Is this a severe threat

Crab locker ransomware is a file-encrypting malicious software infection that will do a lot of harm. It is not a threat to take casually as it could leave you with no way to recover your files. It’s quite easy to get infected, which makes it a highly dangerous malware. File encoding malware creators count on users being negligent, as contamination commonly infiltrates via spam email attachments, dangerous ads and bogus application downloads. When it finished the encoding process, a ransom note will appear and you will be requested to pay in exchange for data decryption. Between $100 and $1000 is probably what you’ll be asked to pay. Whether you’re asked for a lot of money, or a small sum, giving into the demands isn’t suggested. Do not trust cyber criminals to keep their word and restore your files, because there is nothing stopping them from simply taking your money. You can certainly find accounts of people not being able to recover data after payment, and that isn’t really shocking. Instead of giving into the requests, it would be wiser to buy backup. There are many options to pick from, and you’ll definitely be able to find the most suitable one for you. For those who did back up data prior to infection, simply uninstall Crab locker and recover files from where you are keeping them. This isn’t likely to be the last time you will get infected with some kind of malicious program, so you ought to prepare. In order to safeguard a machine, one must always be ready to come across possible malware, becoming familiar with how to avoid them.

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File encoding malware distribution methods

You normally get the ransomware when you open an infected email, engage with an infected ad or use suspicious platforms as download sources. More sophisticated methods can be used too, however.

Try to remember if you have recently opened an attachment from an email which ended up in the spam folder. Malicious program would attach the infected file to an email, and then send it to hundreds/thousands of people. As those emails often use topics such as money, many people open them without even thinking about what might happen. When you’re dealing with unfamiliar sender emails, be vary of certain signs that it may be malicious, such as grammatical mistakes, encourage to open the attachment. Your name would be put into the email automatically if it was a legitimate company whose email you should open. It is also rather obvious that that cyber criminals like to use big names like Amazon, PayPal, etc so that users are less distrustful. You could have also gotten the infection via compromised adverts or infected downloads. If you were on a compromised site and clicked on an infected advertisement, it may have caused the ransomware download. Or you may have obtained the ransomware along with some software you downloaded from an unreliable source. Sources such as adverts and pop-ups are infamous for being dangerous sources, so avoid downloading anything from them. Applications usually update themselves, but if manual update was needed, you would get a notification through the program, not the browser.

What happened to your files?

Because ransomware is able to permanently lock you out of your files, it’s categorized to be a very damaging threat. The process of encoding your data take a very short time, so you may not even notice it. If not for other signs, the weird file extension added to the files should make everything clear. Strong encryption algorithms will be used to make your data inaccessible, which can make decrypting files for free pretty difficult or even impossible. A ransom note will then be dropped, which should explain the situation. The ransomware note will tell you the sum you should pay for a decryption tool, but buying it is not something we suggest doing. Paying doesn’t necessarily mean file decryption because there’s nothing preventing hackers from just taking your money, leaving your files as they are. Additionally, you’d be giving hackers money to further develop malicious software. Although it is understandable, by giving into the requests, victims are making file encoding malware a pretty successful business, which is thought to have made $1 billion in 2016, and that will lure plenty of people to it. Consider investing the requested money into trustworthy backup instead. And you wouldn’t be putting your files in jeopardy if this type of situation occurred again. If you have decided to ignore the demands, proceed to remove Crab locker if it is still present on the system. If you become familiar with how these threats spread, you should learn to dodge them in the future.

Ways to delete Crab locker

If the data encoding malware is still present on your device, you have to get anti-malware software to get rid of it. Because you have to know exactly what you are doing, we do not advise proceeding to remove Crab locker manually. A better option would be using credible malware removal software to take care of everything. Such security programs are created to terminate Crab locker and similar threats, so it should not cause issues. Instructions to help you will be given below, in case you aren’t sure how to begin. However unfortunate it may be, those programs cannot help you restore your data, they will just terminate the infection. However, free decryption tools are released by malware specialists, if the file encrypting malicious program is decryptable.

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Learn how to remove Crab locker from your computer

Step 1. Delete Crab locker via Safe Mode with Networking

a) Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP

  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart. win7-restart Uninstall Crab locker
  2. When it is restarting, start pressing F8 until Advanced Boot Options appear.
  3. Go down to Safe Mode with Networking. win7-safe-mode Uninstall Crab locker
  4. Once your computer loads, open your browser and download anti-malware software.
  5. Use it to delete Crab locker.

b) Windows 8/Windows 10

  1. Click the power button from the Start menu, hold the key Shift and press Restart. win10-restart Uninstall Crab locker
  2. Access Troubleshoot, select Advanced options and press Startup settings. win-10-startup Uninstall Crab locker
  3. Go down to Enable Safe Mode and press Restart. win10-safe-mode Uninstall Crab locker
  4. Once your browser loads, open your browser and download anti-malware software.
  5. Use it to delete Crab locker.

Step 2. Delete Crab locker via System Restore

a) Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP

  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart win7-restart Uninstall Crab locker.
  2. When it is restarting, start pressing F8 until Advanced Boot Options appear.
  3. Go down to Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win7-safe-mode Uninstall Crab locker
  4. In Command Prompt, enter cd restore and press Enter.
  5. Then type in rstrui.exe and press Enter. win7-command-prompt Uninstall Crab locker
  6. In the System Restore window that appears, click Next, select restore point, and press Next again.
  7. Press Yes.

b) Windows 8/Windows 10

  1. Click the power button from the Start menu, hold the key Shift and press Restart. win10-restart Uninstall Crab locker
  2. Access Troubleshoot, select Advanced options and press Command Prompt. win-10-startup Uninstall Crab locker
  3. In Command Prompt, enter cd restore and press Enter.
  4. Then type in rstrui.exe and press Enter. win10-command-prompt Uninstall Crab locker
  5. In the System Restore window that appears, click Next, select restore point, and press Next again.
  6. Press Yes.

Step 3. Recover your data

If ransomware has encrypted your files, it may be possible to recover them using one of the below mentioned methods. However, they will not always work, and the best way to ensure you do not lose your files is to have backup.

a) Method 1. Recover files via Data Recovery Pro

  1. Download Data Recovery Pro.
  2. Once it's installed, launch it and start a scan. data-recovery-pro Uninstall Crab locker
  3. If the program is able to recover the files, you should be able to get them back. data-recovery-pro-scan Uninstall Crab locker

b) Method 2. Recover files via Windows Previous Versions

If System Restore was enabled before you lost access to your files, you should be able to recover them via Windows Previous Versions.
  1. Find and right-click on the file you want to recover.
  2. Press Properties and then Previous Versions. win-previous-version Uninstall Crab locker
  3. Select the version and press Restore.

c) Method 3. Recover files via Shadow Explorer

If the ransomware did not delete Shadow Copies of your files, you should be able to recover them via Shadow Explorer.
  1. Download Shadow Explorer from shadowexplorer.com.
  2. After you install it, open it.
  3. Select the disk with the encrypted files, choose a date.
  4. If folders that you want to recover appear, press Export. shadowexplorer Uninstall Crab locker