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Irfk Virus Files

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Irfk virus is created to encrypt data and demand money as a ransom to be paid to hackers. To get .irfk files restored victims should obtain a decryption tool a discount for which is available during the first 72 hours after the infection. Sadly, encrypted files will remain inaccessible until their code is reverted back to its original state. After completing all initial infection stages, the Irfk virus will leave a ransom message (_readme.txt) to inform victims about its presence and impact. Keep on reading the article and see how you could remove the Irfk ransomware virus and try to potentially recover some of your locked files.

Irfk Summary

Name Irfk also known as Win32:SpywareX-gen [Trj] (Avast), Gen:Variant.Fragtor.35416 (BitDefender), HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Scarsi.gen (Kaspersky)
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Malicious Extension .irfk
Ransom Demanding Note _readme.txt
Short Description The ransomware encrypts files by placing the .irfk before the affected files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
Symptoms The ransomware will encrypt your files and leave a ransom note with payment instructions.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Corrupted Software Installers
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Irfk Ransomware Virus – Detailed Overview

Irfk virus – a typical ransomware infection that harasses online users worldwide. It appears to be one more strain of the well-known STOP/Djvu ransomware. Launched in an initial attack campaign, the virus infects whole computer networks via techniques like:

  • Phishing email campaigns. Those messages are typically set to impersonate legitimate services or companies trying to trick people into starting malicious code on their machines. Beware of links and attachments.
  • Free software. Some of the installers of supposedly useful apps contain the activation code of malicious infections like the Irfk virus. The criminals can make use of application installers by taking the legitimate setup files from the vendor download sites and setting the virus install code in them.
  • Fake sites, download portals, hoax search engines, and malicious adverts may be used by hackers as well.

The Irfk virus is a data locker ransomware that originates from the famous malware family STOP/Djvu. This means that similar to previous strains of the same threat – Palq virus, Cool virus, Rivd virus, Irfk will try to activate a whole set of modules that enable it to harvest data, corrupt essential system settings, and encode valuable personal files stored on the infected PC.

The attacks might start with a data harvesting process. Extracted data may reveal the identity of the victim by details like real name, address, phone number, and account credentials. The ransomware could also obtain information about the hard drive, the Windows Registry, and any third-party installed applications. Sadly, there is no guarantee that hackers will keep the data private. They may misuse it for financial abuses and identity theft crimes.

Another set of information may be used for the assignment of a unique machine ID. It usually stems from hardware components data, regional settings, and specific operating system variables. This data can serve as a security bypass too. Applications that can block or delete the virus such as anti-virus, virtual machine hosts, firewalls, or debug environments may be detected by the ransomware during the attack. If it cannot avoid detection, it might delete itself.

Then Windows Registry modifications may occur. By affecting registries, Irfk ransomware may prevent some apps from operating accurately while becoming able to run automatically every time you power on the system. This action is very likely to be followed by the execution of commands that eliminate possible data recovery options. Other changes that damage the system can additionally be implemented by the Irfk virus.

.irfk Files

The execution of the encryption engine will help Irfk ransomware to use a built-in list of target file types that will be transformed when detected. Commonly used file extensions may be set as targets. Hence, the following data may be corrupted via AES cipher algorithm:

  • Archives.
  • Images.
  • Backups.
  • Documents.
  • Music.
  • Videos.

All affected files will be renamed with the .irfk extension. Then the traditional ransomware note will be created. The criminals who stand behind those nasty ransomware attacks inform victims the following:

Following their rules does not guarantee the recovery of .irfk files. Your online security and privacy may be endangered again too.

Remove Irfk Virus and Try to Restore Data

If your computer system got infected with the Irfk 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.

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Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.

As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • Profile of the content creator.
  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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How to Remove Irfk from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Irfk

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Irfk 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Irfk on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Irfk there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

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Step 4: Scan for Irfk with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Irfk.

Ransomware infections and Irfk 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.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of Irfk from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Irfk and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Irfk:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Irfk. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Irfk. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 Irfk 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Irfk. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Irfk.

Ransomware infections and Irfk 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.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Irfk FAQ

What is Irfk ransomware and how does it work?

Irfk is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.

Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.

How does Irfk ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Irfk Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment.

This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.

After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.

Another way, you may become a victim of Irfk is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.

How to open .Irfk files?

You can't. At this point the .Irfk files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .Irfk files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by Irfk ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore ".Irfk" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Irfk files.

These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How do I get rid of Irfk ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate Irfk ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Irfk files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Irfk ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:

  • Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
  • Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
  • Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
  • You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.

More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.

How to Report Ransomware to Authorities?

In case your computer got infected with a ransomware infection, you can report it to the local Police departments. It can help authorities worldwide track and determine the perpetrators behind the virus that has infected your computer. Below, we have prepared a list with government websites, where you can file a report in case you are a victim of a cybercrime:

Cyber-security authorities, responsible for handling ransomware attack reports in different regions all over the world:

Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.

1 Comment
  1. Shereef

    I need to decrypt some files, is it possible to help or not?

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