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Kraken Ransomware Virus (Removal Steps and Protection Updates)

The Kraken ransomware is a new malware threat that has recently been discovered by security experts. Read our removal guide to learn more about it and discover how to remove existing infections.


Name
Kraken

File Extensions
.kraken

Ransom
2-4 Bitcoins

Solution #1
You can skip all steps and remove Kraken with the help of an anti-malware tool.

Solution #2
Kraken ransomware can be removed manually, though it can be very hard for most home users. See the detailed tutorial below.

Distribution
Spam Email Campaigns, malicious ads & etc.

Kraken Ransomware Description

The Kraken ransomware is a new malware that has recently been discovered by computer security experts. The initial analysis is stil ongoing and we do not have detailed information about the virus.

The virus has an encryption module that encrypts target user data, presumably the most popular file extensions such as various document files, multimedia data (audio,video and photos) and other related information.

The Kraken ransomware scans the infected PC. The virus is looking for certain file types. Here’s the list:

.3GP, .7Z, .APK, .AVI, .BMP, .CDR, .CER, .CHM, CONF, .CSS, .CSV, .DAT, .DB, .DBF, .DJVU, .DBX, .DOCM, ,DOC, .EPUB, .DOCX .FB2, .FLV, .GIF, .GZ, .ISO .IBOOKS,.JPEG, .JPG, .KEY, .MDB .MD2, .MDF, .MHT, .MOBI .MHTM, .MKV, .MOV, .MP3, .MP4, .MPG .MPEG, .PICT, .PDF, .PPS, .PKG, .PNG, .PPT .PPTX, .PPSX, .PSD, .RAR, .RTF, .SCR, .SWF, .SAV, .TIFF, .TIF, .TBL, .TORRENT, .TXT, .VSD,.WMV, .XLS, .XLSX, .XPS, .XML, .CKP, ZIP, .JAVA, .PY, .ASM, .C, .CPP, .CS, .JS, .PHP, .DACPAC, .RBW, .RB, .MRG, .DCX, .DB3, .SQL, .SQLITE3, .SQLITE, .SQLITEDB, .PSD, .PSP, .PDB, .DXF, .DWG, .DRW, .CASB, .CCP, .CAL, .CMX, .CR2.

These are the most common file types. You can find them on virtually every computer. That’s why the crooks target them.

They include the time limit – an initial infection requires the users to pay the sum of 2 Bitcoins to restore their files. After the limit is passed the amount is doubled to 4 Bitcoins.

The virus crafts a ransomware note a file named _HELP_YOUR_FILES.html which contains the following text:

KRAKEN

Your documents, photos, databases and other important files have been encrypted!

Decryption of your files is only possible with the special decryption program.
To buy your decryption program follow the steps below:

How to buy Kraken Decryptor?

Payment method is Bitcoin Only, follow the steps below.
What is Bitcoin ?

Bitcoin is a consensus network that enables a new payment system and a completely digital money. It
is the first decentralized peer-to-peer payment network that is powered by its users with no central
authority or middlemen.

More Info:
Wikipedia
bitcoin.org
coindesk.com

Purchasing Bitcoins
Here are our recommendations:
localbitcoins.com
Bitcoins with Western Union.
Payment Methods: Western Union, Bank of America,
Cash by FedEx, Moneygram, Money Order. In NYC: Bitcoin ATM, in person

Service allows you to search for people in your community willing to sell bitcoins to you
directly.

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anxpro.com
bittylicious.com

Send XXX amount to Bitcoin address
1Bi3ApYkFyZSUg8X2vrsQS4SR7KH4DLZ9h

Send an email to below addresses with your Personal ID as the subject

Email Addresses
[email protected] [email protected] [email protected]

Your Personal ID: XXXXXXXXXXXXXxx

Run the downloaded Decryptor you received via email on your computer
Click on “Decrypt” button and wait for the “Decrypt Succeed” message

knowledge is not power. the implementation of knowledge is power

What is interesting about the ransomware note is that it uses a variety of dynamic fields which are updated in accordance to various variables.

Kraken Ransomware Distribution

The Kraken ransomware is primarily distributed as a malicious binary file through various email spam messages, exploit kits, browser hijackers, Trojans and other popular sources of infection.

Kraken Ransomware Removal

For a faster solution, you can run a scan with an advanced malware removal tool and delete Kraken completely with a few mouse clicks.

STEP I: Start the PC in Safe Mode with Network
This will isolate all files and objects created by the ransomware so they will be removed efficiently.

    1) Hit WIN Key + R

Windows-key-plus-R-button-launch-Run-Box-in-Windows-illustrated

    2) A Run window will appear. In it, write “msconfig” and then press Enter
    3) A Configuration box shall appear. In it Choose the tab named “Boot
    4) Mark “Safe Boot” option and then go to “Network” under it to tick it too
    5) Apply -> OK

Or check our video guide – “How to start PC in Safe Mode with Networking

STEP II: Show Hidden Files

    1) Open My Computer/This PC
    2) Windows 7

      – Click on “Organize” button
      – Select “Folder and search options
      – Select the “View” tab
      – Go under “Hidden files and folders” and mark “Show hidden files and folders” option

    3) Windows 8/ 10

      – Open “View” tab
      – Mark “Hidden items” option

    show-hidden-files-win8-10

    4) Click “Apply” and then “OK” button

STEP III: Enter Windows Task Manager and Stop Malicious Processes

    1) Hit the following key combination: CTRL+SHIFT+ESC
    2) Get over to “Processes
    3) When you find suspicious process right click on it and select “Open File Location
    4) Go back to Task Manager and end the malicious process. Right click on it again and choose “End Process
    5) Next you should go folder where the malicious file is located and delete it

STEP IV: Remove Completely Kraken Ransomware Using SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

Manual removal of Kraken requires being familiar with system files and registries. Removal of any important data can lead to permanent system damage. Prevent this troublesome effect – delete Kraken ransomware with SpyHunter malware removal tool.

SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter

STEP V: Repair Windows Registry

    1) Again type simultaneously the Windows Button + R key combination
    2) In the box, write “regedit”(without the inverted commas) and hit Enter
    3) Type the CTRL+F and then write the malicious name in the search type field to locate the malicious executable
    4) In case you have discovered registry keys and values related to the name, you should delete them, but be careful not to delete legitimate keys

Further help for Windows Registry repair

STEP VI: Recover Encrypted Files

    1) Use present backups
    2) Restore your personal files using File History

      – Hit WIN Key
      – Type “restore your files” in the search box
      – Select “Restore your files with File History
      – Choose a folder or type the name of the file in the search bar

    restore-your-personal-files-using-File-History-bestecuritysearch

      – Hit the “Restore” button

    3) Using System Restore Point

      – Hit WIN Key
      – Select “Open System Restore” and follow the steps

restore-files-using-system-restore-point

STEP VII: Preventive Security Measures

    1) Enable and properly configure your Firewall.
    2) Install and maintain reliable anti-malware software.
    3) Secure your web browser.
    4) Check regularly for available software updates and apply them.
    5) Disable macros in Office documents.
    6) Use strong passwords.
    7) Don’t open attachments or click on links unless you’re certain they’re safe.
    8) Backup regularly your data.

SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter

Martin Beltov

Martin graduated with a degree in Publishing from Sofia University. As a cyber security enthusiast he enjoys writing about the latest threats and mechanisms of intrusion.