Karma Ransomware

Posted: November 15, 2016
Threat Metric
Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs 48

Karma Ransomware Description

The Karma Ransomware is a Trojan that compromises your PC by installing itself when you download third-party software and blocks your files to ransom them. Making regular backups that you don't store on your local drive is one method malware experts recommend for making a recovery from these attacks efficient and cost-free. However, you always should strive to remove the Karma Ransomware or stop its installation with your anti-malware security before it has a chance to render permanent harm to your saved data potentially.

Some Bad Karma for Trusting the Wrong Software Sites

For con artists running threat campaigns, figuring out how to install their software can be the most vulnerable and sensitive phase, even more so than the initial coding. Although malware experts most often tie recent campaigns to inevitable misuses of e-mail, not all threat actors prefer spam-based attacks. The Karma Ransomware's author uses a much less targeted technique of bundling his file-encrypting Trojan with another program, out of hopes that suitable victims will install it.

The Karma Ransomware bundles itself in ZIP archives with installers for Windows Tuneup at the windows-tuneup.com website. The latter product, a system optimizer that claims to improve your PC's performance, is rated as being a threatening software by significant portions of the PC security industry, and malware experts classify it as a Potentially Unwanted Program (or PUP) currently. After a PC user decompresses the ZIP and runs through the installation process, the Karma Ransomware launches some features of its own: encrypting your files with a cipher, after which it drops a pop-up message.

The Karma Ransomware's pop-up claims that the Trojan already has removed itself from your computer, possible to confuse victims into believing that the instructions are warnings from unrelated parties. The message sells a Karma Decryptor program for reversing the file-blocking effects of the Karma Ransomware's payload, but only after you agree to pay a fee.

Breaking Your Files out of the Karmic Cycle

The Karma Ransomware is much less narrowly-aimed than most file-encryption Trojans' campaigns, and its distribution methods don't target specific businesses, governments or NGOs. However, for PC users needing to improve their system's performance, the Karma Ransomware's disguise offers a suitable infection vector with no warnings until after the attack concludes. As recently determined by malware analysts, the Karma Ransomware does use code obfuscation to conceal itself from being detected by security software and maintains its system persistence with a combination of memory-injected modules and scheduled tasks.

The Karma Ransomware will not display an independent process necessarily, and it and related threats may impede your security software. When removing the Karma Ransomware, always reboot your PC and select Safe Mode through the method recommended by your operating system's developer. Most anti-malware products using their latest databases should be capable of detecting the Karma Ransomware as a threat, although malware experts noted some cases of its incorrect classification as a backdoor Trojan.

Although no decryption solutions have been made available for reversing the Karma Ransomware's encoding attacks, you can help appropriate security companies by providing samples of quarantined threats and encrypted data. For now, malware experts' can encourage no data-preserving guidelines more essential than watching what you download from dubious websites and backing all data up as a matter of habit.

Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats

If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to Karma Ransomware may have infected your computer, we recommend you start an in-depth system scan with SpyHunter. SpyHunter is an advanced malware protection and remediation application that offers subscribers a comprehensive method for protecting PCs from malware, in addition to providing one-on-one technical support service.

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Technical Details

File System Modifications

Tutorials: If you wish to learn how to remove malware components manually, you can read the tutorials on how to find malware, kill unwanted processes, remove malicious DLLs and delete other harmful files. Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.

The following files were created in the system:

file.exe File name: file.exe
Size: 724.23 KB (724232 bytes)
MD5: c0650bf3bcf21924c481051d2b487204
Detection count: 67
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: November 15, 2016

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