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Kirk Ransomware – Remove It and Restore .Kirked Files

This article will help you remove Kirk ransomware effectively. Follow the ransomware removal instructions at the bottom of the article.

Kirk is now the name of a ransomware cryptovirus and not only the name of the emblematic character from the Star Trek franchise. The virus is written in Python and it is the first one that demands payment in the Monero cryptocurrency. AES and RSA are the two encryption algorithms used by the Kirk ransomware to encrypt your files. The ransom note has ANSI elements and is very detailed in its instructions for payment. Keep on reading below to see how you could try to potentially restore some of your data.

Threat Summary

Name Kirk
Type Ransomware
Short Description The ransomware encrypts files on your computer and demands payment for unlocking them.
Symptoms The ransomware will encrypt your files while placing the extension .kirked after it completes its encryption process.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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Kirk Ransomware – Infection

Kirk ransomware could spread its infection via different methods. The payload file that initiates the malicious script for this ransomware, which in turn infects your computer machine, is circling the Internet and a malware sample has been found by malware researchers. You can see the VirusTotal detections for different security programs of that sample by checking the screenshot below:

Kirk ransomware could also deliver its payload file on social media websites and networks for file-sharing. Freeware that is found on the Web could be presented as useful but at the same time could hide the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Refrain from opening files just as you have downloaded them, especially if they come from suspicious sources such as links or e-mails. Instead, you should scan them beforehand with a security tool, while also checking the size and signatures of these files for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the ransomware prevention tips from the forum section.

Kirk Ransomware – Details

Kirk ransomware a cryptovirus which is written in the Python programming language. The ransomware gets its name from one of the most iconic characters of the Star Trek franchise – Captain James T. Kirk. Your files will get encrypted with a custom-made extension, that is .kirked, while preserving the original names of files.

Kirk ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, launch and repress processes in Windows. Some entries are designed in a way that will start the virus automatically with each launch of the Windows Operating System, like the example one given right here:


The ransom note will be displayed inside a window after the encryption process is complete. That note is very detailed and long and even contains some ANSI images and text based around Star Trek. The note is contained inside a file called RANSOM_NOTE.txt. You can view part of the window of the ransom note message that loads in a window after file encryption completes right down here:

That ransom note reads the following:

Oh no! The Kirk ransomware has encrypted your files!

Your computer has fallen victim to the Kirk malware and important files have been encrypted – locked up so they don’t work. This may have broken some software, including games, office suites etc. Here’s a list of some the file extensions that were targetted: .3g2 … .pptm .mpk .re4

There are an additional 441 file extensions that are targetted. They are mostly to do with games. To get your files back, you need to pay. Now. Payments recieved more than 48 hours after the time of infection will be charged double. Further time penalties are listed below. The time of infection has been logged. Any files with the extensions listed above will now have the extra extension ‘.kirked’, these files are encrypted using military grade encryption. In the place you ran this program from, you should find a note (named RANSOM_NOTE.txt) similar to this one. You will also find a file named ‘pwd’ – this is your encrypted password file. Although it was generated by your computer, you have no way of ever decrypting it. This is due to the security of both the way it was generated and the way it was encrypted. Your files were encrypted using this password.

“Logic, motherfucker.” ~ Spock. Decrypting your files is easy. Take a deep breath and follow the steps below.

1 ) Make the proper payment. Payments are made in Monero. This is a crypto-currency, like bitcoin. You can buy Monero, and send it, from the same places you can any other crypto-currency. If you’re still unsure, google ‘bitcoin exchange’. Sign up at one of these exchange sites and send the payment to the address below. Make note of the payment / transaction ID, or make one up if you have the option. Payment Address (Monero Wallet): 4AqSwfTexbNaHcn8giSJw3KPiWYHGBaCF9bdgPxvHbd5A8Q3Fc7n6FQCReEns8uEg8jUo4BeB79rwf4XSfQPVL1SKdVp2jz

Prices: Days : Monero : Offer Expires 0-2 : 50 : 03/18/17 15:32:14 3-7 : 100 : 03/23/17 15:32:14 8-14 : 200 : 03/30/17 15:32:14 15-30 : 500 : 04/15/17 15:32:14 Note: In 31 days your password decryption key gets permanently deleted. You then have no way to ever retrieve your files. So pay now.

2 ) Email us. Send your pwd file as an email attachment to one of the email addresses below. Include the payment ID from step 1. Active email addresses: kirk.help@scryptmail.com kirk.payments@scryptmail.com

3 ) Decrypt your files. You will recieve your decrypted password file and a program called ‘Spock’. Download these both to the same place and run Spock. Spock reads in your decrypted password file and uses it to decrypt all of the affected files on your computer. > IMPORTANT ! The password is unique to this infection. Using an old password or one from another machine will result in corrupted files. Corrupted files cannot be retrieved. Don’t fuck around.

4 ) Breathe.

Beneath this sentence you will see an image with the part that introduces the Monero cryptocurrency for the first time as a payment method, and the only available payment method at that:

The note of the Kirk ransomware states that your files are encrypted and to get them back you have to pay in Monero. You should NOT in any circumstance pay these cybercriminals. Your files may not get restored, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that. Furthermore, giving money to these criminals will likely motivate them to create more ransomware or do other criminal activities.

