AngryKite Ransomware - How To Remove?
AngryKite ransomware is a dangerous virus that can infect your system and hijack your files. In order to retrieve them, you will be asked to pay the ransom. So if you find yourself in situation like this, the very first thing to do is to remove the infection and only then take care of encrypted files. This needs to be done because the virus can cause you some additional problems while you hesitate and try to retrieve your blocked files.
It’s not so difficult to eliminate this infection if you have the right tools for the job. We suggest to download anti-malware software that would eliminate AngryKite for you – try to use either Malwarebytes or Reimage, SpyHunter for this task. Either one of them should do the job perfectly. It will also protect your computer from similar infections in the future, so it’s worth to keep it installed. You can use other anti-malware software of your choice as well.
However, if you don’t feel like downloading additional anti-malware software, you can remove AngryKite manually too. This process might be complicated, so we have developed a step-by-step AngryKite manual removal guide – scroll down below this article and take a look at it. Try to complete all steps correctly and you will be able to remove AngryKite manually by your own.
To learn more about specific features of AngryKite please continue reading this article. If you have some questions regarding this topic, feel free to ask them in the comments section below and we will do our best to provide you with needed assistance.
About AngryKite ransomware
The main goal of developers of this virus is to make money by collecting ransomware payments from users. So once inside of your system AngryKite ransomware will run a scan of all of the files stored on the hard drive and detect files that could be possibly encrypted. And basically that’s any file that you use on a daily basis, such as photos, video and audio files, text documents and so on. Here’s complete list of all file types that AngryKite ransomware can encrypt:
.3dm, .3g2, .3gp, .7zip, .aaf, .accdb, .aep, .aepx, .aet, .ai, .aif, .arw, .as, .as3, .asf, .asp, .asx, .avi, .bay, .bmp, .c, .cdr, .cer, .class, .cpp, .cr2, .crt, .crw, .cs, .csv, .db, .dbf, .dcr, .der, .dng, .doc, .docb, .docm, .docx, .dot, .dotm, .dotx, .dwg, .dxf, .dxg, .efx, .eps, .erf, .fla, .flv, .html, .idml, .iff, .indb, .indd, .indl, .indt, .inx, .jar, .java, .jpeg, .jpg, .kdc, .log, .m3u, .m3u8, .m4u, .max, .mdb, .mdf, .mef, .mid, .mov, .mp3, .mp4, .mpa, .mpeg, .mpg, .mrw, .msg, .nef, .nrw, .odb, .odc, .odm, .odp, .ods, .odt, .orf, .p12, .p7b, .p7c, .pdb, .pdf, .pef, .pem, .pfx, .php, .plb, .pmd,.png, .pot, .potm, .potx, .ppam, .ppj, .pps, .ppsm, .ppsx, .ppt, .pptm, .pptx, .prel, .prproj, .ps, .psd, .pst, .ptx, .r3d, .ra, .raf, .rar, .rar, .raw, .rb, .rtf, .rw2, .rwl, .sdf, .sldm, .sldx, .sln, .sql, .sr2, .srf, .srw, .svg, .swf, .tif, .txt, .vcf, .vob, .vob, .wav, .wb2, .wma, .wmv, .wpd, .wps, .x3f, .xla, .xlam, .xlk, .xll, .xlm, .xls, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xlt, .xltm, .xltx, .xlw, .xml, .xqx, .zip.
When the scan is completed, the virus will run an actual encryption machine and lock those files. From now on you won’t be able to open or use them in any other way. How to tell if the file is encrypted? It will have an extension ‘.NumberDot.’ at the end of its name.
Next thing you will notice – a file called ‘Warning’ on your desktop. It’s so called ransom note and you will find all information regarding payment of the ransom in it. The message says:
‘WARNING: SYSTEM MAY HAVE FOUND anonymous encryption on your computer. You would not be able to access the files on your computer. Your System May have Found (2) Malicious Viruses Rootkit.Encrypt & Trojan.Spyware Your Personal & Financial information MAY NOT BE SAFE Your system has encryption ransomware which may permanently encrypt your data Please call immediately to avoid further damage Toll free 1-855-545-6800‘
As you can see, cyber criminals wants you to call the number 855-545-6800. So you don’t have clear instructions where to transfer the money or how much it will cost – they just want you to call it and that might be tricky. We do not recommend to do that if you don’t want to get into more trouble. Obviously, it’s not recommended to pay the ransom either, because there are no guarantees that you will retrieve your files even after the payment – you can never trust cyber criminals. Furthermore, you would support hackers this way, and that’s not a good thing to do.
