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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Kuntzware Ransomware

Specialists have recently detected a new malicious application Kuntzware Ransomware which is still in development. Researchers say that this threat is not actively distributed yet, and, on top of that, it does not encrypt personal files like other ransomware infections. This proves that it does not work properly at the time of writing because ransomware infections tend to encrypt users’ files. Of course, not all of them lock users’ data. Some of them lock the screen and then demand a ransom instead. Kuntzware Ransomware does not do that either at present, but it does not mean that its fixed version cannot be released in the future. This new version should encrypt files and might even lock your screen, specialists say. Also, it might demand money from you. No matter which one of these two versions you encounter, you must delete the ransomware infection from your PC ASAP. Do not even think about paying money to cyber criminals even if you have discovered some of your important files locked because there are no guarantees that they will give you a decryptor. To tell you the truth, in some cases, it might be possible to restore files without the decryption key cyber criminals promise to send to users after receiving money. Keep reading to find more about it.

The version of Kuntzware Ransomware analyzed by our specialists crashes and does not encrypt files. It does not even communicate with its C&C server, so we suspect that it might be corrupted or still in development. In any event, keeping malicious software active on the system is a bad idea because it might be updated at any time. If the poorly-working version of this threat is ever fixed and you encounter it, you will, most probably, find your pictures, documents, and other important files locked. This ransomware infection encrypts data by appending the .kuntzware extension. You cannot simply remove it and unlock your files if they have already been encrypted. You only have two choices. You can pay a ransom and pray that cyber criminals will give the promised decryption tool to you, or you can try out all alternative methods to get your files back. For example, it might be possible to restore files from a backup. We cannot guarantee that you will necessarily discover your files locked after the entrance of Kuntzware Ransomware. In case they are all fine, you surely do not need to do anything to decrypt them, but, without a doubt, you still cannot keep this malicious program active on your computer.

We would lie if we said that Kuntzware Ransomware is a popular infection at the time of writing. We are sure that its infection rate is low at present, but the situation might change soon, so you should find more about distribution methods used to spread ransomware infections. The previous experience of our malware analysts shows that these threats enter PCs illegally, but they could not do that without the users’ help. Users often open malicious attachments from spam emails and allow ransomware infections to enter their PCs. They also often download malware masqueraded as decent software from third-party pages as well. If you have already discovered Kuntzware Ransomware on your PC too, it is very likely that you have contributed to its entrance as well. If you are an inexperienced user, it might be extremely hard, or even impossible, to ensure your PC’s protection without any help from the outside, so our security specialists recommend having a security application enabled on the system. A security application could help you to prevent malware from entering your PC only if you periodically update it and keep it active.

No matter your files contain .kuntzware or not, it is still mandatory to delete Kuntzware Ransomware from the system. We would first recommend killing the malicious process representing ransomware, especially if you see a screen-locking window on your Desktop, and then you should go to delete all malicious components from your system. If you cannot find a single suspicious file, download an automated scanner from the web and launch it to find and erase all those malicious files for you. Keep in mind that automatic malware removers cannot decrypt files locked by ransomware infections either, so do not even expect that the tool you use for the automatic Kuntzware Ransomware removal will help you to gain access to your files.

How to delete Kuntzware Ransomware manually

  1. Open Task Manager (press Ctrl+Alt+Del and select Task Manager).
  2. Open the Processes tab.
  3. Locate malicious processes and kill them all (right-click on the process and select End Now/End Task).
  4. Close Task Manager and press Win+E.
  5. Delete suspicious files from these directories and then empty the Recycle bin:
  • %USERPROFILE%\Desktop
  • %USERPROFILE%\Downloads
  • %TEMP%
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