Kirk Ransomware – Encryption Process

The whole encryption process begins with the following notification pop-up:

The text from the notification has the same title as the network stress tool “LOIC”, which is:

Low Orbital Ion Cannon | When harpoons, air strikes and nukes fail | v1.0.1.0

After that message your computer system will be inspected and all files with extensions that the Kirk ransomware seeks to encrypt will become encrypted. That will happen with the help of the AES and RSA encryption algorithms.

Files that have extensions from the following list (around 625 different extensions) will become locked:

→.cfr, .ytd, .sngw, .tst, .skudef, .dem, .sims3pack, .hbr, .hkx, .rgt, .ggpk, .ttarch2, .hogg, .spv, .bm2, .lua, .dff, .save, .rgssad, .scm, .aud, .rxdata, .mcmeta, .bin, .mpqe, .rez, .xbe, .grle, .bf, .iwd, .vpp_pc, .scb, .naz, .m2, .xpk, .sabs, .nfs13save, .gro, .emi, .wad, .15, .vfs, .drs, .taf, .m4s, .player, .umv, .sgm, .ntl, .esm, .qvm, .arch00, .tir, .bk, .sabl, .bin, .opk, .vfs0, .xp3, .tobj, .rcf, .sga, .esf, .rpack, .DayZProfile, .qsv, .gam, .bndl, .u2car, .psk, .gob, .lrf, .lts, .iqm, .i3d, .acm, .SC2Replay, .xfbin, .db0, .fsh, .dsb, .cry, .osr, .gcv, .blk, .4, .lzc, .umod, .w3x, .mwm, .crf, .tad, .pbn, .14, .ppe, .ydc, .fmf, .swe, .nfs11save, .tgx, .trf, .atlas, .20, .game, .rw, .rvproj2, .sc1, .ed, .lsd, .pkz, .rim, .bff, .gct, .9, .fpk, .pk3, .osf, .bns, .cas, .lfl, .rbz, .sex, .mrm, .mca, .hsv, .vpt, .pff, .i3chr, .tor, .01, .utx, .kf, .dzip, .fxcb, .modpak, .ydr, .frd, .bmd, .vpp, .gcm, .frw, .baf, .edf, .w3g, .mtf, .tfc, .lpr, .pk2, .cs2, .fps, .osz, .lnc, .jpz, .tinyid, .ebm, .i3exec, .ert, .sv4, .cbf, .oppc, .enc, .rmv, .mta, .otd, .pk7, .gm, .cdp, .cmg, .ubi, .hpk, .plr, .mis, .ids, .replay_last_battle, .z2f, .map, .ut4mod, .dm_1, .p3d, .tre, .package, .streamed, .l2r, .xbf, .wep, .evd, .dxt, .bba, .profile, .vmt, .rpf, .ucs, .lab, .cow, .ibf, .tew, .bix, .uhtm, .txd, .jam, .ugd, .13, .dc6, .vdk, .bar, .cvm, .wso, .xxx, .zar, .anm, .6, .ant, .ctp, .sv5, .dnf, .he0, .mve, .emz, .e4mod, .gxt, .bag, .arz, .tbi, .itp, .i3animpack, .vtf, .afl, .ncs, .gaf, .ccw, .tsr, .bank, .lec, .pk4, .psv, .los, .civ5save, .rlv, .nh, .sco, .ims, .epc, .rgm, .res, .wld, .sve, .db1, .dazip, .vcm, .rvm, .eur, .me2headmorph, .azp, .ags, .12, .slh, .cha, .wowsreplay, .dor, .ibi, .bnd, .zse, .ddsx, .mcworld, .intr, .vdf, .mtr, .addr, .blp, .mlx, .d2i, .21, .tlk, .gm1, .n2pk, .ekx, .tas, .rav, .ttg, .spawn, .osu, .oac, .bod, .dcz, .mgx, .wowpreplay, .fuk, .kto, .fda, .vob, .ahc, .rrs, .ala, .mao, .udk, .jit, .25, .swar, .nav, .bot, .jdf, .32, .mul, .szs, .gax, .xmg, .udm, .zdk, .dcc, .blb, .wxd, .isb, .pt2, .utc, .card, .lug, .JQ3SaveGame, .osk, .nut, .unity, .cme, .elu, .db7, .hlk, .ds1, .wx, .bsm, .w3z, .itm, .clz, .zfs, .3do, .pac, .dbi, .alo, .gla, .yrm, .fomod, .ees, .erp, .dl, .bmd, .pud, .ibt, .24, .wai, .sww, .opq, .gtf, .bnt, .ngn, .tit, .wf, .bnk, .ttz, .nif, .ghb, .la0, .bun, .11, .icd, .z3, .djs, .mog, .2da, .imc, .sgh, .db9, .42, .vis, .whd, .pcc, .43, .ldw, .age3yrec, .pcpack, .ddt, .cok, .xcr, .bsp, .yaf, .swd, .tfil, .lsd, .blorb, .unr, .mob, .fos, .cem, .material, .lfd, .hmi, .md4, .dog, .256, .eix, .oob, .cpx, .cdata, .hak, .phz, .stormreplay, .lrn, .spidersolitairesave-ms, .anm, .til, .lta, .sims2pack, .md2, .pkx, .sns, .pat, .tdf, .cm, .mine, .rbn, .uc, .asg, .raf, .myp, .mys, .tex, .cpn, .flmod, .model, .sfar, .fbrb, .sav2, .lmg, .tbc, .xpd, .bundledmesh, .bmg, .18, .gsc, .shader_bundle, .drl, .world, .rwd, .rwv, .rda, .3g2, .3gp, .asf, .asx, .avi, .flv, .ai, .m2ts, .mkv, .mov, .mp4, .mpg, .mpeg, .mpeg4, .rm, .swf, .vob, .wmv, .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rar, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .tiff, .zip, .7z, .dif.z, .exe, .tar.gz, .tar, .mp3, .sh, .c, .cpp, .h, .mov, .gif, .txt, .py, .pyc, .jar, .csv, .psd, .wav, .ogg, .wma, .aif, .mpa, .wpl, .arj, .deb, .pkg, .db, .dbf, .sav, .xml, .html, .aiml, .apk, .bat, .bin, .cgi, .pl, .com, .wsf, .bmp, .bmp, .gif, .tif, .tiff, .htm, .js, .jsp, .php, .xhtml, .cfm, .rss, .key, .odp, .pps, .ppt, .pptx, .class, .cd, .java, .swift, .vb, .ods, .xlr, .xls, .xlsx, .dot, .docm, .dotx, .dotm, .wpd, .wps, .rtf, .sdw, .sgl, .vor, .uot, .uof, .jtd, .jtt, .hwp, .602, .pdb, .psw, .xlw, .xlt, .xlsm, .xltx, .xltm, .xlsb, .wk1, .wks, .123, .sdc, .slk, .pxl, .wb2, .pot, .pptm, .potx, .potm, .sda, .sdd, .sdp, .cgm, .wotreplay, .rofl, .pak, .big, .bik, .xtbl, .unity3d, .capx, .ttarch, .iwi, .rgss3a, .gblorb, .xwm, .j2e, .mpk, .xex, .tiger, .lbf, .cab, .rx3, .epk, .vol, .asset, .forge, .lng, .sii, .litemod, .vef, .dat, .papa, .psark, .ydk, .mpq, .wtf, .bsa, .re4, .dds, .ff, .yrp, .pck, .t3, .ltx, .uasset, .bikey, .patch, .upk, .uax, .mdl, .lvl, .qst, .ddv, .pta

