This page aims to help you remove .Crabslkt Virus Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any .Crabslkt file can be recovered.
.Crabslkt – Details
.Crabslkt Virus is not dissimilar to other recent ransomware infections like .Refols , .Raldug and .Grovat . If a malware program called .Crabslkt has entered your computer, then you are likely no longer able to access the majority of the files that are in your system. This is the main effect that this infection can have on your computer and though nothing would actually get harmed by .Crabslkt, the sole fact that most of your data has gotten locked by the encryption of this cryptovirus is usually enough of a problem in itself. The category of malicious programs that are known for going after their victim’s files is called Ransomware cryptoviruses. The reason for the name “Ransomware” is because of what happens after the files have been encrypted. At that point, the malicious piece of code pops-up a banner or creates a notepad file on the desktop of the invaded machine. The content of this banner/notepad file is a message from the hackers behind .Crabslkt in which they tell the infection victim that paying a ransom to them is the only way they could retrieve their files and make them accessible again. According to the ransom notification, the user would be sent a key through which the encryption could be removed from the files as soon as the payment is carried out. Inside this same note, there are typically some detailed instructions that are supposed to guide the user through the process of transferring the ransom. In many cases, the money that is required must be paid in some cryptocurrency such as BitCoin. The idea is that making the payment through such a currency would allow the hackers to keep their anonymity – such cryptocurrency transactions are quite difficult to trace which guarantees that you (or anybody else) won’t be able to find who the criminals really are.
If you have gotten attacked by .Crabslkt and now your files can’t be accessed, we advise you to take a look at the instructions from this page and consider using them instead of paying the ransom. You will learn why this is our advice for you in the paragraph after the guide.
Removing .Crabslkt manually
Right off the bat, we must tell you that neither of those two potential courses of action will guarantee that your files will be recovered. Paying the money may seem like a reasonable trade-off if the sum required of you is not all that high and if the sealed data is highly important but you must bear in mind that you cannot have any guarantee that the criminals will their end of the “bargain” and really send you the key that you need for the liberation of your data. For all you know, you may have your money taken and still not get to regain the access to the locked-up data.
On the other hand, our guide will help you with the eradication of .Crabslkt which would allow you to make your computer safe again. Sadly, however, we cannot promise you anything about what will happen to your files. We have added some possible techniques of recovering the locked data in our guide but you must know that they may not always work.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||In most cases, you won’t notice anything during the encryption and after it, the Ransomware will reveal itself through its ransom-demanding note.|
|Distribution Method||Spam and malvertising are the two most commonly used Ransomware distribution methods.|
Remove .Crabslkt Virus Ransomware Guide
Note: Before you go any further, we advise you to bookmark this page or have it open on a separate device such as your smartphone or another PC. Some of the steps might require you to exit your browser on this PC.
2: Task Manager
Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to enter the Task Manager. Go to the Tab labeled Processes (Details for Win 8/10). Carefully look through the list of processes that are currently active on you PC.
If any of them seems shady, consumes too much RAM/CPU or has some strange description or no description at all, right-click on it, select Open File Location and delete everything there.
Also, even if you do not delete the files, be sure to stop the process by right-clicking on it and selecting End Process.
3: IP related to .Crabslkt
Go to c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts. Open the hosts file with notepad.
Find where it says Localhost and take a look below that.
If you see any IP addresses there (below Localhost) send them to us here, in the comments since they might be coming from the .Crabslkt.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
4: Disable Startup programs
Re-open the Start Menu and type msconfig.
Click on the first search result. In the next window, go to the Startup tab. If you are on Win 10, it will send you to the Startup part of the task manager instead, as in the picture:
If you see any sketchy/shady looking entries in the list with an unknown manufacturer or a manufacturer name that looks suspicious as there could be a link between them and .Crabslkt , disable those programs and select OK.
5: Registry Editor
Press Windows key + R and in the resulting window type regedit.
Now, press Ctrl + F and type the name of the virus.
Delete everything that gets found. If you are not sure about whether to delete something, do not hesitate to ask us in the comments. Keep in mind that if you delete the wrong thing, you might cause all sorts of issues to your PC.
6: Deleting potentially malicious data – .Crabslkt
Type each of the following locations in the Windows search box and hit enter to open the locations:
Delete everything you see in Temp linked to .Crabslkt Ransomware. About the other folders, sort their contents by date and delete only the most recent entries. As always, if you are not sure about something, write to us in the comment section.
7: .Crabslkt Decryption
The previous steps were all aimed at removing the .Crabslkt Ransomware from your PC. However, in order to regain access to your files, you will also need to decrypt them or restore them. For that, we have a separate article with detailed instructions on what you have to do in order to unlock your data. Here is a link to that guide.