The PSCrypt virus has its origin from the computers in Ukraine, Russia and The Netherlands. PSCrypt ransomware is a variant of the infamous cryptovirus, which was reported to mainly encrypt computer systems in Ukraine. PSCrypt is a malicious ransomware that is designed to encrypt and lock all your documents, photos, music, videos, databases on the affected computer.
Being victim to this Ransomware infection is, without a doubt, can be a very unpleasant experience. One of the most common way for this infection to spread in your computer is the use of email spam messages which contains social engineering body text. The PSCrypt ransomware uses more than one way to deliver the payload file. It uses sources such as social media and/or file-sharing sites. Bundled with Freeware applications found over the Internet are also one famous mode of such payload deliveries. Before opening any files that you might have downloaded, scan them with an antivirus. Scan is a must especially if these files come from a suspicious source, such as emails or links. Also, don’t forget to check the size and signatures of such files. The aim of the criminals is to confuse the users by imitating popular companies. The PSCrypt virus is either attached directly or linked in the body contents.
Signs of this PSCrypt Ransomware in your computer?
1.The ransomware engine is able to harvest information about the hardware components of the systems, installed software and related configuration.
2.The virus starts its own process and may infect additional ones if necessary.
3.The ransomware engine can write files to the desktop configuration file. This is frequently used to hide folders or files during encryption.
4.Several anti-debugging techniques have been used in the process of programming the PSCrypt virus. This allows the hackers to protect the malicious binary from analysis from sandboxing environments, debuggers or virtual machines.
What is the price you have to pay to get rid of PSCrypt Ransomware?
Once all your files and data is locked, there is a ransom note carries victim’s personal identifier and a message from cyber criminals which says that all files have been encrypted by PSCrypt. The letter suggests that the victim must buy Bitcoins at LocalBitcoins, Coinbase or XChange and then transfer a required sum to a provided Bitcoin wallet. The hackers extort a payment of 2500 Ukrainian hryvnas which is about 100 US Dollars. The money can either be paid via Bitcoins or the iBox system.
- Visit only web pages with positive reputation.
- Stay away from all the addresses that are not trustworthy, and always believe in your gut feeling.
- Be extremely cautious when it comes to SPAM-emails (and malicious social media messages).
- Do not ever click on any shady looking hyperlink or download, or open any suspicious attachments.
- When it comes to the most important aspect of prevention – master the art of always backing up your data. This is the only sure way to avoid threats and blackmailing.
Browsers Targeted by PSCrypt ramsomware:
- Google Chrome
- Mozilla Firefox
- Internet Explorer
Remove unwanted browser add-ons/extensions from your browsers:
- Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon and go to More tools > Extensions.
- Click the delete icon next to the unwanted extension to remove it.
- Open the Menu and click Add-on.
- Click Remove next to the unwanted add-on you to remove it.
- Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program in the Programs section in Windows Control Panel.
- Search for Search.musicktab.com and other unwanted programs in the list of programs installed on your computer that do not have a verified publisher. It is always a good idea to remove programs but before doing so we suggest reading about it over google
- Double click the program you want to remove to begin the uninstall process.
- Go to Tools tab on your Internet Explorer and select internet options tab.
- From the available tabs, click on ‘Advanced’ tab.
- Under ‘Reset Internet Explorer settings’, click ‘Reset…’.
- If you are not able to change the settings from with the above steps. Click on Tool option >Internet Option >Advanced>Reset
- From this you can reset your browser such as default settings
- Congratulations!!! Your browser is safe now.
- Set the homepage to your favorite one.
Tips to Prevent PSCrypt Ransomware From Infecting Your System:
- Enable your popup blocker: Pop-ups and ads in the websites are the most adoptable tactic used by cyber criminals or developers with the core intention to spread malicious programs like PSCrypt Ransomware. So, avoid clicking uncertain sites, software offers, pop-ups etc.
- Keep your Windows Updated:To avoid such infections, we recommend that you should always keep your system updated through automatic windows update. By doing this you can keep your device free from virus. According to survey, outdated/older versions of windows operating system are an easy target.
- Third party installation:Try to avoid freeware download websites as they usually install bundled of software with any installer or stub file.
- Regular Back up: Regular and periodical backup helps you to keep your data safe in case the system is infected by any kind of virus or any other infection. Thus always backup important files regularly on a cloud drive or an external hard drive.
- Always have an Anti-Virus: Precaution is better than cure. We recommend that you install an antivirus like McAfee or a good Malware Removal Tool like Free Malware RemovalTool. Apart from this we would suggest a regular updating of these software to detect and avoid latest infections.