.katipuneros Files Virus – How to Remove It and Restore Files
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.katipuneros Files Virus – How to Remove It and Restore Files

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This article has been created to show you how to remove the .katipuneros files virus from your computer and restore files.

New ransomware infection, known as the .katipuneros files virus, has been reported to use encryption on the malicious files of the computers infected by it. This results in the files becoming no longer able to be opened and they assume the .katipuneros file extension. Then, the ransomware drops a README-PAYMENT.txt ransom note, whose primary purpose is to make sure that the victim whose files are encrypted pays a hefty ransom fee in order to get the criminals encrypted by this virus. If you have been infected by this virus, reccomendations are to read the following article and learn how to remove the .katipuneros threat completely.

Threat Summary

Name.katipuneros Virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionAims to encrypt the files on your computer and then asks you to pay a hefty ransom fee in order to get the encrypted files restored back to working state.
SymptomsAdds the .katipuneros file extension to the encrypted files and then drops a ransom note, named README-PAYMENT.txt.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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.katipuneros Files Virus – How Does It Infect

In order to infect a given computer system, the .katipuneros ransomware virus may use spammed e-mail messages whose primary purpose is to deceive potential victims into opening thee malicious attachments in those e-mails. Here is how such e-mails often appear like:

In addition to this, the .katipuneros files virus may also cause an infection via malicious files that are uploaded on various different websites, like files that are:

  • Fake setups of programs.
  • Fake key generators.
  • Fake license activators or game cracks.

.katipuneros Files Virus – More Information

Once an infection by this ransomware virus takes place on your computer system, it may begin to drop it’s payload in the following Windows directories under different file names:

The payload which has been dropped can be either extracted via the malicious file or the other scenario is if the file connects to a distribution site and use it to download the payload of the ransomware virus via an unsecured port of your computer system.

After the malicious files of the .katipuneros ransomware have been dropped on your computer, the virus may begin to perform various different activities on your PC, such as attack it’s registry editor. The virus may attack the following Windows registry sub-keys:

→ 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

After doing so, the .katipuneros ransomware may begin to delete the shadow volume copies of your computer system. This results in the malware erasing all chances of backup on your PC:

→ process call create “cmd.exe /c vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /quiet & bcdedit.exe /set {default} recoveryenabled no & bcdedit.exe /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures”

After doing so, the ransomware virus may also display it’s ransom note, named README-PAYMENT.txt, which has the following messages for victims:

In order to decrypt your files. Send 2 Bitcoins of payment to address: 1JcevpifQnJ4P7KFmGFV3P7aECZHM3gx67
Once payment has been sent, files will automatically decrypt back to normal.

.katipuneros Ransomware – Encryption Process

The encryption process of .katipuneros files virus uses various different techniques which scramble the legitimate files of your computer. It results in a unique decryption key being generated which is only known to the cyber-criminals. The files which this virus attacks may contain the following file extensions:

“PNG .PSD .PSPIMAGE .TGA .THM .TIF .TIFF .YUV .AI .EPS .PS .SVG .INDD .PCT .PDF .XLR .XLS .XLSX .ACCDB .DB .DBF .MDB .PDB .SQL .APK .APP .BAT .CGI .COM .EXE .GADGET .JAR .PIF .WSF .DEM .GAM .NES .ROM .SAV CAD Files .DWG .DXF GIS Files .GPX .KML .KMZ .ASP .ASPX .CER .CFM .CSR .CSS .HTM .HTML .JS .JSP .PHP .RSS .XHTML. DOC .DOCX .LOG .MSG .ODT .PAGES .RTF .TEX .TXT .WPD .WPS .CSV .DAT .GED .KEY .KEYCHAIN .PPS .PPT .PPTX ..INI .PRF Encoded Files .HQX .MIM .UUE .7Z .CBR .DEB .GZ .PKG .RAR .RPM .SITX .TAR.GZ .ZIP .ZIPX .BIN .CUE .DMG .ISO .MDF .TOAST .VCD SDF .TAR .TAX2014 .TAX2015 .VCF .XML Audio Files .AIF .IFF .M3U .M4A .MID .MP3 .MPA .WAV .WMA Video Files .3G2 .3GP .ASF .AVI .FLV .M4V .MOV .MP4 .MPG .RM .SRT .SWF .VOB .WMV 3D .3DM .3DS .MAX .OBJ R.BMP .DDS .GIF .JPG ..CRX .PLUGIN .FNT .FON .OTF .TTF .CAB .CPL .CUR .DESKTHEMEPACK .DLL .DMP .DRV .ICNS .ICO .LNK .SYS .CFG”

After the encryption process has completed, the .katipuneros files virus adds it’s distinctive file extension to the encrypted files, making them look like the image below:

How to Remove .katipuneros Files Virus and Restore Your Data

In order to fully remove this ransomware infection from your computer we recommend you to follow the removal instructions down below. They are divided in manual and automatic removal methods and be advised that automatic removal is strongly suggested by security experts. The reason for this is that by downloading and scanning your PC automatically via an advanced anti-malware software, you can not only remove the .katipuneros files virus automatically but also protect your computer against future infections as well.

If you want to restore files, that have been encrypted by this ransomware infection, we advise you to follow alternative file recovery methods in step “2. Restore files encrypted by .katipuneros Virus”. They are in no way 100% effective, but may help you to recover at least some of your encrypted files.

Note! Your computer system may be affected by .katipuneros Virus and other threats.
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To remove .katipuneros Virus follow these steps:

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .katipuneros Virus files and objects
2. Find files created by .katipuneros Virus on your PC

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3. Scan for malware and unwanted programs with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
4. Try to Restore files encrypted by .katipuneros Virus

Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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