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.
|Name||.kali Files Virus|
|Short Description||A ransomware that corrupts valuable files with the help of the sophisticated cipher algorithm AES-256 in order to extort a ransom payment.|
|Symptoms||Important 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 Method||Spam Emails, Corrupted Websites, Fake Software Updates|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by .kali Files 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.|
.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 asPayPal, 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:
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:
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!
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 isanti-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.