I wrote this article to help you remove Crbr Ransomware. This Crbr Ransomware removal guide works for all Windows versions.
Crbr is one of the most recently discovered additions to the family of ransomware. More and more ransomware piece are being developed every single day. This is so because this industry has proven itself very lucrative and even though people are constantly warned not to pay, they still do. And that encourages hackers to create more pests of this type. Crbr doesn’t stand out with anything in particular. It operates the same way all ransomware infections do. It sneaks in, locks your data and then wants money from you. It is all about money. There is no other reason for you to be infected with a ransomware. The crooks behind it are aiming at your bank account. Of course, all it up to you. Let`s explain.
When the ransomware enters, it scans your machine in search for your data. It locates everything and encrypts it with a RSA or AES encryption algorithm. All your pictures, music, videos, files, etc. receive a brand new file extension. Seeing the “.ac02” add-on to your data means that it is encrypted. Crbr keeps it hostage. You cannot access anything. Your computer cannot read your files` new format. And, you lose valuable data.
Nothing you do from this moment on changes the fact that your files are inaccessible. Not rebooting your computer, not renaming the files, not moving them into another folder. Nothing. They are locked. Then Crbr drops a note for you. The ransom note which you can find on your Desktop as well as in every folder, containing encrypted data. According to this note, the only way of recovering your files is by purchasing a special decryption tool. This is the blackmailing part.
The Crbr Ransomware
The pest took something that is already yours and now it is extorting you. You are asked to pay a certain amount of money in Bitcoins, after which the hackers will send you a decryptor. Supposedly, though. This is what they say but we all know that cybercriminals cannot be trusted. As soon as they receive the payment, they will forget about you and your files. You will end up double-crossed. Moreover, your money will be used for nothing but expanding the ransomware business.
Also, by making the payment you are exposing your private details to those crooks. And all for nothing. The chances are you will not receive the decryptor and your data will remain locked. Even if they give you the tool and it works, it doesn’t remove the infections from your PC. It will be a matter of time before Crbr encrypts your information again. Forget about paying and follow our removal guide instead. It is easy to follow and will help you remove Crbr from your machine once and for all. Only then you can safely retrieve your files.
How did you get stuck with the Crbr ransomware? The most popular method of ransomware distribution is spam email messages. Hackers attach the pest executable (Chrome_Font.exe) to an email and you do the rest. As you can see, the executable is disguised as a Chrome font tool in order to dupe you. Be careful what you download and what you install on your machine. Proceed with caution when you get a message from an unknown sender and you better not download its attachments. They usually deliver infections.
Even if the message seems legitimate, check it anyway. Enter the email address of the sender in a search engine and see the results. If it is used for shady business, someone would have complained. And yet, new email addresses are being created for malicious purposes all the time. There might be no complaints yet. That’s why it is better not to open emails from people you don’t know. Other methods the ransomware can use to enter are freeware, fake updates, Trojan horses, corrupted pages, third-party ads. Always be vigilant.
Method 1: Restore your encrypted files using ShadowExplorer
Usually, Crbr Ransomware deletes all shadow copies, stored in your computer. Luckily, the ransomware is not always able to delete the shadow copies. So your first try should be restoring the original files from shadow copies.
- Download ShadowExplorer from this link: http://www.shadowexplorer.com/downloads.html.
- Install ShadowExplorer
- Open ShadowExplorer and select C: drive on the left panel
- Choose at least a month ago date from the date field
- Navigate to the folder with encrypted files
- Right-click on the encrypted file
- Select “Export” and choose a destination for the original file
Method 2: Restore your encrypted files by using System Restore
- Go to Start –> All programs –> Accessories –> System tools –> System restore
- Click “Next“
- Choose a restore point, at least a month ago
- Click “Next“
- Choose Disk C: (should be selected by default)
- Click “Next“. Wait for a few minutes and the restore should be done.
Method 3: Restore your files using File Recovery Software
If none of the above method works, you should try to recover encrypted files by using File Recovery Software. Since Crbr Ransomware first makes a copy of the original file, then encrypts it and deletes the original one, you can successfully restore the original, using a File Recovery Software. Here are a few free File Recovery Software programs: