How to remove Kodg virus and restore encrypted files

Guide how to delete Kodg ransomware virus and decrypt files corrupted by ransomware. Effective antivirus and programs that can restore lost information.

Kodg ransomware virus

That item is about virus called Kodg which gets onto customers' laptops around the world, and cyphers the data. Here you will find complete information on what is Kodg, and how to delete Kodg from your workstation. Except that, we'll tell you how to restore the encrypted data, if possible.

Kodg is the perilous program penetrating PC's mainly via e-mail spam and Trojans. Also, fraudsters use zero-day vulnerabilities to get into the PC, but they are quickly corrected. After penetration, ransomware inspects the hard drive, defines the number of files to be cyphered and their rough worth. Currently, any new virus can encrypt image, audio, video and text info in all known formats. Kodg cyphers all folders, but those that look like business documents go first. Virus encrypts only information, and doesn't spoil the software, so that the user can pay the ransom via his PC. The process is executed through famous AES and RSA algorithms, and its intricacy is so high that it can't be bruteforced. This is the root for impressive success of ransomware in last years: common PC operator, even having a very good knowledge of the PC, will never be able to get back the data, and will need to pay the price. The only manner to get back the data is to hack the scam website and obtain the master key. Also there's a chance to retrieve encryption keys via defects in viruse's program code.

The computer knowledge is quite substantial in our century, because it helps you to defend the computer from computer viruses. For encrypting software this is very important, as, in contradistinction to most suspicious programs, when you eliminate ransomware from the PC, the fruits of its doings will stay. You easily can decrease the chances of getting encrypting virus if you'll follow these principles:

    • Closely inspect your e-mails, specifically the messages that have attached files. If you don't know the user who send an e-mail and it is about winning some prize, a lost parcel or something similar, this might be a scam message. The other efficient sort of these letters is a "business messages". It is natural to be interested and click on the letter even if it might be not for you, but don't forget that one click on the attached file can cost you a lot of time, efforts and money.
    • Keep an eye on the state of your PC. It consumes a lot of CPU resources to encrypt the files. In the first minutes after the infection, the CPU speed decreases, and the encrypting process emerges in Process Manager. You may anticipate this moment and shut down the computer before information will be completely encrypted. These measures, in case of penetration, will protect a lot of your data.
    • Take notice to the dialog boxes. If the computer is penetrated by Kodg, it will attempt to delete the shadow copies of your files, to make the decryption impossible. The deleting of copies needs admin rights and verification from the operator. The second of thinking before verifying the changes might save your information and your money.

Malware uninstalling isn't solution of the whole issue - it's just a first step from many before the full file restoration. To decrypt the data you should familiarize with the tips in the below paragraph of our entry. In case of encrypting virus we don't provide the manual deletion tips, because its complication and the probability of faults appears to be too high for regular customer. Some ransomware can't be uninstalled even via antivirus-tool, and have many efficient types of defense. Many encrypting viruses can totally delete encrypted information, or some of it, if somebody tries to uninstall the virus. This is extremely unwanted, and the following paragraph will help you to avoid it.

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

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Step 5. Disable Safe mode

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

Deactivate Safe mode

After erasing the ransomware from the workstation, you just need to recover the encrypted information. In fact, this is not literally decipherment, as the encrypting methods owned by scammers are extremely complicated. More often than not, to get back the data, the user has to ask for assistance on anti-malware forums or from celebrated virus researchers and AV program manufacturers. If you picked the by-hand information recovery - take a look at this article, which shows all the most effective methods.

To restore information, follow the article about files decryption.

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