Cryptobyte Ransomware is believed to be a newer version of the BTCware Ransomware, which is known to be a variation of the CrptXXX threats that encrypts files on a PC and then demands a ransom through a note within a HOW_TO-FIX.inf file. Infection from Cryptobyte Ransomware is known to take place due to opening up spam email attachments or downloads from a malicious site.
Once a PC is infected with Cryptobyte Ransomware, several files are encrypted where they become unreadable and may cause system issues. The Cryptobyte Ransomware will display a note that makes its demands known for supposedly decrypting the files, which is said to require a ransom payment.
Computer users who give into the Cryptobyte Ransomware threat message and pay the ransom may not be granted a decryption key. It is best that the action to remove Cryptobyte Ransomware be taken and all encrypted files be restored from a backup of the hard drive of the previously infected PC.
Are you getting popups from Cryptobyte Ransomware? Have you identified that you have Cryptobyte Ransomware installed on your computer? Do you wish to remove Cryptobyte Ransomware completely from your computer?
Why should you remove Cryptobyte Ransomware?
If Cryptobyte Ransomware resides on your computer, it can potentially damage your personal files or you may end up losing data stored on your system. Research has shown that Cryptobyte Ransomware may have the ability to make your computer vulnerable to remote attacks which could result, initially, in loss of money, possibly identity theft, and, eventually, a painstaking Cryptobyte Ransomware removal process.
How can you manually remove Cryptobyte Ransomware
Manual removal of Cryptobyte Ransomware may not be for everyone. Each manual Cryptobyte Ransomware removal step must be followed delicately to completely remove all related files and registry entries from your computer. If you are unsure or have doubts about editing your system registry, then we recommend that you use the automatic Cryptobyte Ransomware removal process.
Cryptobyte Ransomware can be removed manually by following the steps below.
- With all programs closed, click the Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.
- Locate the Add/Remove Programs icon and double click it.
- Locate Cryptobyte Ransomware in the list of programs. If you find it, select it and remove it. If you cannot find Cryptobyte Ransomware, you can continue to step 5.
- Restart your computer.
- Close all open programs and windows on your desktop.
- Open your registry editor (regedit) program by going to Start Menu, type in regedit, and click OK.
- Find all of the following registry entries and delete them. If you do not know how to do this, then you can read how to edit the registry in Windows.
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Delete all of the following files that are associated with Cryptobyte Ransomware from your computer.
If you need a better understanding on how to search for these files then you can read how to find and search for files and folders here.
If you have issues deleting any of the previously listed files that are associated with Cryptobyte Ransomware, you can try rebooting your computer into safe mode. Booting into safe mode may allow certain malicious files to be deleted. If you are wondering how to boot into safe mode, you can read our process for starting a computer in safe mode here.
Image 2. Select "Safe Mode with Networking"
After locating and deleting the previous files you must remove all directories associated with Cryptobyte Ransomware by going to the C:\ProgramFiles\Cryptobyte Ransomware folder, select it, and delete it. In some cases you may not be able to find this directory. You can still continue to the next step.
Restart your computer. You do not need to boot into safe mode at this point. You should have removed Cryptobyte Ransomware completely from your computer. If you find that Cryptobyte Ransomware is still on your computer, you can repeat the steps again or go to the automatic Cryptobyte Ransomware removal process.