Kvag Ransomware

What is Kvag Ransomware?

Kvag Ransomware is a malicious computer infection that comes from a prominent ransomware family. Since it belongs to a group of ransomware infections we know very well, it is actually possible to decrypt part of the encrypted files, but you shouldn’t depend on that much because we cannot know whether the most important files get encrypted with the decryptable key. The most important thing is to remove Kvag Ransomware as soon as possible. After that, you can look for ways to restore your files, but it is also necessary to make sure that similar intruders do not enter your system again.

Where does Kvag Ransomware come from?

As mentioned, Kvag Ransomware comes from a big family of similar infections. It’s called the STOP Ransomware group, and we have discussed programs from this group before. For example, Caleb Ransomware, Nesa Ransomware, Moka Ransomware, and Lokas Ransomware are all from the STOP Ransomware family, too. These programs are produced almost like clones because they all share the same ransom note, and it is clear that they share the main core code and the distribution methods.

It means that Kvag Ransomware also travels through spam email attachments and suspicious files that reach us via corrupted RDP configurations. At the same time, we always have to remember that we can avoid the likes of Kvag Ransomware if only we remain attentive and careful. Just think how many emails you open every single day. Do you often download email attachments? Does that action feel automatic to you? Do your settings allow you to automatically open the file once you have downloaded it? Maybe you should reconsider that?

It is very often that spam emails masquerade as something else, as something important. And users get tricked into thinking they need to open these important “documents” or else. Please remember that you can always scan the downloaded file before opening it with a licensed security tool. This way, you would definitely avoid a malicious infection because the security tool would tell you about potential threats.

What does Kvag Ransomware do?

However, what happens if this program still manages to slither into your computer? Well, if you have read other STOP Ransomware descriptions (which you probably haven’t), you must know that ransomware apps are there to encrypt. Upon installation, they automatically scan the entire system, looking for the files they can encrypt. Normally, they target data that is stored in the %USERPROFILE% directory. This is where most of the files are saved by default.

The files that get affected by the encryption receive the “.kvag” appendix. Of course, you would recognize the affected files immediately anyway because the file icons change, too. It just means that the system can no longer recognize them, and you cannot open them. So, even though the files are still there, they become practically worthless.

When the encryption is complete, you encounter the ransom note. Here’s what it says:


Don’t worry, you can return all your files!
All your files like photos, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information.

As you can see, Kvag Ransomware also tells you that it can prove they can restore your files by decrypting one file of your choice. However, if you want to decrypt the rest of your files, you need to pay the ransom.

Please refrain from paying anything to these criminals. You need to remove Kvag Ransomware right now. After that, you can look for ways to restore your files.

How do I remove Kvag Ransomware?

Although the manual removal is not complicated, it would be better to terminate Kvag Ransomware automatically with a licensed antispyware tool. Also, there is a public decryption tool available for STOP Ransomware infections. However, the tool decrypts ONLY the files that were encrypted with an OFFLINE encryption key. If an online file was used, the public decryption tool doesn’t work. So, it seems that the best way to protect your data from a ransomware infection is still a data backup.

Manual Kvag Ransomware Removal

  1. Press Win+R and the Run prompt will open.
  2. Type %LOCALAPPDATA% into the Open box. Click OK.
  3. Delete a folder with a random alphanumeric filename.
  4. Scan your computer with SpyHunter. 100% FREE spyware scan and
    tested removal of Kvag Ransomware*

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