Our specialists report they came across a newer version of Kraken Cryptor Ransomware that is called Kraken Cryptor 1.5 Ransomware. It works more or less the same as its previous variant, although the hackers made some improvements too. Also, they have changed the terms shown on the malware’s ransom note. However, we will talk about the threat’s working manner further in this article, so if you wish to get to know it better, we encourage you to read the rest of this report. Besides, we would recommend not to deal with the hackers behind Kraken Cryptor 1.5 Ransomware as they could trick you. Instead, we believe the malicious application should be erased. If you think so as well you could check out the deletion instructions we will add at the end of the article.
Kraken Cryptor 1.5 Ransomware could be spread through the same channels its previous version was distributed as well as a lot of other similar threats. To be more precise, our specialists believe it could travel with software installers, email attachments, and other content obtained from the Internet. Naturally, it is more likely the setup files or email attachments carrying the malicious application should come from unreliable sources, for example, torrent websites and Spam emails. Clearly, the best to keep the computer safe is to stay away from doubtful web pages and the possibly malicious material they may offer. Talking about untrustworthy emails, you should always investigate the sender’s information to see if there is nothing strange about it. For instance, perhaps the sender’s email contains grammatical mistakes or does not look like could belong to the company the message may claim to represent. Provided, you have doubts it would be easiest to scan the doubtful data with a reliable security tool to find out if it is dangerous or not.
The malware encrypts user’s documents, pictures, and other private data just as the previous version. Also, it appends the same .onion extension to all locked files. Yet, unlike the older version, Kraken Cryptor 1.5 Ransomware might encrypt program data, although the files associated with the device’s operating system should still be unaffected. Later on, the malware is supposed to show a ransom note in which the hackers who created the threat might demand to be paid 0.75 Bitcoins. The sum might look enormous when converted into US dollars as at this moment 0.75 Bitcoins is 4,798 US dollars. Meaning, if you want to have a chance to decrypt the files Kraken Cryptor 1.5 Ransomware might have locked you need to pay almost 5 thousand US dollars. No doubt, it is a considerable risk to take as when dealing with hackers there are no guarantees. They ask to pay money first and promise to send the decryption tools later. The question is who can tell if they will hold on to their word instead of just taking the money the victim transfers without bothering to deliver anything. There are no reassurances the hackers even have the promised decryption tools or that they will have them by the time the ransom is paid.
If you cannot risk losing such a huge amount of money in vain, we would advise you to ignore the ransom note. Instead, you could get rid of Kraken Cryptor 1.5 Ransomware at once by following the deletion instructions located below. The malicious application can be eliminated with a reliable security tool too, so if removing it manually seems too tricky do not hesitate to employ an antimalware tool of your choice.