What is Titancrypt Ransomware
Titancrypt is a ransomware-type infection. It encrypts system-stored data and demands victims to pay a small ransom of 20 Polish Zlotys (about 4,5 Dollars). During encryption, it adds the new .titancrypt to each encrypted file making it no longer accessible. For instance, a file previously titled as
1.png will change to
1.png.titancrypt and lose its original icon. Insturctions on how to pay the requested money can be found inside of ___RECOVER__FILES__.titancrypt.txt – a text file injected to each folder with encrypted data including your desktop. Along with this, it displays a pop-up window saying how many files have been encrypted.
All of your files have been encrypted.
To unlock them, please send 20PLN PaySafeCard on discord: titanware#1405
Thank you and have a nice day!
Unlike other infections of this type, the supposedly polish threat actor behind his Titancrypt Ransomware has written short and clear instructions on what victims should do. It is said to contact him via his discord (titanware#1405) and send 20 Polish Zlotys through PaySafeCard. Although the ransomware developer does not elaborate on this, paying the ransom should logically lead to full decryption of data. Many ransomware infections (unlike this) ask for ransoms ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars. Thus, users victimized by Titancrypt Ransomware got somewhat lucky since 4,5 Dollars is not a lot of money for many. You can pay this amount and get your data decrypted unless there are backup copies available. If you have your encrypted files backed up on external storage, then you can ignore paying the ransom and recover from backups after deleting the virus. In our ransomware-related tutorials, we always include reputable tools sometimes able to decrypt or recover data without the help of cybercriminals or even physical backup copies, so you can try them as well Note that if you choose to not comply with what the ransomware developer says and recover your files on your own, it is important to delete the virus first. Otherwise, it will continue its operation and encrypt your backups, for instance.
How Titancrypt Ransomware infected your computer
It is hard to tease out one single channel used to distribute file encryptors. A variety of vectors may be involved including e-mail spam letters, trojans, fake software cracking tools, fake updates/installers, backdoors, keyloggers, network vulnerabilities, malicious ads, and so forth. E-mail spam is often used to disguise messages as legitimate companies and deliver malicious attachments or download links. DOCX, PDF, EXE, XLSX, JS, RAR, ZIP, and other file extensions can be attached to such letters. If opened and followed some further actions, malware might be uncaged and install itself immediately. Users can prevent such channels, even if fooled, from successfully installing malware through special anti-malware software. Recommendations on which one to equip against such threats can be found in our tutorial below.
- Download Titancrypt Ransomware Removal Tool
- Get decryption tool for .titancrypt files
- Recover encrypted files with Stellar Data Recovery Professional
- Restore encrypted files with Windows Previous Versions
- Restore files with Shadow Explorer
- How to protect from threats like Titancrypt Ransomware
Download Removal Tool
To remove Titancrypt Ransomware completely, we recommend you to use Norton Antivirus from Symantec. It detects and removes all files, folders, and registry keys of Titancrypt Ransomware and prevents future infections by similar viruses.
Alternative Removal Tool
To remove Titancrypt Ransomware completely, we recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 from EnigmaSoft Limited. It detects and removes all files, folders, and registry keys of Titancrypt Ransomware. The trial version of SpyHunter 5 offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE.
Titancrypt Ransomware files:
Titancrypt Ransomware registry keys:
How to decrypt and restore .titancrypt files
Use automated decryptors
Download Kaspersky RakhniDecryptor
Use following tool from Kaspersky called Rakhni Decryptor, that can decrypt .titancrypt files. Download it 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.
Dr.Web Rescue Pack
Famous antivirus vendor Dr. Web provides free decryption service for the owners of its products: Dr.Web Security Space or Dr.Web Enterprise Security Suite. Other users can ask for help in the decryption of .titancrypt files by uploading samples to Dr. Web Ransomware Decryption Service. Analyzing files will be performed free of charge and if files are decryptable, all you need to do is purchase a 2-year license of Dr.Web Security Space worth $120 or less. Otherwise, you don’t have to pay.
If you are infected with Titancrypt Ransomware and removed from your computer you can try to decrypt your files. Antivirus vendors and individuals create free decryptors for some crypto-lockers. To attempt to decrypt them manually you can do the following:
Use Stellar Data Recovery Professional to restore .titancrypt files
- Download Stellar Data Recovery Professional.
- Click Recover Data button.
- Select type of files you want to restore and click Next button.
- Choose location where you would like to restore files from and click Scan button.
- Preview found files, choose ones you will restore and click Recover.
Using Windows Previous Versions option:
- Right-click on infected file and choose Properties.
- Select Previous Versions tab.
- Choose particular version of the file and click Copy.
- To restore the selected file and replace the existing one, click on the Restore button.
- In case there is no items in the list choose alternative method.
Using Shadow Explorer:
- Download Shadow Explorer program.
- Run it and you will see screen listing of all the drives and the dates that shadow copy was created.
- Select the drive and date that you want to restore from.
- Right-click on a folder name and select Export.
- In case there are no other dates in the list, choose alternative method.
If you are using Dropbox:
- Login to the DropBox website and go to the folder that contains encrypted files.
- Right-click on the encrypted file and select Previous Versions.
- Select the version of the file you wish to restore and click on the Restore button.
How to protect computer from viruses, like Titancrypt Ransomware, in future
1. Get special anti-ransomware software
Use ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware
Famous antivirus brand ZoneAlarm by Check Point released a comprehensive tool, that will help you with active anti-ransomware protection, as an additional shield to your current protection. The tool provides Zero-Day protection against ransomware and allows you to recover files. ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware is compatible with all other antiviruses, firewalls, and security software except ZoneAlarm Extreme (already shipped with ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware) or Check Point Endpoint products. The killer features of this application are: automatic file recovery, overwrite protection that instantly and automatically recovers any encrypted files, file protection that detects and blocks even unknown encryptors.
2. Back up your files
As an additional way to save your files, we recommend online backup. Local storage, such as hard drives, SSDs, flash drives, or remote network storage can be instantly infected by the virus once plugged in or connected to. Titancrypt Ransomware uses some techniques to exploit this. One of the best services and programs for easy automatic online backup is iDrive. It has the most profitable terms and a simple interface. You can read more about iDrive cloud backup and storage here.
3. Do not open spam e-mails and protect your mailbox
Malicious attachments to spam or phishing e-mails are the most popular method of ransomware distribution. Using spam filters and creating anti-spam rules is good practice. One of the world leaders in anti-spam protection is MailWasher Pro. It works with various desktop applications and provides a very high level of anti-spam protection.