It is always exciting when it looks like you have a new research object at hand, but then you can feel the wind knocked out of you when you realize that it’s the same infection only under a different name. This time, we are talking about .KRAB Files Virus, which we have already discussed under the GandCrab4 Ransomware keyword. You can be sure that both names point out the same infection, so you need to apply the same instructions to remove .KRAB Files Virus from your system. There might be several reasons this program has more than just one name, and we will discuss the main one below.
When a ransomware (or any other malicious program for that matter) application is released, it seldom comes with an official name. The ones who come up with regular names for computer infections are usually the malware researchers. Hence, depending on who researches a particular infection, these people may come up with different names. Normally, the first few words in the message displayed by the program become the title. So perhaps, some researchers though that .KRAB Files Virus might be more compelling than GandCrab4. Either way, the fact that both names refer to the same infection stays.
Technically, there isn’t anything unique about this application because .KRAB Files Virus employs the most common ransomware distribution methods. The program spreads via spam email messages, so users infect their computers with this program themselves. Of course, you do not know that you are about to open a malware installer file. Otherwise, you would never download that file in the first place. However, spam email messages that distribute ransomware are very good at disguising themselves as legitimate notifications from various websites. This is where you have to check whether you have really been looking forward to a particular message, or you’re just opening it in a reflex action.
.KRAB Files Virus is the 4th version of the GandCrab ransomware infection. Upon the installation, the program scans the target computer and indicates all the files it can encrypt. Then it launches the encryption using the Salsa20 stream cipher algorithm. The encryption scrambles the data within your files, and then your system can no longer read it. In other words, the data is still there, but it is jumbled and not in order. The only way to rearrange this scramble within your files is to use the decryption key, and .KRAB Files Virus expects you to purchase the key as it shows this message:
We are sorry, but your files have been encrypted!
Don’t worry, we can help you return all your files!
File decryptor’s price is 4000 USD
You will probably hiccough at the price, but this is exactly what .KRAB Files Virus expects you to pay to get your files back. It is more than obvious that you should never do what this infection tells you to. You need to remove .KRAB Files Virus today, and then look for alternative methods to retrieve your files. The best way to get your files back is to delete the infection files, and transfer healthy files from an external hard drive (assuming you do have a system backup).