I have file with extension *.encrypted. Can you give me some advice how to recognise by witch tool was this file encrypted? It´s not encrypted by some ransomware but by some encrypt tool. When I open the file using a notepad, I can see this: M%Ý~ÝÀ©üŒ]ÏùfB€d€N¯à’ßÌ•¤Ü]ñåo

  • Any private and custom encryption tool can generate *.encrypted file as output. I personally have created a custom file encryptor which uses AES and generates *.exe.encrypted as output. So it isn't necessarily an public and famous tool.
    – 0_o
    Commented Nov 13, 2018 at 9:34
  • this is a duplicate of: security.stackexchange.com/questions/197541/…
    – schroeder
    Commented Nov 13, 2018 at 19:51
  • Asking what application is the wrong approach, you should be asking what is the algorithm used. Likely they used some form of standard encryption, though it is possible it is a homegrown algorithm. It is your task to analyze the file (as binary, not text), and reverse engineer it. What you're asking is not a trivial task. Commented Nov 13, 2018 at 21:31

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Unless the application encryption sticks "something" (header, a magic token, etc...) on the header in general it is not possible to know which was the application that makes the encryption.

  • Would it help if I send you that file?
    – Brian
    Commented Nov 13, 2018 at 15:04

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