This is a fresh addition to the large family of ransomware cyber threats which is nothing new but a piece of malware that messes up your files. The general behavior of CryptoKill Ransomware is common to other ransomware programs: it targets most valuable files on the PC and adds a unique extension which cannot be read by the system.
In this particular case, all infected files get a new extension of «.Crypto». It is easy to miss that something is wrong and your security along with the data is compromised if you don’t have any anti-malware protection. After finishing the encryption, this ransomware informs the user with a note that demands a ransom to be paid. Malicious programs like CryptoKill Ransomware often suggest using Bitcoin wallets to pay for the decryption key that will bring your files back to normal deleting the .Crypto extension.
According to latest reports, this malware uses AES encryption algorithm. In most cases, ransomware programs demand a set amount of money in exchange for decryption, but CryptoKill’s ransom demands are variable. It is still unknown what affects the number. In addition to that, some victims of this ransomware claim that they have never received the decryption key after paying hackers.
First of all, it is important to understand where did it come from to prevent stepping on the same rake twice. According to our analysis and reports we receive, this locker infiltrates your computer via spam emails from the unknown sender. It comes in the form of suspicious attachment (it can be a text file, video, picture and so on). If you receive an email from the unknown source with a strange message and suspicious attachment, don’t rush to open it. Do not download and run executable files or applications from your inbox. There is a high chance of catching a virus, worm, Trojan, etc. by simply clicking infectious links.
Only the most valuable files on your PC are targeted for encryption by the ransomware. To avoid losing those files we recommend them backed up somewhere safe. We also strongly suggest against playing by the hackers’ rules. It is a common practice to treat users with the removal of all infected files unless a decryption key is entered. But there are no guarantees that cyber criminals will actually unblock your computer and restore the data. Plus, you will become a sponsor for next attacks contributing to the development of newer viruses and malicious software like this one.
There are two ways to get rid of the CryptoKill Ransomware. You can do it manually if you know where the original malicious file is hidden. But it might take time. Plus, if you don’t know where to look you can accidentally delete wrong files. To avoid this, we recommend using an anti-malware program such as Plumbytes Anti-Malware or SpyHunter. If your computer is infected with CryptoKill Ransomware, it will be eliminated along with other threats found. Having an additional protection against cyber-attacks is highly recommended because other threats might come your way after previous are eliminated.
Symptoms of CryptoKill Ransomware infection on your computer can be: computer crashes, unusual homepage or search engine on your browser, unwanted pop-up ads and advertising banners. We recommend to download our automatic removal tool. This removal tool has been tested for CryptoKill Ransomware threat removal and it is easy to use.
After performing all of the steps above you should have all of your web browsers clean of the CRYPTOKILL RANSOMWARE and other suspicious add-ons and extensions. However to complete the removal procedure we strongly advise to scan your computer with antivirus and anti-malware tools like SpyHunter, HitmanPro 32-bit, HitmanPro 64-bit or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Those programs might help to you find registry entries of malware and remove them safely.