Infected with CryptoLite ransomware? Need to decrypt your files?
What is CryptoLite ransomware
CryptoLite is another cryptovirus, to extorting money from unsuspecting users. The virus encrypts almost all the files that are most important to the user. Video files, audio, archives, MS documents Office or other text files and tables, and much more can be encrypted. These files become unusable because CryptoLite changes its extension by adding .encrypted. After its malicious actions, it creates a special text file-note about the terms of the repurchase:
Here is the text content:
ALL YOUR FILES HAVE BEEN ENCRYPTED!!!
There's no way to decrypt these files without the decryption key.
To retrieve the deceryption key a payment of 0.5 BC will need to be paid.
*Purchase the bitcoins from https://localbitcoins.com/.
*Transfer the bitcoins to a https://blockchain.info/ Wallet.
*From https://blockchain.info/ transfer the bitcoins to the below address.
*Add a message to the transaction with the following format:
Scammers choose cryptocurrency as a means of ransom to avoid punishment for their atrocities. Referring to the content of the note, the user must pay 0.5 BTC to get the decryption key and restore their files. In such cases, you should remember that you can not pay the attackers, because they will not send you the decryption key and will not restore your files. Their main goal is to get your money! We recommend that you use our recommendations and the specified utilities listed in them to remove it right now.
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How CryptoLite ransomware infected your PC
The attackers have an established scheme for the distribution of cryptoviruses. CryptoLite comes into the PC through unprotected network settings or bundled with programs that the user downloads from the Internet. In some cases, this is an attachment to spam mailing. No matter how it may wade on your PC, it is important to use special programs and utilities that can prevent the penetration of such viruses. If you already found this on your computer, then use our recommendations.
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 CryptoLite 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.
Norton is a powerful removal tool. It can remove all instances of newest viruses, similar to CryptoLite ransomware - files, folders, registry keys.
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Restore your files using shadow copies
- Download and run Stellar Data Recovery.
- Select type of files you want to restore and click Next.
- Select the drive and folder where your files are located and date that you want to restore them from and press Scan.
- Once the scanning process is done, click Recover to restore your files.
Step 2: Remove following files and folders of CryptoLite ransomware:
Related connections or other entries:
How to decrypt files infected by CryptoLite ransomware?
You can try to use manual methods to restore and decrypt your files.
Decrypt files manually
Restore the system using System Restore
Although latest versions of CryptoLite ransomware remove system restore files, this method may help you partially restore your files. Give it a try and use standard System Restore to revive your data.
- Initiate the search for 'system restore'
- Click on the result
- Choose the date before the infection appearance
- 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. This feature is available in Windows 7 and later versions.
- Right-click the file and choose Properties
- Open the Previous Version tab
- Select the latest version and click Copy
- Click Restore
Protect your computer from ransomware
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.
Written by Rami Douafi