Infected with ENCRYPTED? Need to decrypt your files?
What is ENCRYPTED
ENCRYPTED is categorized as crypto-virus and ransomware. ENCRYPTED targets .pdf, .doc, .ppt and many other types of files and encrypts them asking for a ransom to decrypt. Attributes of ENCRYPTED virus are: ransomware modifies desktop background to the picture that contains instructions to decrypt files, it modifies encrypted files adding .encrypted extension, it creates text file “Read Me (How Decrypt) !!!!.txt” in every folder that contains encrypted files, ENCRYPTED asks ransom between 0.5 – 1.5 BTC (bitcoins) which is around $400. Here are instructions to remove ENCRYPTED virus and decrypt .encrypted files.
How ENCRYPTED infected your PC
ENCRYPTED ransomware distributes using malicious email attachments, P2P networks, fake software updates, and/or trojans and backdoors. Malware can always change its executable file and regular antiviruses cannot effectively detect crypto-viruses. 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. Files targeted by ENCRYPTED ransomware:
.3ds, .3fr, .3pr, .ab4, .ac2, .accdb, .accde, .accdr, .accdt, .acr, .adb, .agd1, .ai, .ait, .al, .apj, .arw, .asm, .asp, .aspx, .awg, .backup, .backupdb, .bak, .bat, .bdb, .bgt, .bik, .bkp, .blend, .bmp, .bpw, .c, .c, .cdf, .cdr, .cdr3, .cdr4, .cdr5, .cdr6, .cdrw, .cdx, .ce1, .ce2, .cer, .cfp, .cgm, .cib, .class, .cls, .cmd, .cmt, .cpi, .cpp, .cr2, .craw, .crt, .crw, .cs, .csh, .csl, .css, .csv, .dac, .db, .db3, .dbf, .db-journal, .dc2, .dcr, .dcs, .ddd, .ddoc, .ddrw, .der, .design, .dgc, .djvu, .dng, .doc, .docm, .docx, .dot, .dotm, .dotx, .drf, .drw, .dwg, .dxb, .erbsql, .erf, .exf, .fdb, .ffd, .fff, .fh, .fhd, .fpx, .fxg, .gif, .gray, .grey, .gry, .h, .h, .hbk, .hpp, .html, .ibank, .ibd, .ibz, .idx, .iiq, .incpas, .jar, .java, .jpeg, .jpg, .js, .kc2, .kdbx, .kdc, .kpdx, .lua, .mdb, .mdc, .mef, .mfw, .mmw, .moneywell, .mos, .mpg, .mrw, .myd, .ndd, .nef, .nop, .nrw, .ns2, .ns3, .ns4, .nsd, .nsf, .nsg, .nsh, .nwb, .nx1, .nx2, .nyf, .odb, .odf, .odg, .odm, .odp, .ods, .odt, .orf, .otg, .oth, .otp, .ots, .ott, .p12, .p7b, .p7c, .pat, .pcd, .pdf, .pef, .pem, .pfx, .php, .pl, .png, .pot, .potm, .potx, .ppam, .pps, .ppsm, .ppsx, .ppt, .pptm, .pptx, .ps, .psafe3, .psd, .ptx, .py, .ra2, .raf, .raw, .rdb, .rtf, .rw2, .rwl, .rwz, .s3db, .sas7bdat, .sav, .sd0, .sd1, .sda, .sdf, .sldm, .sldx, .sln, .sql, .sqlite, .sqlite3, .sqlitedb, .sr2, .srf, .srw, .st4, .st5, .st6, .st7, .st8, .stc, .std, .sti, .stw, .stx, .svg, .sxc, .sxd, .sxg, .sxi, .sxm, .sxw, .txt, .vb .vbs, .wb2, .x3f, .xla, .xlam, .xll, .xlm, .xls, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xlt, .xltm, .xltx, .xlw, .xml, .ycbcra
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 ENCRYPTED 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.
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Step 2: Remove following files and folders of ENCRYPTED:
Remove following registry entries:
Remove following files:
How to decrypt files infected by ENCRYPTED (.encrypted files)?
Use automated decryption tools
There is ransomware decryptor from Michael Gillespie that may decrypt .encrypted files. It is free and may help you restore files encrypted by ENCRYPTED virus. Download it from this page:
To extract the decryptor, use the password: false-positive. You can also try to use manual methods to restore and decrypt .encrypted files.
Decrypt .encrypted files manually
Restore the system using System Restore
Although, latest versions of ENCRYPTED 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.
- 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 (in our case – encrypted by ENCRYPTED). 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
Restore .encrypted files using shadow copies
- Download and run Shadow Explorer.
- Select the drive and folder where your files are located and date that you want to restore them from.
- Right-click on folder you want to restore and select Export.
- Once the scanning process is done, click Recover to restore your files.
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.
Information provided by: Alexey Abalmasov