Remove Kuub Ransomware Virus

By | Posted on October 2, 2019 | Updated on October 6, 2019

Kuub virus is an extremely hazardous computer threat that is under the category of Ransomware. This threat was developed with the primary objective of infecting a computer and initiates encryption process on major files. The attacker will then demand payment in order for users to restore them to previous working state.

After diagnosis from malware researches, a linked was established between Kuub and STOP ransomware group. The threat is actually a remake or recent release and the code was adopted from previous variants like Boot, Nesa, and Karl.

When Kuub infects a computer, it searches the computer for typical user’s files like documents, spreadsheet, photos, videos, music, archives, database, and so on. Going along with the old pattern, target files will undergo complex encryption process and all of them will literally bear .kuub as appended extension. Next, the virus produces readme.txt file on the same directory as infected files. This document serves as instructions for victims on method to acquire private key and decryption software that are necessary in recovering the data. Here is an excerpt from the ransom note:

ATTENTION!
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.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
What guarantees you have?
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…

The ransom note from Kuub briefly explains that no other approach is viable to decrypt .kuub files except for paying the ransom demand, which is a costly $980. Document also states that victims must contact the user and settle the payment within 72 hours should they want to avail the discounted ransom price.

Kuub Ransomware

Unfortunately, there is still no way to recover Kuub encrypted files. Please bookmark this page for future reference. We will provide update as soon as free decryption tool was made available.

How to Remove Kuub Ransomware

Ransomware files are placed deeply into the system and on various locations, thus, thorough scanning is vital to totally remove Kuub virus. Aside from our suggested tool, you may also run your own security program.

Though affected files may be impossible to decrypt due to complexity of the encryption, you can still try recovery method like alternative tool, Shadow Explorer or Previous Version as described below.

Stage 1: Scan the Computer with Anti-Malware Tool

1. Download free anti-malware scanner called MalwareBytes Anti-Malware.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Download Link (this will open a new window)

2. After downloading, install the program. It may run automatically or you have to double-click on the downloaded file MB3-Setup-[version].exe.

3. Carry out the installation with default setup process.

4. At the last stage of installation process, click the Finish button. The program should launch momentarily.

5. On Malwarebytes Anti-Malware console, select Scan from the menu to see available Scan Method.

6. Next, click on Threat Scan. This is the most complete scan method that will surely find any hidden malicious objects associated to Kuub ransomware.

7. Finally, click on Start Scan begin checking the computer for malware and similar threats.

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8. Once the scan has completed, the tool will display the list of detected threats. Remove all identified malicious items and restart the computer if necessary.

Stage 2: Double-check for Kuub’s leftover with Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal Tool

1. Download the free scanner called Malicious Software Removal Tool.
Malicious Software Removal Tool Download Link (this will open a new window)

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2. The tool automatically checks the operating system and suggest appropriate download version. Click on Download button to begin. Save the file to a convenient location, preferably on Desktop.

3. After downloading the file, Windows will prompt that download has completed. Click Run to start scanning for Kuub ransomware. Another option is to browse the location folder and double click on the file to run.

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4. The tool will display Welcome screen, click Next. Please note the message “This tool is not a replacement for an antivirus product.” You must understand that this program is made specifically to find and remove malware, viruses, Trojans, and other harmful elements on the computer. It was not designed to protect the computer.

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5. Next, you will see Scan Type. Please choose Full Scan to ensure that all Kuub ransom virus entities and other harmful files left on the computer will be found and removed. For advanced computer user, you can opt for Customized Scan, if there are other drives or folders you wanted to include in this scan.

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6. Full scan may take a while, please wait for Malicious Software Removal Tool to complete the tasks. However, you may cancel the scan anytime by clicking on the Cancel button.

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7. After scanning, the tool will reveal all identified threats. There may be other threats that our first scan fails to detect. Please remove/delete all detected items.

8. When removal procedure is complete, you may now close Malicious Software Removal Tool. We hope that Kuub ransomware have been completely deleted from the computer. Please restart Windows to proceed with the normal operation.

Stage 3 : Unlocking files with Kuub Decryption Tool

The Decrypter_2 tool will work only if affected files were encrypted using Offline Keys. Kuub ransomware uses the alternate Offline Keys during encryption if there is a problem encountered while communicating to a remote command-and-control server. Follow the guide to start recovering .kuub encrypted files.

1. As precautionary measures, we suggest to BACKUP all your .kuub encrypted files first on a separate media (USB Drive, Flash Drive, DVD Discs, etc…).

2. Download the Decrypter_2 from this archive page.

3. Double-click on decrypter_2.exe to run the program. Windows may prompt “Do you want to run this app…” just click Yes to continue.

4. Copy and Paste all required information such as the following:

Decrypter 2

5. If decrypting one file only, you do not need to click on Start button. Single file will be decrypted instantly.

6. When decrypting .kuub files within a folder, please select Decrypt Folder and then, click Start.

We will update this section once the full decryption tool is on hand. In the meantime, please try other options below.

Option 1: Windows Previous Version Tool

Windows Vista and Windows 7 have a feature called Previous Versions. However, this tool is only usable if restore point was made prior to Kuub ransomware infection. To use this tool and recover files affected by the virus, please follow these steps:

1. Open My Computer or Windows Explorer.

2. Right-click on the affected files or folders. From the drop-down list, please click on Restore previous versions.

3. New window will open display all backup copy of files and folders you wanted to recover. Choose the appropriate file and click on Open, Copy, or Restore. Restoring selected files overwrites the current encrypted files on the computer.

Option 2: Use ShadowExplorer to restore files encrypted by Kuub Ransomware

Just like Previous Version tool, ShadowExplorer is taking advantage of shadow copy created by Windows. This tool allows you to retrieve older version of files before it was encrypted by Kuub ransomware.

1. Download ShadowExplorer from the official web site.

2. Install the program with the default settings.

3. The program should run automatically after installation. If not, double-click on ShadowExplorer icon.

4. You can see the drop-down list on top of the console. Please select proper drive and the most recent point-in-time shadow copies of files you wish to restore prior to Kuub ransomware infection.

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5. Right-click on the Drive, Folder, or File you wish to restore and click Export…

6. Lastly, ShadowExplorer will prompt for location where you want to save the copy of recovered files.

2 thoughts on “Remove Kuub Ransomware Virus

  1. tahsin khan

    Sir please contact me and solve my problem about kuub file. Please.

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