Do you remember a notorious ransomware called Dharma? Well, it seems that we have a new version of it on the table – bkp ransomware. The successor of Dharma employs very similar operational methods and aims to lock the personal data stored on the infected system.
Bkp Ransomware quicklinks
- Malicious Traits of Bkp Virus
- Distribution of Bkp
- Removal of Bkp
- Automatic Malware removal tools
- How to recover Bkp 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:
- 2.Restore System files and settings.
- Step 4. Use Data Recovery programs to recover Bkp Ransomware encrypted files
This ransomware virus wants to force you to pay the ransom in exchange for a decryptor that should allow you to unlock files. We can’t guarantee that they will definitely decrypt your files after paying the ransom, so we recommend to go for other methods that are available to solve this problem.
We have a lot of experience dealing with various ransomware infections, thus we will provide you with detailed instructions on how to act in a situation like this. If you are interested in removing bkp virus and restoring your personal files, please continue reading the article.
Malicious Traits of Bkp Virus
When malicious files of bkp are uploaded to the computer, they get automatically extracted and the encryption process starts. First of all, the hard drive is scanned and files that can be encrypted are located. Unfortunately, bkp is capable of encrypting most of the personal files, such as photos, videos, text documents or other commonly used files.
The virus employs ’strong that changes the structure of the file, so it can’t be opened anymore. Also, it automatically generates a unique decryption key that is needed to reverse the process and decrypt the file. They store the key in a remote server and you are asked to pay the ransom in order to get the access to this key.
After the successful encryption, a *unique_ID*.[[email protected]].bkp extension will be added to the end of every encrypted file. Also, a text document called “FILES ENCRYPTED.txt” will be placed on a desktop. It is a ransom note and it goes like this:
All your files have been encrypted!
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC. If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail [email protected]
Write this ID in the title of your message ******
In case of no answer in 24 hours write us to theese e-mails:[email protected]
You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us. After payment we will send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all your files.
Free decryption as guarantee
Before paying you can send us up to 1 file for free decryption. The total size of files must be less than 1Mb (non archived), and files should not contain valuable information. (databases,backups, large excel sheets, etc.)
How to obtain Bitcoins
The easiest way to buy bitcoins is LocalBitcoins site. You have to register, click ‘Buy bitcoins’, and select the seller by payment method and price.
Also you can find other places to buy Bitcoins and beginners guide here:
Do not rename encrypted files.
Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price (they add their fee to our) or you can become a victim of a scam.
Cyber criminals behind bkp virus don’t disclose the exact amount you will be asked to pay, but you can except the ransom to be something between 300 and 1000 USD. They encourage users to get in touch as quickly as possible, but that isn’t a smart move – we do not recommend to write to their email.
Also, we do not recommend to pay the ransom. Even if you really need your files back, that’s not a good thing to do. Instead, look for alternative methods that can help you to solve the problem.
Distribution of Bkp
Most of the ransomware infections, such as IT.Books, ViroBotnet, or Rektware are distributed through malspam campaigns. Cyber criminals simply send tons of emails to random email addresses and attach malicious files to them. They craft those letters using social engineering techniques, so that’s not a surprise that a lot of people fall for this trick.
Obviously, you should stay away from emails that fall into the Spam category. However, you can never be 100% sure that infection like this won’t get access to your computer if you don’t have a proper security system. We highly recommend trying IObit Malware Fighter as a tool that would help you to stay protected against ransomware. This tool has a feature dedicated to stopping ransomware infection – even if some malicious files of bkp or other ransomware virus manage to get inside of your system, Malware Fighter will automatically block any unauthorized access to your personal files and notify you about that.
Removal of Bkp
Arguably the best way to remove a virus like this is to scan your computer with Spyhunter. Either one of those tools is capable of detecting and automatically removing all malicious files, so it will take only several minutes to completely eliminate bkp.
However, you should know that removal of the virus itself is just one part of the job – this won’t decrypt your files. If you have a backup of your files that were made before the infection, you can follow these instructions on how to perform a system restore and get your files back.
Automatic Malware removal tools
How to recover Bkp 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 Bkp Ransomware has infiltrated to your system and then click “Next”.
- To start System restore click “Yes”.
Step 2. Complete removal of Bkp RansomwareAfter restoring your system, it is recommended to scan your computer with an anti-malware program, like Spyhunter and remove all malicious files related to Bkp Ransomware. You can check other tools here.
Step 3. Restore Bkp Ransomware affected files using Shadow Volume CopiesIf 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 Bkp 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 Bkp Ransomware encrypted filesThere 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 a data recovery program.
- Install and scan for recently deleted files.