CryptoFortress Virus – Removal Instructions

CryptoFortress is a dangerous ransomware trojan that can affect any computers running the Windows operating system. CryptoFortress is often spread through infected websites, and a message claiming that your files will be encrypted shows up. Once the ransomware is downloaded onto your computer, the application will affect your computer files and start whenever you log into windows. CryptoFortress will scan the files on your computer and encrypt them so that they cannot be accessed or used. The original files will be deleted, and the encrypted files will be renamed with a .clf extension.

The CryptoFortress trojan affects many file types including word documents, powerpoint files, music files, and pdf files. You will not be able to access or recover the files that have been encrypted, so it is important to back-up your important files onto another device. Once the ransomware has taken over your files, CryptoFortress will change your Windows desktop background to a background saying “All your files have been encrypted.” It is important to remove this threat from your Windows computer as soon as possible so that you don’t lose any important files.


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CryptoFortress is considered a ransomware trojan because it affects your files and then says that you need to purchase a private key to regain access to your files. The whole purpose of this program is to make people pay the ransom so that the developers can earn money. Once your files have been fully encrypted, you will see a ransom note notifying you to purchase the private key to decrypt your files. You should never pay the ransom, as the private key that they give you might not even decrypt your files. Your credit card or debit card information could also be stolen, and you could become a victim of identity theft or fraud.

The initial cost to unlock the ransomware virus is about $100, and you have 24 hours to pay the CryptoFortress ransom. After the 24 hours, the timer resets. Each time the timer resets, the ransom amount increases. CryptoFortress should be removed before it has the chance to infect any of your files. However, the program also terminates programs and prevents certain programs from running, including MalwareBytes, System Restore, Task Manager, and Msconfig. The CryptoFortress virus prevents these programs from running so that you cannot easily remove the threat from your computer.

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CryptoFortress Virus Removal Instructions

The virus removal instructions we have outlined below has been proven remove the CryptoFortress virus.

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** PLEASE NOTE: If the CryptoFortress Virus is on a computer running “WINDOWS 8” see the Windows 8 Virus Removal Instructions

Remember: you must be on the infected computer when performing these 3 easy steps to remove the virus.

STEP 1: Start the computer in Safe Mode with Networking
a. Before starting this step, it is STRONGLY SUGGESTED that you write down our 24HR Toll Free tech support phone number incase you run into any issues or would like any additional help with your PC.

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b. To begin, go ahead and turn off the infected computer and wait roughly 20 seconds, then turn it back on.

c. Next Immediately as the computer begins to turn on, press F8 many times. Pressing F8 allows you to access the Advanced Options Menu. You should see an image like the one below.

Selection the option Safe Mode with Networking

d. Next use your arrow keys and select the Safe Mode with Networking option. Press enter when you have selected that option and the computer will begin to boot into safe mode.

STEP 2: Download the CryptoFortress Virus Removal Program

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a. Now it is time to open the “Run Command” box.

b.On your keyboard, push and hold the “Windows” key, then press the “R” key. See keyboard diagram below.

Keyboard Shortcut Diagram

c. After you have pressed the “Windows” and “R” key, the Windows Run Box will open. Type the following and press OK:


Windows Run Box

After clicking OK, your computer will connect to the internet and download our recommended virus removal program called Spyhunter.

STEP 3: Installing the CryptoFortress Virus Removal Program
a. When you see the download box, click the “Run” button. The picture of the download box is below.

Spyhunter Download Box Click Run

b. Now you should be downloading a program called “Spyhunter 4” this program has been developed by a company called Enigma Software. Through their extensive work on Malware research they have developed one of the worlds most successful Virus and Malware removal programs. This program offers easy “point and click” virus removal for CryptoFortress.

c. After this program runs the scan, you should see a list of “threats” found on your computer. These Threats can be very harmful and may ruin the computer if not removed. To remove these threats click “fix Threats” and then “register” the program to permanently remove the CryptoFortress virus and any other threats found.

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*** After registering Spyhunter4 we highly recommend restarting the computer. Then we would like you to make sure everything is working properly. You should notice that the CryptoFortress virus has been completely removed. If it has not been removed or the computer is not working 100% to your liking call us immediately at 1-888-895-6053 and one of our techs will help get it working properly again.

Need further assistance? Call us toll free and one of our friendly technicians will kindly walk you through the virus removal process.

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