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Cryptowall 3.0 help (i paid the ransom)

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#1 hrhaven


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Posted 16 September 2015 - 07:35 PM

So now that it's out of the way, I paid the ransom.  Yes, I did it.  I'm evil, I'm perpetuating the terrible cause.  I'm funding the bad guys.  I'm angry about it, I'm disappointed in myself, but I needed these files and I did what I felt I had to do.  Sorry!  Feel free to flame me.


Having said that, let me say this.  I paid and then the hackers (for lack of a better term) released to me a download link to download the decrypt.zip file.  I downloaded it, and when I attempt to unzip the file the decrypt.exe file disappears.  The only two files that remain are the public.key and the private.key.  I can't get the decrypt program to run.  Is there anyone that can help with this?

Edited by hamluis, 16 September 2015 - 07:44 PM.
Moved from Win 7 to Gen Security - Hamluis.

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Posted 16 September 2015 - 09:44 PM

Most security experts will advise against paying the ransom demands of the malware writers because doing so only helps to finance their criminal enterprise and keep them in business. The more people pay the ransom, the more the attackers are encouraged to keep creating ransomware for financial gain. Further, there is no guarantee that paying the ransom will actually result in the restoration (decryption) of your files.With that said...We understand some folks may feel they have no other alternative but to pay the ransom in hopes of recovering irreplaceable photos and other personal or important data. That is your choice and a decision you will have to make. We will not make any judgments for doing so.

A repository of all current knowledge regarding CryptoWall, CryptoWall 2.0 & CryptoWall 3.0 is provided by Grinler (aka Lawrence Abrams), in this topic: CryptoWall and DECRYPT_INSTRUCTION Ransomware Information Guide and FAQ

There are also ongoing discussions in these topics:Rather than have everyone start individual topics, it would be best (and more manageable for staff) if you posted any questions, comments or requests for assistance in one of those topic discussions. Doing that will also ensure you receive proper assistance from our crypto malware experts since they may not see this thread. To avoid unnecessary confusion...this topic is closed.

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