How to remove Kerkoporta virus and restore encrypted files

Kerkoporta ransomware already penetrated thousands of machines around the world via most effective manner: scam messages with dangerous attachments. Also, web-criminals use zero-day vulnerabilities to infect the computer, but major software developers quickly fix them. When infection is done, the virus scans the hard drive, determines the quantity of files for encryption and their general cost. At the moment, any modern virus is able to encrypt text, video, image and audio files in all most used extensions. Extra attention is paid to business files, because representatives of business are the main objective for fraudsters. All programs in the system will be unaffected since scammers want only information. Encryption is performed with the help of famous RSA and AES algorithms, and it is so sophisticated that that decryption of information without a key is impossible. Such complexity creates reason for unbelievable efficiency of this kind of viruses in recent years: an ordinary customer, even if he has a pretty good experience in suchlike things, won't ever decrypt the data, and will have to pay ransom. The only way to recover the information is to hack the scammer's website and obtain the master key. Some skilled malware researchers can obtain these keys through flaws in the code of the virus itself. During the encryption, Kerkoporta changes the extension of files to .encryptedsadly, and requires 100 dollars as a ransom.

Kerkoporta ransomware virus

This page is about Kerkoporta ransomware which penetrates customers' PC around the world, and encrypts their data. In this article we've compiled full info about Kerkoporta's essence, and how to eliminate Kerkoporta from the machine. Besides, we will teach you how to recover the corrupted information, if possible.

There is one thing in common between all types of computer viruses: it is much easier to avoid it than to cure it. Statistically, most people see the significance of PC knowledge only after ransomware infection. To shield yourself, you must remember a three simple rules:

    • Don't admit any alterations to the system, originating from weird software. The most efficient way of file restoration is the restoration via Shadow Copies, so scammers have added the deletion of those copies in the default features of malware. However deletion of copies needs administrator rights and user's confirmation. So, not accepting alterations from a unknown software at the proper time, you will save the chances to decrypt all lost data for free.
    • Attentively examine your emails, specifically the messages which have files attached to them. If you don't know who send the letter and it notifies about earning any prize, a lost parcel or something like that, this is most likely a scam message. You also should keep an eye on business correspondence, especially if you don't know the sender and not sure about its content. lawsuits, appeals, Bills for services and products, summaries and similar important documents do not be sent without warning, and the receiver should know the sender. In most of the cases it is a fraud.
    • Do not disregard the symptoms that your machine shows. It consumes a big part of hardware resources to encode the files. When the virus is starting to operate, the CPU speed decreases, and the encrypting process appears in Process Manager. You may catch this moment and switch off the workstation before files will be fully encoded. Surely, the certain amount of data will be encrypted, but the other part of them will remain intact.

Virus elimination is not the happy end - it's just a one turn on the long road before the full file recovery. If you remove virus, you will not get back the data instantly, it will demand multiple actions written down in the "How to restore encrypted files" part. To eliminate Kerkoporta, you have to start the laptop at safe mode and run the scanning via antivirus. We don't recommend anyone to uninstall ransomware by hand, since it has many security features which could interfere you. Qualitative malware are able to easily delete cyphered data, or some of it, if somebody attempts to uninstall the program. To neutralize this, abide to the advices below.

Removal instruction

Step 1. Boot into Safe mode

Safe mode

Start -> Msconfig.exe

Safe mode. Step 1

On the tab Boot select Safe boot

Safe mode. Step 2

Step 2. Check Startup folder

Start -> Msconfig.exe ->Disable unknown programs in the Startup tab

Startup

Step 3. Check hosts file

Modify hosts file, that located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ .

Hosts file.Step 1

Open the file with Notepad and delete suspicious strings.

Hosts file.Step 2

It has to look like this:

Hosts file.Step 3

Step 4. Scan the system with antiviral scanner

 

Antivirus scanner

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Step 5. Disable Safe mode

Start -> Msconfig.exe ->Disable Safe boot in the Boot tab

Deactivate Safe mode

After deleting the virus from the machine, user has to restore the corrupted information. We won't try to decypher the information, but we'll recover them through OS functionality and the particular programs. More often than not, to restore the files, the victim has to seek assistance on anti-malware forums or from renowned ransomware fighters and antiviral program manufacturers. If you don't want to linger and are willing to restore the data manually - here's the full article on that topic. To restore information, follow the article about files decryption.

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