Kaandsona Ransomware Virus (Removal Steps and Protection Updates)

Our comprehensive removal guide will help you to remove active infections of the Kaandsona Ransomware which is also known as RansomTroll Ransomware. Continue reading to learn more about the threat.


Name
Kaandsona

File Extensions
.kencf

Ransom
1 Bitcoin

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

Solution #2
Kaandsona 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.

Kaandsona Ransomware Description

Kaandsona Ransomware is a new malware threat that has been identified by security researchers. The virus is also known by the names of Käändsõna ransomware and RansomTroll ransomware.

The name of the ransomware is of Estonian origin (meaning “Nominals”) and from this we assume that the developer is from the Baltic country. The Kaandsona Ransomware features an encryption module which targets specific user file types which are encrypted using a strong cipher. A lot of the popular data includes the most commonly used documents, multimedia files such as images, audio and video, along with various configuration files, backup images and related files.

When this is complete a ransomware note is crafted and shown to the victim:

You have been struck by the holy Kaandsona ransomware
Either you pay 1 BTC in 24 hours or you lose ALL FILES
button ‘Show all encrypted files’
button ‘PAY’

At the moment its encryption capabilities are not fully functional yet. All affected data receive the .kencf extension.

Kaandsona Ransomware Distribution

The first iterations of the Kaandsona Ransomware were identified in the beginning of January 2017. However the researchers suggest that it has been development since 2016.

It primarily targets English-speaking users and is distributed globally. The malware is distributed as malicious binary files bearing a random name or Kaandsona.exe.

The virus is distributed mainly via spam email messages and infected installers donwloaded from hacked or malicious download sites or Torrents.

Kaandsona Ransomware Virus – How To Remove it and Prevent It From Coming Back

There are two ways of removal:

The Kaandsona Ransomware is still a new malware that is under investigation. As it is from an unknown origin we assume that it is an independent creation.

As such you should use a trusted anti-spyware tool to remove traces of it and protect yourself from future threats.

Kaandsona Ransomware Removal

For a faster solution, you can run a scan with an advanced malware removal tool and delete Kaandsona 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 Kaandsona Ransomware Using SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

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

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Author : 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.


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