The .eking virus is a release of the Phobos ransomware family, a group of highly damaging file encrypting malware. Like other threats of its category it is programmed to encrypt target user data and then blackmail the victims for a decryption fee.
As it is based on Phobos it is expected that additional malicious actions may also be considered — depending on the hacker campaign and local machine conditions that can change.
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files on your computer machine and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly restore them.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will blackmail the victims to pay them a decryption fee. Sensitive user data may be encrypted by the ransomware code.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
How .eking Virus Infects Computers?
The .eking virus is created by an unknown hacking group and is currenty used in live attacks against end users. As it is based on files delivery an effective way would be to use phishing strategies that make use of both emails and websites. In them the hackers will impersonate services and companies and attempt to scam the victims into interacting with the file attachments and links.
Another strategy would be to insert the .eking virus code in file carriers — they can be macro-infected documents and application installers. They can be designed to look like files that can appear useful. These files can be spread over the phishing messages and also via files-sharing networks and online communities. The hackers will use common places where files can be shared between users: forums, chats, social networks and BitTorrent trackers.
The .eking ransomware as part of the Phobos family of threats can also rely on any other method that the hackers can come up to. The hacking group is not yet identified and we don’t know from where the criminals originate. For this reason it is presummed that the attack is global.
What we know is that some of the collected samples have been captured from an infected Adobe Acrobat crack — this is a patch used to pirate Adobe’s PDF software. Such files are usually hosted on hacker-owned sites, torrent sites and related communities.
What Does The .eking Virus Do To Your Computer?
The .eking virus may lead to other malware operations, not only the ransomware actions. This will depend on the strategy used by the hackers and local machine conditions. The files that are encrypted will be processed by a strong cipher that will both lock and encrypt them. The relevant .eking extension will be applied to the target files. The type of encrypted data will be based on a built-in list of target extensions, this may include any of the following: archives, backups, documents, multimedia files and etc.
The victims will be extorted in paying a ransom via a ransomware note — it will be created in a text file which will be placed in folders where there are encrypted data.
It is very possible that system changes are done: this can include setting up the virus as a persistent ransomare. It will start automatically when the computer is powered on and it may block access to the recovery options.
Other ransomare can also edit configuration files and Windows Registry fields — this can result in performance issues, data loss and unexpected errors when running programs.
Advanced campaigns can also be used to deploy other malware — this is very useful when the file encryption is to be followed by a Trojan horse infection.
Remove .eking Virus
If your computer system got infected with the .eking Files ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.
How to Remove .eking virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .eking virus
Step 2: Uninstall .eking virus and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by .eking virus on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by .eking virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for .eking virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .eking virus.
Ransomware infections and .eking virus aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.
If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:
Get rid of .eking virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall .eking virus and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove .eking virus via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove .eking virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as .eking virus, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .eking virus on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac .eking virus aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.