This post is mainly about the traits and effects of a program called .Kroput Virus on your personal computer. The very first thing you really need to know is that .Kroput is a member of the Ransomware virus category. Ransomware is the term that describes all the malware versions which are used to blackmail the targeted victim by denying them access to something on their PC and keeping the locked element inaccessible until a ransom is paid.
This particular Ransom-requesting program – .Kroput, is indeed capable of making you unable to reach or use most of the file formats on your computer. More essential details about the horrible activities of this Ransomware are included in the article you will read just below.
Describing .Kroput Ransomware in details:
Such a virus may attack your PC in plenty of possible ways (the standard and most widely used of which we are going to thoroughly discuss below). What is more – these viruses are also known for targeting the most widely used file formats by encrypting the data that belongs to them, thus making them all totally inaccessible to you. Ransomware programs that are capable of locking the user’s data in such a way belong to the data-encrypting Ransomware subgroup.
Some other Ransomware subcategories:
Of course, there are other types of Ransomware different from the cryptoviruses that we mentioned above, and here we will give you a general idea of what those other subgroups of Ransomware are and what they do:
Ransomware infecting portable devices such as smartphones or tablets, which means that no machine could be considered 100% threat-immune. This malware may lead to you being incapable of accessing the screens of the affected devices. Actually, what prevents you from getting to any device’s display is the ransom alert displayed over the entire screen, stating that you are supposed to pay a ransom in order to get it removed.
There are such screen-locking Ransomware viruses for PCs and laptops as well, where a huge banner hides everything on your screen and prevents you from using the machine until the money is paid for the banner’s removal. Users affected by such viruses are made incapable of accessing anything on the computer – the icons, the folders, the Start Menu, any program that might have been opened and even the Task Manager.
Seldom do the hackers behind such threats get punished for the cyber-crimes they have committed, but that could happen with the assistance of programs based on Ransomware code. Some government authorities might exploit such viruses to fight cyber crimes using them to make cyber criminals pay fines or block their malicious activities.
The most usual sources where .Kroput may come from:
Landing a .Kroput-based infection (and any other virus-inflicted one) is extremely likely on the condition that you:
- Load strange email attachments which look suspicious: This manner of distributing Ransomware is among the most usual infection causes across the web world. It’s even possible that you first get infected by a Trojan which then backdoors the Ransomware into your system. These two viruses could come together from spam email attachments or hyperlinks inside your electronic mail.
- Click on and enable the implementation of fake system requests: Such viruses might also come automatically in case you click on some shady online notification that is made to look as if it’s coming from your system rather than from the site that you’ve visited. Indeed, you might get these malicious notifications in the form of pop-ups from some suspicious web platforms, which may contain real malware versions such as Trojans and Ransomware.
- Any illegal movie/torrent/software-streaming web pages out there on the Internet: Just make sure to stick to the websites that are proven to be safe. Under no circumstances should you download anything illegally – pirated software is a perfect tool for malware distribution.
Removing such an infection might be possible. Never give up – act instead!
In case your computer has already been affected by .Kroput, we need to say that the chances of success you have are unfortunately as high as you’d like them to be. You might try consulting an expert for some precious help and know-how. Another thing which might help is downloading some high-quality malware-remover to help you get rid of the virus. What is more – you can also check out the Removal Guide we have designed and posted on this page. The guide also includes file-restoration instructions that we advise you to try out. We can’t promise you that those will work and that your data will be restored but it’s still a safer and more sensible alternative when compared to the ransom payment – something that we advise you to only consider as a last resort option and only if the files that have been locked are really worth the risk of simply wasting your money for nothing (because you can never be sure that the hackers are going to stay true to their word and actually send you a decryption key after you pay).
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.|
|Distribution Method||From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.|
Remove .Kroput Virus Ransomware
Note: Before you go any further, we advise you to bookmark this page or have it open on a separate device such as your smartphone or another PC. Some of the steps might require you to exit your browser on this PC.
2: Task Manager
Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to enter the Task Manager. Go to the Tab labeled Processes (Details for Win 8/10). Carefully look through the list of processes that are currently active on you PC.
If any of them seems shady, consumes too much RAM/CPU or has some strange description or no description at all, right-click on it, select Open File Location and delete everything there.
Also, even if you do not delete the files, be sure to stop the process by right-clicking on it and selecting End Process.
3: The Hosts file
Go to c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts. Open the hosts file with notepad.
Find where it says Localhost and take a look below that.
If you see any IP addresses there (below Localhost) send them to us here, in the comments since they might be coming from the virus.
4: Disable Startup programs
Re-open the Start Menu and type msconfig.
Click on the first search result. In the next window, go to the Startup tab. If you are on Win 10, it will send you to the Startup part of the task manager instead, as in the picture:
If you see any sketchy/shady looking entries in the list with an unknown manufacturer or a manufacturer name that looks suspicious , disable those programs and select OK.
5: Registry Editor
Press Windows key + R and in the resulting window type regedit.
Now, press Ctrl + F and type the name of the virus.
Delete everything that gets found. If you are not sure about whether to delete something, do not hesitate to ask us in the comments. Keep in mind that if you delete the wrong thing, you might cause all sorts of issues to your PC.
6: Deleting potentially malicious data
Type each of the following locations in the Windows search box and hit enter to open the locations:
Delete everything you see in Temp linked to .Kroput Ransomware. About the other folders, sort their contents by date and delete only the most recent entries. As always, if you are not sure about something, write to us in the comment section.
The previous steps were all aimed at removing the .Kroput Ransomware from your PC. However, in order to regain access to your files, you will also need to decrypt them or restore them. For that, we have a separate article with detailed instructions on what you have to do in order to unlock your data. Here is a link to that guide.