What is CryptoDefense:
Threat Classification: Ransomware
CryptoDefense is a completely new ransomware trojan similar to Cryptorbit, HowDecrypt and CryptoLocker which targets computers running Windows operating system. CryptoDefense has been released in the end of February and it appears that it is a hybrid of Cryptorbit which will fully encrypt your data compared with its predecessor. The infection might come from various sources – infected files from various P2P networks, torrents or other file sharing applications, bogus flash player, Silverlight updates or fake video software for viewing online content, email attachments etc. When activated, CryptoDefense encrypts certain types of files stored on your local and mounted network drives using RSA-2048 bit public-key cryptography, with the private key stored only on the malware’s control servers. CryptoDefense leaves access database files untouched, but does encrypt .doc, .xls, and .bmp, .txt, images and videos.
CryptoDefense will create How_Decrypt.html, How_Decrypt.txt and a shortcut to How_Decrypt.html in every folder that a file was encrypted. These files contain instructions on how to pay the ransom. Furthermore, CryptoDefense will create a HKCU\Software\<unique ID>\ registry key and will store configuration information in it. Moreover, all encrypted files will be listed under HKCU\Software\<unique ID>\PROTECTED key. The malware then displays a ransom message which offers to decrypt the data for $500. After 4 days it will double the ransom to $1000. If the payment is not made by the stated deadline, CryptoDefense threatens to delete the private key. In order to pay the ransom the users are sent to a specific webpage where they can enter their personal code and access a payment page. The page can be accessed through Tor client: rj2bocejarqnpuhm.onion or through https://rj2bocejarqnpuhm.onion.to via normal browser. The payment should be made through Bitcoins – untraceable payment method.
Once the infection is executed on your computer, it will inject itself deep into the system by modifying the registry in order to start with Windows on every boot. Then it will start encrypting files. This is a newborn virus and is very hard to detect. However, the infection will manifest itself after the encryption process has been completed.
CryptoDefense will not only encrypt your files and lock your computer. It will also collect information that might be used to compromise you. The ransomware may steal other relevant information as your personal details, and send it over to the creators. That is the reason why this malware infection should not be left unattended, and it needs to be terminated immediately, as it is a serious threat to your online security.
*Please note that, there are limited methods of decrypting the files encrypted by CryptoDefense. The infection may also delete all your Shadow Volume Copies. The only certain way to restore your files is by using a backup copy.
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for regular or novice users) using Professional Malware Removal Software.
2. Manual Removal (recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Automatic CryptoDefense Removal:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect CryptoDefense and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but in order to use it as a removal tool, you need to purchase a subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). You can find Install Instructions here: (LINK) SpyHunter`s free diagnosis offers free scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or to purchase the full version to perform an automatic removal and also to receive free professional help for any malware related queries by their technical support department.
*Bear in mind that the removal of the threat will NOT decrypt your files. As of now there is no method of decrypting the files encrypted by CryptoDefense.
Manual CryptoDefense Removal:
!!! Please note: You can remove CryptoDefense manually. However, you should proceed at your own risk. Any of these interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore this manual removal method is highly recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter or any other reputable security application.
1. Remove CryptoDefense by restoring your system to a previous state.
1. Reboot your computer into Safe Mode with Command Prompt. To do this, turn your computer off and then back on and immediately when you see anything on the screen, start tapping the F8 key on your keyboard.
***For Windows 8:
If you are using Windows 8, you need to hold the Shift button and tap the F8 key repeatedly, this should boot you into the new advanced “recovery mode”, where you can choose the advanced repair options to show up. On the next screen, you will need to click on the Troubleshoot option, then select Advanced Options and select Windows Startup Settings. Click on the Restart button, and you should now be able to see the Advanced Boot Options screen.
2. Using the arrow keys on your keyboard, select the option “Safe Mode with Command Prompt” and press Enter on your keyboard.
3. When the command prompt loads up, type:
Windows XP: C:\windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe and press Enter
Windows Vista/7/8: C:\windows\system32\rstrui.exe and press Enter
4. System Restore should initialize, and you will be displayed a list of restore points. Try using a restore point created just before the date and time before the Your-computer-has-been-locked virus has infected your computer.
When System Restore has completed its task, start your computer in Windows normal mode, you would need to perform a scan with anti-spyware software as the infection might still be on the system.
*Please note that your files might still be encrypted, depending on whether your system restore has been set to recover system settings only or system settings and previous version of files.
More information about how to recover your files can be found in the following post “How to Decrypt CryptoDefense Files/Recover Files Encrypted by CryptoDefense (HowDecrypt)“.