The Cryptobot Ransomware is a ransomware infection that is used to take the infected computer hostage. The Cryptobot Ransomware is designed to take over a computer, encrypt personal and professional files, and then stipulate the payment of a fee in order to decrypt the corrupted files. The Cryptobot Ransomware and similar attacks may demand payment using Bitcoin since this payment method is regarded as anonymous and untraceable. The Cryptobot Ransomware connects to a remote server, sending the infected computer's identifier and the encrypted decryption key. The Cryptobot Ransomware then receives configuration information and the HTML data for the ransom note that will be displayed on the victim's computer. The Cryptobot Ransomware disables System Restore and deletes Shadow Volume copies of encrypted files, methods that had previously been effective in defeating older versions of these types of attacks.
The Cryptobot Ransomware Attack may Cause Irreparable Data Loss
After the Cryptobot Ransomware has encrypted the victim's files, the Cryptobot Ransomware will create HTML and text files in every directory where it had the files encrypted. These files contain the Cryptobot Ransomware's ransom note, with the instructions for paying in order to recover the corrupted files. The Cryptobot Ransomware will also create a component that displays these instructions every time Windows starts up. The Cryptobot Ransomware is quite careful in making sure that only the victim can access the link to decrypt the files, providing a unique identifier, password and link to each victim of the Cryptobot Ransomware attack. This is one of the properties that make the Cryptobot Ransomware especially devastating when it comes to attacking businesses and other larger operations where file loss may have important consequences. The following is an example of the ransom note associated with the Cryptobot Ransomware:
We have encrypted your files with Cryptobot virus
Your important files (including those on the network disks, USB, etc): photos, videos, documents, etc. were encrypted with our Cryptobot virus. The only way to get your files back is to pay us. Otherwise, your files will be lost.
Caution: Removing of Cryptobot will not restore access to your encrypted files.
The Cryptobot Ransomware targets specific files, including the following list:
bay, cdr, cer, cr2, crt, dbf, dcr, dng, doc, docm, docx, dwg, dxf, dxg, indd, jpe, jpg , mdb, mdf, mef, nef, nrw, odm, odp, orf, pdd, pef, pfx, ppt, pptm, pptx, psd, ptx, r3d, raf, raw, rw2, rwl, srf, srw, wpd, wps, xlk, xls, xlsb, xlsm, xlsx.
In most cases, the Cryptobot Ransomware spreads using spam email messages containing corrupted attachments or embedded links. Payment of the Cryptobot Ransomware's ransom may be an option, but is not advisable. In most cases, the Bitcoin payment amounts to approximately $500 USD. If a computer user would be willing to pay this amount to recover lost files, then it is paramount that a backup solution is purchased. In most cases, a free backup solution on the cloud or a low-cost external hard drive may mean the difference between recovering from one of these attacks or having to pay the Cryptobot Ransomware's substantial ransom and allowing third parties to continue carrying out these attacks. Another step in preventing the Cryptobot Ransomware attacks is protecting your computer from this infection in the first place. In this case, the use of a strong anti-malware program that is fully up-to-date is essential. Computer users should ensure that their security software is always activated and fully updated. The addition of active anti-spam measures and a firewall can be especially effective in keeping the Cryptobot Ransomware attacks at bay. Malware analysts also recommend following basic online safety guidelines to prevent the Cryptobot Ransomware attacks. Simply avoiding unknown email attachments and embedded links and staying away from risky websites can reduce the risk of contracting threats substantially.