What is KRAKEN CRYPTOR ransomware? And how does it carry out its attack?

KRAKEN CRYPTOR ransomware is a file-encrypting virus designed to lock targeted data in an infected computer and demand ransom from its victims. This crypto-malware isn’t really new but apparently, its developers updated it. This new variant is now using a .Lock.onion extension in marking encrypted files.
Once it infects a computer, it drops its malicious payload such as:
Name: Kraken.exe
SHA-256: 528e4d24c18160b6bdd73c9a612d38a78fc58bd40c8ab415973a94429b321dfc
Size:94 KB
After the malicious payload is placed in one of the system folders, KRAKEN CRYPTOR will start its attack by modifying system files in order to avoid detection from security programs like antivirus programs. It also makes modifications in the Windows Registry to allow it to run on every system startup. It then starts scanning the computer for files to encrypt. It may encrypt popular files like images, videos, audio files, documents and many more.
KRAKEN CRYPTOR ransomware uses a strong encryption algorithm for encrypting files. Once the encryption is completed, it appends the .Lock.onion extension to each one of the affected files. It informs victims about the encryption by releasing a lengthy ransom note which states:
“What happened to my computer?
All of your files such as documents. images. videos and other files with the different names and extensions are encrypted by “KRAKEN CRYPTOR”!
The speed, power, and complexity of this encryption have been high and if you are now viewing this guide.
It means that “KRAKEN CRYPTOR” immediately removed from your system!
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what is the mean encryption?
In cryptography. encryption is the process of encoding a message or information in such a way that only authorized parties can access it.
And those who are not authorized cannot.
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How much is need to pay?
You need to pay (0.125 BTC), payment only can make as Bitcoins.
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Other places to buy Bitcoins in exchange for other currencies:
How does KRAKEN CRYPTOR ransomware proliferate?
KRAKEN CRYPTOR ransomware might proliferate via several methods but it mainly uses spam emails where crooks attach a corrupted file with malicious scripts used to install KRAKEN CRYPTOR ransomware in the system. This is why it’s recommended to never open a suspicious email unless you’ve already checked its contents as crooks these days tend to disguise malware-laden emails in order to trick users into opening them.
To eliminate KRAKEN CRYPTOR ransomware from your computer, be sure to follow the removal instructions below.
Step 1: Tap Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to launch the Task Manager.
Step 2: Go to Processes and look for the malicious process of KRAKEN CRYPTOR ransomware named Kraken.exe then right click on it and select End Process or End Task.

Step 3: Close the Task Manager and open Control Panel by pressing the Windows key + R, then type in appwiz.cpl and then click OK or press Enter.
Step 4: Look for dubious programs that might by related to KRAKEN CRYPTOR ransomware and then Uninstall it/them.

Step 5: Tap Win + E to launch File Explorer.
Step 6: After opening File Explorer, navigate to the following directories below and look for malicious components of KRAKEN CRYPTOR ransomware such as #How to Decrypt Files.txt, Kraken.exe and [random].exe then remove them all.

  • %TEMP%
  • %USERPROFILE%\Downloads
  • C:\ProgramData\local\

Step 7: Close the File Explorer.
Before you proceed to the next steps below, make sure that you are tech savvy enough to the point where you know exactly how to use and navigate your computer’s Registry. Keep in mind that any changes you make will highly impact your computer. To save you the trouble and time, you can just use [product-name], this system tool is proven to be safe and excellent enough that hackers won’t be able to hack into it. But if you can manage Windows Registry well, then, by all means, go on to the next steps.
Step 8: Tap Win + R to open Run and then type in regedit in the field and tap enter to pull up Windows Registry.

Step 9: Navigate to the listed paths below and look for the registry keys and sub-keys created by KRAKEN CRYPTOR ransomware.

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\
  • HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop\
  • 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

Step 10: Delete the registry keys and sub-keys created by KRAKEN CRYPTOR ransomware.
Step 11: Close the Registry Editor.
Step 12: Empty your Recycle Bin.
Restore the previous state of your files using the Shadow Volume copies
Restoring your encrypted files using Windows’ Previous Versions feature will only be effective if KRAKEN CRYPTOR ransomware hasn’t deleted the shadow copies of your files. But still, this is one of the best and free methods there is, so it’s definitely worth a shot.
To restore the encrypted file, right-click on it and select Properties, a new window will pop-up, then proceed to Previous Versions. It will load the file’s previous version before it was modified. After it loads, select any of the previous versions displayed on the list like the one in the illustration below. And then click the Restore button.

To ensure the removal of KRAKEN CRYPTOR ransomware from your system including the malicious components it has created on your system, follow the advanced steps below.
Perform a full system scan using [product-code]. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot
  2. After that, the BIOS screen will be displayed, but if Windows pops up instead, reboot your computer and try again. Once you’re on the BIOS screen, repeat pressing F8, by doing so the Advanced Option shows up.

  1. To navigate the Advanced Option use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit
  2. Windows will now load the Safe Mode with Networking.
  3. Press and hold both R key and Windows key.

  1. If done correctly, the Windows Run Box will show up.
  2. Type in the URL address, [product-url] in the Run dialog box and then tap Enter or click OK.
  3. After that, it will download the program. Wait for the download to finish and then open the launcher to install the program.
  4. Once the installation process is completed, run [product-code] to perform a full system scan.

  1. After the scan is completed click the “Fix, Clean & Optimize Now” button.

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