This page aims to help you remove Kovter Ransomware. These Kovter Ransomware removal instructions work for all versions of Windows.
What happened to your files?
If suddenly all your files became unreadable and they all end up with an unknown extension, then most probably your computer is infected with a new version of a ransomware virus known as Kovter. This ransom virus leaves many messages on your PC screen with information and instructions on how to decrypt your files and, of course, pay for the decryption key. We are sure you want your information, but is there a way to get it back without paying a huge amount for a ransom? Our “How to remove” experts have prepared this guide to help you fight back against the hackers and save up your money. Most probably you have reached this page in a search for a salvation from this nasty form of robbery and in the next lines, our team will give you some useful information on how to get some of your data back and stay safe in future.
What is Kovter ransomware?
One of the reasons why the ransomware threats remain relatively unknown compared to malware such as Trojan Horses or Spyware is that they can be found under several different names. Alternatively, they are sometimes also called cryptoware, cryptovirus, cryptoworm or cryptotrojan. If you have come across any of these names before, then, in fact, you have been reading about ransomware.
Name it as you like, Kovter ransomware is an extremely dangerous and worrying malicious program and something you definitely would like to remove. If you wonder why it is so dangerous and what this malware can do, the names under which it is commonly found may give you a clue – ransom, crypto… Yes, it is a malware that has been created to infiltrate your PC, lock your data by encrypting it, and then demand a ransom for its release. The ransom amount required usually is not small and may vary from a couple of hundreds to a couple of thousands.
Encrypted this way, files literally cannot be opened by any program and remain locked forever. You will simply get an error message. This particular ransomware type encrypts your files and changes the file extensions to unrecognizable ones. What is more, it tries to delete all previous versions of the encrypted files and removes the backups, kept on your system. In theory, once you pay the ransom, you should receive a decryption code which will help you unlock your files. However, there is no guarantee of that.
How Kovter spreads itself?
Unfortunately, this malware is very sophisticated and is spread in a couple of different ways. There are a number of things you need to watch out for if you would like to avoid becoming a victim of this virus. In case you visit a website that has been compromised by ransomware, the chance is you will get infected. It usually hides inside Trojan horse viruses and other types of malware, where it finds a gap in your system security and sneaks unnoticed. If you open an email attachment or click a link in an instant chat app message, ads, banners, shareable files or free downloads that contain the malware, you will also activate the ransomware process. Avoiding interaction with suspicious files and websites and having a regular scan with your antivirus software may help you keep such treats away.
What happens during the ransomware attack?
Once it is activated, Kovter starts to lock your files immediately and remain unnoticed until all the files are encrypted. Then the virus reveals itself with a message on your screen stating that if you pay the ransom, they will send you a code with the help of which to have your files “released”.
However, it is not as simple and quick as that. Having in mind that you have been attacked by cyber criminals, please don’t think that by fulfilling their demands you will 100 % get your data back. With a malware break through your system, these hackers may introduce some other malicious programs and gain control over your PC, infect you with other spyware or data tracking programs and who knows what else. Moreover, the likelihood that the criminals behind the program are caring enough to really send you the decryption code once you have paid is… well, lets just say its not guaranteed to happen.
Should you pay the ransom?
Bear in mind that there is no certain way to know whether the cyber criminals will send you a valid key to release your files. That’s why we strongly advise you not rush with a payment, unless you’ve checked and tried all other possibilities, like the steps we will show you below. We have prepared this removal guide to help you remove Kovter ransomware from your computer without paying a penny and hopefully, get some of your files back. Please, share with friends if you find it useful.
|Danger Level||High ( Infiltrates your PC, locks your data by encrypting it, and then demands a ransom for its release.)|
|Symptoms||Remains unnoticed until all the files are encrypted. Then the virus reveals itself with a message on your screen.|
|Distribution Method||It usually hides inside Trojan horse viruses and other types of malware distributed on the web, where it finds a gap in your system security and sneaks unnoticed.|
|Detection Tool||Ransomware may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Kovter Ransomware Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the first preparation.
The first thing you must do is Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.
- Do not skip this. Kovter may have hidden some of its files.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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:
Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once 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 make a big mistake.
Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:
Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check our for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!
How to Decrypt files infected with Kovter
There is only one known way to remove the virus’ encryption that MAY work (no guarantees) – reversing your files to a previous state. There are two options you have for this:
The first is using a system backup. Search for Backup and Restore in the windows search field —–> “Select another backup to restore files from”
If you have no backups, your option is Recuva
Go to the official site for Recuva and download its free version. When you start the program, select the file types you want to recover. You probably want all files. Next select the location. You probably want Recuva to scan all locations.
Click on the box to enable Deep Scan. The program will now start working and it may take a really long time to finish, so be patient and take a break if necessary.
You will now get a big list of files to pick from. Select all relevant files you need and click Recover.
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