Cryptowall 3.0 Virus – Removal Instructions
Cryptowall 3.0 is unlike other ransomware that disguises as business transactions and invoices in emails. Cryptowall 3.0 makes use of a collection of software that are free and open, and that’s when it will start encrypting the files with formats .cd, .1cd, .dwg, .cdr, .docx, .doc, .xlsx, .xls, .jpg, .max, .rar, .zip, .slddrw, .accdb, .rtf, .pdf, and .mdb. Basically, it’s almost all the files. The original target of this virus are the Russians, as instructions were written in their native language. However, just recently, Cryptowall 3.0 has started targeting other countries as well, especially United States, because the language changed from Russian to English. Cryptowall 3.0 is still distributed via spam emails disguised as postal or shipment notifications with Zip files are attached to it.
Once the user clicks on the file, multiple other unknown files will also be downloaded, and that’s when the encryption will start. The Cryptowall 3.0 ransomware is extremely simple, but very effective. Also, unlike other viruses, Cryptowall 3.0 even has its own “customer support” website that pretends to be, of course, a support to the victims of the virus.
Cryptowall 3.0, once downloaded, quickly encrypts or “locks” all the said file formats in the previous paragraph. A decryption key is available according to the hackers, but it is only available from them upon payment. The encrypted files are then stored in two files called File1.bin and File2.bin that only hackers can access if the victim pays them the ransom. Afterwards, the Read.txt will appear on the screen with a message and then beneath it would be the step-by-step process on how to retrieve files that are, of course, of no assurance.
Cryptowall 3.0 will provide an email address where the victim will send his payment and further response to the instructions. Then later he pays, the more the payment increases. Even after paying, Cryptowall 3.0 isn’t even guaranteed that all the files will be restored. However, it is advised to keep File1.bin and File2.bin, because these may be used in the future.
Step-by-Step Cryptowall 3.0 Virus Removal Instructions
The Virus Help Center has carefully created these instructions in order to make the removal of the Cryptowall 3.0 virus as easy as possible.
**PLEASE REMEMBER** – If the computer that is infected with the Cryptowall 3.0 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 Cryptowall 3.0 virus is usually a lot less active in Safe Mode with Networking. This will allow you to bypass the virus and install the Cryptowall 3.0 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 Cryptowall 3.0 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://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 Cryptowall 3.0 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 Cryptowall 3.0:
a. Click “Fix” when the virus scan is complete.
b. Register Spyhunter to completely remove the Cryptowall 3.0 virus.
c. Spyhunter will remove the Cryptowall 3.0 virus and protect you from future threats.