Crypt888 Ransomware is not a new computer threat; as a matter of fact, this malware infection saw the light of day more than a year ago as Mircop Ransomware. It was spreading heavily back in 2016; although, we did see it reappear earlier this year. Fortunately, this particular ransomware program does not mean irrevocable damage to your files since it is actually possible to decrypt them using a free tool. Of course, if you are not an advanced user, it may still cause you a headache to find all your important files inaccessible and unusable. We suggest that you ask an IT savvy friend or a professional to help you with downloading and applying this free file recovery software. It is also an option to use a backup that you previously saved on a removable drive or in cloud storage. The bad news is that the open-source code of this malware infection is available on the darknet, which means that new variants can emerge any time really. The decryption tool, however, may not work with newer versions. In any case, we recommend that you remove Crypt888 Ransomware right away.
We cannot confirm if this once dangerous threat is still distributed in its original form, but if it is or as even a new variant, the most likely way for you to infect your system with it is via spam e-mails. The malicious executable file may be disguised as an image or a text document and attached to a spam mail that you probably cannot resist. The reason is simple: You are a human being whose curiosity may be triggered. This spam can claim to have come from the local authorities or any other company that anyone would possibly know. It may refer to a subject like a flight ticket reservation, a hotel room booking, or an unpaid invoice. Whatever the subject, most people would want to see further information about it. This is why victims end up saving the attachment and launching it, which is equal to initiating this malicious attack. In other words, normally you could not delete Crypt888 Ransomware without losing your files; you are simply lucky if you are infected with this version that is actually decryptable; so, you can recover your files.
Apart from becoming a more cautious mail opener, we also suggest that you keep your browsers and drivers always up-to-date to avoid potential Exploit Kit attacks. In addition to these, it is essential that you stay away from suspicious websites and engaging with their content. If you have remote desktop software installed on your computer, we recommend that you double-check if it is safely configured because having a weak password, for example, could allow cyber criminals to gain access to your system with ease. If you do not wish to remove Crypt888 Ransomware or other similar threats in the future, you will remember these tips.
This ransomware program uses the RSA encryption algorithm, which is part of your Windows operating system. This infection only targets your default media directories, such as %userprofile%\music,%userprofile%\videos, %userprofile%\documents, and %userprofile%\music, as well as their subfolders. So, if you keep your media files in your own folders, chances are that this threat cannot even touch them. The encrypted files usually get an extension appended to the original; however, this infection is quite unique in this respect as it puts "Locked." at the beginning of the file name, making it look like "Locked.myimage.jpg."
While the encryption process is running, this ransomware may also steal important information about you from your browsers and Skype as well. Once done, it replaces your desktop wallpaper with its ransom note that tries to impersonate the Anonymous hacker group claiming that you have stolen 48.48 BTC from them. Obviously, this amount made more sense a good year ago; although, back then it was still considered as an insane amount since it was worth around 26,000 USD. When the ransom fee is that whooping high, it usually means that the attackers mainly target larger corporations like private hospitals and IT firms. Nevertheless, we cannot confirm this in this case. Currently, this fee would be worth around 801,000 USD. But whatever the price such cyber criminals may try to extort from you, we believe that it is important that you do not give in. We recommend that you remove Crypt888 Ransomware immediately.
If you do not have a backup and this ransomware takes your files hostage, we suggest that you try to get hold of the free decryption tool that is available on the web. As we have mentioned, you should only download or use such a tool if you know what you are doing. Lacking certain IT skills and experience could cost you dearly as there could be several fake tools waiting to infect unsuspecting users. Please follow our instructions below if you are ready to act. If you would like peace of mind in your virtual world, we advise you to install a reputable anti-malware program like SpyHunter.