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Remove Kriptovor Ransomware and Restore .Just Encrypted Files

encrypted-files-.locked-SkidLockerAES encryption algorithm is used by the nasty Kriptovor Ransomware which encrypts files with it adding the .Just file extension to their original one. This dangerous cyber-threat then adds an MESSAGE.txt file which gives the infected user PC unique ID and asks to contact the e-mail of the cyber-criminals for more information. Since this is done with a purpose to pay a huge ransom fee which is no guarantee you will get your files back, experts advise users not to contact the e-mail and try alternative methods to restore your files and remove this malware, like the ones posted in this article.

Threat Summary

Name

Kriptovor

Type Ransomware
Short Description The malware encrypts users’ files after force restarting their PC, dropping ransom message, named “MESSAGE.txt”
Symptoms The user may witness ransom messages and “instructions”.
Distribution Method Via malicious PDF and Infostealer.
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Kriptovor Ransomware and Its Distributing

To infect users, Kriptovor ransomware may take advantage of the freedom of torrent websites and post its malicious executables to be concealed and appear as if they were:

  • Game crackfixes.
  • Key generators for programs.
  • Fake installers of programs.

Not only this, but Kriptovor is also reported by researchers at the FireEye blog to spread via malicious e-mail addresses which have URLs leading to third-party sites containing a .PDF attachment:

pdfSource:fireeye.com

The e-mail message invites the user to download the PDF file which opens a resume of usually a female candidate for work. The resume is reported to contain a malicious script which activates an Infostealer component.

More About Kriptovor Ransomware

As soon as the Infostealer is activated, it begins to check for the following information on the affected computer:

  • Internet connection details.
  • Processes actively running on the machine of the user.
  • Name of the machine.
  • Outgoing and ingoing connection and all IP addresses connected to the victim as well as its own.
  • Registry entries information.

After this is done, the virus checks if the computer is on a virtual machine and if it is, Kriptovor shuts down. If not, it downloads its payload, called temporary.rar from the following web domain:

→ https://plantsroyal(.)org/css/salomon.rar

Kriptovor ransomware then hides the malicious file and adds a registry string, named AdobeUpdate which runs the encryptor once when you start Windows:

→ HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce\

After the virus is ran, it begins to look for multiple types of files to encrypt. The main ones are reported to be the following:

→ .1cd .cfn .dt .eml .html .ldf .pab .psb .shy .xcf .7z .crt .dwf .enc .jbc .lgp .pcx .psd .snk .xls .accdb .csr .dwg .epf .jif .md .pdf .pst .sql .sqlite .sqlite3 .sqlitedb .xlsm .xlsx .accdc .dbc .dws .eql .jiff .mdb .pem .rar .adp .dbf .dxe .erf .jpe .mdf .pfx .raw .xof .afp .dbt .dxl .fb .jpeg .mht .ply .rev .zip .bfa .dbx .ebd .fb2 .jpf .mxl .png .rtf .stl .zipx .bpk .der .edb .fc2 .jpg .oab .pov .rzk .tbb .bsk .djvu .efb .fcz .just .ost .ppsx .rzx .tbn .cdr .doc .efn .fg .kdb .p7 .ppt .sec .tif .cer .docm .egg .fp3 .kdbx .p7b .pptx .sef .tiff .cf .docx .emd .htm .key .p7c .prefab .sgn .txt Source: fireeye.com

The ransomware then leaves a ransom note in Russian, asking the user to contact one of the following e-mail addresses:

→ kirova.l@mutualizm.ru
abramova@sabona.ru
kirova.ls@orangedv.tmweb.ru
kirova-l@wibor5.ru
l_abramova@wibor5.ru
abramova.l@wibor5.ru
y.volkova@i-jazz.ru
l_abramova@festivalps.ru

The ransom note is in a MESSAGE.txt file which may be dropped onto the desktop of the user PC as well as affected folders. The message states the following:

→„Унать стоимость декриптора можно, написав письмо на адрес: {cyber-criminals’ e-mail address here}
В теме письма укажите ваш ID:2083043332
Убедительная просьба не пьiтаться расшифровать файльi сторонними инструментами.
Въi можете их окончательно испортить и даже оригинальньiй дешифровщик не поможет.
Обращения принимаются до (Date)
После (Date) любьie обращения будут игнориоваться.
Письма обрабатьiвается автоматической системой.
Возможньi задержки ответов“

What is important in this ransom message is that the cyber-criminals warn the infected used not to try and directly decrypt the files. This strongly suggests that a CBC-mode may have been used to encrypt the files.

Remove Kriptovor Ransomware and Try To Get Your Files Back

In order to delete Kriptovor Ransomware, we strongly advise you to focus on automatically removing it by using an advanced anti-malware program. This may automatically find all files and registry entries which you would have difficulty removing manually because they are concealed.

If you with to get back your files, we advise NOT TO TRY direct decryption because there may be a CBC-mode on the encrypted files which may break them if you use third-party decryptors, making them lost forever. Instead, we advise to follow the alternative file-restoration solutions in step “3. Restore files encrypted by Kriptovor” below. They may not be 100 percent effective, but they might also help to restore at least small portion of your files.

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As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

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  • Profile of the content creator.
  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Kriptovor from Windows.


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

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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 Kriptovor 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 Kriptovor 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 Kriptovor 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 Kriptovor 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 Kriptovor.

Ransomware infections and Kriptovor 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 Kriptovor from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Kriptovor and remove related files and objects

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We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
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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 Kriptovor:

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 Kriptovor. 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 Kriptovor. 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 Kriptovor 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 Kriptovor. 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 Kriptovor.

Ransomware infections and Kriptovor 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.


Kriptovor FAQ

What is Kriptovor ransomware and how does it work?

Kriptovor 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 Kriptovor ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Kriptovor 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 Kriptovor 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 .Kriptovor files?

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

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Kriptovor 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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