Extension list source: Bleeping Computer

When observing that list is revealed that many extensions belong to files of computer games and their “saves”. Each file that gets encrypted will receive the same extension appended after its original extension. The second extension after the original one will be .kirked.

In the ransom note, there is a section mentioning a Spock decryption tool, that you have to pay for if you want your files returned to normal. For the moment, there is no other information about decryption other than malware researchers saying that it doesn’t seem possible yet.

However, if you want to have any chance of decryption in the future, you should keep a file called pwd that is found under the same directory as the file loic_win32.exe, which is the ransomware executable file.

The Kirk cryptovirus is not excluded to delete the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system by utilizing the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

Although, that is highly unlikely, as its main target probably isn’t the Windows OS to begin with.

Read on through and check out what type of ways you can try to potentially restore some of your data.

Remove Kirk Ransomware and Restore .Kirked Files

If your computer got infected with the Kirk 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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About the Kirk Research

The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this Kirk how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific malware and restore your encrypted files.

How did we conduct the research on this ransomware?

Our research is based on an independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, and as such, we receive daily updates on the latest malware and ransomware definitions.

Furthermore, the research behind the Kirk ransomware threat is backed with VirusTotal and the NoMoreRansom project.

To better understand the ransomware threat, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.


1. How to Recognize Spam Emails with Ransomware
2. How Does Ransomware Encryption Work?
3. How to Decrypt Ransomware Files
4. Ransomware Getting Greedier and Bigger, Attacks Increase by 40%
5. 1 in 5 Americans Victim of Ransomware

Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Kirk from Windows.

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


Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

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 Kirk 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 Kirk 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 Kirk 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.

Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Kirk 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.


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


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.


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

Video Guide for Automatic and Fast Removal

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

Ransomware infections and Kirk 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 recommended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

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

Step 6: How to Restore Files Encrypted by Ransomware (Video Guide)

Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of Kirk from Mac OS X.

Step 1: Uninstall Kirk and remove related files and objects

Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy

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 Kirk:

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 Kirk. 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 Kirk. 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 Kirk 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 Kirk. 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

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

Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for Kirk:


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

Ransomware infections and Kirk 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 recommended 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.

Kirk FAQ

What is Kirk ransomware and how does it work?

Kirk 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 Kirk ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Kirk 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 Kirk 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 .Kirk files?

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

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Kirk 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.

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