Crash Ransomware might look like the new deal, but this program is just another version of the previously released Scarab Ransomware. It means that we can apply most of the removal methods used on Scarab Ransomware to remove Crash Ransomware, too. However, it might not work in the same pattern with a decryption tool. So, if your files were encrypted by this intruder, you will be lucky if you have a file backup. If not, please refer to a professional technician close by, who could help you restore your files. If everything fails, be ready to start building your file library anew.
Although malware infections seldom recognize national borders, it is common that they get developed for a specific region. In the Crash Ransomware’s case, this program mostly targets Russian-speaking users. If you live in Russia, you can get exposed to this infection.
The truth is that everyone is usually able to avoid Crash Ransomware and other similar infections. Users just do not realize that sometimes they use the most common means to reach their victims. For instance, Crash Ransomware might come with spam email attachments. Of course, most of the spam emails automatically get filtered into the Junk box. But sometimes they might land in the main inbox, too.
The problem is that those emails often look like the real deal. Maybe it looks like an online shopping invoice, maybe it looks like a business proposal, maybe it looks like an important notification – the spam emails that distribute Crash Ransomware often try to push you into taking action, and so they come with urgent messages. They want you to download and open the attached files immediately. So, what can you do to avoid ransomware? If you think that the file you received is important, but you’re not sure about the safety, feel free to scan the received file with a security tool. This way, you will definitely bar Crash Ransomware (or any other ransomware for that matter) from sneaking in.
Nevertheless, if this infection manages to enter your computer, then you can be sure that most of your files will be encrypted. As far as our research shows, Crash Ransomware affects all files in the %USERPROFILE% directory. What’s more, this infection is known to delete itself once the encryption is complete, so there might not be any malicious files to deal with in the end. Needless to say, the program also displays a ransom note, which is entirely in Russian.
The ransom note gives you your personal identification code, and it says that your documents, photos, data, and other important files were encrypted. It also says with every 24 hours, 24 files will be deleted if you fail to contact the criminals. If that weren’t enough, Crash Ransomware also claims that with every 24, the criminals will raise the ransom by 30%. Although after 72 hours, the sum remains fixed.
Does it mean that you have to scramble to purchase the decryption tool from these criminals? Absolutely not. Do not give your money away just like that. Especially, when there’s no guarantee that Crash Ransomware could issue the decryption tool in the first place.
Simply remove Crash Ransomware from your system (if there are any files left), delete the encrypted files, and the transfer healthy copies of your files from your cloud drive back into your computer. As mentioned, if you do not have a file backup, you may want to explore other file recovery options. However, let’s consider this infection a very painful lesson: it would be for the best to create a file backup, and the sooner you do it, the better.