What is Cry Ransomware

Cry Ransomware is crypto-virus, that infects Windows-based computers and encrypts data of different types. Usually, those are documents, music, photos, e-mails and other files, that can be very important for the user. Ransomware adds .cry extension to affected files and demands $150 ransom for decryption. If ransom is not paid within 100 hours, amount doubles to $300. Among peculiarities, that differentiates Cry virus from other threats of this kind – it creates old_shortcuts on the desktop and moves encrypted files to this folder. This makes it easier to determine, what files were touched by malware, however currently there is no decryptor for .cry files. Virus also creates !Recovery_[random characters].txt and !Recovery_[random characters].html files on the desktop, that contain information about the infection and instructions to pay the ransom. Message pretends to be from Central Security Treatment Organization (Department of pre-trial settlement), which may seem to be governmental organization, but in fact, there is no such organization. Cry Ransomware imputes user guilt of violating cyber laws and payment should be paid to avoid the punishment. Do not fall to empty threats of the hackers and remove Cry ransomware from your computer. We prepared instructions to eliminate the virus and decrypt .cry files.

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How Cry Ransomware infected your PC

Cry Ransomware virus developers use spam e-mail attachments for distribution. Usually short message offers to download archive with some document. This document contains built-in macros, that runs in the background when user opens the document. This macros downloads executable file of the virus and runs it. Since that moment Cry Ransomware starts encrypting your files. Antivirus may not catch this threat and we recommend you to use HitmanPro with Cryptoguard. This program can detect encryption process and stop it to prevent the loss of your files.

Download Cry Ransomware Removal Tool

Download Removal Tool

To remove Cry Ransomware completely we recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 from EnigmaSoft Limited. It detects and removes all files, folders and registry keys of Cry Ransomware.

Alternative remover

Download RakhniDecryptor

As a good free alternative to remove Cry Ransomware use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. It will detect core files and processes of Cry ransomware and eliminate them to allow you start decryption of your files.

How to remove Cry Ransomware manually

It is not recommended to remove Cry Ransomware manually, for safer solution use Removal Tools instead.

Cry Ransomware files:

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Cry Ransomware reg keys:

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How to decrypt and restore .cry files

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Cry Ransomware allows user to decrypt 1 file for free. This can be used to attempt and decrypt all files by determining encryption key using this decrypted file and comparing it with encrypted one using special tools. Ransomware decryptor from Kaspersky may be useful in this case. It is free and easy to use. Download Kaspersky Ransomware Decryptor here:

There is no purpose to pay the ransom, because there is no guarantee you will receive the key, but you will put your bank credentials at risk.

If you are infected with Cry ransomware and removed it from your computer you can try to decrypt your files. Antivirus vendors and individuals create free decryptors for some crypto-lockers. However, there is currently no automatic decryption tool for .cry files. To attempt to remove them you can do the following:

Using Windows Previous Versions option:

  1. Right-click on infected file and choose Properties.
  2. Select Previous Versions tab.
  3. Choose particular version of the file and click Copy.
  4. To restore the selected file and replace the existing one, click on the Restore button.
  5. In case there is no items in the list choose alternative method.

Using Shadow Explorer:

  1. Download Shadow Explorer program.
  2. Run it and you will see screen listing of all the drives and the dates that shadow copy was created.
  3. Select the drive and date that you want to restore from.
  4. Right-click on a folder name and select Export.
  5. In case there are no other dates in the list, choose alternative method.

If you are using Dropbox:

  1. Login to the DropBox website and go to the folder that contains encrypted files.
  2. Right-click on the encrypted file and select Previous Versions.
  3. Select the version of the file you wish to restore and click on the Restore button.

How to protect computer from viruses like Cry Ransomware in future

Use Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta

Famous anti-malware vendor Malwarebytes along with EasySync Solutions created tool that will help you with active anti-ransomware protection as additional shield to your current protection.


Use HitmanPro.Alert with CryptoGuard

Dutch vendor of legendary cloud-based scanner HitmanPro – Surfright released active antivirus solution HitmanPro.Alert with CryptoGuard feature that effectively protects from latest versions of cryptoviruses.

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