HackdoorCrypt3r Ransomware encrypts files in particular directories only and then adds the .hackdoor extension to them. Therefore, how much of your data could be lost depends on two things: where you keep your important files and if you have backups. No doubt, hackers behind the malware hope that you will have no options and will be desperate enough to agree with their terms. To be more precise, the malicious application's developers might promise sending decryption tools that could restore all files for users who agree to pay a ransom. Our specialists say that there are no guarantees that the cybercriminals would keep up with their promises, which is why dealing with them would be very risky. If you want to learn more about the hackers’ terms as well as essential details about HackdoorCrypt3r Ransomware, we invite you to read our full report.
HackdoorCrypt3r Ransomware could be received via email or downloaded from unreliable websites or pop-ups. Thus, we advise being cautious with data from the Internet if you do not want to receive this malicious application or other threats. Files might not be what they seem, especially if they come from untrustworthy sources, which is why it is highly advisable to scan all questionable data before opening it with a reliable antimalware tool. Scanning your data should not take long. If you scan a small file, your chosen security tool might let you know whether it is malicious or not after a few seconds. Therefore, by investing a bit of your time, you might be able to protect your computer and your precious files on it from malware.
According to our specialists, HackdoorCrypt3r Ransomware does not need to settle in to run. Once its launcher starts running, the malicious application should begin encrypting files in a few specific %USERPROFILE% subfolders. These subfolders are called Desktop, Documents, Pictures, and Videos. If you keep precious files in these locations, they should become enciphered, which means they cannot be opened unless they are decrypted first. Of course, if you have the encrypted files’ copies on removable media devices or cloud storage, you could switch ruined files with their copies. You could try to restore your data from shadow copies, but our researchers say that the malicious application might erase them, which is why it could be impossible.
Besides encrypting files, HackdoorCrypt3r Ransomware should change your Desktop’s image with a picture called wallpaper.bmp that gets dropped to %TEMP%. Also, the malware should create a ransom note called !how_to_unlock_your_file.txt. Inside this file, you should find a message saying that you can decrypt your data, but you will have to pay to get decryption tools. The price is $980, but hackers offer a 50 percent discount if you pay the ransom in 72 hours. Even so, we advise not to rush into it. Hackers may promise to hold on to their end of the bargain, but they may never deliver the guaranteed decryption tools. Naturally, if you think the risk is too high or that your files are not worth $490, we advise not to pay the ransom.
Lastly, we recommend erasing HackdoorCrypt3r Ransomware. If you think you are up for this task, you could complete the instructions located below. They explain how to delete the malware manually. The other way to eliminate HackdoorCrypt3r Ransomware is to scan your computer with a legitimate antimalware tool and press the removal button that should appear right after the scan.