What is Kryptonite ransomware? And how does it work?
Kryptonite ransomware is a crypto-malware threat that still seems to be on its development stage. The distinguishable feature of this ransomware is that it disguises under the Snake game. This malware uses the malicious executable file named snake_game.exe to run in your computer. And if you launch that executable file, you will see the supposed authors of the game which are Manish Kumar and Gaurav Anand. Our IT specialist was able to trace its origin which is in an institute technology located in Israel.
Once it gains access to your computer, it quickly scans your computer for personal files and uses RSA 2048 to encode your data. This ransomware will prompt you to launch getmyID.exe which is nowhere to be found. After it encodes your data, an abrupt male voice informs you that all your documents, photos and other files are encrypted. It then creates a new file on your Desktop and changes its background after it successfully infects your computer and encodes your data. Moreover, this ransomware also makes changes to your registry by creating a new entry HKCU\SOFTWARE\security\Kryptonite and other several new entries. It also drops three files, namely, 1.exe, 1.jpg, and awsomeRansome.jpg in your %APPDATA%, making it even harder for you to remove it. no worries though, for this article will help you in eliminating Kryptonite ransomware, along with the files it created on your computer.
Once of the unusual feature of the Kryptonite ransomware is its payment stage. Unlike most ransomware that asks its victims to transfer the payment to a Bitcoin address, this ransomware will demand you to pay the $500 ransom money by entering your credit card information. This kind of tactic should ring warning bells and don’t ever think about paying the demanded money for giving your credit card information to these crooks could result to more trouble and you might end up losing MORE than just $500, and besides, there’s no assurance that they’ll ever help you in decrypting your files. Thus, the best and wisest thing you can do is to get rid of this pesky malware ASAP.
How is Kryptonite ransomware distributed?
As stated, this ransomware spreads and infiltrates your computer in the guise of a snake game, snake_game.exe. You might also notice a cad.exe file on your Task Manager. This Trojan could be identified as [email protected] and Ransom_KRYPTONITE.A. To stop this, make sure you enforce appropriate security measures or install an excellent antivirus and anti malware program like SpyRemover Pro.
Follow the Kryptonite ransomware removal instructions below:
The first step below is not recommended for you if you don’t know how to navigate the Registry Editor. Making registry changes can highly impact your computer. So it is highly advised to use PC Cleaner Pro instead to get rid of the entries that Kryptonite Ransomware created. So if you are not familiar with the Windows Registry skip to Step 8 onwards.
However, if you are well-versed in making registry adjustments, then you can proceed to step 1. Just make sure that before you make any changes, you export the entry or value first.
Step 1: Open the Registry Editor, to do so, tap Win + R and type in regedit and then press enter.
Step 2: Navigate to the path below:
Step 3: Look for the WallPaper value and remove it.
Step 4: Navigate to the path below:
Step 5: Right-click on the BackgroundHistoryPath0 Value and select Delete.
Step 6: After that, go to the paths listed below and delete any values you can find there.
Step 7: Close the Registry Editor.
Step 8: Open the File Explorer by pressing the Windows key + E.
Step 9: Type in %APPDATA% in the address bar of your File Explorer to open its directory. After that, press Enter.
Step 10: Delete these executable files you can found on the directory:
Step 11: Erase the ransom note on your Desktop.
Step 12: Go to the directories listed below and erase all the recently downloaded files. Or other directories you might have saved the infected file related to the Kryptonite Ransomware.
Step 12: Empty the Recycle Bin.
Follow the continued advanced steps below to ensure the removal of the Kryptonite ransomware:
Perform a full system scan using SpyRemover Pro.
Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot it.
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.
To navigate the Advanced Option use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit Enter.
Windows will now load the Safe Mode with Networking.
If done correctly, the Windows Run Box will show up.
Type in explorer http://www.fixmypcfree.com/install/spyremoverpro
A single space must be in between explorer and http. Click OK.
A dialog box will be displayed by Internet Explorer. Click Run to begin downloading SpyRemover Pro. Installation will start automatically once download is done.
Click OK to launch SpyRemover Pro.
Run SpyRemover Pro and perform a full system scan.
Register SpyRemover Pro to protect your computer from future threats.