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.koreaGame Files Virus – How to Remove it and Restore Data

.koreaGame Files Virus Remove Restore Data

This article has been created in order to explain what is .koreaGame files virus and how to remove it from your computer. In addition, a free decryption solution for .koreaGame files is presented in the guide at the end.

The .koreaGame files virus is reported as a new iteration of Jigsaw ransomware. The infection infiltrates computer systems to encrypt important data stored on them so it can then demand a ransom for a decryption solution. Once the threat is running on the system it modifies essential settings in order to use some of the system’s functionalities and ensure its persistence on the infected host. At the end of the attack corrupted files can be recognized by the extension .koreaGame appended to their original names. They remain inaccessible until a working decryption solution is obtained and applied. In addition, a ransom note could appear on the PC screen to blackmail users into paying the demanded ransom. Keep reading to understand how you can remove .koreaGame files virus completely from the infected system and restore encrypted files without paying the ransom.

Threat Summary

Name .koreaGame
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description The .koreaGame files virus is a data locker ransomware that encrypts files stored on infected hosts and drops a ransom note to demand ransom payment.
Symptoms Important files are encrypted and renamed with the extension .koreaGame. The access to encrypted files is restricted. A ransom payment is demanded.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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.koreaGame Files Virus – Ways of Distribution

One of the possible ways of infection is after a visit of compromised web page that is set to install .koreaGame file virus directly on the target host. The links to such pages can be pushed by various advertising campaigns, posted on social media channels or presented in email spam messages.

Often the ransomware payload may be embedded on documents that are then attached to email spam messages. Beware and practice caution before you decide to download and open files from the emails you receive even when they seem legitimate. It is a common practice of hackers to pose as representatives of well-known companies, services, websites and even governmental institutions in an attempt to trick users into infecting themselves with devastating infections like .koreaGame ransomware virus.

It is also possible to execute unnoticeably the ransomware payload during the installation of a desired free app as its code may be incorporated into the installer.

.koreaGame Files Virus – More Information

Once .koreaGame ransomware virus is running on the system it initiates a sequence of malicious activities in order to plague the system and then encrypt target files. At first, it may drop additional malware files and objects by connecting to its servers. It is also possible that the threat will create some new files on the system which can then hook legitimate Windows processes in order to utilize their range of capabilities and remain undetected.

Even though the ransomware may be designed to delete its traits after it plagues the system, some of its malicious files may remain on the system. There are several essential Windows system folders where malicious files may be stored:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Temp%
  • %Windows%

Next, .koreaGame data locker may access Windows Registry Editor to create malicious values under some main sub-keys. Like the majority of ransomware infections, the new Korean Jigsaw variant is likely to affect the Run and RunOnce registry sub-keys. So once the malicious values are added, ransomware files can execute automatically on each system start. This is due to the set of actions managed by these two registry sub-keys. They are created to store information about all files and objects that are executed on each system start. Thus, the persistence ransomware acquires may lead to some difficulties during the removal process. You can overcome them by following all the steps of the guide below.

At the very end .koreaGame files virus is likely to display a ransom note on the PC screen. The message is supposedly written in Korean and what it aims is to blackmail victims into contacting hackers at a given email address powerhacker03@hotmail.com. Under no circumstances, you should do this or pay them the ransom. Furthermore, a free decryption solution that will help you to restore .koreaGame data is available and you can find in this guide.

.koreaGame Files Virus – Data Encryption Process

The good news is that thanks to the efforts made by the security researcher Michael Gillespie a free decrypter is available. So all victims of attacked by Jigsaw ransomware variants are able to download it and restore corrupted files. By following the guide below you will find a download link and instructions how to restore .koreaGame files.

Similar to other Jigsaw iterations like Admin@adsoleware.com Virus, .Game File Virus and .CryptWalker File Virus, the .koreaGame crypto virus is likely to encrypt files that are of the following types:

→.3dm, .3g2, .3gp, .7zip, .aaf, .accdb, .aep, .aepx, .aet, .ai, .aif, .as, .as.txt, .as3, .asf, .asp, .asx, .avi, .bmp, .c, .class, .cpp, .cs, .csv, .dat, .db, .dbf, .doc, .docb, .docm, .docx, .dot, .dotm, .dotx, .dwg, .dxf, .dxf.c, .efx, .eps, .fla, .flv, .gif, .h, .idml, .iff, .indb, .indd, .indl, .indt, .inx, .jar, .java, .jpeg, .jpg, .js, .m3u, .m3u8, .m4u, .max, .mdb, .mid, .mkv, .mov, .mp3, .mp4, .mpa, .mpeg, .mpg, .msg, .pdb, .pdf, .php, .plb, .pmd, .png, .pot, .potm, .potx, .ppam, .ppj, .pps, .ppsm, .ppsx, .ppt, .pptm, .pptx, .prel, .prproj, .ps, .psd, .py, .ra, .rar, .raw, .rb, .rtf, .sdf, .ses, .sldm, .sldx, .sql, .svg, .swf, .tif, .txt, .vcf, .vob, .wav, .wma, .wmv, .wpd, .wps, .xla, .xlam, .xll, .xlm, .xls, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xlt, .xltm, .xltx, .xlw, .xml, .xqx, .zip

After, encryption all corrupted files are left out of order so you cannot open them and view the information they store. They can be recognized by the specific string of extensions appended at the end of their original names:

→.email-[powerhacker03@hotmail.com].koreaGame

Remove Ransomware and Restore .koreaGame Files

The step-by-step removal guide below provides both manual and automatic approaches. Beware that the removal of .koreaGame files virus is not an easy task. It is a severe threat that plagues the whole system. Security researchers recommend the help of advanced anti-malware tool for maximum efficiency.

After you fulfill the removal process make sure to check the “Restore Files” step available in our guide below. But before that be advised to back up all encrypted files to an external drive and prevent their irreversible loss.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove .koreaGame from Windows.


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

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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 .koreaGame 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 .koreaGame 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 .koreaGame 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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Step 4: Scan for .koreaGame 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 .koreaGame.

Ransomware infections and .koreaGame 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 .koreaGame from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .koreaGame 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 .koreaGame:

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 .koreaGame. 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 .koreaGame. 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 .koreaGame 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 .koreaGame. 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 .koreaGame.

Ransomware infections and .koreaGame 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.


.koreaGame FAQ

What is .koreaGame ransomware and how does it work?

.koreaGame 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 .koreaGame ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways..koreaGame 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 .koreaGame 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 ..koreaGame files?

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

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .koreaGame 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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