If your PC gets hit by Kampret Ransomware, it is quite likely that you will never be able to access your most important personal files again because this malicious program can encrypt them all behind your back. This major threat can infiltrate your system without your knowledge and damage your files in a fairly short time that does not leave you enough window to stop it. Of course, you are offered an opportunity to buy your way out by transferring a certain amount of money to your attacker or attackers. In this case, there could be a single hacker wannabe behind this malicious attack but even if so, you need to take this hit seriously. If your computer has not yet been targeted by such a dangerous infection, you should make sure right now that you have a backup of your most important files either in a cloud storage or on a portable drive. Before you make up your mind about how to proceed now, we would like to point out that there is little chance that these criminals will release the decryption key to you. This almost never happens. The only way for you to restore your computer is to remove Kampret Ransomware even if it means that you will not be able to recover your files. Although this may sound like a deal out of the question for you, we would like to ask you to think twice before you make a move.
We have found that this malicious program is actually based on the well-known Hidden Tear Ransomware, which is indeed an open-source program that was originally designed as an educational tool for security experts. However, later it became a good base for beginner schemers to build their own versions of a ransomware threat. While some of these infections have been cracked by malware experts and free tools have hit the web to help victims to recover their files, there is a chance that no such tool will be released soon for this particular variant; at least, you cannot rely on it. The sad truth is that you can actually avoid such a vicious attack if you are more careful around your e-mails.
You may have a spam filter that you feel you can trust but even so, spam mails might still be able to evade detection or even landing in your spam folder would not stop them from making you want to view them. Whatever your case is, if your system got infected by Kampret Ransomware, it is very likely that you opened such a spam mail recently and clicked to view the file attachment. This is how most victims of this ransomware have got infected. This spam may be easy to fall for as it usually relates to an issue that most users would feel connected to or at least curious enough to open it and download its attachment. In fact, this ransomware is all about this attached file since it is the executable file that causes this infection. This file may look like a document, a .zip archive, or an image whose icon also suggests this. However, it is indeed an .exe file that most victims fail to realize in time. If you are lead to believe that this file is an image of an invoice you have not yet settled, or an important document proving that you gave the wrong credit card details while booking a flight, you would likely want to see it. Let us remind you though that when you get to the point that you are ready to delete Kampret Ransomware, you will not be able to stop this malicious program from encrypting your files. In other words, by removing this ransomware, you do not actually recover the encrypted files and you need to remember this when you make up your mind.
Our tests revealed that this ransomware encrypts your personal files with the AES algorithm, which is indeed a built-in Windows algorithm and for this reason it works quite fast. After encrypting a file, it is added a new extension (".lockednikampret") to clearly show the extent of the damage done. The only file this infection creates on your system is the ransom note named "READ_ME.txt." This file is created on your desktop so that you do not miss it when you want to figure out what has just happened and why you cannot access your files anymore. This note informs you rather briefly about this attack and that you are supposed to pay 0.5 BTC, which is 618 US dollars right now. But you cannot really meet this requirement until you send an e-mail to "email@example.com" because you should get further details in a reply message. We do not recommend that you contact criminals no matter how beginner they might appear to be. We know that we cannot really stop you from doing so but you should also know that such crooks almost never deliver as promised. All in all, we advise you to remove Kampret Ransomware from your system if you want to use your PC again.
You may think that it is complicated to eliminate this severe threat, but, in fact, the good news is that it is not so. You just need to delete the related files and that should do the trick. If you need help with this, please use our guide below. You should also consider that this infection may not be the only one threatening your PC. In order to clean your system effectively and entirely, we suggest that you use a professional anti-malware program (e.g., SpyHunter). Such security software can automatically defend your computer against all existing malware threats. Of course, it is also important that you do your best not to get infected. For example, you should stay away from suspicious websites and third-party advertisements, and you should also keep your programs and drivers (Java and Flash) updated from official sources.