An infection with the Kodg virus leads to serious system security issues and corruption of valuable files. This removal guide presents detailed instructions on how to remove Kodg virus ransomware and how to potentially restore .kogd files.
Kodg ransomware is the name of a new crypto infection that attacks Windows systems. It is based on the code of the infamous STOP ransomware. Recently security researchers have detected a few more strains of the same ransomware including Mbed, Grod and Peet viruses. Terrifying statistics reveal that 1 in 5 Americans are victims of ransomware. However, Kodg ransomware propagation campaigns are likely to be set against computer users worldwide.
Hackers are believed to bet on techniques like spam emails, email attachments, hacked web pages, and corrupted freeware installers for the spread of their malicious Kodg virus. Since the malspam is a propagation technique that enables hackers to spread their malicious code via massive email spam campaigns, they often prefer it to the other mentioned techniques. For the settlement of malspam, cybercriminals usually embed malicious code in files of common types.
Among the most popular Windows file types that are used by malware are executable files, documents and other Microsoft Office files, application files, script files, PDFs, temporary files and other.
As a strain of STOP ransomware which is the top ransomware threat for the last six months, the Kodg virus is an infection that corrupts essential system settings with the goal to pass through several attack stages.
At first, the threat contaminates essential system settings so that is can evade detection and makes its malicious strains difficult to detect. By establishing malicious entries under major registry keys like RUN and RUNONCE the Kodg virus can also become able to launch malicious files on every next system start. At last, it extorts a ransom fee from victims.
.kodg File Extension
After all initial malicious changes, the ransomware reaches the phase when it launches a built-in cipher module to corrupt personal files. During this phase, the ransomware scans specific folders for commonly used types of files that are likely to store valuable user data. Every time the threat detects a target file, it transforms the file’s code by utilizing a strong cipher algorithm. As a result of encryption, corrupted files receive the .kodg file extension
|Short Description||A malware that is designed to encrypt valuable files stored on infected computers so that it can extort a ransom fee from victims.|
|Symptoms||Important files are encrypted and renamed with the virus extension .kodg|
A ransom message forces victims to contact hackers in order to receive instructions on how to pay a ransom fee probably in cryptocurrency.
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails; Email Attachments; Corrupted Websites; Software Installers|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by Kodg virus |
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|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
Kodg Virus Description In Depth
Unfortunately, .kodg files remain inaccessible after encryption. The .kodg file extension may appear at the end of document, music, project, database, image, video, backup, archive, and audio files.
In fact, Kodg virus has the primary goal to blackmail its victims into paying ransom fee for the decryption of files with .kodg extension. For the extortion, the ransomware drops a text file with ransom message. This file is called _readnme.txt and you can see its content below:
Don’t worry, you can return all your files!
All your files like photos, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
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You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
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Here is a copy of Kodg virus’ ransom message:
You should NOT under any circumstances contact cybercriminals or pay any ransom sum to them. This action does not guarantee the recovery of your encrypted files.
At this point, Kodg virus is not decryptable by Michael Gillespie or Emsisoft free decryption tools. However, as soon as we notice security researchers’ announcement about an update that supports the decryption of Kodg ransomware we will update this article with information on how to decrypt files for free.
How to Remove Kodg Virus
The so-called Kodg virus is a threat with highly complex code that heavily damages essential system settings and valuable files. So the only way to use your infected computer in a secure way again is to remove all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. For the purpose, you should complete a specific Kodg removal guide. The ransomware removal guide that follows reveals how to clean the virus from the system – manually and automatically. If you don’t feel quite comfortable with the manual steps, it will be better to download the presented andvanced anti-malware tool as it will do the job for you.
In the event that you want to attempt to restore .kodg files check step five – Try to Restore files encrypted by Kodg Virus that reveals reliable alternative data recovery methods. We remind you that copies of all encrypted files should be kept on an external drive. This measure will prevent their inevitable loss.