.codnat Files Virus (STOP) – How to Remove It + Decrypt Files

.codnat Files Virus (STOP) – How to Remove It

What are .codnat files? What is STOP ransomware? How to remove .codnat files virus and try to recover your data?

STOP ransomware has arrived in a brand new variant, carrying the .codnat file extension. The virus’s main goal Is to encrypt the files on the compromised computers and then ask victims to pay ransom to get the files recovered back to normal. The ransomware may also leave behind a ransom note, containing instructions on how to pay the ransom. If your computer has been infected by the .codnat STOP ransomware, we strongly recommend that you read this article fully.

Threat Summary

Name .codnat STOP Ransomware
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description Files are encrypted and the victims cannot open them unless they pay ransom.
Symptoms Files have the .codnat file extension added to them. A ransom note _readme.txt file is also dropped.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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.codnat Files Virus – Update May 2019

The good news for all victims of STOP .codnat ransomware is that the security researcher Michael Gillespie cracked the code of this variant and released an updated version of his STOP ransomware decrypter.

So the moment you remove all malicious files and objects from your infected system you can enter our data recovery guide where you will find a download link for the free .codnat decryption tool and learn how to proceed with the decryption process.

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Have in mind that the tool is designed to support specific offline IDs, so it may not be effective for all occasions of .codnat ransomware infections.

.codnat Ransomware – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?

The primary way of distribution of the .codnat ransomware virus is usually done via several different methods. The main one of those methods is to get victims to open a malicious file that is usually sent to them as an e-mail attachment. Usually, such files tend to replicate by pretending to be important documents, like invoices, images and many other forms of seemingly legitimate documents.

Not only this, but also the .codnat Ransomware may infect you via compromised sites, where the ransomware infection file, could be uploaded as a setup, crack, portable program or other form of software.

Either way, once you run the infection files of this virus, your computer could immediately become compromised and the .codant variant of STOP ransomware may have it’s virus files dropped. The files of the .codnat ransomware may be in the following directories:

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

Among the dropped files could also be a file, called the ransom note. The file is named _readme.exe and has the following contents:

Don’t worry my friend, you can return all your files!
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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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When .codnat ransomware begins to encrypt files, the virus may attack the following file types:

  • Videos.
  • Documents.
  • Images.
  • Archives.
  • Audio files.
  • Files, used by other software on your computer.

Once the files are encrypted, the .codnat extension is appended after their original one and they begin to appear like the following:

In addition to this, the .codnat ransomware also performs a lot of malicious activities during this process as well:

  • Checks if it’s running on a real or a virtual OS.
  • Tampers with the Windows Registry Editor.
  • Obtains your network and system information.
  • May create scheduled tasks.

The main goal of the .codnat variant of STOP ransomware is to encrypt your files and ask you to pay ransom. It is not advisable to pay this ransom, because for one you cannot trust the cyber-criminals who are behind this variant of STOP and more so, by paying you support their cyber-criminal activities. Instead, it is recommended that you backup the encrypted files and then remove this STOP variant.

Remove STOP Ransomware and Try to Restore .codnat Files

In order to make sure that the .codnat version of STOP ransomware is gone from your computer, we would strongly recommend that you follow the removal steps below. If the first two manual removal steps may not work for you, experts recommend taking a more automatic approach. According to them, the most effective and safest method to remove the .codnat ransomware is to download and run a scan of your computer, by using an advanced anti-malware software. Such software aims to detect and remove all files, related to .codnat ransomware and protect your computer in the future too.

If you want to try and restore files, the first thing you should do is back them up. Save them on a flash drive or somewhere else. Then, we suggest that you keep them until a free decryptor for this variant of STOP ransomware is available. Until then, you could try using the alternative file recovery instructions below in the “Try to restore” step. They may not be a 100% guarantee for file recovery, but with their help, you could retrieve at least some of your files.


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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1 Comment

  1. AvatarFigo

    I can’t do it
    After my laptop got that virus
    I immediately reinstall my windows
    Thenfore my data keep can’t open
    I had used all antivirus ransomware
    And i had do like your instructions
    But i can’t find the codnat virus

    Please help me


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