What is Coverton Ransomware?
Coverton Ransomware is a malicious program that encrypts your data, but unlike other similar infections it does not lock your screen or prevent any programs from running. This ransomware leaves a couple of files with the instructions that demand you pay the ransom in four days if you want to download specific software that is supposed to decrypt your data. If your computer caught this infection, you could either try to pay the ransom to get the decryptor or delete this ransomware from your system. You can continue reading and gain more knowledge about the ransomware infection and if you decide to get rid of Coverton Ransomware, you can use the removal instructions that are provided below the article.
How does Coverton Ransomware work?
After your computer gets infected, you can use it normally, but you cannot access your data that was encrypted. For the encryption, Coverton Ransomware uses the AES-256 cryptographic method that you cannot decipher without a decryption key. Coverton Ransomware locks files in various document or picture formats. You can recognize an encrypted file from its additional extension, e.g. Koala.jpg.Converton. Also, it leaves a text file with the instructions in every directory where your files are encrypted. These three steps inside will tell you to install the Tor browser and go to lnc57humvaxpqfv3.onion.to/?id=b0c0703268a84f4118fcac. The site introduces you to all the necessary steps you have to take if you want to get your unique key and the decrypting software. For starters, it tells you how to exchange your money into digital currency called Bitcoins. For this part, Coverton Ransomware gives you about four days and if you do not succeed it doubles the payment. Then it should explain how you could pay the ransom and receive the tools for the decryption process, but there is no reassurance that it will work.
Where does Coverton Ransomware come from?
This ransomware might be spread with malicious email attachments. Usually, they are given random names that are supposed to look interesting for the computer users. For example, these attachments could look like harmless text documents with PDF or Microsoft Word icons, but if you take a closer look at the document, you should see that it is an executable file. Therefore, it is very risky to open any suspicious email attachments, especially if you do not have a legitimate security tool installed.
How to remove Coverton Ransomware?
When you convert 3 Bitcoins into U.S dollars the ransom appears to be about 1200 USD. If you want to save your money, you should not put up with the cyber criminal's demands and remove the malware at once. No doubt that the manual removal is not the easiest option here since you will have to locate several suspicious files that could belong to Coverton Ransomware. The good news is that we will tell you the exact locations where you can find these malicious files. You should locate and delete any data that was downloaded lately or seems unfamiliar to you. For more details on manual removal, check the instructions available below this article. However, if such option is no good for you, try to download a legitimate antimalware tool and do a system scan with it. The security tool should locate all files attributed to Coverton Ransomware and then you can easily delete them with a mouse click. If you have any more questions, write us a comment below and we will try to reply as soon as possible.
Delete Coverton Ransomware
- Launch the Explorer.
- Copy and paste these locations one by one:
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
- Locate malicious executable files with random titles in the given directories separately.
- Right-click the malicious executable file and select Delete.
- Copy and paste given directories separately to the Explorer: %WINDIR%\System32; %WINDIR%\SysWOW64
- Find "crrss.exe" in both locations and right-click to delete it.
- Remove the instructions named as !!!-WARNING-!!!.txt and !!!-WARNING-!!!.html.
- Empty your Recycle bin.
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