.ENCRYPTED File Extension
Crypren Ransomware Encrypted File
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What is an ENCRYPTED file?
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 his files by paying a ransom payment.
How do I recover my files that have been encrypted by the Crypren virus?
Currently, there is no program available to effectively restore infected files. If the user has a recent backup of his files, he can perform a system restore to remove the virus but any changes made to files after the backup was made will be lost.