What is KingOuroboros?
KingOuroboros Ransomware encodes user files on the infected computer, adding .king_ouroboros extension and demands a ransom. For example, myfamily.jpg is changed to myfamily.jpg.king_ouroboros. After infiltration, it immediately starts encrypting sensitive files in the hidden mode so that the user can not notice anything suspicious. After this, it displays a screen locker with information on how to restore infected files. In this article, you can learn how to remove KingOuroboros ransomware and decrypt .king_ouroboros files without paying money to scammers.
The main distribution method of KingOuroboros is fraudulent emails which are distributed under the guise of various invoices, tax bills, the social surveys, reward or other things that could be of interest to the user. Therefore, be very wary when receiving emails from unknown recipients. Do not open any attachments without checking it first with a reliable antivirus. Compliance with this simple rule will help you avoid problems in the future.
Once encryption is done, KingOuroboros creates 12 TXT files that contain the ransom-demanding message in different languages.
This is what KingOuroboros ransom note contains:
Your files has been safely encrypted
Encrypted files: 276
[Buy Bitcoins] [Decrypt Files] (Decryptionkey)
The only way you can recover your files is to buy a decryption key
The payment method is: Bitcoin. The price is: $30 = Bitcoins
After buying the amount of bitcoins send an email
to firstname.lastname@example.org Your ID: *****
We will provide you with payment address and your decryption key.
You have 72 Hours to complete the payment otherwise your key will be deleted.
Here is used a typical scheme of all ransomware-type viruses – to make victims pay them. The only differences between them are the ransom price and encryption method. Cybercriminals state that there are no ways to recover your files but to pay a ransom. Once payment is done, they are supposed to send you decryption key. But you should know that nobody can guarantee that they will fulfill their end of the bargain. The practice shows that cyber-criminals just ignore people who paid them. That’s why you should not be pushed about by them because you can remain without money and files. On the contrary, you only may encourage them to continue their dirty business. In any case, you will be simply scammed. That’s why there is no need to contact them, it wouldn’t help. Still, KingOuroboros ransomware does very complicated encryption, but it does not damage, move or delete your files, which means you have a chance to restore your personal data, but for now, you should focus on removing KingOuroboros ransomware.
How to remove KingOuroboros from your computer?
You may try to use anti-malware tool to remove KingOuroboros ransomware from your computer. Newly advanced ransomware detection technology is able to run an instant ransomware scan, which is perfect to protect your computer in case of a new ransomware attack.
How to decrypt files encrypted by KingOuroboros?
Decrypt .king_ouroboros files manually
Once you’ve removed the virus, you are probably thinking of recovering files from encryption. Let’s take a look at possible ways of decrypting your data.
Recover data with Data Recovery
- Download and install Data Recovery
- Select drives and folders with your files, then click Scan.
- Choose all the files in a folder, then press on Restore button.
- Manage export location.
Restore data with automated decryption tools
Unfortunately, due to the novelty of KingOuroboros ransomware, there are no available automatic decryptors for this encryptor yet. Still, there is no need to invest in the malicious scheme by paying a ransom. You are able to recover files manually.
You can try to use one of these methods in order to restore your encrypted data manually.
Restore data with Windows Previous Versions
This feature is working on Windows Vista (not Home version), Windows 7 and later versions. Windows saves copies of files and folders which you can use to restore data on your computer. In order to restore data from Windows Backup, take following steps:
- Open My Computer and search for the folders you want to restore;
- Right-click on the folder and choose Restore previous versions option;
- The option will show you the list of all the previous copies of the folder;
- Select restore date and the option you need: Open, Copy and Restore.
Restore the system with System Restore
You can always try to use System Restore in order to roll back your system to its condition before infection infiltration. All the Windows versions include this option.
- Type restore in the Search tool;
- Click on the result;
- Choose restore point before the infection infiltration;
- Follow the on-screen instructions.