What is CrypMIC Ransomware?
Some users mistake CrypMIC Ransomware for an older infection named CryptXXX Ransomware, and this is a mistake that is very easy to make. Both of these infections are spread in the same way, using the Neutrino exploit kit. They use nearly identical messages via TXT and HTML files. Moreover, they demand the same things. Of course, the older infection is the original one, and it appears that the new one is only copycatting it to trick you. In any case, regardless of which of these two infections you encounter, you are at risk because both of them can encrypt your most sensitive, personal files and demand a ransom in return for their release. Unfortunately, it is naive to think that the cyber crooks behind this ransomware (any of them) will help you out. Once you pay the ransom, cyber criminals get what they want, and they more likely than not to move on to the next thing. Although you might be provided with an allegedly functioning decryptor, it is unlikely to decrypt your files. Despite this, you should not delete CrypMIC Ransomware and the corrupted versions of your personal files just yet.
How does CrypMIC Ransomware work?
If you remove CrypMIC Ransomware right away, you might lose any chance of recovering your files. Our research team has analyzed infections that released master decryption keys (e.g., TeslaCrypt Ransomware) and that third-party decryption keys managed to crack. Although at this moment, a legitimate decryptor that could unlock the files corrupted by CrypMIC Ransomware does not appear to exist, it could be created in the future. Of course, most ransomware threats remain unsolvable, and we cannot guarantee that you will have an easy way out of the mess created by the ransomware we are discussing in this report. Our research has shown that this ransomware also deletes shadow copies of your files to ensure that you cannot recover them even if you have set up a system restore point, making the successful decryption of the files even more unlikely. Do you know which files were encrypted by this ransomware? Because additional extensions are not attached to these files – which is how most infections of this kind identifies infected files – you might have trouble finding these files. According to our analysis, these files are encrypted using AES-256 encryption, despite the fact that the ransom note suggests that the RSA encryption algorithm is used instead.
Once the devious CrypMIC Ransomware is done encrypting files, it will send the decryption key to a remote server. TCP Port 443 is employed to enable communication to a secret C&C server. At the same time, this threat will make itself visible via the files it creates. For example, the readme.bmp file will be used to replace your regular Desktop image to inform you that your files were encrypted and that you need a “private key” to have them decrypted. Instructions are also added pushing you to download the Tor Browser and visit the websites that should initiate the payment of the ransom that, according to our research, is 1.2 bitcoins, which converts to more than $700. Needless to say, this sum is huge, and it might increase with time. Readme.html and readme.txt files are created as well to push you into paying the ransom as well. Note that these files might have different names, such as readme_001.bmp, readme_001.html, and readme_001.txt. Obviously, if you are not going to pay the ransom, you can delete these files without further hesitation.
How to delete CrypMIC Ransomware
The BMP and TXT files represented by the malicious CrypMIC Ransomware include your personal ID that should help cyber criminals identify you and provide you with a decryptor after you make the payment. As mentioned previously, this decryptor might be worthless, and your files might remain locked, which is why you have to think carefully before you make any payments. Of course, we cannot guarantee that you will find a solution that will help you decrypt your files without getting involved with cyber criminals. And if your files were not backed up before the infiltration of the ransomware, you might be desperate to recover them. Hopefully, you will not need to risk your finances to recover your files. Whether or not you do, you MUST remove CrypMIC Ransomware from your PC, and we suggest using a reliable anti-malware tool. Although manual removal is possible, you need to know where the launcher file hides, and because it might have a random name and you might have downloaded to a random location, we cannot help you find it manually. Anti-malware software, on the other hand, can ensure that all malicious files are deleted automatically.
- Delete the malicious launcher file (you can install a malware scanner to identify it).
- Simultaneously tap Win+E keys to open the Explorer window.
- Type %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup (or %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs if you are on Windows XP) into the address bar at the top and tap Enter.
- Right-click and Delete the readme files (.txt, .bmp, and .html).
- Immediately scan your PC with a legitimate malware scanner to look for leftovers.
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