Infected with SecureCrypted? Need to decrypt your files?
What is SecureCrypted
SecureCrypted (Apocalypse) is file-encrypting virus that demands ransom (0.5 and 1.5 Bitcoin) to decrypt infected files. Such type of threats is also called ransomware. After infection virus starts encrypting files of following extensions: .txt, .docx, .xlsx, .jpg, .png, .pdf and other. Those files are usually sensitive documents, photos, reports, books and other file types, that are important to regular people. Ransomware adds extension .SecureCrypted to every encrypted file and also creates files “yourfilename.Contact_Here_To_Recover_Your_Files.txt“, that contains instructions to recover those files. Hackers ask user to send e-mail t following e-mail addresses: “firstname.lastname@example.org” or “email@example.com”. This may indicate that SecureCrypted originates from Russia. Overall, problem may seem catastrophic, but we hasten to reassure you that virus can be removed and files can be decrypted for free. In this article we will show how to remove SecureCrypted (Apocalypse) virus and decrypt files with .SecureCrypted extension.
How SecureCrypted infected your PC
SecureCrypted distributes using standard methods (malicious email attachments, torrent (P2P) networks, fake invoices). SecureCrypted uses TOR network for receiving ransom, which makes it very difficult to track. Ransom is asked to be paid in BitCoins, that also makes the task difficult for the police. 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 SecureCrypted 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 SecureCrypted:
Remove following registry entries:
Remove following files:
How to decrypt files infected by SecureCrypted (.SecureCrypted files)?
Use automated decryption tools
There is ransomware decryptor from EmsiSoft that can decrypt .SecureCrypted files. It is free and may help you restore .SecureCrypted files by SecureCrypted virus. Download it here:
You can also try to use manual methods to restore and decrypt .SecureCrypted files.
Decrypt .SecureCrypted files manually
Restore the system using System Restore
Although, latest versions of SecureCrypted 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 (in our case – SecureCrypted by SecureCrypted). 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 .SecureCrypted 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