Ransomware Decryption Tools – Unlock Your Data for Free
These free tools will help you decode your data without paying the ransom
What do you do if your computer gets infected with ransomware: do you pay up or try to find an alternative solution?
If you’re not ready to give up the fight, we have something that might help.
In the past few weeks, I’ve combed the web for decryption tools and I can tell you that it’s a never-ending process. It’s close to impossible to build up a complete database, because things change on a daily basis.
As new types of ransomware emerge, researchers decrypt some strains and others get new variants. There are tens or hundreds of them. Just like in a cat and mouse game, the chase never stops.
If this graphic would be filled out with the 2016 discoveries covering Q2 and Q3, you’d need a bigger screen to see this.
Believe it or not, there is a silver lining to ransomware’s popularity: the quality of the malicious code is steadily decreasing. As a result, cyber security specialists can crack the code faster and give victims a change to retrieve their data without further funding attackers.
Unfortunately, low quality ransomware also endangers the affected data: one error in the code and it can all be erased instead of encrypted. But that’s a story for another time.
Let’s get to the point, because, if you’re reading this, it’s likely that you don’t have too much time on your hands. If you couldn’t avoid a ransomware infection, let’s see if you can help fix it.
How to identify the ransomware you’ve been infected with
Sometimes, the ransom note says what type of ransomware your files have been encrypted with, but it can happen that you don’t have this information at hand. Readers have asked us in comments to which ransomware types certain encryption extensions belong to. Many of these extensions signaled new types of encrypting malware, for which the are no decryptors available.
If you need help with identifying what ransomware your system has been infected with, there are two tools you can use:
Please read the terms and conditions specific to these tools before using them.
Getting back to our list of decryption tools…
As a disclaimer, you should know that the list below is just a starting point. Use it, but do a bit more research as well. Safely decrypting your data can be a nerve-wrecking process, so try to be as thorough as possible.
We’ll do our best to keep this list up to date, but it’ll probably never be definitive. Contributions and suggestions are more than welcome, as we promise to promptly follow up on them and include them in the list.
Some of the decryption tools mentioned below are easy to use, while others require a bit more tech knowledge to break. You can try asking for help on one of these malware removal forums, which feature tons of information and helpful communities.
Without further ado, here it is – the list that will hopefully help you get your data back from the prying hands of cyber criminals.
Ransomware Decryption Tools – an ongoing list
OpenToYou decryption tools
Globe3 decryption tool
CryptON decryption tool
Alcatraz Decryptor tool // direct tool download
HiddenTear decryptor (Avast)
NoobCrypt decryptor (Avast)
CryptoMix/CryptoShield decryptor tool for offline key (Avast)
Damage ransomware decryption tool
.777 ransomware decrypting tool
7even-HONE$T decrypting tool
.8lock8 ransomware decrypting tool + explanations
7ev3n decrypting tool
Agent.iih decrypting tool (decrypted by the Rakhni Decryptor)
Alma decrypting tool
Al-Namrood decrypting tool
Alpha decrypting tool
AlphaLocker decrypting tool
Apocalypse decrypting tool
ApocalypseVM decrypting tool + alternative
Aura decrypting tool (decrypted by the Rakhni Decryptor)
AutoIt decrypting tool (decrypted by the Rannoh Decryptor)
Autolocky decrypting tool
Badblock decrypting tool + alternative 1
Bart decrypting tool
BitCryptor decrypting tool
BitStak decrypting tool
Chimera decrypting tool + alternative 1 + alternative 2
CoinVault decrypting tool
Cryaki decrypting tool (decrypted by the Rannoh Decryptor)
Crybola decrypting tool (decrypted by the Rannoh Decryptor)
CrypBoss decrypting tool
Crypren decrypting tool
Crypt38 decrypting tool
Crypt888 (see also Mircop) decrypting tool
CryptInfinite decrypting tool
CryptoDefense decrypting tool
CryptoHost (a.k.a. Manamecrypt) decrypting tool
Cryptokluchen decrypting tool (decrypted by the Rakhni Decryptor)
CryptoTorLocker decrypting tool
CryptXXX decrypting tool
CrySIS decrypting tool (decrypted by the Rakhni Decryptor – additional details)
CTB-Locker Web decrypting tool
CuteRansomware decrypting tool
DeCrypt Protect decrypting tool
Democry decrypting tool (decrypted by the Rakhni Decryptor)
DMA Locker decrypting tool + DMA2 Locker decoding tool
Fabiansomware decrypting tool
FenixLocker – decrypting tool
Fury decrypting tool (decrypted by the Rannoh Decryptor)
GhostCrypt decrypting tool
Globe / Purge decrypting tool + alternative
Gomasom decrypting tool
Harasom decrypting tool
HydraCrypt decrypting tool
Jigsaw/CryptoHit decrypting tool + alternative
KeRanger decrypting tool
KeyBTC decrypting tool
KimcilWare decrypting tool
Lamer decrypting tool (decrypted by the Rakhni Decryptor)
LeChiffre decrypting tool + alternative
Legion decrypting tool
Linux.Encoder decrypting tool
Lock Screen ransomware decrypting tool
Locker decrypting tool
Lortok decrypting tool (decrypted by the Rakhni Decryptor)
MarsJoke decryption tool
Manamecrypt decrypting tool (a.k.a. CryptoHost)
Mircop decrypting tool + alternative
Merry Christmas / MRCR decryptor
Nanolocker decrypting tool
Nemucod decrypting tool + alternative
NMoreira ransomware decryption tool
ODCODC decrypting tool
Operation Global III Ransomware decrypting tool
Ozozalocker ranomware decryptor
PClock decrypting tool
Petya decrypting tool
Philadelphia decrypting tool
PizzaCrypts decrypting tool
Pletor decrypting tool (decrypted by the Rakhni Decryptor)
Pompous decrypting tool
PowerWare / PoshCoder decrypting tool
Radamant decrypting tool
Rakhni decrypting tool
Rannoh decrypting tool
Rector decrypting tool
Rotor decrypting tool (decrypted by the Rakhni Decryptor)
Scraper decrypting tool
Shade / Troldesh decrypting tool + alternative
SNSLocker decrypting tool
Stampado decrypting tool + alternative
SZFlocker decrypting tool
TeleCrypt decrypting tool (additional details)
TeslaCrypt decrypting tool + alternative 1 + alternative 2
TorrentLocker decrypting tool
Umbrecrypt decrypting tool
Wildfire decrypting tool + alternative
WannaCry decryption tool + Guide
XORBAT decrypting tool
XORIST decrypting tool + alternative
As you may have noticed, some of these decryption tools work for multiple ransomware families, while certain strains have more than one solution (although this is rarely the case).
From a practical perspective, some of the decryptors are easy to use, but some require some technical know-how. As much as we’d want this process to be easier, it doesn’t always happen.
No matter how much work and time researchers put into reverse engineering cryptoware, the truth is that we’ll never have a solution to all of these infections. It would take an army of cyber security specialists working around the clock to get something like this done.
But being pragmatic doesn’t mean adopting a pessimistic outlook. In fact, if you apply the simple steps we outlined in the anti-ransomware security plan, you can avoid this kind of attacks and their consequences.
Even if cyber criminals do manage to infect your PC, you can just wipe the system clean and restore your latest backup. No money lost and, most importantly, no important information compromised! So, please, please back up your data. Not tomorrow, not this weekend, not next week. Do it today!
I hope that it will solve some of your ransomware-related problems. Moreover, please think about sharing the simple principle of proactive protection with your friends and family. It could spare them the negative experience of being a cyber attack victim.