What is Kolobo Ransomware?
Kolobo Ransomware is a malicious computer infection that seems to attack you out of nowhere. The program targets users in a specific region, although it can reach its victims anywhere in the world. The program may be somewhat old, but it does not mean you can breathe a sigh of relief. Even old infections can do some harm, so if you happen to have this program on-board, you will do yourself a favor if you remove Kolobo Ransomware once and for all. Please note that removing ransomware programs is not enough to restore the damage they have caused. In some cases, you may also have to start anew.
Where does Kolobo Ransomware come from?
As mentioned, this program is rather old. It was first detected in 2014, and it happens to be a variant of Gingerbread Ransomware. Gingerbread Ransomware is yet another dangerous program that encrypts files with a strong algorithm and then of course demands that you pay a ransom fee to restore your locked files. We also know how this program has been distributed, so we can assume that the same method is applied to Kolobo Ransomware, as well.
What’s more, with Kolobo Ransomware on your computer, it would not be surprising if there were more undesirable and dangerous applications installed, too. After all, we have to remember that such programs usually travel in groups. Therefore, when you get rid of this ransomware, you will probably have to delete a few other infections as well.
What does Kolobo Ransomware do?
Perhaps there is no need to launch an elaborate speech about what this malicious infection can do because it is already obvious: Kolobo Ransomware encrypts user files. Like most encrypting ransomware infections, this program first scans the infected computer looking for the file types it can encrypt. There are very few ransomware infections that encrypt every single file on the target system. Usually, these infections need your system to function properly in order to collect the ransom payments, so they skip crucial system files.
Instead, Kolobo Ransomware will encrypt most of your frequently-used documents, and that is definitely more than just some trivial inconvenience. To make matters worse, the program will display a ransom note that will tell you your files have been encrypted, and now you need to contact the criminals via the given email for further instructions. The criminals even say that they need that ransom money to pay their rent because they no longer live with their parents, and thus they need some income source. Their insolence is unbelievable.
However, since the ransomware is very old, the chances are that there is no one to receive your message anymore. Not to mention that the program’s website is down as well, so it is very likely that they would not issue the decryption key even if you were to pay the ransom.
Hence, it is a lot more important to focus on retrieving your files than paying the ransom that would not change anything.
How do I remove Kolobo Ransomware?
You can remove this infection manually by following the instructions we have prepared for you. However, computer security experts always maintain that it is a lot better to use a powerful antispyware application that would destroy all the malicious files for you automatically.
As for your files, you have to check it whether you have a backup where you keep copies of your files. Perhaps you regularly backup your data on an external hard drive? Or maybe you have most of your recent files save in your inbox? Whichever it might be, the chances are that you have your files scattered and saved across different places and directories. So you should be able to get them back and transfer them into your hard drive. However, do that after you have removed Kolobo Ransomware and deleted the encrypted files from your computer.
Manual Kolobo Ransomware Removal
- Press Win+R and the Run prompt will open.
- Type %AppData% into the Open box. Click OK.
- Navigate to Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup.
- Remove the ie_updater.exe file. Press Win+R again.
- Enter %AppData% once more and press OK.
- Find the ie_updater.exe and delete it if present.
- Open your Downloads folder.
- Delete all the files you downloaded recently.
- Run a full system scan.
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