RackCrypt virus is a dangerous ransomware that can encrypt all your files and make them unusable. The main reason for that is to demand ransom in bitcoins from you. Although the criminals make promises about decrypting your data within three hours after paying, you should be aware that no matter how reassuring they sound there is still no guarantee they will help you. So you should try to remove this ransomware as soon as you can. We will display a method that you could use to delete RackCrypt virus from your computer, but if you erase this malware, the encrypted files will be lost too. Still you can search the Internet for programs that could help to recover your data. As for the future you should make copies of the most important documents and keep it safe.
There are a few possible ways of how this malware could enter your computer, but it is most likely that it came while downloading files from malicious websites. For example, the file name could look like one of these: smss.exe, firefox.exe, etc. Also, you could receive such files with spam email and once you open it, RackCrypt virus would settle in. Therefore, you should always be careful when downloading executable files or documents, especially from unknown or suspicious sources.
As it enters your system it starts the encryption process and, during it, this ransomware not only makes a copy of itself in the %TEMP% location, but also creates particular keys in Windows Registry. RackCrypt virus can encrypt files with these extensions: doc, .docm, .docx, .jpe, .jpeg, .jpg, .js, .m3u, .m4a, .menu, .mov, .mp4, .mp3, .pptx, .psd, .ptx, .qic, .raw, .sav, .tor, .wmv, .wmo, .zip, .xls, .xlsm, .wall, .srf, .svg, .layout, .txt, .pdf, etc. After the encryption, all files are renamed by adding .rack to the file extension, e.g. photo.jpeg.rack, and from this point, you cannot open or do anything else with your data. Also, this ransomware will show you a message describing what happened with instructions explaining what needs to be done to get the decryption key. As for the payment, it asks 1.3 bitcoins to be transferred to particular wallet address. What's more, you are given three days, and it gives you a support email you can write to if anything goes wrong. Even though these criminals write in a manner that makes them look trustworthy, do not let it fool you because they are only trying to convince you into paying the ransom. Besides, if you have copies of your most important files somewhere on removable media or online cloud, you have nothing to worry about.
All in all, it is for you to decide how to deal with this ransomware, but it would be advisable to delete RackCrypt virus from your system as there is no reassurance these criminals will keep up to their word. Consequently, you might spend about three hundred dollars and still be left with ruined data. However, if you choose to remove this malware, you should know that it can be done manually and automatically. As for inexperienced users, we would recommend installing an antimalware tool, which would find the RackCrypt virus data and delete it at once. For manual removal we can only suggest a method that has proven to be effective before, but if it is not working for you, it would be better to use a reliable security tool. So you can try our suggested removal method that you will find below the article and if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us by leaving a comment here or through our social media.
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