What is Kirk Ransomware?
There is no doubt that Kirk Ransomware is a malicious infection, and protecting your operating system against it should be your biggest priority right now. Anti-Spyware-101.com malware analysts encourage installing up-to-date security software right away because the creator of this malicious infection could use different security backdoors to drop it onto your PC. Has your operating system been infected by this malware already? If it has, your personal files and some software files must have been encrypted, and the “.kirked” extension must have been added. If that is the situation you are dealing with right now, there is much to learn, but little to do. We wish we could say that there is a way to decrypt your personal files, but the reality is that this might be impossible. At the moment, it is believed that the malicious threat is aimed at big companies, but it is possible that regular users will let this infection into their operating systems as well. Whichever the case might be, continue reading to learn what to do and how to delete Kirk Ransomware.
How does Kirk Ransomware work?
Do you have Low Orbit Ion Cannon installed on your PC? If you do not, you should be surprised to face a pop-up notification allegedly represented via this program. This message might inform you that LOIC is initializing, and an “OK” button might be attached. If you click it, the ransom message representing Kirk Ransomware should show up. But let’s take a few steps back for now. It is possible that the launcher of the malicious ransomware will be attached to the Low Orbit Ion Cannon, in which case, you might not think much about the weird pop-up. Of course, this is not the only way for cyber criminals to spread the devious ransomware. If you look at the latest ransomware infections – Vortex Ransomware, Revenge Ransomware, Cryptolocker 1.0.0 Ransomware, and others – their launchers are usually found attached to spam emails. Needless to say, this method of distribution could be used to spread Kirk Ransomware also. You are unlikely to notice when this threat slithers in, but once it encrypts your files, it immediately displays a scary message. This message is produced by the launcher file, but the same information can also be found in a newly created file called “RANSOM_NOTE.txt”.
What do we learn from the Kirk Ransomware ransom note? The most important details are that you need to pay a ransom of 50 XMR (~$1200) within 48 hours to a specified Monero Wallet and then send your password (the file called “PWD”) to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. According to the information, the ransom fee could go up to 500 XMR within 30 days, and that, of course, is an incredibly large sum of money that regular users would not be able to pay. This is why it is believed that the threat targets bigger companies. Although the payment should grant you access to a decryption tool called “Spock,” no one can guarantee that that is exactly what would happen. Unfortunately, at the moment, this is the only option you have got. Of course, you might have the most important files backed up, and the remaining files are not essential or could be replaced, in which case, the decryption should not worry you at all. We hope that that is the case.
How to delete Kirk Ransomware
If you have some experience deleting malicious components, you might be able to handle the removal of Kirk Ransomware manually. Of course, we do not recommend this if you are inexperienced and if you do not know how to protect your operating system against malware in the future. In this case, install a trustworthy anti-malware tool instead. It will guarantee both the removal of dangerous files and the protection of your vulnerable Windows system. If you are set on getting rid of this threat manually, you need to exit the “Kirk” window first. If you cannot close it normally, you will have to kill a task representing the window. Also, remember that you might have downloaded the malicious launcher yourself, and so you are the only one who knows where it is. If you are having issues identifying malicious components, do not hesitate to use a legitimate malware scanner. Use it after you think you have cleaned your PC as well to make sure that you have not left anything behind.
- Tap Ctrl+Shift+Esc to launch Task Manager.
- Select the task named Kirk and select End task/End process.
- Now, right-click and Delete the malicious launcher file.
- Right-click and Delete the password file named PWD.
- Right-click and Delete the ransom note file RANSOM_NOTE.txt.
- Right-click and Delete the file named loic_win32.exe (if LOIC is not installed).
- Run a system scan to check for potential leftovers.
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