Ransomware

Remove .Kiratos File Virus (+File Recovery)


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

.Kiratos is the name of a new Ransomware threat and it is programmed to encrypt the files that you store on your computer and ask you to pay a sizeable amount of money in ransom for their decryption. Aside from that, this malware isn’t likely to cause any other type of harm to your system but the data lockdown alone is enough to create a lot of trouble for you, especially if you need the files that have been encrypted and don’t have backups to access them.

.Kiratos uses an advanced encryption algorithm to seal different file-types such as documents, archives, databases, images, videos, audios and more and may even change their file extension with some unknown one in order to make them unreadable for the system and any software that you may try using to open them with. This encryption algorithm can only be decrypted with a specially generated decryption key which is stored on the servers of the hackers who control the infection. The crooks normally offer you to “purchase” the key from them for an amount of money (typically requested in BitCoins) and give you a short deadline to do that, after which they threaten to permanently delete that key and leave your files encrypted forever.

Since most web users tend to keep valuable information on their computers that could be related to their work, their education or their personal life, the attack of an infection like .Kiratos could be a real nightmare and could lead to loss of important documents and data that holds professional, educational or sentimental value. Unfortunately, those who don’t have backup copies on external devices or on cloud storages won’t be able to solve this problem by simply removing the malware (though this would still be necessary). In addition to the virus’ removal, some additional steps would need to be taken to recover the files. The worst part of it is that there aren’t many alternatives that can offer full recovery from the attack of this malware and that’s why, no matter how you decide to deal with .Kiratos, you should know that you may not be able to fully get things back to normal.

Transferring money to some anonymous hackers with the hope that they will eventually send you the decryption key for your files carries a huge risk of money loss. The reason is, no matter what the crooks claim, there is absolutely no guarantee that such a key exists, let alone, that it will work and effectively reverse the encryption applied by the Ransomware. That’s why our suggestion in case you have been attacked by this malware is to postpone the ransom payment and instead explore some other methods that don’t involve giving your money to the criminals. As a start, you may like to give a try to the suggestions in the removal guide below. First, however, make sure you safely remove .Kiratos from your system because if you keep it there, every file you may manage to recover may get encrypted again, in which case all your recovery effort would have been in vain.

SUMMARY:

Name .Kiratos
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

Remove .Kiratos


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

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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

malware-start-taskbar

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. 

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:

hosts_opt (1)

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:

msconfig_opt

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!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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 .Kiratos files

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

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


4 Comments

    • You should probable delete them but just to be sure, you should tell us what they were like so that we can tell you for sure if you must remove them.

  • hello there there i have got attacked by .kiratos mware few days ago and have locked many important files the most is photos i have as a memory of my dead mother plz help tell me how to fix this for sure , contact me in [email protected] hotmail .com

    • First, you will need to follow the guide from this page to remove the malware and then, you should visit our How to Decrypt Ransomware article on this site for some data decryption suggestions.

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