Complete KEYPASS Ransomware Virus Removal + Files Recovery

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An infection with the dangerous KEYPASS ransomware virus leads to serious security issues. Victims can restore and protect their computers by following our complete removal guide.

Manual Removal Guide
Recover .KEYPASS Files
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Distribution of KEYPASS Ransomware Virus

KEYPASS ransomware virus is a new data locker ransomware that has been released in attack campaigns against computer users worldwide. The threat could be utilizing widely used tactics of distribution to infect computer systems.

One of the easiest ways for the criminals to spread the payload of KEYPASS ransomware is by attaching it to email messages that are later released in active attack campaigns. The method allows hackers to send the virus to large lists of potential victims. The attachments to malicious email spam messages usually have Word documents or other types of files which users open without hesitation. Once opened on a target host these compromised files trigger the ransomware payload and infect the device with KEYPASS crypto virus. Another infection tactic related to emails is hyperlink inserted in the content of the messages. The links are usually labeled as leading to a familiar website or a file of user interest.

A popular option is the use of infected documents which may be of different types ‒ spreadsheets, rich text documents, presentations and databases. They are modified to initiate the virus once the built-in scripts are run. Usually when the files are opened a notification will ask the users to run the macros (scripts). If this is done the infection follows.

Computer criminals behind this new ransomware were detected to be using malicious sites and download portals to distribute KEYPASS virus. The hacker-controlled sites are specialist portals that have been created either manually or automatically by the criminals behind KEYPASS virus. They can either directly distribute the threat by initiating various scripts or automated operations or link to such instances. Redirects are usually caused by email interaction, ad networks or other browsing activity. However one of the main sources is the availability of browser hijackers. They are malicious add-ons made for the most popular web browsers ‒ Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, Microsoft Edge and Safari. Once installed they not only infect the users with the malware but also redirect the victims to a hacker-controlled site. Depending on the configuration the browser hijackers can also steal sensitive information such as any stored passwords, account credentials, history, bookmarks, form data and settings.

Impact of KEYPASS Ransomware Virus

KEYPASS is the name given to a data locker ransomware that was detected in the wild by the security researchers. The analyses of KEYPASS ransomware samples reveal that its code is not based on any other discovered ransomware.

In case of infection with KEYPASS ransomware virus your important files are encoded with strong cipher algorithm by the threat. After encryption your access to the information stored by corrupted files is restricted. Encrypted files could be recognized by the extension of the same name .KEYPASS that is appended to their original names. For example if you have a file named memory.docx KEYPASS ransomware virus will rename it to memory.docx.KEYPASS. The same goes for all types of files set as targets in its encryption module. It is likely that the crypto virus targets files that store sensitive information in order to confuse you and make you more prone to pay hackers the demanded ransom.

Unfortunately, KEYPASS ransomware virus not only encrypts your important data but plagues some essential system settings as well. During the attack, it establishes and executes needed malicious files that enable it to reach the data encryption stage. Some of these files are supposedly designed to access the Registry Editor where malicious strings may plague some essential registry keys in order to manipulate their functionalities.

At the end of the infection process, the crypto virus drops and displays a ransom message on your desktop wallpaper. The message is stored in a file called !!!KEYPASS_DECRYPTION_INFO!!!.txt and all it reads is:

Attention!

All your files, documents, photos, databases and other important files are encrypted and have the extension: .KEYPASS
The only method of recovering files is to purchase an decrypt software and unique private key.
After purchase you will start decrypt software, enter your unique private key and it will decrypt all your data.
Only we can give you this key and only we can recover your files.
You need to contact us by e-mail keypass@bitmessage.ch send us your personal ID and wait for further instructions.
For you to be sure, that we can decrypt your files – you can send us a 1-3 any not very big encrypted files and we will send you back it in a original form FREE.
Price for decryption $300.
This price avaliable if you contact us first 72 hours.
E-mail address to contact us:
keypass@bitmessage.ch
Reserve e-mail address to contact us
keypass@india.com
Your personal id:
[redacted 40 alpha]

What hackers demand is an amount of $300 to be converted into Bitcoin cryptocurrency and transferred to their wallet address. However, there is no guarantee that they will be so nice to respond to you and send you the decryption key. Furthermore, this key may not be working as sometimes even a single mistake in the code could lead to the generation of a broken decryption key. So instead of paying the ransom for the decryption keys possessed by hackers try to recover .KEYPASS files with alternative data recovery solutions. When you reach the guide at the end of the article you will find some suggestions made by our team. They could help you to restore few to all of the .KEYPASS files.

Remove KEYPASS Ransomware Virus and Restore PC

Please note that paying the requested ransom fee to cyber criminals does not really solve your problem with KEYPASS crypto virus. In fact, you only encourage hackers to continue spreading ransomware of this kind. Instead, you must remove the threat immediately, and only then look for optional ways to recover your data.

WARNING! Manual removal of KEYPASS ransomware virus requires being familiar with system files and registries. Removing important data accidentally can lead to permanent system damage. If you don’t feel comfortable with manual instructions, download a powerful anti-malware tool that will scan your system for malware and clean it safely for you.

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KEYPASS Ransomware Virus – Manual Removal Steps

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. The steps below are applicable to all Windows versions.

1. Hit the WIN Key + R

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

Show Hidden Files

Some ransomware threats are designed to hide their malicious files in the Windows so all files stored on the system should be visible.

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

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4. Click Apply and then OK button

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

Repair Windows Registry

1. Again type simultaneously the WIN Key + R key combination

2. In the box, write regedit 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

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Recover .KEYPASS Files

WARNING! All harmful files and objects associated with KEYPASS ransomware virus should be removed from the infected PC before any data recovery attempts. Otherwise the virus may encrypt restored files. Furthermore, a backup of all encrypted files stored on external media is highly recommendable.

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1. Use present backups

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3. Using System Restore Point

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

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4. 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
    – Hit the “Restore” button

Preventive Security Measures

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

    Author : Gergana Ivanova

    Gergana Ivanova is computer security enthusiast who enjoys presenting the latest issues related to cyber security.


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