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Danger level 6
Type: Trojans

Kasp Ransomware

If you receive Kasp Ransomware, you might be asked to pay 980 or 490 US dollars by the malware’s creators. In exchange, the hackers ought to offer decryption tools that are supposed to restore the threat’s affected data. As you see, the malicious application enciphers all pictures, photos, and other personal files, and, as a result, such data becomes unreadable. Without being able to recognize the encrypted files, the machine should be unable to launch them. Hackers are aware of the fact that many users do not back up their files, which is why they know that many of their victims will not be able to replace encrypted files. However, we advise not to pay the ransom even if it means you would lose your files. That is if you do not want to risk losing your money in vain. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees that hackers will keep up with their promises. To learn how to erase Kasp Ransomware as well as more details about it, we invite you to read the rest of this article.

If you do not have a lot of experience with ransomware, you might have no idea how a threat like Kasp Ransomware could enter your system. One of the possibilities is that it could access your device via unsecured RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) connections. Therefore, if you need to use RDP connections, we advise ensuring that they are secured with strong passwords, Two-Factor Authentication, and other available safety features. Another popular way to distribute such threats is to have a harmless-looking file carry them. Such a file could look like a text document, a software installer, or any other file that you would not consider suspicious. Users could receive them via spam emails or from file-sharing websites. Therefore, we highly recommend not to open data from unknown senders or unreliable websites, pop-ups, ads, and so on. Also, it would be smart to keep a reputable antimalware tool. However, we advise not just to keep it, but also to employ it when you need to scan files that you receive or download from unreliable sources. By doing this, you can learn if a file is dangerous or not without having to open it.

If Kasp Ransomware enters a system, it might start creating copies of its launcher and other data that it might need to run on the system. If you want to know what kind of files it might create, you could check the deletion instructions located below that show what kind of data the malware might place on infected devices. After settling in, the malicious application should start encrypting files that could be valuable to users, for example, pictures, photos, text files, etc. The files that get encrypted should receive the .kasp extension, for example, picture.jpg.kasp. The Windows and other program files should not be encrypted as it is not the hacker’s goal to make your computer crash. What they want is to take valuable files as hostages so they could demand a ransom. They do so by making the malicious application show a ransom note called _readme.txt as soon as it finishes encrypting all targeted files. Inside this note, you should see a text explaining what happened to your files, how they can be restored for a price, and how to contact the malware’s creators. The ransom note might even say that you can send a file for free decryption so that Kasp Ransomware’s developers could prove that they have the needed decryption tools.

As said at the beginning of the text, we do not recommend paying the ransom because there are no guarantees that you will get the needed decryption tools. Hackers could take the money without sending the promised decryption means in return. Whatever you decide, we advise not to keep the threat on your system as it could pose a threat to your future data. If you want to try to remove Kasp Ransomware manually, you could check the instructions available below. However, keep in mind that they might not work for all the malware’s variants. Thus, it might be safer and easier to erase Kasp Ransomware with a reliable antimalware tool of your choice.

Restart the computer in Safe Mode

Windows 8/Windows 10

  1. Press Win+I for Windows 8 or open Start menu for Windows 10.
  2. Click the Power button.
  3. Press and hold Shift, then click Restart.
  4. Pick Troubleshoot and choose Advanced Options.
  5. Go to Startup Settings and click Restart.
  6. Click F5 to restart the PC.

Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7

  1. Go to Start, select Shutdown options, and pick Restart.
  2. Click and hold F8 when the PC starts restarting.
  3. Select Safe Mode with Networking.
  4. Press Enter and log on.

Remove Kasp Ransomware

  1. Press Win+E.
  2. Check these locations:
  3. Look for the threat’s installer, e.g., updatewin.exe; then right-click it and press Delete.
  4. Then locate these paths:
    %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data
  5. Find the threat’s created directories with random names that should contain copies of the malware’s launcher (e.g., 6a9ex167-82c4-499d-9f16-7e28ax1b8ef4), right-click them, and press Delete.
  6. Recheck these paths:
    %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data
  7. Locate files called script.ps1 or similarly, right-click them and press Delete.
  8. Find this path: %WINDIR%\System32\Tasks
  9. Look for a file called Time Trigger Task or similarly, right-click it and choose Delete.
  10. Exit File Explorer.
  11. Press Win+R.
  12. Type Regedit and press Enter.
  13. Go to this path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  14. Find a value name called SysHelper, right-click it, and press Delete.
  15. Exit Registry Editor.
  16. Empty Recycle bin.
  17. Restart the system.
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