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Trojan:W32/Ransomcrypt is ransomware that encrypts files on the affected computer and demands payment, supposedly to provide a password decrypting the affected files.


Based on the settings of your F-Secure security product, it will either move the file to the quarantine where it cannot spread or cause harm, or remove it.

Decryption of files

Investigations to determine if Trojan:W32/Ransomcrypt's encryption of personal files can be cracked are ongoing.

A False Positive is when a file is incorrectly detected as harmful, usually because its code or behavior resembles known harmful programs. A False Positive will usually be fixed in a subsequent database update without any action needed on your part. If you wish, you may also:

  • Check for the latest database updates

    First check if your F-Secure security program is using the latest updates, then try scanning the file again.

  • Submit a sample

    After checking, if you still believe the file is incorrectly detected, you can submit a sample of it for re-analysis.

    Note: If the file was moved to quarantine, you need to collect the file from quarantine before you can submit it.

  • Exclude a file from further scanning

    If you are certain that the file is safe and want to continue using it, you can exclude it from further scanning by the F-Secure security product.

    Note: You need administrative rights to change the settings.

Technical Details

Trojan:W32/Ransomcrypt is ransomware that encrypts files on the affected computer, alledgedly because the user is "using unlicensed programms!", according to a text file note left by the malware author:

Image 1: Ransom demand made by Trojan:W32/Ransomcrypt

When first run on the system, Trojan:W32/Ransomcrypt will drop a randomly-named copy of itself in the %temp% folder; it will also iterate all folders on the system. Every document, image and shortcut file it finds will be encrypted and appended with the extension, .EnCiPhErEd:

Image 2: Files encrypted by Trojan:W32/Ransomcrypt

In each folder, the trojan will also drop a file named "HOW TO DECRYPT.TXT" (seeImage 1) that contains instructions on how to proceed with payment to remove the encryption.

Ransomcrypt will then create registry entries to associate the .EnCiPhErEd extension with itself so that the copy in %temp% will be launched whenever the encrypted files are run and demand the password to decrypt the files:

Image 3: Password prompt from Trojan:W32/Ransomcrypt

After 5 tries it will no longer accept passwords. And it then deletes itself, leaving the files encrypted.