.ENCRYPTED File Extension
Crypren Ransomware Encrypted File
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What is an ENCRYPTED file?
A file with an .encrypted extension is a file that has been encrypted by Crypren ransomware. It is encrypted so it is not possible to open the file by simply changing the .encrypted file extension.
Crypren ransomware is a type of malware utilized by cybercriminals that encrypts a user's files. After the ransomware takes the files hostage, it forces the victim to pay the perpetrator through Bitcoin to unlock the files. It is typically introduced to a victim's computer through spam emails with malicious links or file attachments. When an unsuspecting user downloads and opens the file attachment or clicks the embedded link in the email, the virus runs on the computer.
When the ransomware runs on a user's computer, it encrypts files on the computer and adds the .encrypted extension onto the names of the files. The types of files typically targeted include personal documents, images, videos, and backup files, such as .DOCX, .PDF, .PNG, .JPG, .MP4, and .DB files. For example, a document.docx file becomes document.docx.encrypted.
The virus then generates a READ_THIS_TO_DECRYPT.html READ_THIS_TO_DECRYPT.txt file in each folder on the user's computer that contains infected ENCRYPTED files. The .HTML or .TXT file contains information explaining the hostile takeover of the user's files and how the user can recover their files by paying a ransom payment.
How to open an ENCRYPTED file
No known program can restore files infected by Crypen ransomware to their original state. The best way to recover your files is to retrieve them from a recent backup or perform a System Restore to a point before your computer was infected.
FileInfo.com recommends you never pay a ransom to decrypt files encrypted by ransomware. Paying a ransom encourages ransomware distributors to continue their efforts, and there is no guarantee that paying a ransom will give you access to your files. Instead, you should restore your data from a recent backup created before the ransomware infected your computer.