.kvllyatprotonmaildotch Files Virus – How to Remove and Restore Data
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.kvllyatprotonmaildotch Files Virus – How to Remove and Restore Data

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This article has been created with the main goal of helping you by showing you how you can remove the .kvllyatprotonmaildotch files virus from your computer and how to restore files encrypted by it.

Yet another ransomware virus has been detected by cybersec experts. The ransomware is likely by someone with the nickname KVLLY, since he or she uses this in the ransom note. The virus aims to encrypt the files on the computers that have been infected by it and then adds the .kvllyatprotonmaildotch file extension to the files themselves. The ransomware then may then drop a ransom note file, called READ_TO_DECRYPT.html. In the ransom note, there are instructions to send 0.02 BTC to the wallet of the cyber-criminal. If your computer has been affected by the .kvllyatprotonmaildotch files virus, you should read the following article to understand more about it and how you can remove it from your PC.

Threat Summary

Name.kvllyatprotonmaildotch
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionAims to encrypt the files on the computers compromised by it and then ask for a ransom to be paid in 0.02 BTC.
SymptomsFiles are no longer able to be opened and have the .kvllyatprotonmaildotch file extension added to them. A ransom note file, called READ_TO_DECRYPT.html.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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.kvllyatprotonmaildotch File Ransomware – Distribution

The primary method by which the .kvllyatprotonmaildotch files virus may land on your computer is believed to be via a malicious infection file. This file could be a dropper, a Trojan.Downloader virus and it can even be a JavaScript which aims to download the payload while being obfuscated. Obfuscation plays a critical role in the infection process of .kvllyatprotonmaildotch and any other ransomware virus mainly because it’s main goal is to get users to download and run the file and when ran, the file must be able to evade any antivirus software.

This is why the crooks may mask the file as an e-mail attachment which seems to be of an important nature, like the example e-mail below shows:

The most often imitated types of files include invoices, banking documents, order receipts and cyber-criminals even use the names of big companies for the infection process, like PayPal, DHL, LinkedIn and others with the main goal of making the virus attachment seem more trustworthy.

Besides via e-mail, the crooks who are behind the .kvllyatprotonmaildotch file ransomware may also attack your computer by uploading the file online on suspicious websites. If uploaded, the files often pretend to be:

  • Game or program cracks.
  • Patches.
  • Setups.
  • Key generators.
  • Software license activators.
  • Portable versions of programs or games.

.kvllyatprotonmaildotch Files Virus – More Information and Activity

After the .kvllyatprotonmaildotch ransomware virus has already infected your computer, the payload files may be dropped in the following Windows directories:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%.
  • %Roaming%
  • %Temp%

After the payload of this virus has been dropped. The ransomware may start to modify key elements of the operating system, including to create mutexes, execute functions and system calls as an administrator and obtain privileges as such. Once acting as the administrator on your computer, the .kvllyatprotonmaildotch file ransomware may then modify the Windows Registry Edtior, which is a typical action for most ransomware viruses. The .kvllyatprotonmaildotch ransomware may attack the Run and RunOnce registry sub-keys, that are responsible for auto-running programs on system login. The virus does this by adding system value strings with parameters that point to the actual location of the malicious file, responsible for your headaches. The Run and RunOnce keys are located in the following sub-keys:

•HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
•HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\

Having done that, the .kvllyatprotonmaildotch files virus may also modify the Windows Shadow copies by executing the following commands in the Windows Command Prompt:

→ sc stop VVS
sc stop wscsvc
sc stop WinDefend
sc stop wuauserv
sc stop BITS
sc stop ERSvc
sc stop WerSvc
cmd.exe /C bcdedit /set {default} recoveryenabled No
cmd.exe /C bcdedit /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures
C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe” /C vssadmin.exe Delete Shadows /All /Quiet

Furthermore, among the files dropped by the ransomware is also it’s ransom note file, aimed at making sure the user knows what is going on. The ransom note file is named READ_TO_DECRYPT.html and it has the following extortion message:

YOUR FILES HAVE BEEN ENCRYPTED USING A
STRONG AES-256 ALGORITHM.

