About this malware
KODC ransomware will effect your device in a very negative way as it will lock your data. Due to how ransomware acts, it is very dangerous to catch the infection. Specific file types will be encrypted soon after the ransomware launches. Photos, videos and documents are the usually targeted files because of their value to victims. You’ll need to get a decryption key to decrypt files but unfortunately, it is in the possession of people who are accountable for the attack. There is some good news as the ransomware could be cracked by malware researchers, and they may release a free decryptor. If you don’t have backup for your files and do not intend to give into the crooks’ demands, that free decryption program might be your only choice.
In addition to the encrypted files, you’ll also see a ransom note placed somewhere on your system. You will see an explanation about what happened to your files in the note, in addition to being offered a decryption program. You will not be surprised when told this but engaging with crooks isn’t suggested. It wouldn’t shock us if your money would simply be taken, without you being sent a decryptor. Moreover, that payment is likely to go towards other malicious software projects. You also need to purchase some kind of backup, so that you don’t end up in this situation again. Simply uninstall KODC ransomware if you had made backup.
The spread methods used will be explained in more detail later on but the short version is that bogus updates and spam emails were likely used. We’re so sure about this because those methods are one of the most commonly used.
Ransomware distribution methods
You could get infected in a variety of ways, but as we have said above, spam email and bogus updates are probably how you got the contamination. You need to familiarize yourself with how to spot malicious spam emails, if you got the malware from emails. Always thoroughly check the email before you open the file added. Malicious program distributors oftentimes pretend to be from familiar companies to create trust and make users lower their guard. You could get an email with the sender saying to be from Amazon, warning you that your account has been showing signs of unusual behavior. However, it’s not hard to double-check these emails. Look at the sender’s email address, and however legitimate it might look initially, check that it really belongs to the company they claim to be from. Furthermore, you have to employ credible scanners to scan the email attachments before you open them.
If it was not spam email, fake software updates may have been used. Notifications that promote false program updates are usually encountered when visiting websites that have a dubious reputation. Bogus updates promoted via advertisements or banners are also rather common. Nevertheless, for anyone who knows that real updates are never suggested this way, it will immediately be clear as to what’s going on. Your device will never be clean if you routinely download things from suspicious sources. The application will notify you if an update is necessary, or updates might be automatic.
What does this malware do
What happened was ransomware encrypted your files. While you might not have necessarily noticed this happening, but the encryption process began soon after you opened the contaminated file. An added extension to files will mark files that have been locked. Because a strong encryption algorithm was used, you won’t be able to open the affected files so easily. If you look on your desktop or folders that contain locked files, a ransom note should appear, which ought to contain information on how to recover your files. If it isn’t your first time coming across ransomware, you’ll see that notes follow a specific pattern, criminals will first attempt to scare you into thinking your sole choice is to pay and then threaten to remove your files if you do not give in. Even if the cyber criminals are in the possession of the decryptor, there will not be a lot of people suggesting giving into the requests. Even after you pay, we doubt that hackers will feel obligated to assist you. Furthermore, if you paid once, criminals may try to target you again.
It might be the case that you’ve uploaded at least some of your files somewhere, so look into that. Our advice would be to backup all files that have been locked, for when or if malware specialists create a free decryption utility. Whichever choice you opt for, it is still necessary to delete KODC ransomware.
No matter if you are able to recover files this time, you need to begin doing routine backups from now on. You might end up risking losing your files again otherwise. There is a variety of backup options available, some more expensive than others but if your files are valuable to you it is worth acquiring one.
How to uninstall KODC ransomware
We should mention that if you didn’t realize you were dealing with ransomware, you ought to not try manual elimination. Malicious software removal program should be used for this purpose. Sometimes, users have to boot their computers in Safe Mode in order to launch anti-malware program successfully. Once your system is in in Safe Mode, scan your computer with anti-malware and eliminate KODC ransomware. Malware removal program isn’t able to help you decrypt your files, however.