Kampret Ransomware

What is Kampret Ransomware?

If the malicious Kampret Ransomware has invaded your operating system, your personal files are now likely to have the “.lockednikampret” extension appended to them. This indicates that the file was encrypted, and, unfortunately, you cannot decrypt it yourself. The infection encrypts the targeted files – such as photos, media files, and documents – using the AES encryption algorithm, and you need a special decryption key to unlock them. So, how do you get this key? Unfortunately, it is in the hands of the cyber criminals who have created the devious ransomware. Can you convince them to just give this key to you? It seems like you cannot because the infection was created to coerce you into paying money for it, and so you are expected to open your wallet. Regrettably, we cannot guarantee that you would be able to decrypt all of the corrupted files even if you paid the ransom. Whether or not you follow the instructions of cyber criminals and get your files back, deleting Kampret Ransomware is crucial, and you can continue reading to learn how to get rid of this malicious threat.test

How does Kampret Ransomware work?

Kampret Ransomware was created using the Hidden-Tear source code, which the developers of Kripto64 Ransomware, Karmen Ransomware, and many other infections alike have used as well. The installers of these threats are usually attached to inconspicuous-looking spam emails, and users are tricked into executing malware themselves. After that, the infection starts encrypting your files almost immediately, and so you do not really have time to figure out what is happening. The threat creates an encryption key, as well as the decryption key that is immediately sent to a remote server. By encrypting your files, Kampret Ransomware modifies the data, and so you cannot do anything to reverse the damage, unless you have the special decryption key. Note that you will not achieve anything by removing the “.lockednikampret” extension either. This is just a marker helping you to identify the corrupted files. Have you noticed a ransom note placed along with the encrypted files? It should be originally created on your Desktop, but copies of the file might be placed in all folders with encrypted files.

READ_ME.txt is the ransom note file that represents the demands of Kampret Ransomware creators. The message is quite short, and you do not learn much about the infection via it. All it says is that you need to send 0.5 bitcoins (around 600 USD). However, no payment details are presented, and so it is not clear as to how you need to pay the ransom. Also, the ransom note does not indicate that your files would be decrypted if you paid the ransom. An email address, kampretos@protonmail.com, is attached to the message, and so you are probably expected to email cyber criminals to get more details. If you are going to email them, we suggest creating a new email address to prevent cyber criminals from flooding you with spam messages in the future. As you already know, paying the ransom requested by Kampret Ransomware is exceptionally risky, and you have to think carefully if you want to take the risk.

How to delete Kampret Ransomware

The launcher file of Kampret Ransomware is the one responsible for all the mess, and so you have to get rid of it. If you have installed it via a spam email, you might be able to identify and remove it from your operating system yourself. If you cannot tell which file on your PC is representing the ransomware, do not hesitate to employ the help of an anti-malware tool. The best part is that after you get Kampret Ransomware removed, this tool will continue guarding your operating system to make sure that you do not face malicious threats again. What if you lose your files in the process? Hopefully, you take it as a lesson to be more cautious, as well as to take better care of your personal files. Remember that if your files were backed up, you would not need to worry about their decryption. If you have questions for our Anti-Spyware-101.com malware research team, add them to the comments section.

Removal Instructions

  1. Identify the {random name}.exe launcher file.
  2. Right-click the file and then select Delete.
  3. Delete the ransom note file READ_ME.txt.
  4. Empty Recycle Bin to get rid of the ransomware.
  5. Perform a full system scan to check if your PC is clean.
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