Analysis by: Jeanne Jocson




  • Threat Type: Trojan

  • Destructiveness: No

  • Encrypted: No

  • In the wild: Yes


Infection Channel: Downloaded from the Internet

This ransomware, also known as Crypt0Shad0w, is based on the Hidden Tear open source ransomware.

To get a one-glance comprehensive view of the behavior of this Trojan, refer to the Threat Diagram shown below.

This Trojan arrives on a system as a file dropped by other malware or as a file downloaded unknowingly by users when visiting malicious sites.


File Size: 229,376 bytes
File Type: EXE
Memory Resident: Yes
Initial Samples Received Date: 09 Oct 2016
Payload: Encrypts files

Arrival Details

This Trojan arrives on a system as a file dropped by other malware or as a file downloaded unknowingly by users when visiting malicious sites.


This Trojan drops the following copies of itself into the affected system and executes them:

  • C:\Users\{UserName}\table.exe

It adds the following processes:

  • {malware directory}\ticket.pdf

It leaves text files that serve as ransom notes containing the following:

  • "Files has been encrypted with Crypt0Shad0w
    Send some bitcoins or kebab
    And I also hate night clubs, desserts, being drunk."

It terminates the execution of the copy it initially executed and executes the copy it drops instead.

Dropping Routine

This Trojan drops the following files:

  • C:\Users\{UserName}\Desktop\CRYPT0_SHAD0W.txt-serves as ransom note
  • C:\Users\{UserName}\PRIVATE_PASSWORD_INCOMPLETE.txt-Save the generated random password(deleted after used)
  • {malware directory}\adobe.txt
    • The file contains the following strings:
    {ComputerName}-{UserName} {generated random Password}

Other Details

This Trojan encrypts files with the following extensions:

  • .txt
  • .doc
  • .docx
  • .xls
  • .xlsx
  • .ppt
  • .pptx
  • .odt
  • .jpg
  • .png
  • .csv
  • .sql
  • .mdb
  • .sln
  • .php
  • .asp
  • .aspx
  • .html
  • .xml
  • .psd

It renames encrypted files using the following names:

  • {filename}.locked

It does the following:

  • It encrypts the files in the following location and in its subfolders:
    • C:\Users\{UserName}\Desktop


Minimum Scan Engine: 9.800
VSAPI OPR PATTERN File: 12.829.00
VSAPI OPR PATTERN Date: 11 Oct 2016

Step 1

Before doing any scans, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 users must disable System Restore to allow full scanning of their computers.

Step 2

Note that not all files, folders, and registry keys and entries are installed on your computer during this malware's/spyware's/grayware's execution. This may be due to incomplete installation or other operating system conditions. If you do not find the same files/folders/registry information, please proceed to the next step.

Step 3

Terminate a malware/grayware process

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*Note: If the detected process is not displayed in theWindows Task Manager, continue doing the next steps.

    • ticket.pdf

Step 4

Search and delete this file

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There may be some files that are hidden. Please make sure you check the Search Hidden Files and Folders checkbox in the "More advanced options" option to include all hidden files and folders in the search result.
  • C:\Users\{UserName}\Desktop\CRYPT0_SHAD0W.txt
  • {malware directory}\adobe.txt

Step 5

Scan your computer with your Trend Micro product to delete files detected as RANSOM_HIDDENTEARSHADOW.A. If the detected files have already been cleaned, deleted, or quarantined by your Trend Micro product, no further step is required. You may opt to simply delete the quarantined files. Please check this Knowledge Base page for more information.

Step 6

Restore encrypted files from backup.

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