This guide will help you Remove KwaakLocked Ransomware and Restore .kwaaklocked file extension
‘KwaakLocked’-Threat In Detail
KwaakLocked is another file-encrypting Ransomware threat that uses AES-256 encryption algorithm to encrypt file on the targeted system. This Ransomware is a variant of HiddenTear ransomware. The encrypted files are appended with “.kwaaklocked” file extension, which means users cannot access them.
Once the encryption process is completed, KwaakLocked drops a ransom note named as “READ_IT.txt” into each of the folders where files are encrypted. However, the ransom note does not provide the complete details, contact the authors or how to pay the ransom. Thus, the security experts believes that the threat might be still in development phase.
KwaakLocked-Method of Distribution
KwaakLocked is distributed through spam mail attachments that asks user to enable the macro to open the attached document. However, it is never recommended to enable the macros until the attachment is from a verified source. Users generally open the document in hurry as it appears to be legitimate by mimicking any invoice, job offers, mails from any higher authority of your office, bank statements and so on. The document may contain the links to download the KwaakLocked Ransomware into the targeted system.
Other Sources through KwaakLocked Ransomware can attack:
- Exploit kits;
- Fake program updates like Adobe Reader, Flash Player and so on;
- Clicking on malicious links;
- Streaming movies or videos from infected website.
Once the KwaakLocked Ransomware is successfully installed, it starts scanning the whole computer system to locate for files of its targeted extensions like docs, PDFs, videos, photos, audio files, database and so on.
It then quickly starts the encryption process and original file is locked with encryption code. The encrypted file is renamed as myfile.docs is changed into myfile.docs.kwaaklocked. The encrypted files can only be accessible by the decryption code generated by the authors of KwaakLocked Ransomware.
If the user clicks on the encrypted file a text message appears that says:
Files has been encrypted with kwaak
Send me some bitcoins
The Ransom note appears as:
The ransom message is incomplete and does not have any email id or any Bitcoin address to pay the ransom. Thus, users are advised not to panic or agree to pay any amount. As there is no any guarantee that even after paying you will get your files back.
Quickly remove the threat from the PC. Also, you can try recovering your data from backups if any or take the help of data recovery software programs.