ENCRYPTED Ransomware

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

ENCRYPTED ransomware removal instructions


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:

ENCRYPTED decrypt instructions

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.

Thanks to MalwareHunterTeam, Katja Hahn, Michael Gillespie and S!Ri there’s a tool capable of decrypting files compromised by ENCRYPTED ransomware for free. Download it HERE.

Screenshot of ENCRYPTED ransomware decryption tool:

encrypted ransomware decryption tool

ENCRYPTED ransomware Read Me (How Decrypt) !!!!.txt file:

ENCRYPTED ransomware text 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.

Please note,
- 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

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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":

Step 2

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.

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 ENCRYPTED 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 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.

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 ENCRYPTED, 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 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:

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 ENCRYPTED ransomware:

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