A Ransomware virus can be devastating should it infect your PC. Malware of this type is known for locking the personal user files on the PC that has been infected via an encryption, the key to which is held by the cyber-criminal using the virus. After this stage of the infection has been completed comes the ransom part. A notification message/banner is displayed onto the PC screen with detailed instructions on how to carry out a random payment so as to be sent the decryption key needed to access the locked data.
Currently, Ransomware viruses are a global malware threat and hackers who use them seem to target everyone and everything. Both big company conglomerates and regular users seem to be getting Ransomware attacks all the time and so far there has not been a single universal method for handling such an attack. Lately, a new addition to the Ransomware family has been reported. Its name is Cry128 Ransomware and our current article will revolve around this virus in particular. We will explain to you how it functions and what makes it so dangerous. We also have a guide in which we have combined several Ransomware removal methods to help you get rid of the virus and potentially even restore the access to your own files without paying anything to the blackmailer. Just know that we cannot give any guarantee whatsoever regarding how successful our guide will be in your specific situation since, as was already mentioned, there’s no universal method for handling a Ransomware attack and it all depends on a number of different factors.
Obviously, one of the most problematic aspects of getting attacked by any form of malware is the fact that these malicious programs are generally very difficult to spot. This is why every user should have their machine equipped with a reliable antivirus program that will detect any potential threats that are trying to invade the system. However, when talking about Ransomware, there’s one important thing to keep in mind and that is the fact that viruses such as Cry128 are able to remain fully undetected by most forms of security software. Since typical Ransomware does not actually try to cause damage to the files it targets and only locks them, no malicious activity is spotted by the antivirus program that the user might have. As a matter of fact, the so-called encryption method is not something inherently harmful. It is a widely used data protection technique that most antiviruses see as safe and non-threatening, regardless of the program that is running the encryption. This is basically how Ransomware viruses are able to infect so many computers without getting spotted and the reason why they are currently one of the most dangerous forms of malware.
Are there any symptoms?
Apart from being invisible for most conventional forms of malware detection, Ransomware viruses are also very difficult to notice manually. The symptoms caused by viruses such as Cry128 are not many and are oftentimes way too subtle and unnoticeable. Still, we ought to give you a general idea regarding what the most common signs of a Ransomware attack are so that you stand higher chance of spotting the threat in time.
- A substantial increase in the amounts of CPU and RAM that is getting consumed on your machine is something that many types of malware are known to cause and Ransomware is no exception to this.
- A symptom that is very typical for viruses of the Ransomware type is decrease in the free storage space on your HDD without you having downloaded anything new on it. Should you notice this, then there’s a high chance that you have Ransomware on your computer.
- A lot of PC viruses are known to cause your system to become unstable. If you notice that your computer has started experiencing a lot of errors and crashes, then there might be a virus like Cry128 on it.
Our goal in this final paragraph is to provide our readers with several valuable tips that we have come up with in order to help you increase the general protection of your PC as well as make it less likely to get infected by Ransomware.
- Do not trust everything you see online. If there’s a big and shiny banner telling you you’ve won an iPhone, it is probably not a good idea to click on it. Also, generally, try to avoid websites that have such shady contents as the aforementioned type of banners.
- Always keep your OS and antivirus updated. This will improve your computer’s protection against backdoor viruses such as Trojans that are a commonly used method for Ransomware distribution.
- Next, do not forget to backup your data. This is an extremely important and valuable tip that can absolutely nullify the problems that you might have even if a Ransomware gets onto your machine.
- Lastly, be on your guard for sketchy emails with fishy attachments/links added to them because those, too, might carry a Ransomware virus.
Cry128 Ransomware Virus Removal
Prior to starting to execute the steps from the guide, we advise you to either bookmark this page or open it on a separate device since throughout the process of completing the guide, you might need to exit your browser.
1: Using Safe Mode
Before beginning to troubleshoot the issue, you are advised to enter Safe Mode on your PC. If you do not know how to do that, use this guide on how to enter Safe Mode.
2: Spotting the process
Open your Task Manager using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc key combination. Next, go to the processes tab and carefully look through the list for any shady entries. Usually, malicious processes will be consuming large amounts of CPU and RAM and will either have no description or will have a suspicious-looking one.
Once you identify the virus’ process, right-click on it and select Open File Location. Delete everything in the folder that opens if you are sure that the process was malicious. If you are not sure, contact us in the comments.
Go back to the Task Manager and end the potentially harmful process.
3: Hosts file IP’s
Go to your start menu and in the search field, paste the following address: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts. Select the first result and look at the bottom of the newly opened notepad file. See if there are any IP’s below “Localhost” and tell us in the comments if there were any IP addresses.
4: System Configuration Startup Programs
Type System Configuration in the Windows search bar and open the first result. Go to the Startup tab and take a look at the list of startup programs (on Windows 10, the Startup programs can be seen in the Startup Section of the Task Manager). If any of them look shady or have unknown manufacturer or a manufacturer with a sketchy name, uncheck those entries and click on OK.
Open the Run window (WinKey + R), type regedit and press Enter. Once the Registry Editor opens, press Ctrl + F and type the name of the virus. Select Find Next and delete whatever gets found that has the virus’ name. Do that with all search results.
6: Deleting potential virus files
Open the Start Menu and separately type each of the following locations: %AppData% %LocalAppData% %ProgramData% %WinDir% %Temp% . Open each of those folders and sort their contents by date. Delete the most recent files and folders. When you open the Temp folder, delete everything in it.