How to remove BTCWare Ransomware and decrypt .btcware, .cryptowin, .cryptobyte files

Infected with BTCWare Ransomware? Need to decrypt your files?

What is BTCWare Ransomware

BTCWare Ransomware is a big family of ransomware, the successor of Crptxxx Ransomware. Latest versions of BTCWare use AES-192 encryption. This malware encrypts most types of documents, music, photos in user folders and adds various extensions to encrypted files. Originally it was .btcware suffix. Latest version use .cryptobyte, .cryptowin and .theva extensions. However there are also following extensions associated with BTCWare Ransomware: .nopasaran, .blocking, .xfile, .master, .onyon, .aleta. This virus copies 2 files on the desktop: #_HOW_TO_FIX_!.hta.htm and !#_RESTORE_FILES_#!.inf Last one contains following text:

[WHAT HAPPENED]
Your important files produced on this computer have been encrypted due a security problem
If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail: look1213@protonmail.com
You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us.
After payment we will send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all your files.
[FREE DECRYPTION AS GUARANTEE]
Before paying you can send to us up to 3 files for free decryption.
Please note that files must NOT contain valuable information
and their total size must be less than 1Mb
[HOW TO OBTAIN BITCOINS]
The easiest way to buy bitcoin is LocalBitcoins site.
You have to register, click Buy bitcoins and select the seller
by payment method and price
https://localbitcoins.com/buy_bitcoins
[ATTENTION]
Do not rename encrypted files
Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss
If you not write on e-mail in 36 hours – your key has been deleted and you cant decrypt your files
Your ID: –

BTCWare Ransomware offers users to visit Tor website and pay the ransom of 0.5 BitCoins (~$500). Developers offer several e-mail addresses for contact and eve Telegram contact (@decryps). Fortunately, currently there are free decrypters for .btcware, .cryptowin, .cryptobyte and .theva files available. Follow instructions below to remove BTCWare Ransomware and decrypt your files.

BTCWare Ransomware 1

BTCWare Ransomware 2

Update: Use following service to identify the version and type of ransomware you were attacked by: ID Ransomware. Also check following website for possible decryptor: Emsisoft Decryptors.

How BTCWare Ransomware infected your PC

BTCWare Ransomware is usually distributed via spam emails (malicious attachments), third party software downloads (free file hosting websites, torrents) and trojans. Ransomware also often act like a worm, infection all machines in the network after infecting one. Ransom is asked to be paid in BitCoins, that also makes the task difficult for the police, as user in this network are often anonymous. Encryption starts in the background. Way to protect your computer from such threats is to use antiviruses with crypto-protection like HitmanPro.Alert with CryptoGuard.

First of all don’t panic. Follow these easy steps below.

1. Start your computer in Safe Mode with networking. To do that, restart your computer, before your system starts hit F8 several times. This will stop system from loading and will show Advanced boot options screen. Choose Safe mode with networking option from the options list using up and down arrows on your keyboard and hit Enter.
2. Log in to the system infected with the BTCWare Ransomware virus. Launch your Internet browser and download a reliable anti-malware program and start a full system scan. Once the scan is complete, review scan results and remove all entries detected.

Recommended Solution:

SpyHunter 4 – fully removes all instances of BTCWare Ransomware – files, folders, registry keys.

 

Download Removal Tool

Step 2: Remove following files and folders of BTCWare Ransomware:

Remove following registry entries:

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Remove following files:

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How to decrypt files infected by BTCWare Ransomware?

Use automated decryption tools

Decryption tool #1

avast decryptor for BTCWare Ransomware

There is ransomware decryptor from Emsisoft that can decrypt .btcware files. It is free and may help you restore files encrypted by BTCWare Ransomware virus. Download it here:

Download Avast BTCWare Decryptor

Decryption tool #2

bleepingcomputer decryptor for BTCWare ransomware

There is ransomware decryptor from Emsisoft that can decrypt .trmt and other files. It is free and may help you restore files encrypted by BTCWare Ransomware virus. Download it here:

Download BleepingComputer BTCWareDecrypter

You can also try to use manual methods to restore and decrypt your files.

Decrypt files manually

Restore the system using System Restore

system restore

Although, latest versions of BTCWare Ransomware remove system restore files, this method may help you to partially restore your files. Give it a try and use standard System Restore to revive your data.

  1. Initiate the search for ‘system restore
  2. Click on the result
  3. Choose the date before the infection appearance
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions

Roll the files back to the previous version

Previous versions can be copies of files and folders created by Windows Backup (if it is active) or copies of files and folders created by System Restore. You can use this feature to restore files and folders that you accidentally modified or deleted, or that were damaged (in our case – BTCWare Ransomware by BTCWare Ransomware). This feature is available in Windows 7 and later versions.

windows previous versions

  1. Right-click the file and choose Properties
  2. Open the Previous Version tab
  3. Select the latest version and click Copy
  4. Click Restore

Restore .btcware .cryptowin, or .cryptobyte files using shadow copies

shadow explorer gui

  1. Download and run Shadow Explorer.
  2. Select the drive and folder where your files are located and date that you want to restore them from.
  3. Right-click on folder you want to restore and select Export.
  4. Choose export location and view restored files.

Protect your computer from ransomware

hitmanpro alert with cryptoguard

Most modern antiviruses can protect your PC from ransomware and crypto-trojans, but thousands of people still get infected. There are several programs that use different approach t protect from ransomware and lockers. One of the best is HitmanPro.Alert with CryptoGuard. You may already know HitmanPro as famous cloud-based anti-malware scanner. Check out ultimate active protection software from SurfRight.

Download HitmanPro.Alert with CryptoGuard

Information provided by: Alexey Abalmasov

About Aleksei Abalmasov 522 Articles
Computer security specialist. I try to do my best and share my knowledge with you by creating simple-to-follow and useful guides on various topics about computer security.

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