CryptWalker Ransomware

What is CryptWalker Ransomware?

Some ransomware infections only trick victims into thinking that their data is encrypted or that the encrypted files will be deleted permanently. The CryptWalker ransomware is one of those threats that do what is said in the ransom note. If you have this threat on your computer, we encourage you to act immediately to remove the infection. This ransomware infection can delete your files, and the longer you wait, the more files you are going to lose.

The CryptWalker ransomware has the interface of the Jigsaw ransomware but displays different requirements in the so-called ransom warning. The files encrypted by the Jigsaw ransomware can be decrypted by a third-party decryption tool, and, if you choose to try some decryptor to restore your files affected by the CryptWalker threat, note that you do that on your own responsibility.test

How does the CryptWalker ransomware work?

The destructive infection arrives at the computer with a list of targeted file extensions and encodes files immediately. The list of selected files is created in the %APPDATA% directory and includes frequently used file types, such as .jpg, .mp3, .rar, .zip, .pdf, and some more.  As a result, you lose your access your photos, music and video files, archived files, and many other files that you use on a daily basis. Additionally, CryptWalker adds the extra extension CryptWalker to every encrypted file.

As soon as the targeted files have been decrypted, the CryptWalker ransomware displays an threatening warning addressing the victim with a request to pay a ransom in Bitcoin. If the victim does not comply with the requirement, the files are said to be deleted in small numbers every day by increasing the number of files each time. The exponential increase of the files to be deleted is supposed to convince the victim to pay a ransom fee of $300, which, as the warning suggests, is the minimal sum expected. Without a doubt, you should not pay because that is not likely to result in the recovery of your lost data.

The warning of the CrypWalker ransomware also makes victims worry by claiming that a restart of the computer would cause the infection to permanently remove  a total of 1000 files. If you have already restarted your computer or had to reboot it for some reason, do not delay the removal of the infection.

How to prevent ransomware attacks?

Cyber crooks use different malware distribution methods to affect as many computers as possible, so a single infection might be spread in several ways. For example, ransomware is very frequently spread by email. More specifically, victims receive spam or phishing emails containing deceptive links or file attachments. Additionally, online advertisements can be used to lure unsuspecting online searchers into inadvertently installing malware. The RDP service is also known to be used for spreading malware, and successful malware infiltration may take place when weak RDP passwords are used.

Moreover, you should make copies of your files from time to time so that you can back up your data whenever it is necessary. It is highly advisable to copy your data to a separate storage device which would be inaccessible to malware.

How to remove CryptWalker ransomware?

The CryptWalker ransomware is an infection that creates its files in several directories unlike some other threats that do not spread their components across the operating system. In order to remove the CryptWalker ransomware from the computer manually, you have to access the Windows Registry and the %APPDATA% folder in which the files of the threat are located. To do so, use the removal instructions that will walk you through the removal process. However, we recommend considering another, much easier, removal option what involves the installation of a reputable security program. Malware gets on the computer surreptitiously to steal or damage your valuable data, and, if you do not want to risk your privacy, do not hesitate to implement a professional security tool that keeps malware at bay.

Remove CryptWalker Ransomware

  1. Press Win+R and type in regedit. Click Ok to access Registry Editor.
  2. Follow the path HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run and delete the registry value firefox.exe.
  3. Press Win+R and type in %APPDATA%. Click OK.
  4. Access the folder Frfx and delete the file firefox.exe.
  5. Also find the folder System32Work in the %APPDATA% directory and delete the files Address.txt, dr, and EncryptedFileList.txt.
  6. Follow the given paths and delete the files drpbx.exe:

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