.kali Files Virus - How to Remove It
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.kali Files Virus – How to Remove It

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This article explains what .kali files virus is and what issues occur in case of infection with this ransomware. In addition, in this article you will find a complete set of removal and data recovery steps.

An infection with the crypto virus dubbed .kali files virus leads to the corruption of essential system settings and valuable files. This ransomware is named the extension it uses to mark all files it corrupts. At the end of the attack it displays a ransom message in an attempt to extort a ransom payment for .kali files recovery.

Threat Summary

Name.kali Files Virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionA ransomware that corrupts valuable files with the help of the sophisticated cipher algorithm AES-256 in order to extort a ransom payment.
SymptomsImportant files are marked with the extension .kali. You could not access them as they are encoded with strong cipher algorithm. Hackers attempt to extort a ransom payment for files decryption.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Corrupted Websites, Fake Software Updates
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.kali Files Virus – Distribution

More often than not hackers launch spam email campaigns in an attempt to spread their malicious code. Emails that are part of such campaigns have several traits that should alert you to the eventual danger of interaction with them. The first one is the presence of a file attachment. Usually hackers choose it to be of common file type that is familiar to the majority of targeted users. In addition, the email text part is likely to state that you should open this file as soon as possible as it contains information of great importance. Unfortunately, what happens when this file is loaded on your system is the activation of malicious code that is designed to corrupt your system and files. The second trait of an email that attempts to deliver malicious code on your device is an URL address. Such an URL address usually appears in the form of in-text link, button, image or direct link. The tricky part with malicious links is that they land on corrupted web pages that are set to download and activate the ransomware directly on the targeted device.

In order that you are more prone to unintentionally infect your device with the ransomware, emails part of malicious campaigns are often disguised as legitimate emails sent by well-known institutions and services such as

PayPal, DHL, FedEx, and Amazon.

.kali Files Virus – Overview

An infection with .kali files virus is triggered by a ransomware payload file. Once activated on your system this file initiates a sequence of malicious activities. These activities are designed to support the ransomware attack to its very end. For the purpose they modify essential system settings and manipulate legitimate resources. As a result, .kali files virus becomes able to evade detection and reach the main stage of the attack – data encryption.

Among the compromised system components is likely to be the Registry Editor. Since it is a hierarchical database that keeps large number of essential settings that provide for the regular system performance, crypto viruses are often developed in a way that manipulates the functionalities of this database. Two of the registry sub-keys stored by the Registry Editor often show up in the code of ransomware samples during their analyses. They are named Run and RunOnce.

These registry sub-keys control the automatic execution of all important files and processes that should load on each system start. So by adding malicious values under them, .kali crypto virus becomes able to manipulate their functionalities and eventually be one of the first executed processes whenever you switch on your infected machine. The sub-key RunOnce could be also misused by the ransomware at the end of the attack when it needs to display its ransom note on the screen.

This note is contained in a text file called HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt and all it reads is:

ATTENTION ! ! !
The important files on your computer have been encrypted
with military grade AES-256 bit encryption.
The only way to get access to your files – enter the decryption key.
We garantee that you can recover all your files safely and easily.
All you need to do is submit the payment and purchase the private key.

1. Send $500 worth of Bitcoin to following adress:

3Ge8TedVhoYum3q1DAN42wVftkhH9MRVm2

If you don’t know about Bitcoin you can buy it from here:
www.coinbase.com or www.localbitcoins.com or try google.com

2. After payment send your ID and contact email to:

pouranesd@cliptik.net
YOUR ID: [redacted 3 groups of 5 uppercase alpha, separated by dashes]

and we will send INSTRUCTIONS and KEY for recovery.

IMPORTANT: YOU HAVE ONLY 48 HOURS FOR PAYMENT
PLEASE DON’T EVEN TRY TO RECOVER FILES BY YOURSELF
IN CASE IF YOU WILL TRY TO DO SOMETHING WITHOUT KEY
ACCESS TO YOUR FILES WILL BE PERMANENTLY LOST!
DON’T EVEN TOUCH ANYTHING! OR
ACCESS TO YOUR FILES WILL BE PERMANENTLY LOST!

HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt ransom note .kali files virus sensorstechforum

Apparently, hackers expect you to pay them a ransom of $500 in Bitcoin for the recovery of your .kali files. Beware, that ransom payment does not guarantee the recovery of your valuable files. It is unknown whether the code of this ransomware works properly or not. And in case it does not, hackers could send you a broken decryption key.

.kali Files Virus – Encryption Process

Data encryption is considered to be the main infection stage performed by .kali files virus. During this stage the ransomware corrupts valuable files in order that it could later demand a ransom for their restoration. The process is realized with the help of an inbuilt encryption module that is set to apply AES-256 encryption to every target file.

Like most ransomware infections, .kali virus is likely to encrypt commonly used types of files as they usually store valuable data. Among the files corrupted by this threat could be all your:

  • Audio files
  • Video files
  • Document files
  • Image files
  • Backup files
  • Banking credentials, etc

Upon encryption all corrupted files appear with the extension .kali in their names. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to access the information they store until you apply an efficient recovery solution to revert back their code. We remind you that the decrypter offered by hackers is only one of the ways to restore .kali files. You could find out more data recovery approaches in the guide below.

Remove .kali Files Virus and Restore Data

The so-called .kali files virus is a threat with highly complex code that plagues not only your files but your whole system. So infected system should be cleaned and secured properly before you could use it regularly again. Below you could find a step-by-step removal guide that may be helpful in attempting to remove .kali ransomware. Choose the manual removal approach if you have previous experience with malware files. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps select the automatic section from the guide. Steps there enable you to check the infected system for ransomware files and remove them with a few mouse clicks.

In order to keep your system safe from ransomware and other types of malware in future, you should install and maintain a reliable anti-malware program. Additional security layer that could prevent the occurrence of ransomware attacks is

anti-ransomware tool.

Make sure to read carefully all the details mentioned in the step “Restore files” if you want to understand how to fix encrypted files without paying the ransom. Beware that before data recovery process you should back up all encrypted files to an external drive as this will prevent their irreversible loss.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove .kali Files Virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .kali Files Virus

OFFER

Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

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 .kali Files Virus 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 .kali Files Virus 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 .kali Files Virus 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.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for .kali Files Virus 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.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .kali Files Virus.

Ransomware infections and .kali Files Virus 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:

If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:

and

2. On the download page, click on the "Download" button:

3. Click on "Save File" button:

4. Accept all agreements and click "Next":

5. After all the "Next" steps, click on "Install" and then wait for the installation to complete:

6. Run the software. Click on the location to scan for missing or deleted files and click on "Scan":

7. Wait for the scan to complete, it may take some time. Be advised that this scan is not 100% guaranteed to recover all files, but it does have some chance to get your data back:


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of .kali Files Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .kali Files Virus and remove related files and objects

OFFER
Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


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 .kali Files Virus:

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 .kali Files Virus. 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 .kali Files Virus. 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 .kali Files Virus 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 .kali Files Virus. 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.


Step 2: Scan for and remove .kali Files Virus files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as .kali Files Virus, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.


Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .kali Files Virus on your Mac.

Ransomware for Mac .kali Files Virus aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. 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 recommended Data Recovery Mac app by clicking on the link underneath:

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