Cryptre Ransomware is a new clone of CryptoWire Ransomware, an old infection that our malware analysts reported several years ago. It is unknown who the creator of this malware is, and it is also unclear what purpose they were created for. Normally, ransomware threats are created to encrypt files and then push victims into paying money for decryption tools, keys, or software. In this case, the infection can encrypt files, and it does ask for money, but paying the ransom of $200 is impossible because there is not enough information that would enable a successful payment. So, although the victim can be screwed, the attackers cannot gain anything out of it. Although it is possible that the threat is dysfunctional because of some error, it is more likely that it was created as a test because the predecessor acted in the exact same way. All in all, although it is unlikely that Windows users will need to delete Cryptre Ransomware, we have created a removal guide just in case the attackers decide to strike.
If Cryptre Ransomware spreads, it is likely to do that using unreliable downloaders or spam emails. It could also be downloaded by other infections. It is most important for the threat to remain unnoticeable because if you discover and remove it right away, it might not be able to encrypt files. When files are encrypted, the “.encrypted” extension is added in front of the original extension (e.g., “example.encrypted.jpg). If the threat acts exactly like CryptoWire, it will go after files in %USERPROFILE% and all subfolders. If you try to open the corrupted files, you will find that you cannot do it, but you don’t need to either because the added extension should help you spot them immediately. Unfortunately, there is no way to decrypt these files manually because real file decryptors cannot solve the encryptors used by malware. Hopefully, you do not need to restore files because you have backup copies. If that is the case, remove Cryptre Ransomware encrypted files, eliminate the threat itself, and then transfer the healthy copies onto the PC.
As we mentioned already, it is not possible to pay the ransom of $200 that Cryptre Ransomware requests, but the request is made despite that. The ransom note is delivered via the infection’s window that is opened right after the encryption attack. The note informs that the ransom must be paid in Bitcoins, and it also provides a link to howtobuybitcoins.info/#!/ via the ‘Buy Bitcoins’ button. Needless to say, you do not need to purchase Bitcoins because you will have no use for them, as there is no payment-related information that could make it possible to pay the ransom for the alleged “decryption key.” If you restart the computer in the hopes that the infection could just magically disappear, you will find the ransom note window reappear because the threat creates a scheduled task in Windows. We show how to delete it in the instructions below. Without a doubt, you need to remove all malicious components that belong to this threat, and the launcher of Cryptre Ransomware might be the one that is hardest to find and eliminate.
Most victims of malware want to remove it manually because they are often afraid of downloading new files and installing new software. As long as this software is legitimate, you should have no fears. Anti-malware software is, without a doubt, the software we suggest installing as soon as possible. It can inspect your operating system to check for malicious threats and it can delete them all automatically. Therefore, if you realize that you need to remove Cryptre Ransomware, you should really install a legitimate anti-malware program. It will erase every single malicious component automatically, and you will not need to do a thing. You also need to take care of your operating system’s security, and the right anti-malware tool can handle it. In fact, that is the primary task for anti-malware software.
N.B. To access the listed directories, launch Explorer (tap Win+E keys), and then enter the directory’s path into the field at the top of Explorer.