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Remove .ke3q Files Virus (B2DR Ransomware)

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The .ke3q files virus is part of а series of ransomware strains based on the code of the so-called B2DR ransomware. Like its predecessors [wplinkpreview url=”https://sensorstechforum.com/b2dr-virus-remove-restore-b2dr-data/”] .b2dr, [wplinkpreview url=”https://sensorstechforum.com/b2dr-ransomware-remove-b2fr-restore/”] .b2fr and [wplinkpreview url=”https://sensorstechforum.com/wq2k-files-virus-remove/”] .wq2k, this B2DR iteration aims to encode valuable personal files stored on the computers it infects and then blackmails victims into paying a ransom fee to cyber criminals. Since .ke3q ransomware is known to use one of the strongest cipher algorithms – AES, for files encryption, corrupted files could hardly be recovered without proper decryption means. As a result of limited access to data stored by .ke3q files, the ransomware forces users to transfer a ransom fee to hackers’ wallet.

Threat Summary

Name .ke3q files virus
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description A data locker ransomware that modifies system settings in order to become able to encrypt valauble files and extot a ransom fee for their recovery.
Symptoms Important files are marked with the extension .ke3q. They cannot be opened. Hackers require ransom payment for a decryption tool.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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.ke3q Files Virus – Distribution Techniques and Infection Process

In order that the infection with .ke3q files virus could begin, the ransomware payload should be established and started on the system. That payload files could be spread via common techniques like malspam, malvertising, freeware packages, fake software updates, corrupted web pages, etc.

The preferred one is believed to be the malspam. This technique enables hackers to send spam emails that feature malicious code. These emails often attempt to trick users into loading the malicious code on their devices. For the purpose, they often appear to be sent by representatives of well-known companies, services, websites and even governmental institutions. So beware and practice caution before opening files attached to received emails even when they seem legitimate.

Once .ke3q files virus is run on the operating system, it triggers a long sequence of malicious operations. To complete the attack, the ransomware modifies major system settings. As a result of applied modifications, the security of the infected computer is seriously disrupted. Furthermore, as long B2DR .ke3q ransomware is active on the machine, it may enable hackers to install additional data stealer malware which could then let them obtain financial credentials, logins and other sensitive details.

The primarily goal of .ke3q files virus is to reach target files and encrypt them. To complete that goal, it utilizes a built-in encryption module that implements AES-265 encoding to all target types of files. Supposedly the ransomware is set to find and corrupt all of the following files:

  • Audio files
  • Video files
  • Document files
  • Image files
  • Backup files
  • Banking credentials, etc

At the end of the encryption process all corrupted files become inaccessible. In addition, they are marked with a sequence of two extensions as follows:

  • .open_readme.txt.ke3q

Soon after the end of the encryption process, .ke3q drops a specific file that contains a ransom message. The main purpose of this message is to blackmail you into transferring hackers a ransom fee for a decryption tool.

Here is the text presented by the file Readme.txt :

HOW TO GET MY FILES BACK?
1) Download and Install TorBrowser https://www.torproject.org/download/
2) Open link: https://helpmeplzeejynph.onion/946791530a05bf85f79ad00a5003bde4 in TorBrowser
3) Follow the instructions on the site.
Bitmessage contact: BM-NBagPL1pc8yKDocYNB95XJArzuV19GzS
https://bitmessage.org/wiki/Main_Page
—BEGIN KEY—
IAAAAHc82tPv9Wz***M7WxBkQ==
—END KEY— [420 symbols]

According to the information presented on the presented Top web page hackers could be contacted at loggitore1984@protonmail.com, loggitore1984@cock.li, loggitore1984@mailchuck.com, or loggitore1984@tuta.io email address. As of the ransom, its cost depends on:

1) Your country.
2) How quickly you contact hackers.

Since there is no guarantee that you will receive an efficient decryption tool or any tool at all, we recommend you to avoid any negotiations with cyber criminals and attempt to deal with the problem by using the help of our guide. It presents both reliable methods for ransomware removal and alternative data recovery approaches.

Remove .ke3q Files Virus and Restore Files

There is no doubt that you should remove B2DR ransomware from the infected PC as soon as you notice it. Otherwise, it has the chance to infect all devices connected to the same network. For the manual removal of .ke3q ransomware demands good computer skills. Beware that the ransomware has highly complex code that has plagued not only your files but your whole system. So security researchers recommend the help of an advanced anti-malware tool for its complete removal. Such a tool will keep your system protected against devastating threats like .ke3q and other kinds of malware that endanger PC security.

After you remove the ransomware make sure to check the “Restore .ke3q Files” from the guide below. There you could find alternative methods that may be effective for the recovery of .ke3q files. Before the beginning, you have to back up all encrypted files to an external drive and this way prevent their irreversible loss.

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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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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove .ke3q files virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .ke3q files virus

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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 .ke3q files 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. 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 .ke3q files virus 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 .ke3q files virus 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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Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
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Step 4: Scan for .ke3q files virus 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 .ke3q files virus.

Ransomware infections and .ke3q files 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.

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 .ke3q files virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .ke3q files virus 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 .ke3q files virus:

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 .ke3q files virus. 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 .ke3q files virus. 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 .ke3q files 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:

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 .ke3q files virus. 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 .ke3q files virus.

Ransomware infections and .ke3q files 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.

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.


.ke3q files virus FAQ

What is .ke3q files virus ransomware and how does it work?

.ke3q files virus 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 .ke3q files virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways..ke3q files virus 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 .ke3q files virus 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 ..ke3q files virus files?

You can't. At this point the ..ke3q files virus 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 ..ke3q files virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by .ke3q files virus 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 "..ke3q files virus" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore ..ke3q files virus 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 .ke3q files virus 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 .ke3q files virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..ke3q files virus files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .ke3q files virus 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.

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