YOUR IDENTIFICATION IS
SEND 0.02 BTC TO THE FOLLOWING WALLET
1Lqe4XsfHBQ2YtA91k9nTWJWNev4JkPXqo

AND AFTER PAY CONTACT [email protected]
SENDING YOUR IDENTIFICATION TO RECOVER
THE KEY NECESSARY TO DECRYPT YOUR FILES
IF YOU CAN’T PAY WITH BTC EMAIL ME, AND MAYBE WE CAN WORK SOMETHING OUT!
ALSO I CAN HELP YOU SECURE YOUR SERVER SO YOU DONT GET HACEKD ANYMORE! 🙂
GREETINGS,KVLLY!

If you start seeing this note to be created on one or more folders of your computer, you should immediately shut down your computer, because seeing it, means that the virus has started the encryption process.

.kvllyatprotonmaildotch Virus – Encryption

When it comes to encrypting your files, the .kvllyatprotonmaildotch files virus does not just encode any file. The ransomware’s main goal is for you to pay the ransom after all, and this is why it white lists system folders, like %System32%, %Windows%, %ProgramData% and other directories that might obstruct you from using your computer as you normally would. But other than that, the .kvllyatprotonmaildotch virus scans for the most often used documents, images, archives, audio files and other files of importance and looks for them based on their files types. So far, the .kvllyatprotonmaildotch virus is believed to look for the following types of files:

→ “PNG .PSD .PSPIMAGE .TGA .THM .TIF .TIFF .YUV .AI .EPS .PS .SVG .INDD .PCT .PDF .XLR .XLS .XLSX .ACCDB .DB .DBF .MDB .PDB .SQL .APK .APP .BAT .CGI .COM .EXE .GADGET .JAR .PIF .WSF .DEM .GAM .NES .ROM .SAV CAD Files .DWG .DXF GIS Files .GPX .KML .KMZ .ASP .ASPX .CER .CFM .CSR .CSS .HTM .HTML .JS .JSP .PHP .RSS .XHTML. DOC .DOCX .LOG .MSG .ODT .PAGES .RTF .TEX .TXT .WPD .WPS .CSV .DAT .GED .KEY .KEYCHAIN .PPS .PPT .PPTX ..INI .PRF Encoded Files .HQX .MIM .UUE .7Z .CBR .DEB .GZ .PKG .RAR .RPM .SITX .TAR.GZ .ZIP .ZIPX .BIN .CUE .DMG .ISO .MDF .TOAST .VCD SDF .TAR .TAX2014 .TAX2015 .VCF .XML Audio Files .AIF .IFF .M3U .M4A .MID .MP3 .MPA .WAV .WMA Video Files .3G2 .3GP .ASF .AVI .FLV .M4V .MOV .MP4 .MPG .RM .SRT .SWF .VOB .WMV 3D .3DM .3DS .MAX .OBJ R.BMP .DDS .GIF .JPG ..CRX .PLUGIN .FNT .FON .OTF .TTF .CAB .CPL .CUR .DESKTHEMEPACK .DLL .DMP .DRV .ICNS .ICO .LNK .SYS .CFG”

The .kvllyatprotonmaildotch file ransomware is believed to use the Advanced Encryption Standard enciphering mode, which is also known as AES. It claims to use it in a AES-256 bit strenght which means that the encryption takes 256 bits to decode. The file eextension .kvllyatprotonmaildotch is added after encryption, which is basically the e-mail of the hacker. The files may begin to appear like the following:

Given that the AES-256 is one of the most sophisticated encryption modes, the only chance of decrypting the files directly is if the virus has a flaw and cyber-security researchers make a breakthrough. But do not despair, because not all is lost. Keep reading this article to see some alternative methods by which you could recover at least some of your data.

How to Remove .kvllyatprotonmaildotch Ransomware and Restore Your Files

If you want the .kvllyatprotonmaildotch files virus gone from your computer, then you are welcome to try the removal instructions down below. If manual removal does not work, be advised that security experts strongly recommend to download and run a scan of your PC, using an advanced anti-malware software. Such program is able to securely remove .kvllyatprotonmaildotch and all other threats from your computer, while ensuring that it remains protected against threats In the future.

If you want to recover files, encrypted by the .kvllyatprotonmaildotch ransomware, we have summed up several alternative methods which you can give a shot of down below. They may not be a 100% effective solution, but with their goal, you might be able to decode at least some of the files. Be advised, before trying these methods that you do it on your own risk and you should backup the encrypted files on another drive before trying to decode them yourself.

Note! Your computer system may be affected by .kvllyatprotonmaildotch and other threats.
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To remove .kvllyatprotonmaildotch follow these steps:

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

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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