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Remove KillerLocker Virus and Restore .rip Files

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A ransomware cryptovirus called KillerLocker was recently discovered in the wild. The ransom note it shows is written in Portuguese and gives 48 hours for victims to contact the cybercriminals. The virus states in its ransom message that it uses a 256-bit AES algorithm for encryption. All locked files will get the extension .rip appended to them. To see how to remove the ransomware and how you can try to restore your data, read the article to the end.

Threat Summary

NameKillerLocker
TypeRansomware, Crypto-Virus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware will encrypt your files with an AES 256-bit encryption. Then it will display a ransom note with desktop wallpaper of a clown in it.
SymptomsThe ransomware will display a ransom message in Portuguese and lock files with the .rip extension appended to them.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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KillerLocker Virus – Infection Spread

KillerLocker ransomware might infect computers using different spread methods. Spam emails could be spreading its payload file. These types of emails will try to make you believe that something important is attached to that email. In actuality, the attachment will look like a legitimate document or an archived one, but upon opening it, the malicious code inside the file will infect you with the virus.

Looking inside the file, the original name of it is “KillerLocker.exe.” You can see the detections of it on the VirusTotal website:

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More infection methods for KillerLocker might be at play – ones that use social media sites or file sharing networks, perhaps. The ransomware creator could have put the malicious payload file on similar platforms and use them to infect more unsuspecting users. When you are browsing the Web, try to be more careful. Refrain from opening files in suspicious e-mails, or links for that matter. Scanning files with security software and checking for their signatures and size is always a good idea. You should read some tips for ransomware prevention in our forum topic.

KillerLocker Virus – In Depth

The KillerLocker ransomware virus has been recently found by malware researchers in the wild. It might be a possible variant of the Jigsaw Ransomware as the design of the desktop screen which shows after file decryption is very similar.

After the KillerLocker virus drops its payload file, it can create entries in the Windows Registry so that it can remain persistent. Such entries are set in a way to make the malware start automatically with every boot of the Windows operating system. What happens next is that your files get encrypted, after which the screen with the ransom message shows on your desktop. The whole ransom note is written in Portuguese except a small fraction and contains information about the payment.

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The original text in Portuguese reads:

Todos os seus arquivos foram criptografados com uma criptografia AES 256 BIT Muito forte. Realize o pagamento em: 000-00 /00 até 48 horas

Key: _______ Decrypt Files

Você não pode fazer nada sobre isso e sua chave serão eliminadas em 48 horas. Arquivos encrypt

A rough translation of that message in English would look like the following:

All your files are encrypted with an AES 256-BIT Very strong. Perform payment: 000-00 /00 to 48 hours

Key: _______ Decrypt Files

You cannot do anything about it and your key will be deleted within 48 hours. Encrypted files count

The KillerLocker ransomware gives you only 48 hours of time to decrypt your data, but no specific amount of Bitcoins or another currency is given. No contact email address is provided in the desktop image either, so the ransomware is either still in development, or there is an additional file somewhere along the encrypted files. Either way, you shouldn’t even be thinking of paying the cybercriminals. Nobody can guarantee that you will recover your files after payment. The crooks will simply use that money to fund a new ransomware project and possibly put some amount aside for other criminal activities.

The following file types will become encrypted:

→.jpg, .pdf, .doc, .docm, .docx, .xls, .xlsm, .xlsx

The encrypted file list is incomplete, but files with the above extensions will surely become locked. Other document and picture file types are probably encrypted. Those are the most important files for a Windows user, so that is only logical. The encrypted files will have the .rip extension appended to them, after their file name. So, a .jpg file won’t be renamed but will become .jpg.rip.

The ransomware uses 256-bit AES encryption algorithm or at least that is stated in the ransom message. The KillerLocker ransomware is very likely to erase all Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system. Read further to see how you can try to restore parts of your data, if not all of it.

Remove KillerLocker Virus and Restore .rip Files

If your computer got infected with the KillerLocker ransomware virus, you should have some experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as fast as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect more computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide given below. To see ways that you can try to recover your data, see the step titled 2. Restore files encrypted by KillerLocker.

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How to Remove KillerLocker from Windows.


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

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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 KillerLocker 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 KillerLocker 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 KillerLocker 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 KillerLocker 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 KillerLocker.

Ransomware infections and KillerLocker 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 KillerLocker from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall KillerLocker 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 KillerLocker:

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 KillerLocker. 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 KillerLocker. 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 KillerLocker 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 KillerLocker. 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 KillerLocker.

Ransomware infections and KillerLocker 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.


KillerLocker FAQ

What is KillerLocker ransomware and how does it work?

KillerLocker 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 KillerLocker ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.KillerLocker 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 KillerLocker 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 .KillerLocker files?

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

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like KillerLocker 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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