ENCRYPTED ransomware removal instructions
What is ENCRYPTED?
ENCRYPTED is ransomware-type malware proliferated using email spam. Following infiltration, this ransomware encrypts various data stored on victims' computers. The list of data types targeted by ENCRYPTED includes .pdf, .doc, .ppt, and many other file formats. During encryption, this ransomware modifies the desktop wallpaper and appends a .encrypted extension to the file names of each encrypted file. This makes it straightforward to determine which files have been compromised. A text file is then created, which contains a message informing users of the encryption.
ENCRYPTED creates a "Read Me (How Decrypt) !!!!.txt" file and places it in each folder containing encrypted files. The message within this file states that the files are encrypted and that victims can only restore them by making a ransom payment. The size of ransom is $400. Unlike other software, ENCRYPTED demands payment of the ransom in iTunes gift cards. This is very uncommon behavior for cyber criminals, since it makes it straightforward for authorities to identify them. Developers of other ransomware mostly ask for Bitcoins, and the size of ransom usually fluctuates between 0.5 and 1.5 BTC (at time of research, 1 Bitcoin was equivalent to $450.97). Victims are instructed to send the IDs of their gift cards to the email address provided. Cyber criminals will then supposedly send the decryptor. Unfortunately, there are currently no tools capable of decrypting files compromised by this ransomware. Therefore, the only solution to this problem is to restore your system and/or files from a backup.
ENCRYPTED ransomware changing the desktop wallpaper:
Research shows that ransomware-type viruses are often very similar. All have identical behavior - they infiltrate systems, encrypt files, and demand a ransomware. The two main differences between ransomware such as ENCRYPTED, Locky, TrueCrypt, CryptoWall, TeslaCrypt, etc. are the type of encryption algorithm used and size of ransom. Most are distributed using malicious email attachments, peer-to-peer (P2P) networks (for example, Torrent), fake software updates, and/or trojans. Therefore, be cautious when downloading files sent from unrecognized emails and third party sources. Furthermore, keep your installed software up-to-date and always have a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed. Be aware that paying the ransom does not guarantee that your files will ever be decrypted - never attempt to contact cyber criminals or pay any ransoms.
Screenshot of ENCRYPTED ransomware decryption tool:
ENCRYPTED ransomware Read Me (How Decrypt) !!!!.txt file:
Text presented within this file:
We’d like to apologise for the inconveniences, however, your computer has been locked. In order to unlock it, you have to complete the following steps:
1. Buy iTunes Gift Cards for a total amount of $400.00
2. Send the gift codes to the indicated e-mail address:
3. Receive a code and a file that will unlock your computer.
- The nominal amount of the particular gift card does;t matter, yes the total amount have to be as listed above.
- You can buy the iTunes Gift Cards online or in any shop. The codes myst be correct, otherwise, you won’t receive anything.
Sorry for the inconveniences caused.
File types targeted by ENCRYPTED ransomware:
.3ds, .3fr, .3pr, .ab4, .ac2, .accdb, .accde, .accdr, .accdt, .acr, .adb, .agd1, .ai, .ait, .al, .apj, .arw, .asm, .asp, .aspx, .awg, .backup, .backupdb, .bak, .bat, .bdb, .bgt, .bik, .bkp, .blend, .bmp, .bpw, .c, .c, .cdf, .cdr, .cdr3, .cdr4, .cdr5, .cdr6, .cdrw, .cdx, .ce1, .ce2, .cer, .cfp, .cgm, .cib, .class, .cls, .cmd, .cmt, .cpi, .cpp, .cr2, .craw, .crt, .crw, .cs, .csh, .csl, .css, .csv, .dac, .db, .db3, .dbf, .db-journal, .dc2, .dcr, .dcs, .ddd, .ddoc, .ddrw, .der, .design, .dgc, .djvu, .dng, .doc, .docm, .docx, .dot, .dotm, .dotx, .drf, .drw, .dwg, .dxb, .erbsql, .erf, .exf, .fdb, .ffd, .fff, .fh, .fhd, .fpx, .fxg, .gif, .gray, .grey, .gry, .h, .h, .hbk, .hpp, .html, .ibank, .ibd, .ibz, .idx, .iiq, .incpas, .jar, .java, .jpeg, .jpg, .js, .kc2, .kdbx, .kdc, .kpdx, .lua, .mdb, .mdc, .mef, .mfw, .mmw, .moneywell, .mos, .mpg, .mrw, .myd, .ndd, .nef, .nop, .nrw, .ns2, .ns3, .ns4, .nsd, .nsf, .nsg, .nsh, .nwb, .nx1, .nx2, .nyf, .odb, .odf, .odg, .odm, .odp, .ods, .odt, .orf, .otg, .oth, .otp, .ots, .ott, .p12, .p7b, .p7c, .pat, .pcd, .pdf, .pef, .pem, .pfx, .php, .pl, .png, .pot, .potm, .potx, .ppam, .pps, .ppsm, .ppsx, .ppt, .pptm, .pptx, .ps, .psafe3, .psd, .ptx, .py, .ra2, .raf, .raw, .rdb, .rtf, .rw2, .rwl, .rwz, .s3db, .sas7bdat, .sav, .sd0, .sd1, .sda, .sdf, .sldm, .sldx, .sln, .sql, .sqlite, .sqlite3, .sqlitedb, .sr2, .srf, .srw, .st4, .st5, .st6, .st7, .st8, .stc, .std, .sti, .stw, .stx, .svg, .sxc, .sxd, .sxg, .sxi, .sxm, .sxw, .txt, .vb .vbs, .wb2, .x3f, .xla, .xlam, .xll, .xlm, .xls, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xlt, .xltm, .xltx, .xlw, .xml, .ycbcra
ENCRYPTED ransomware removal:
Instant automatic removal of ENCRYPTED 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 ENCRYPTED virus. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is ENCRYPTED?
- STEP 1. ENCRYPTED virus removal using safe mode with networking.
- STEP 2. ENCRYPTED 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":
Log in to the account infected with the ENCRYPTED 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 ENCRYPTED 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 ENCRYPTED 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 ENCRYPTED 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 encrypting ransomware such as this, use reputable antivirus and anti-spyware programs. As an extra protection method, you can use programs called HitmanPro.Alert and Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware, which artificially implant group policy objects into the registry to block rogue programs such as ENCRYPTED ransomware.)
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 ENCRYPTED ransomware: