An infection with Kodc virus file leads to the .Kodc file extension appended to all your valuable data. As a result, you cannot use .kodc files and hackers request a ransom fee. If you have been infected by the latest iteration of the infamous STOP ransomware – Kodc virus then keep reading to learn how to deal with the problem.
Kodc Virus (STOP Ransomware)
The Kodc ransomware virus is developed to infect computer systems with the goal to encrypt personal files by using a strong encryption algorithm. This nasty malware is yet another STOP ransomware variant. Strains of this ransomware keep appearing on the malware scene on a daily basis.
Kodc virus is developed to act like its predecessors Nbes, Mkos and Gesd. So once it completes the encryption process, it prevents victims from using their files until they find a way to decrypt them. At the moment, .Kodc files are not decryptable.
Finally, Kodc ransomware drops a ransom message file, _readme.txt, on the compromised system to blackmail victims to pay a ransom fee for the alleged decryption of their files. Beware that paying the ransom fee is not recommended as it is highly possible that cybercriminals won’t provide an effective decryption tool.
|What Is It||A variant of STOP Ransomware. Aims to encrypt files and then attempts to blackmail you into paying a hefty ransom fee to cybercriminals so that you can get .Kodc files decrypted.|
|Symptoms||The file extension .Kodc is added to corrupted files. These files cannot be opened. A ransom note, called _readme.txt extorts a ransom fee from victims.|
|Ransom Demanding Note||_readme.txt|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable Files, Hacked Websites|
|Removal||To effectively remove active Kodc virus infections, we recommend that you use an advanced anti-malware tool.|
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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.|
Kodc Ransomware – Detailed Overview
Kodc virus is a data locker ransomware which is an iteration of the popular STOP DJVU Ransomware. The main approach for the distribution of Kodc ransomware virus is stated to be malspam campaigns.
Malspam campaigns are spam emails that aim to deliver malicious code on computer systems. By launching malspam campaigns cybercriminals hope that their malware will infect as many users as possible. The malicious emails can be recognized by a few typical elements. Usually they contain malicious code hidden in commonly used file types that are related to a specific email message. Another trait of such an email is a link in the message that is presented in the form of an in-text link, button, URL address, image or another clickable element. What is also likely for malicious emails is that they appear as sent by legitimate sources like PayPal, Amazon, etc.
NOTE. Files which can initiate the Kodc virus infection on your Windows machine can be:
- Invoice coming from reputable sites, like PayPal, eBay, etc
- Document that appear to be sent from your bank
- An online order confirmation note
- Receipt for a purchase
- Tax bill
Kodc Virus Attack Stages
The Kodc ransomware virus attack is initiated when the payload file is executed on the system. Then it can perform various malicious activities that corrupt essential operating system settings. By adding malicious entries under specific registry keys, for example, the ransomware ensures its persistence on the system. Once the ransomware has its malicious entries under the key RUN, it can start its malicious files on each system reboot. So if you want to ensure that your system registries are clean from malicious entries, you should perform a thorough Kodc removal process.
Other malicious files created by Kodc support the completion of several malicious stages. Eventually, all malicious changes aim to support the encryption of personal files. For the encryption stage, the virus launches a built-in cipher module that scans specific folders for certain file types typically utilized for the storage of personal data. Each time the module detects a target file, it activates a sophisticated cipher algorithm to change the original code of the file and leave it corrupted. This STOP ransomware variant is known to append the extension .kodc to files it encrypts.
Once the encryption stage is finalized, the virus drops the _readme.txt ransom note, which should say the following:
Don’t worry, you can return all your files!
All your files like photos, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
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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Note that getting in touch with cybercriminals is highly inadvisable. This action does not guarantee the recovery of your encrypted files, and it would also enable further criminal operations involving ransomware and other malware.
Remove Kodc Ransomware – Instructions
The so-called Kodc ransomware is a threat with a highly complex code that disrupts system security in order to encrypt personal files. Hence the infected system could be used in a secure manner again only after the complete removal of all malicious files and objects created by the Kodc virus. That’s why we recommend that all steps presented in the removal guide below to be completed. Beware that the manual ransomware removal is suitable for more experienced computer users. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps, you can refer to the automatic part of the guide.
With regard to decryption of .kodc files, we will update this article as soon as security researchers update the free STOP ransomware decryptor to support this strain. Meanwhile, our guide will show you alternative data recovery approaches that may help you restore .kodc files. Note that these methods do not guarantee 100% efficiency. Don’t forget to back up all encrypted files before proceeding with the recovery process.