charge, however, they are often employed to proliferate malware. People who use these tools to activate software often infect systems with malicious programs. Unofficial (fake) updating tools operate install malware rather than updates, or they exploit bugs/flaws of outdated software that is installed on the operating system. Trojans are malicious programs that often proliferate and install other programs of this kind. Therefore, most Trojans cause chain infections, however, this happens only when a Trojan is already installed on the computer.

Threat Summary:
Name SpartCrypt virus
Threat Type Ransomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker.
Encrypted Files Extension .Encrypted
Ransom Demanding Message .txt file and pop-up window.
Cyber Criminal Contact lordcracker@protonmail.com, phabos@cock.li
Detection Names Avast (FileRepMalware), BitDefender (Gen:Heur.Ransom.REntS.Gen.1), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of MSIL/Filecoder.Jigsaw.V), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan-Ransom.MSIL.Encoder.gen), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Rogue Process Name Chrome
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)

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How to protect yourself from ransomware infections

Avoid opening attachments and/or web links that are attached to irrelevant emails, especially if they are received from unknown, suspicious addresses. Cyber criminals disguise their emails as important, official, and so on. Furthermore, download software via direct links and using official websites only. Other sources could be used to distribute malware. Installed software should be updated using tools or implemented functions that are designed only by official software developers. The same applies to software activation. It is illegal to use third party ('cracking') tools. Have reputable antivirus software or anti-spyware installed and scan the system with it regularly. If your computer is already infected with SpartCrypt, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.

Text presented in SpartCrypt ransomware pop-up window:

All your files have been encrypted!
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC. If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail LordCracker@protonmail.com - Phabos@cock.li
Write this ID in the title of your message -
You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us. After payment we will send you the tool that will decrypt all your files.

Free decryption as guarantee
Before paying you can send us up to 5 files for free decryption. The total size of files must be less than 4Mb (non archived), and files should not contain valuable information. (databases,backups, large excel sheets, etc.)

How to obtain Bitcoins
The easiest way to buy bitcoins is LocalBitcoins site. You have to register, click 'Buy bitcoins', and select the seller by payment method and price.
hxxps://localbitcoins.com/buy_bitcoins
Also you can find other places to buy Bitcoins and beginners guide here:
hxxp://www.coindesk.com/information/how-can-i-buy-bitcoins/

Attention!
Do not rename encrypted files.
Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price (they add their fee to our) or you can become a victim of a scam.

Screenshot of SpartCrypt text file ("How_To_Restore_Your_Files.txt"):

SpartCrypt text file

Tex in this file:

SpartCript

 

[+] All Your Files Have Been Encrypted [+]

[-] Do You Really Want To Restore Your Files?
[-] Write Us To The E-Mail : LordCracker@protonmail.com - Phabos@cock.li
[-] Write Your Unique-ID In The Title Of Your Message.
[+] Unique-ID : -
[-] You Have To Pay For Decryption In Bitcoins.
[-] The Price Depends On How Fast You Write To Us.
[-] After Payment We Will Send You The Decryption Tool
That Will Decrypt All Your Files.

----------

[+] Free Decryption As Guarantee [+]

[+] Before Paying You Can Send Us Up To 5 Files For
Free Decryption, The Total Size Of Files Must Bee Less
Than 10MB, (Non Archived) And Files Should Not Contain
Valuable Information (Databases, Backups, Large Excel
-Sheets, Etc).

----------

[-] The Easiest Way To Buy Bitcoins Is LocalBitcoins
Site : hxxps://localbitcions.com/buy_bitcoins
You Have To Register, Click 'Buy Bitcoins', And Select
The Seller By Payment Method And Price.
[-] Also You Can Find Other Places To Buy Bitcoins And
Beginners Guide Here:
hxxp://coindesk.com/information/how-can-i-buy-bitcoins

----------

[-] Do Not Rename Encrypted Files.
[-] Do Not Try To Decrypt Your Data Using Third Party
-Software, It May Cause Permanent Data Loss.
[-] Decryption Of Your Files With The Help Of Third
Parties May Cause Increased Price (They Add Their Fee
To Our) Or You Can Become A Victim Of A Scam.

Screenshot of files encrypted by SpartCrypt (".Encrypted" extension):

Files encrypted by SpartCrypt

SpartCrypt process running in Task Manager as "Chrome":

SpartCrypt malicious process called Chrome running in Task Manager

SpartCrypt 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 SpartCrypt 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 SpartCrypt 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 SpartCrypt 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 SpartCrypt 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 SpartCrypt, 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 SpartCrypt 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:

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  • 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 SpartCrypt ransomware:

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