KillDisk Ransomware Removal

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This page aims to help you remove KillDisk Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any KillDisk file can be recovered.

The guide that you are about to read contains some useful information about one very malicious type of software known as Ransomware. One of its latest representatives, called KillDisk Malware, is the reason for many infected users to reach us with a call for help and in the next lines, we will do our best to help them. We will first explain what exactly Ransomware is, how it infects people’s computers and what it does to their files. Then, we will share with you a few good tips on how to protect your system from such nasty threats in the future and at the end, we will give you exact instructions on how to remove KillDisk and all of its traces from your infected machine. We have also included a few methods that you can try to retrieve some of your encrypted files for free and though they may not work 100% flawlessly for everyone, it is still an option you can try. The guide below contains detailed steps with screen shots that will help you completely eliminate the malware, even without a specialist’s help. However, you need to follow them closely, because deleting the wrong files may create a huge mess in your system. So, let’s begin.

What is KillDisk and how can it infect you?

KillDisk is a very malicious cryptovirus that has been developed with the sole idea to encrypt your files and blackmail you for ransom if you want to get them back. This is a nasty criminal scheme, which uses a very complex algorithm of symbols to hold your data hostage and prevent you from accessing it until you pay a required amount of money in ransom. What is even nastier is that this malicious scheme is very popular now and different Ransomware viruses are spreading online on various web locations. Users often don’t notice when and how they got infected, because threats like KillDisk are really sophisticated and they camouflage well and spread along with Trojans or in spam emails, attachments, documents, torrents, ads, compromised websites, installers and other online content. Once click on the well-masked threat is enough to activate the encryption, which silently locks the victim’s files, found on the infected computer.

After the encryption of all the targeted data, such as pictures, documents, music, projects and all the dearest to the users data is locked, the cyber criminals behind the Ransomware place their demands in a ransom note on the victim’s screen. They usually ask for Bitcoin payments in exchange of a decryption key, which promises to decrypt the encrypted data and bring it back to normal. Many users, who desperately need their data, fall into that trap and pay, however, this rarely gives them the decryption key and only stimulates the hackers to infect more people and become richer.

Decrypting your files – the options:

It is debatable how effective your attempts to retrieve your encrypted files will be. Whether you decide to pay the ransom to the crooks or you try to restore some of your data with other methods, there is still a chance that you may not get it all back. This is one bad thing about Ransomware threats like KillDisk – in most of the cases, the harmful encryption is irreversible without the proper decryption key. However, paying the ransom may lead to even more losses. Security experts warn that a fair share of Ransomware victims end up with no decryption key even when they pay the ransom. This is because, in most of the cases, the hackers behind the Ransomware fade away the moment they get the money and the victims never hear back from them, let alone get the promised decryption key. So, there is really no guarantee about getting your files back, but there is a very realistic chance of you losing your money.

On the other hand, there are a few things you can try on your own to get some of your data back and in the guide below we have listed them. Once you completely remove KillDisk from your system you can even get your files back from some backups or copies if you keep some. Actually, keeping backups of all your important information is the best way to prevent major data losses caused by a Ransomware attack. You should also invest in good antivirus software and update your system with the latest security patches. This will ensure that no vulnerabilities can be exploited in your system and threats like KillDisk will have less chance to sneak inside unnoticed.

SUMMARY:

Name KillDisk
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Files become encrypted and inaccessible, a ransom note appears on the screen.
Distribution Method A sophisticated threat that masks well and spreads along with a Trojan or in spam emails, attachments, documents, torrents, ads, compromised websites, installers and other online content.
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KillDisk Ransomware Removal


 

Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove KillDisk successfully!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.

Step3

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

  • Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.

Step4

WARNING!
You can possibly recover parasite files by downloading Data Recovery Pro. At minimum, its free scanner can tell you if you can get them back.
Download Data Recovery Pro from here.

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. 

Search for the ransomware  in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful –  you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware.

Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:

  1. %AppData%
  2. %LocalAppData%
  3. %ProgramData%
  4. %WinDir%
  5. %Temp%

Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!

Step5 

How to Decrypt KillDisk files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!