Remove Krakatowis Ransomware - Restore Encrypted Files

Remove Krakatowis Ransomware – Restore Encrypted Files

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This article will help you remove Krakatowis ransomware efficiently. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.

Krakatowis is a cryptovirus that encrypts your files and demands money as a ransom to get them restored back to normal. The Krakatowis virus will show a window with a ransom note which features the Fsociety mask from the TV series Mr. Robot. Continue to read the article and see how you can recover your files.

Threat Summary

TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer machine and demands that you play a game to recover them.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt some of your files. All locked files will become unusable after their encryption.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Krakatowis Ransomware – Infection Spread

Krakatowis ransomware might spread its infection in various ways. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the World Wide Web, and researchers have gotten their hands on a malware sample. If that file lands on your computer system and you execute it in any way – your computer system will become infected. You can see the detections of such a file on the VirusTotal service shown below:

Krakatowis ransomware might also distribute its payload file on social media and file-sharing services. Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful, could also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Refrain from opening files right after you have downloaded them. You should first scan them with a security tool, while also checking their size and signatures for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the tips for preventing ransomware found in the forum section.

Krakatowis Ransomware – Detailed Description

Krakatowis is a virus that encrypts your files and shows a window with instructions on the screen of your computer system. It appears that the cybercriminals are posing as the Fsociety group who released a few ransomware viruses last year. The theme was obviously inspired by the fictional hacker group of the same name from the TV show Mr. Robot.

Krakatowis ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows environment. Such entries are typically designed in a way to launch the virus automatically with each start of the Windows operating system.

After encryption the Krakatowis virus shows the following screen:

That ransom message states the following:


Cheat ka pa boy? Pm moko sa code!

Enter the Code to unlock:
32 letters code:



The note of the Krakatowis ransomware states that your files are encrypted and that you need an unlock code to get your files back to normal. The ransomware author does not state that he wants money, but wants victims to send a message to the following email address:


However, you should not contact the cybercriminals or pay any ransom. Continue to read below to see how you could unlock your files.

Krakatowis Ransomware – Encryption Process

What is known for the encryption process of the Krakatowis ransomware is that every file that gets encrypted will become unusable.

The full list with the targeted extensions of files which are sought to get encrypted is currently unknown and if it becomes known, it will be posted here as an update to the article.

The files used most by users and which are probably encrypted are from the following categories:

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

The ransomware has an unlock code, which effectively returns all of your files back to normal if it is typed correctly into the “Unlock” field. The code is listed down here below:


The Krakatowis cryptovirus could be set to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

If your computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files were locked, know that your system might have leftover files of the ransomware or some other malware or both. It is always a good idea to scan your computer with a security program to make sure it is clean and that your computer is better protected against similar threats. Read below how you can prevent further access of the ransomware and to protect your personal computer in the future.

Remove Krakatowis Ransomware and Restore Encrypted Files

If your computer got infected with the Krakatowis ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.


Berta Bilbao

Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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