CryptoHost Ransomware is one of the many infections that can hide behind the installer of a harmless-looking Torrent file. Unfortunately, this infection is extremely dangerous, and, if it manages to slither into your operating system, your personal files might fall at risk. This ransomware was created to force you into paying a ransom which, according to our research, is different in every case. In most cases, this ransom ranges from 0.3 to 0.4 bitcoins, which amounts to 128-170 US dollars. As you might know, Bitcoins is an unstable currency, and the currency ratio might be different at the time you are reading this. Is the ransom requested from you smaller or bigger? Unfortunately, it is possible that the circumstances and conditions will change because cyber criminals are not known for following the rules or being predictable. In fact, even the distribution of this ransomware might evolve. All in all, what does not change is the fact that you need to delete CryptoHost Ransomware.
The malicious CryptoHost Ransomware was created to get your money, and it will inform you about it using a pop-up notification, as well as warnings issued to you when browsing the web. Here are a few excerpts from the main notification employed by this devious, malicious ransomware infection.
Your Computer Files have been Encrypted and Locked! […]
This is unfortunate although for a small fee all your Files will be returned to their original location as if nothing ever happened. […]
Removing this software causes permanent loss of your files!
This software is the only way to get your files back!
CryptoHost Ransomware acts very strangely. If this infection detects the activity of antivirus software, it can disable its process, cryptohost.exe, to seize showing notifications, which might disable you from paying the ransom. Fortunately, you do not need to pay the ransom, so having the annoying pop-ups disabled is irrelevant. However, you should not rush to employ anti-malware software to prevent the removal of a RAR archive that this infection locks your files in. If you do not employ antivirus software, this malicious infection will check the sites you visit to look for certain strings in their names, including facebook, youtube, netflix, amazon, and ebay. If you try visiting these websites, your access to them will be blocked, and a warning message stating that you need to pay the ransom will show up. Of course, these warnings will disappear only after you remove CryptoHost Ransomware from your computer. Fortunately, this infection does not block your browsers altogether. After all, it needs the connection to provide you with information on how to purchase Bitcoins and to contact blockchain.info (to check for payments).
Once installed onto your computer, CryptoHost Ransomware scans it to find files that represent photos (e.g., .jpeg, .jpg), videos (e.g., .mp4, .avi, .mov), and documents (e.g., .ppt, .doc, .zip, .pdf). These files are most likely to hold personal value, which is why they are targeted by this malicious ransomware. Luckily, instead of encrypting these files using RSA, AES, and other encryption methods employed by infamous ransomware, such as CryptoHasYou Ransomware, it transfers these files into one RAR archive and locks it. In order to access these files, you are required to enter a password, and you should be provided with it once you pay the ransom requested by schemers. The good news is that you can get this password in a different way, and you do not need to spend a dime. Check the removal guide below to learn more about the retrieval of your password as well as the removal of the malicious ransomware.
If you decide to install automated malware detection and removal software to remove CryptoHost Ransomware from your Windows operating system, the archive created by this threat could be eliminated as well. Due to this, we suggest choosing reliable anti-malware software or installing it after you delete this ransomware manually. First, terminate the malicious executable of this threat, and eliminate its components (files and registry entries). Afterward, use a legitimate file extractor to unlock the RAR file created by the ransomware. Note that the password that you need to open this archive is the combination of the RAR archive name that is made up of 41 letters and numbers as well as your Windows username (e.g., C11BB1A91E86934CHD0753D5E928H1E026277D0Buser). So, do not rush to delete this suspicious archive because this is where your files are stored. Once you recover your files, download a trusted anti-malware tool to eliminate other potentially active threats and keep your PC protected against them.