Please be very careful when you download and open new files from the attachments that you receive. You might get infected with KOK8 Ransomware along the way. This dangerous infection can encrypt most of your files, and you will no longer be able to access them. What’s more, even if you remove KOK8 Ransomware from your computer, your files could be lost for good if no public decryption tool appears. Hence, ransomware programs are extremely dangerous and hard to deal with. And it is better to avoid them altogether than battle them on your system.
How is it possible to avoid a ransomware program? Well, if you know that KOK8 Ransomware spreads through spam email messages, you stay away from such messages. Normally, most of the unnecessary spam messages get filtered into the Junk folder, but not all emails providers have such sophisticated algorithms. It is very likely that sometimes a more elaborate spam email might land in your main inbox. And if that message looks like an official notification from an online store or a financial institution, you might feel inclined to open it. However, this is where you have to stop and ask yourself whether you really have been waiting for this message. Do you really need that document? If you feel that you must open it, at least scan it with a reliable security tool first.
Now, as far as KOK8 Ransomware is concerned, this application happens to be another version of the Matrix Ransomware infection. It means that parts of the malicious code should be the same. However, the program will display a different ransom note, and it will need a different decryption key to decrypt the encrypted files. According to our researchers, a public decryption key is not available at the moment, so the best way to restore the encrypted files is to delete the affected data, and then transfer healthy files from an external hard drive back into your computer. There might also be cases where you may need to come to terms with the fact that some of the files are lost for good. That’s how dangerous a ransomware infection is.
Such programs do everything they can to ensure that you cannot restore your files on your own. For instance, sometimes users have the Shadow Volume copies enabled, and if some of the files are lost, Shadow copies should help them restore these files. Of course, that is something that requires advanced computer knowledge, but with a professional help, it is possible to achieve that. Yet, KOK8 Ransomware deletes the Shadow Volume copies, thus making sure that users would contact its developers to purchase the decryption key.
Needless to say, you should never give your money away to these criminals. Please focus on removing KOK8 Ransomware from your system, and then address a professional who would tell you more about your file recovery options. Of course, it would be the easiest if you have an external file backup, but if you don’t, there might still be options you could explore. If anything, you can always leave us a comment below for more information regarding this issue.