How to remove SyncCrypt virus and restore encrypted files

The entry is dedicated to SyncCrypt virus which penetrates customers' computers around the world, and corrupts their data. In this page we've assembled complete information about what is SyncCrypt, and how to uninstall SyncCrypt from the system. In addition, we'll explain how to get back the cyphered information and is it possible.

SyncCrypt ransomware virus

SyncCrypt is the perilous program getting into computers mostly via e-mail spam and Trojans. Also, web-criminals use zero-day vulnerabilities to get into the computer, but they are speedily fixed. After the infection, SyncCrypt scans the computer memory to find the folders for encryption and their rough worth. Nowadays, any new virus knows how to cypher audio, video, text and image files in all most used formats. Special attention is paid to business documents, since businessmen are the main target for scammers. SyncCrypt targets only files with information, and does not touch the software, so that the man can pay the ransom with help of his computer. Encryption is carried out with the help of famous encryption algorithms, and it is so complicated that that decipherment of files with no key is impossible. Such complexity gives root for impressive efficiency of ransomware in recent years: usual PC operator, even if he has a very good experience in suchlike things, won't ever be able to decrypt the files, and will have no choice except paying to criminals. The sole method to decrypt files is to find the fraudster's webpage and obtain the master key. Sometimes it is possible to get these keys due to flaws in the code of the virus itself. The encrypted files acquire .kk extension, and the amount of ransom is determined for each victim personally. Also virus adds readme.html and readme.png to each folder that contains the encrypted files. Here's the text of a rabsom note:

YOUR FILES WERE ENCRYPTED
using military grade encryption. The encrypted files have the additional extension .kk. You won't be able to retrieve your data unless you purchase the software provided by us. YOU HAVE EXACTLY 48 HOURS TO MAKE A DECISION OR YOU'LL NEVER SEE YOUR FILES AGAIN. Any atempt to recover your files on your own could damage the files permanently. There is no workaround, that's how encryption is supposed to work. In order to retrieve your data, please follow the steps below:
1. Go to Desktop folder, and open AMMOUNT.txt from within README folder. Obtaining the decryption sofware requires that you send EXACTLY the ammount of Bitcoin (without the transaction fee) that is written within the text file to the following address:
 YOUR_DECRYPTION_KEY
Note that if the ammount sent doesn't match EXACTLY the ammount in the text file, you will NOT receive the sofware, as it's the only way to validate and confirm the payment.
2. After the payment is done, send an email to ALL of the following addresses This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. containg:
 The file named KEY, located within the README folder on your Desktop, as an Attachment - this file is a locked version of the decryption key (that must be unlocked by us), used to recover your files. DO NOT delete it if you plan to get your files back
 The transaction id of the Bitcoin payment
Emails that dont contain the KEY file attached will be automatically rejected.
As soon as we confirm the payment, you will receive on your email address the decription key together with the required software and the instructions to recover your files.
Dont forget, TIME'S RUNNING OUT

For any sorts of ransomware, one statement is correct: it is way easier to dodge it than to cure it. Statistically, most people understand the significance of computer literacy just after ransomware infection. It's very easy to reduce the chances to get encrypting virus by following these principles:

    • Take notice to the pop-up windows. The easiest manner of data restoration is the recovery through Shadow Copies, and Web-criminals have included the elimination of those copies into the primary features of viruses. However deletion of copies requires admin rights and confirmation from the user. The moment of thought before verifying the dialogue box might save your files and your efforts.
    • Keep an eye on the status of your machine. Data encrypting is a intricate act that uses a significant amount of system resources. In the first seconds of infection, the CPU performance decreases, and the encryption process is visible in Process Manager. You can recognize this event and unplug the workstation before files will be completely encrypted. These measures, in case of penetration, will guard a lot of your data.
    • Closely examine your emails, specifically those messages which have attached files. The #1 model of scam letters is the notification about prize gaining or parcel receiving. The other popular sort of these letters is a forgery for business correspondence. It is OK to take an interest and read the message even if it is obviously not for you, but remember that a single click on the attached file may cost you lots of headache, money and time.

You should understand that the elimination of the virus is only the first and obligatory turn for the safe work of the PC. To get back the files you will need to follow the instructions in the following part of this article. In case of ransomware we do not publish the hand removal instruction, since its complication and the probability of mistakes will be extremely high for common user. We don't suggest trying to delete ransomware by hand, because it has various protection mechanics which could interfere you. The most effective viral protection manner is the deletion of files in event of file recovery or ransomware deletion attempt. To neutralize this, follow the advices under this paragraph.

Removal instruction

Step 1. Boot into Safe mode

Safe mode

Start -> Msconfig.exe

Safe mode. Step 1

On the tab Boot select Safe boot

Safe mode. Step 2

Step 2. Check Startup folder

Start -> Msconfig.exe ->Disable unknown programs in the Startup tab

Startup

Step 3. Check hosts file

Modify hosts file, that located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ .

Hosts file.Step 1

Open the file with Notepad and delete suspicious strings.

Hosts file.Step 2

It has to look like this:

Hosts file.Step 3

Step 4. Scan the system with antiviral scanner

 

Antivirus scanner

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Step 5. Disable Safe mode

Start -> Msconfig.exe ->Disable Safe boot in the Boot tab

Deactivate Safe mode

After erasing the malware from the laptop, user has to recover the polluted data. In fact, this is not about decipherment, because the encrypting algorithms used by scammers are very complex. Usually, to restore the files, the victim has to ask for assistance on targeted forums or from renowned ransomware researchers and antiviral program vendors. If you choose the independent data recovery - read this article, which shows all the very efficient manners.

To restore information, follow the article about files decryption.

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