Crying Ransomware is one of the newest ransomware infections detected by malware researchers recently. Although the sample tested by specialists at 411-spyware.com did not work properly, they managed to find more about this nasty infection. Crying Ransomware is a typical ransomware infection, specialists say. It is based on the HiddenTear open-source ransomware engine, so it should perform only one main activity on users’ computers: encrypting personal files. Malicious applications that are categorized as ransomware are such threats that have been developed by cyber criminals to extract money from users. Crying Ransomware demands money too after encrypting users’ personal files. Do not send money to cyber criminals because it might be possible to recover files using other data recovery methods, for example, recover files from a backup which had been created before the illegal entrance of this ransomware infection. Also, you cannot know whether you will really get your files decrypted even if you send money to the developer of Crying Ransomware.
Ransomware infections are such infections which are spread using deceptive methods of distribution. We do not know much about the distribution of Crying Ransomware because its infection rate is quite low, i.e. it has not infiltrated many computers yet, but our specialists still believe that cyber criminals use traditional methods to spread it. That is, spam emails might contain the malicious file of this infection. This file might be dropped on users’ PCs and launched the second a malicious attachment from such an email is opened. Yes, ransomware infections are often spread as attachments, and they often pretend to be important documents. This explains why ransomware infections become prevalent very quickly. Although these are threats which are not easy to prevent from entering PCs illegally, there is a way to protect the system. Install a reputable security application, update it periodically, and keep it enabled – your PC will be clean without putting much effort into its protection.
If Crying Ransomware ever successfully enters your computer, it will not take long to realize that it is inside the system because it will encrypt files and append the .crying filename extension to all of them. Also, after encrypting users’ personal files, it should open a window with the message telling users to click on the button What Happend? if they want to find out why a bunch of important files cannot be accessed and what they can do about that:
Please Click the button to see what happend to your computer.
Closing this window will result in files being deleted.
If users click on this button, they see FAQ. Users are told that they cannot open their files due to the entrance of Crying Ransomware. Then, they are told that they can remove the ransomware infection and decrypt files only by paying a ransom of 0.05 Bitcoin. We can assure you that this infection will not be removed from your computer even if you send money to cyber criminals, which means that it might strike again if you accidentally click on its malicious file one more time. To be frank, your files might stay unlocked after sending money to the developer of this ransomware infection as well. Therefore, you should not go to transfer money the first thing after finding your files locked. You should first try to recover them using alternative methods. For example, if you have copies of your files outside the system, e.g. on an external hard drive, you can replace those encrypted files with those located in a backup easily after removing the ransomware infection from the system.
We cannot promise that you will find your files unlocked if you delete Crying Ransomware from your computer, but we can assure you that it could not encrypt any new files if you erase it from your system. The good news is that this computer infection does not make modifications that would be hard to undo on affected computers. The only user’s job is to remove recently downloaded suspicious files and a READ_IT.txt file created by the ransomware infection on Desktop. If a user cannot find them, it is recommended to scan the system with an automatic malware remover.