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This article aims to help you remove the .KKK ransomware virus and show how to try and restore files encrypted by this virus via AES.

A ransomware virus, discovered at the beginning of June 2017, called KKK has been reported to demand from victims of the computers It infects 0.05 BTC ransom to restore the files that have been encrypted by it. In addition to this, the ransomware virus also adds the .KKK file extension which may be short for Ku Klux Klan, due to the logo the virus uses on it’s ransom note, also named KKK. In case your computer has been infected by the KKK ransomware threat, we suggest you read this article carefully.

Threat Summary

NameKKK Virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionEncrypts the files on the infected computer with AES encryption algorithm and demands 0.05 BTC ransom to be paid to get the encrypted files restored.
SymptomsFiles are added the .KKK file extension and a ransom note with the KKK symbol appears with instructions how to pay the ransom.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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How Does KKK Virus Infect

For the infection process, KKK ransomware may be uploaded online as fake Java or Adobe Flash Player updates. The virus’s infection file could also be uploaded online as a fake setup of a program, key generator or a license activation software.

In addition to this, the infection file can also be sent to you via e-mail that pretends to be a legitimate message from a company, like PayPal, DHL, eBay or other legitimate organization. The e-mails portray the attachment as a legitimate document that should be reviewed right away. But if the victim is fooled into opening the malicious e-mail attachment, the virus is activated immediately. The attachment can also exist on a third-party web link which can be linked on the e-mail body as well, for example:

Analysis of KKK Ransom Virus

After an infection by KKK ransomware takes place, the virus begins to immediately situate it’s malicious files on the compromised computer. These files the following:

  • A randomly named executable file.
  • A Facebook.exe file.

After the files have been dropped on the infected computer, they may be automatically executed by their loader or the infection file that distributes KKK ransomware. When they are executed, these files have functions in them that make them perform different activities on the compromised computer. One of those activities is to gain administrative permissions. This allows the KKK ransomware to interact with key components of the Windows OS, such as modify the Windows Registry Editor, more specifically it may attack the following 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

Modifying these Windows sub-keys assures that the KKK virus may run on Windows boot.

After this has been completed, the ransomware virus may also interfere with the Windows Command Prompt in order to delete the shadow copies from the infected computer. This may be achieved via the following administrative commands in Windows:

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

KKK Ransomware – Encryption

The encryption process of the KKK ransomware infection is conducted via the Advanced Encryption Algorithm. This cipher, also known as AES is one of the top encryption algorithms used today for protecting data. It’s procedure includes replacing the data from the original file with data from the cipher. This procedure results in the file no longer able to be opened and having the .KKK file extension added to it. The files encrypted by this ransomware may look like the image below:

For encryption, the KKK virus targets only specific list of file types. Among these are important documents, media files or files associated with programs that are often used. The virus also pretends it has stolen the files in it’s ransom note:

KKK
You are Infected by KKK Ransomware.
Please click on the Payment to restore files.
Click on Information to see what happend.

Payment
Pay 0.05 bitcoins to the address below.
14CtzUcYddHPJ6ahDRq2CuPjkTAuBszzSP

Information
You are Infected with Ransom ware. Ransom ware steals your files and holds them for ransom. You can decrypt your files by referring to the Payment tab on the main form.

Remove KKK Ransomware and Restore .KKK Encrypted Files

Before beginning the removal process of the KKK ransomware virus, it is strongly recommended to backup the files encrypted by this ransomware virus. Then, you should follow the removal instructions underneath to remove this virus either automatically or manually. Security experts often recommend using anti-malware tool to remove the threat and all of it’s objects automatically and protect your computer real-time against future threats.

After performing the removal, you can try and restore your files by using the alternative methods we have suggested below in step “2. Restore files encrypted by KKK Virus”. They are not a direct solution to the virus but may help you restore at least a part of the encrypted files. In the meantime, we advise you to follow this article often, as we will monitor the situation and update it as soon as malware researchers develop a decryption tool for this virus.

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To remove KKK Virus follow these steps:

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