How to remove Allcry virus and restore encrypted files

Allcry ransomware virus

This item is about ransomware called Allcry that penetrates customers' computers in diverse countries of the world, and cyphers the files. Here we've compiled complete info about what is Allcry, and how to eliminate Allcry from your laptop. Furthermore, we will explain how to get back the cyphered information, if possible.

Allcry ransomware had penetrated many computers around the world through basic manner: scam e-mails with dangerous attachments. Sometimes hackers use exploits to get into the computer, but they are speedily fixed. When infection takes place, ransomware examines the hard drive, determines the amount of files to be cyphered and their approximate cost. Currently, each new ransomware is able to encrypt text, video, image and audio files in all known formats. Ransomware corrupts all files, but the ones that might be business documents go first. Virus encrypts only information, and doesn't touch the programs, so that the man can use the machine to pay the ransom. The process is made through well-known RSA and AES algorithms, and it is so complicated that that it cannot be bruteforced. Such complexity creates basis for impressive effectuality of ransomware in recent years: an ordinary customer, even if he has a very high knowledge of the PC, will never recover the files, and will have to pay the price. The single method to recover files is to hack the scam webpage and get the master key. Some skilled malware specialists can get encryption keys via defects in the code of the virus itself. The encrypted files get. allcry extension, and requires 0.2 bitcoins for data recovery.

The knowledge of computers is quite significant in modern world, since it helps you to defend the system from hazardous programs. It's sad to say, but most people realize the importance of PC knowledge only after ransomware infection. To protect your computer, you should keep in mind these three basic regulations:

    • Do not accept any alterations to the computer, coming from strange programs. One of the simplest manners of data recovery is the restoration through Shadow Copies, and the developers of viruses have included the removal of those copies in the default functionality of viruses. However deleting of copies requires admin rights and acceptance from the operator. So, not confirming changes from a weird software at the right time, you will reserve the way to restore all encrypted information free of charge.
    • Keep an eye on the performance of your computer. Data encrypting is a sophisticated process that consumes a lot of computer resources. If you notice a sudden drop in laptop performance or detect a unknown string in the Process Manager, you should shut down the PC, boot it in safe mode, and search for ransomware. Naturally, the certain amount of data will be encrypted, but you will secure the rest of them.
    • Attentively study your mailbox, especially those messages which have files attached to them. The #1 pattern of fraud letters is the notification about prize gaining or package obtaining. The other common sort of scam messages is a "business letters". It is OK to take an interest and open the e-mail even if it is obviously not for you, but don't forget that a single click on the viral file may cost you lots of money, time and headache.

You should understand that the deletion of ransomware is only the first and mandatory step for the standard work of the PC. To decrypt the information you will need to familiarize with the instructions in the special chapter of our entry. To uninstall Allcry, user needs to start the machine in safe mode and run the scanning with antivirus. We don't advise you to delete Allcry in manual mode, because it has various security features that will counteract you. The very common viral defensive manner is the uninstalling of information in case of file restoration or ransomware removal attempt. To avoid this, follow the tips below.

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


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


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Step 5. Disable Safe mode

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

Deactivate Safe mode

After eliminating Allcry from the laptop, user has to recover the polluted data. In fact, this is not about decryption, because the encrypting manners owned by swindlers are too complicated. Commonly, to recover the data, the customer has to ask for assistance on targeted communities or from famous malware researchers and antivirus software vendors. If you picked the manual data recovery - read our item, which shows all the safest manners.

To restore information, follow the article about files decryption.

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