If PSCrypt Ransomware manages to sneak onto your system without your knowledge, you may have to say goodbye to your precious files unless you have a recent backup, of course. Such ransomware infections always teach us about prevention and how we should protect our important files by uploading them to cloud storage or by copying them onto removable drives. Our research shows that this vicious program mainly targets the Ukraine, but it can also be found spreading in Russia and the Netherlands. Once this ransomware has encrypted the targeted files on your system, you are informed about how you can get the decryptor to recover your files. Obviously, your attackers want your money as this is the center of this threat. Even though we have not found a free file recovery tool on the web yet, we believe that one will emerge soon. In any case, you cannot leave this dangerous program on your computer if you want to use it safely. We advise you to remove PSCrypt Ransomware immediately before you transfer your backed up files back onto your hard disk or you try to recover your files by using a free tool if one exists.
It seems that this ransomware is mainly spread manually via RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) attacks. This means that cyber criminals try to break into your system via remote desktop software (e.g., TeamViewer). Basically, such programs are used by administrators or IT specialists to help users with system errors and issues remotely. If such a program is not configured properly, it may have a weak password and thus it could be vulnerable. Cyber crooks may also try to apply brute force to figure out your password and gain access to your system. Once they can enter your system, the malicious executable of this threat can be copied and initiated manually by these criminals. You will definitely not see this one coming. The only way you could protect your system in this case is to always use strong passwords and install a decent anti-malware program for real-time protection.
Another way for such a ransomware program to be spread is via spamming campaigns. Although we cannot confirm that this particular threat uses this method, it is still possible. You may get a mail that looks totally fine and authentic at first sight. You may also have the feeling of urgency about this mail. It could pretend to be about an unsettled invoice, some issue with your credit card, a fine you have forgotten to pay for, and the like. Finding such a mail even in your spam folder would make you wonder. Unfortunately, most users end up opening this mail and trying to view the attached file, which is indeed the malicious executable disguised as an image or document allegedly proving the issue in question. Removing PSCrypt Ransomware will not give your files back. Remember that you may also infect your computer with such a dangerous threat if you do not keep your browsers and drivers updated from official sources since cyber criminals can set up traps for you, i.e., webpages created with Exploit Kits.
This ransomware program seems to apply the good old AES algorithm to encrypt your most important files, including your photos, videos, documents, and archives. This can take less than a minute since this algorithm is built in your Windows operating system. There is no chance for you to realize the attack and stop it without loss. By the time you notice what has happened, all your files will be encrypted and rendered inaccessible. Your encrypted files will have a new name by appending “.pscrypt” to the end. This infection also deletes the Shadow Volume Copies of the encrypted files to make it impossible for you to recover them through your Windows operating system.
When the operation is over, the ransom note file called Paxynok.html comes up on your screen in your default browser window. This file is dropped in every affected folder. This note informs you about the encryption in Ukrainian language and asks you to pay 2500 UAH, which is around 97 USD, worth of Bitcoins to buy the decryptor. You are supposed to send a screenshot of the transaction via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that you can get the decryptor in a reply message. However, we do not think that it is a good idea to support online crime this way. On the other hand, there is no guarantee that you will get anything from these criminals other than more malware threats if anything at all. We suggest that you remove PSCrypt Ransomware right now if you want to save your system from further complications.
Unfortunately, such a dangerous threat can appear on your system quite easily if it is not protected properly. You may do a lot for your computer and the security of your virtual world if you avoid suspicious websites and you stop clicking on questionable third-party ads. You can use our guide below if you think that you can identify the malicious file that could be called “Wmodule.exe.” It is always possible that a free decryption tool appears on the web developed by enthusiastic malware hunters. But, if you are not an experienced user, we do not recommend that you try to find it and use it yourself as you might cause even more problems if you were to use the wrong tool or a rogue tool. If you want to make sure that your PC is protected in real-time, we advise you to install a professional malware removal application like SpyHunter.