Crypt888 Ransomware

What is Crypt888 Ransomware?

Crypt888 Ransomware, also known as Mircop Ransomware, first surfaced in the middle of 2016 and our malware experts at saw it again in March, 2017. We cannot say that it is still attacking users; however, we have found that this threat is available as an open-source program on the dark net. This simply means that it is only a matter of time when new versions start to appear spreading on the web. Although this ransomware used to be able to cause proper devastation encrypting your most important files, not long after it emerged, malware hunters also came out a free decryption tool. This means that if you have infected your computer with this older version, chances are you can still decrypt your files. However, if new variants hit the web, we cannot guarantee this. This is why it is always a good idea to save a backup of your more important files. But before you start decrypting your files or transferring your clean backup, we advise you to remove Crypt888 Ransomware from your PC. If you would like to learn more about this once dangerous malware infection that may be revived, please continue reading.

Where does Crypt888 Ransomware come from?

As we have already mentioned, this particular version may not really be found spreading anymore; however, new variants can actually emerge. There are usually three or four ways for such an infection to sneak onto your system. One of the most likely ones is spamming campaigns when the attackers can infect hundreds or thousands of victims within a very short while. This spam is infamous for appearing very important, a "must-see." It can be very convincing when you find a mail, even if in your spam folder, that claims to have come from the local police, a prestigious hotel, or a well-known company with a subject matter that normally nobody could really resist checking out. However, our curiosity can be our worst advocate in this due to the fact that once you click to view the attached file in this spam, this vicious program gets activated and nothing can then save your files from encryption even if you delete Crypt888 Ransomware from your system. Whenever you are in doubt about an e-mail, you should not open it or execute its attachment.

Another options for spreading such a dangerous threat is via so-called Exploit Kits or even free software bundles promoted on shady torrent sites. In order to avoid such cyber attacks, you need to keep all your browsers and Java and Flash drivers always up-to-date, keep away from suspicious websites, and stop clicking on third-party advertisements as well. If you keep these simple steps in mind, you have a chance that you will  not have to remove Crypt888 Ransomware or other threats from your system using such channels of distribution.

How does Crypt888 Ransomware work?

Once you activate the malicious executable, it starts up the encryption process right away. This malware infection is known to target only your default media folders (e.g., Documents, Music, and Videos), which also means that you may not necessarily lose all your personal or media files to encryption this time if you keep them stored somewhere else. In any case, the encrypted file names change by adding a "Lock." before the original file name this time, which is quite unique since most of the time an extra extension is appended or the whole file name gets changed. This threat is also known to steal sensitive information about you while encrypting your files using your browsers and even Skype.

You certainly notice when this ransomware program is done with its mission since it changes your desktop background. The new image contains the ransom note and a Guy Fawkes mask referring to the notorious Anonymous hacker organization. This note claims that you have stolen 48.48 Bitcoins from your attackers, which you have to transfer now, or else, you will lose your precious files. This amount of ransom fee was already out of this world when it first hit victims last year. Back then it was worth around 26,000 US dollars, which is unheard of. No one in their right mind would pay that much for some old photos and documents. But this fee is worth over 800 thousand dollars at the time of writing, which is obviously nonsense. The good news is that a free decryption tool emerged back in July, 2016, which can still work until new variants will try to outsmart it. We recommend that you remove Crypt888 Ransomware ASAP.

How can I delete Crypt888 Ransomware?

This ransomware does not seem to lock your screen or block your main system processes, either. This makes it all the easier to eliminate this threat. In fact, all you need to do is delete the related file that you may have downloaded from a spam e-mail if that is how you infected your machine. Please follow our instructions below this article if you want to take matters into your own hands. It is, of course, also possible that you realize how easy it is to infect your system and would like to have effective and automatic protection. Thus, we suggest that you install a reliable anti-malware program, such as SpyHunter. Nevertheless, it is also essential that you keep all your programs regularly updated to avoid cyber attacks based on the exploitation of outdated version bugs.

Remove Crypt888 Ransomware from Windows

  1. Tap Win+E.
  2. Locate and delete the malicious .exe file you have downloaded recently.
  3. Empty the Recycle Bin.
  4. Restart your system. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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