What is Firecrypt Ransomware?
Once Firecrypt Ransomware infects the computer, it locates all your personal files and enciphers them with a secure cryptosystem. All data marked by the .firecrypt extension become unusable unless you have a decryption key to decipher it. Unfortunately, the only ones who could have this key are the cyber criminals behind the malicious application. In their message, they ask you to pay quite a huge amount of money and promise decryption tools in return. Needless to say, there are no guarantees the malware’s developers can or will be willing to deliver such tools. Therefore, dealing with them is risky and not advisable. Instead, our researchers at Anti-spyware-101.com recommend erasing Firecrypt Ransomware with the instructions placed below. To make sure the computer is secure users should also scan the system with reliable antimalware software. Then you could try to recover encrypted data if you have any copies of it elsewhere, e.g. removable media devices.
Where does Firecrypt Ransomware come from?
Firecrypt Ransomware might be distributed to its victims through Spam emails. We cannot say how such emails might look like, but there is no doubt they should carry a malicious file. The attachment could be an invoice or any other document, a picture, an executable file, and so on. Thus, despite the appearance, we advise users to scan all files received via email with reliable antimalware software before launching them. During the scan, you could find out if the file is infected with malware or not. Spending a couple of minutes to install a security tool and let it scan the attachment seems like a good investment, especially when you think about the damage this malicious application does to the user’s data and how you could avoid it by checking suspicious files.
How does Firecrypt Ransomware work?
The malware should work from the same folder where the user saved the malicious file and opened it. After launching the infection, it should begin by locating your private data, e.g. photographs, pictures, videos, documents, and so on. Each file should be encrypted with the AES-256 cryptosystem and marked by the particular Firecrypt Ransomware’s extension (.firecrypt). You can determine what files were enciphered by the additional extension or by clicking “Encrypted files” link given in the message displayed by the malware.
Furthermore, the ransom note not only explains what happened to the user’s personal data but also instructs you what to do to get the decryption tools. As usual, the ransomware's creators demand to pay a ransom. According to the note, the user is supposed to transfer 500 US dollars converted in bitcoins to the cyber criminal’s account. When the payment is made, users are told to “contact email@example.com with your transaction details.” If you believe Firecrypt Ransomware’s creators the decryption key should be sent to you once, the payment is confirmed. The question is how can you be sure if these are not just empty promises to trick you into paying the ransom? After all, the cyber criminals probably do not care what happens to your personal files since their only goal is to extort money.
How to eliminate Firecrypt Ransomware?
If you do not trust the infection’s creators and refuse to put up with their demands, we encourage you to remove the malware. Users can delete it manually themselves by following the instructions located a little below. They will show users how to find Firecrypt Ransomware’s malicious file and how to erase it. Once you complete these steps, we would advise you to scan the computer with reliable antimalware software too, to make sure the malicious program was removed successfully and to see if there are no other threats. If you leave the security tool on the system and update it when it is necessary, it could help you guard the system from similar infections or other malware.
Remove Firecrypt Ransomware
- Press Win+E.
- Go to the Desktop, Downloads, Temporary files, or other directories where the malicious file could have been downloaded.
- Find the malicious file, right-click it and select Delete.
- Locate the ransom note (HTML file with a random name).
- Right-click the ransom note and press Delete.
- Exit the File Explorer.
- Empty the Recycle bin.
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