Crowti Virus – Removal Instructions
Crowti is nasty, malicious software that works to encrypt a person’s data files including pictures, videos, music, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. The immoral individuals responsible then hold all your files and data for ransom and proceed to try and extort money from you.
Crowti is generally spread through various infected attachments to emails, or as another computer infection on systems that already have viruses that provide a back door for even more attacks.
Once a computer is infected, Crowti corresponds with a central server for the specific information it requires to activate, and then starts encrypting files in the computer that’s infected with that information. As soon as the files are encrypted, Crowti then posts a message requesting a payment in order to decrypt the files and literally threatens to destroy the data if it doesn’t receive the money.
Crowti is the given name of the malicious software that only infects Windows PCs running Windows 7 or 8, Vista, or XP. Therefore, if you’re using an Apple computer, you’re safe from Crowti. Likewise, smartphones are also safe from Crowti.
Unless all your files are backed-up, Crowti will destroy them. Some malicious ransomware play tricks on your confidence, presenting a certain message requesting a payment without actually doing anything to the person’s files. However, Crowti does what it threatens to do. It actually encrypts all your files to a degree that renders it indestructible even by the most advanced and quickest computers in the world, even with an entire lifetime to work on the system.
Wondering how Crowti spreads? The software isn’t actually a virus or worm, but rather a Trojan horse; meaning that like the majority of malware seen nowadays, it’s unable to travel on its own accord and will not self-replicate either. Instead, it’s typically distributed through spammy email messages, perhaps posing as an important message from a delivery company or your bank. Once you click on the attached file (which may pretend to be an official PDF file at first glance but uses the double extension .PDF.EXE trick in order to hide its real executable format), the system is infected.
Naturally, it’s possible that the criminals behind the malicious Crowti software may find other ways to distribute it as well. For example, by compromising certain sites with malicious exploit kits that make use of key software vulnerabilities to install Crowti on guest computers.
Not sure which files Crowti encrypts? Once it gets into your computer, it starts searching for files to encrypt. Also, Crowti doesn’t just affect your computer’s hard drive, but any other connected drives as well such as mapped network shares or folders that may be synced to your Cloud, including DropBox.
Step-by-Step Crowti Virus Removal Instructions
The Virus Help Center has carefully created these instructions in order to make the removal of the Crowti virus as easy as possible.
**PLEASE REMEMBER** – If the computer that is infected with the virus is running Microsoft’s “Windows 8” operating system, please use this Windows 8 Virus Removal Instructions page.
1. Restart the Computer into Safe Mode with Networking
The Crowti virus is usually a lot less active in Safe Mode with Networking. This will allow you to bypass the virus and install the Crowti Virus Removal software.
How to boot into Safe Mode with Networking:
a. Turn off the computer and wait 1 minute
b. Turn on the computer and immediately begin pressing the “F8” button multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced options menu
c. When the Windows Advanced options menu appears, select “Safe Mode with Networking” and press “ENTER”
2. Install Spyhunter 4
The software we recommend to remove Crowti has received awards for its virus removal capabilities and is used by millions worldwide.
Install Spyhunter 4:
a. Click the “Windows” key and the “R” key to open the Run box (See Image below)
b. Type the following into the Run Command box: iexplore http://www.virushelpcenter.com/fix and press “ENTER”
c. After pressing “OK” the installation will begin and you will be asked to “Run” or “Save”- Select “RUN”
3. Complete the Scan and Remove the Virus
The software will automatically begin the scanning process and once completed will show the results of all the infections found. Please Note: the scan results will show the files names and not the actual name of the particular virus.
Fully remove Crowti:
a. Click “Fix” when the virus scan is complete.
b. Register Spyhunter to completely remove the virus.
c. Spyhunter will remove the virus and protect you from future threats.