Kozy.Jozy Ransomware is a file-encrypting infection that is going to lock .pdf, .ppt, .xls, .doc, .jpg, .bmp, .jpeg, .docx, .accdb, .rtf, .odt, .odg, .epf, .1cd, and .tar files if it ever manages to find a way to your computer. It acts like that because it wants to obtain money from users. It has been found that it is quite prevalent in Russia; however, we cannot guarantee that it will not slither onto your computer because it spreads through the web. If you ever really encounter Kozy.Jozy Ransomware and it encrypts your files, you will understand that quickly because your files will have the new filename extension, e.g. .31392E30362E32303136_06_LSBJ1, .31392E30362E32303136_(0-20)_ZHM1, .31342E30362E32303136_(0-20)_KTR1. As it uses so many different extensions, specialists working at 411-spyware.com suspect that a copy of Kozy.Jozy Ransomware might be sold to anyone who is willing to pay money. Speaking more specifically, it seems that different versions of this ransomware infection exist; however, they all act the same, i.e. they lock files and then demand a ransom. Keep the money to yourself even if you have already allowed this threat to enter your system and need to access your files badly. We will explain to you why we suggest doing so in the article. You should also read it to find out how to remove this infection easily and quickly.
Kozy.Jozy Ransomware encrypts files and then sets w.jpg as the Desktop wallpaper. This picture is set immediately after this ransomware finishes encrypting files; however, if you reboot your computer, this picture will be opened for you despite the fact that it is already set as the background. In order to be able to open it, Kozy.Jozy Ransomware creates the value wall in the Run registry key (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). As Kozy.Jozy Ransomware is a Russian threat, the message in the wallpaper will be written in Russian as well. It informs users that their personal files are encrypted using RSA-2048. It is an asymmetric encryption algorithm, so you should not expect that you could break the key and thus unlock your files. Also, this message informs users that they need to write an email to email@example.com to find out how to decrypt files. We are sure that you will be asked to transfer money to get the decryption key. Believe us; the key will be quite expensive, so users who are not going to support cyber criminals should not even bother writing an email to them.
As Kozy.Jozy Ransomware uses the RSA-2048 encryption algorithm and deletes shadow copies of files immediately after it locks personal files, it will not be easy to gain access to them. Of course, you should still try to use alternative methods to decrypt files if you are not going to pay money cyber criminals require. For example, you can restore your files easily if you have their copies after the full Kozy.Jozy Ransomware removal. What is more, there is a possibility that the decryptor will be developed, and you could download it free of charge in the future. Before you try these alternative methods, you should remove the ransomware infection from your computer.
It has been found that Kozy.Jozy Ransomware does not differ from other well-known ransomware infections in the sense that it is also distributed via spam email attachments and tends to enter systems without permission. As has been observed, in most cases, its downloader looks like a good docx file, e.g. карточка ООО Скрит.docx.exe, which explains why users download and open it. Of course, it might come in a .pdf or another format as well; however, there is no doubt that this file will come as a spam email attachment. In fact, you should always ignore spam emails because not only ransomware infections might sneak onto your PC if you always open them fearlessly. Security experts at 411-spyware.com also say that ordinary users who do not know much about malware and what it is capable of should install an antimalware tool (a trustworthy one!) as well and enable it.
Even though it is not a complicated process to remove Kozy.Jozy Ransomware manually, our specialists have shared the removal instructions with you (see below). You will remove the ransomware infection fully from your computer by following our step by step guide; however, you will still have to take care of other malicious applications separately. Yes, other threats might hide on your PC, so we highly recommend that you scan your system with the diagnostic SpyHunter scanner after you erase the ransomware infection. We have made it possible to download this scanner from our website for your convenience.