Now the best solution to the problem like this is to restore your files from an external storage. However, to be able to do that, you have to have a valid copy of your hard drive that was made before the infection got into your system. If you actually do have it – take a look at our tutorial on how to perform a system restore.
Other way to restore encrypted files is to use decrypter. However, as for now there is no working decryptor available for this particular ransomware, but we will keep you updated.
- About AngryKite ransomware
- Automatic AngryKite ransomware removal tools
- How to recover AngryKite ransomware encrypted files and remove the virus
- Step 1. Restore system into last known good state using system restore
- Step 2. Complete removal of AngryKite ransomware
- Step 3. Restore AngryKite ransomware affected files using Shadow Volume Copies
- Step 4. Use Data Recovery programs to recover AngryKite ransomware encrypted files
Automatic AngryKite ransomware removal tools
How to recover AngryKite ransomware encrypted files and remove the virus
Step 1. Restore system into last known good state using system restore
1. Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt:
for Windows 7 / Vista/ XP
- Start → Shutdown → Restart → OK.
- Press F8 key repeatedly until Advanced Boot Options window appears.
- Choose Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
for Windows 8 / 10
- Press Power at Windows login screen. Then press and hold Shift key and click Restart.
- Choose Troubleshoot → Advanced Options → Startup Settings and click Restart.
- When it loads, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list of Startup Settings.
2.Restore System files and settings.
- When Command Prompt mode loads, enter cd restore and press Enter.
- Then enter rstrui.exe and press Enter again.
- Click “Next” in the windows that appeared.
- Select one of the Restore Points that are available before AngryKite ransomware has infiltrated to your system and then click “Next”.
- To start System restore click “Yes”.
Step 2. Complete removal of AngryKite ransomware
After restoring your system, it is recommended to scan your computer with an anti-malware program, like Reimage and remove all malicious files related to AngryKite ransomware. You can check other tools here.
Step 3. Restore AngryKite ransomware affected files using Shadow Volume Copies
If you do not use System Restore option on your operating system, there is a chance to use shadow copy snapshots. They store copies of your files that point of time when the system restore snapshot was created. Usually AngryKite ransomware tries to delete all possible Shadow Volume Copies, so this methods may not work on all computers. However, it may fail to do so.
Shadow Volume Copies are only available with Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. There are two ways to retrieve your files via Shadow Volume Copy. You can do it using native Windows Previous Versions or via Shadow Explorer.a) Native Windows Previous Versions
Right-click on an encrypted file and select Properties → Previous versions tab. Now you will see all available copies of that particular file and the time when it was stored in a Shadow Volume Copy. Choose the version of the file you want to retrieve and click Copy if you want to save it to some directory of your own, or Restore if you want to replace existing, encrypted file. If you want to see the content of file first, just click Open.
b) Shadow Explorer
It is a program that can be found online for free. You can download either a full or a portable version of Shadow Explorer. Open the program. On the left top corner select the drive where the file you are looking for is a stored. You will see all folders on that drive. To retrieve a whole folder, right-click on it and select “Export”. Then choose where you want it to be stored.
Step 4. Use Data Recovery programs to recover AngryKite ransomware encrypted files
There are several data recovery programs that might recover encrypted files as well. This does not work in all cases but you can try this:
- We suggest using another PC and connect the infected hard drive as slave. It is still possible to do this on infected PC though.
- Download Data Recovery Pro (commercial)
- Install and scan for recently deleted files.
Note: In many cases it is impossible to restore data files affected by modern ransomware. Thus I recommend using decent cloud backup software as precaution. We recommend checking out Carbonite, BackBlaze, CrashPlan or Mozy Home.
Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove AngryKite ransomware, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend using Reimage or other tools found on 2-viruses.com.