Do you know what KillBot_Virus Ransomware is?
KillBot_Virus, also spelt KillBot Virus, is a ransomware infection that lacks some functionalities to encrypt files. The KillBot_Virus ransomware does not affect your files, but displays a ransom note once launched to deceive you into thinking that your diles are at risk. The infection is programmed using the .NET framework, which has enabled security researchers to analyze the infection and see how it would work if it were not in development. Even though the KillBot_Virus threat does not tinker with your data, the threat should be removed once spotted. The fact that your PC contains this infection signals that your device is susceptible to malware attacks; hence, you should not wait any longer but take measures to prevent similar incidents after removing the so-called KillBot Virus.
The KillBot_Virus ransomsware, the original file name of which is KILLBOT.PRIME.exe, displays its full-screen warning to prevent you from accessing your data. Fortunately, the warning of the screen locker can be closed by using the keyboard shortcut Alt+Tab. Further on, the Task Manager should be accessed to kill the malicious process of the infection.
If the KillBot_Virus threat were complete, it would take control over your PC not only by encrypting files with AES encryption, but also by disabling certain software. For example, the threat would be capable of modifying .exe files and disabling your access to the Task Manager, Windows Registry, Control Panel, and CMD. Additionally, it would create its point of execution (POE) in the Windows Registry enabling itself to start running alongside the system once the system boots up. At the moment, the KillBot_Virus ransomware does not create its POE but it would do so to present you with its annoying full-screen warning.
It has been observed that the code of the infection might not work properly even if the infection were finished. This is concluded because of the experiment-like coding suggesting that the author of the KillBot_Virus ransomware is only practicing malware coding.KillBot Virus Ransomware screenshot
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Unlike serious ransomware infections, including those that only locks the screen, the KillBot_Virus threat does not require the user to pay a ransom fee, which usually varies from $100 to $500 and is usually required in the digital currency Bitcoin. The warning only informs the victim that files are encrypted, and warns that the software should not be deleted to prevent permanent data loss. However, below the threatening warning not to remove the so-called virus, instructions to reinstall Windows and install antivirus are given.
Even thought the KillBot_Virus ransomware does not pose danger, one day it could be updated to something destructive, so we urge you to remove it from the computer. However, it is not enough to delete the malicious executable file. You should assess your online behavior or habits that have cause the installation of this threat. Ransomware is distributed through emails and RDP services. It is also possible to get the PC infected with ransomware when browsing harmful websites. Some ransomware infections deliver their payload through software or OS vulnerabilities, so you should also be sure that you are using the latest versions of both software and OS. Needless to say, a professional anti-malware program should be running on the computer so that you can be protected not only from ransomware but also browser hijackers, data-stealing trojans, adware, and other threat.
Below you will find removal guidelines that should help you remove the KillBot_Virus ransomware, but you should keep in mind that this type of removal is insufficient and the system should be scanner to make sure that no harmful software is running in the background.
How to remove KillBot_Virus Ransomware
- Press Alt+Tab to close the KillBot Virus interface.
- Right-click on the task bar and select Task Manager.
- Kill the process of the infection.
- Check the desktop and the Downloads folder for malicious files and delete if any are present.
- In non-techie terms:
KillBot Virus is a screen locker which, according to its code, would encrypt files and stop you from accessing key Windows features such as Task Manager, Windows Registry, and Control Panel. Although the infection does not affect files, it should be removed from the computer, and the operating system should be shielded from malware so that no new infections even more serious than the KillBot_Virus ransomware ever accesses your data.