Bkpx ransomware removal instructions
What is Bkpx?
Bkpx is is a ransomware-type virus that belongs to the Dharma family and was discovered by Jakub Kroustek. The main purpose of Bkpx is to encrypt data stored on an infected system and keep it locked until a decryption tool is purchased and ransom is paid. The virus renames all encrypted files by adding the ".bkpx" extension plus an ID number and email address. For example, "sample.jpg" becomes "sample.jpg.id-1E857D00.[Admin@decryption.biz].bkpx", and so on. Bkpx also generates a ransom note presented in the "FILES ENCRYPTED.txt" file and opens a pop-up window.
"FILES ENCRYPTED.txt" contains email addresses (firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com) to contact cyber criminals. According to the ransom message presented in the pop-up window, all Bkpx virus files are encrypted and, to retrieve their files, users of infected computers must contact cyber criminals via the email address provided with their assigned ID numbers. According to Bkpx developers, the ransom size depends on how quickly victims make contact. In any case, the ransom must be paid in Bitcoins. Once payment is received, victims promise to send a decryption tool that will unlock the files. Bkpx developers offer free decryption of one file as 'proof' that they are capable of restoring files and can be trusted. They also urge users not to attempt to decrypt files using methods other than their decryption tool - they state that these actions might increase the cost of decryption or cause permanent data loss. Note that cyber criminals cannot be trusted, since they usually ignore victims and do not provide decryption tools/keys, even if ransom demands are met. Unfortunately, cyber criminals often use cryptographies that generate unique keys. These are stored on remote servers accessible only by the ransomware developers. Therefore, they can use this situation to blackmail victims for release of decryption keys/tools. Furthermore, there are currently no free tools able to crack Bkpx encryption. The best way to retrieve encrypted files is to use a backup if you have previously created one.
Screenshot of a message encouraging users to pay a ransom to decrypt their compromised data:
There are many ransomware-type viruses, most of which are very similar. Typically, they encrypt files and keep them locked until decryption keys/tools are purchased from cyber criminals. In most cases the only differences between these infections are the cost of decryption and a cryptography algorithm (symmetric or asymmetric) used for encryption. Unfortunately, most of these viruses are uncrackable. File retrieval is possible only if the ransomware is in development or contains bugs, flaws. To avoid these problems in future, create regular backups and store them on remote servers or unplugged storage devices. Examples of other similar ransomware-type viruses are Dablio, FilesLocker v2. 0, and GandCrab 5.0.9.
It is not known exactly how Bkpx developers proliferate this infection, however, most cyber criminals proliferate ransomware (and other computer infections) through spam email campaigns, trojans, unofficial software download sources, or fake software updating tools/fake updaters. Spam campaigns are used to proliferate viruses by sending emails that contain malicious attachments (Microsoft Office documents, PDF, archive, executable files, and so on). They trick people into opening attachments that download and install viruses (such as Bkpx or others). Trojans are used to cause chain infections. If installed, they proliferate other viruses by opening "backdoors". Untrustworthy software download sources (freeware download, free file hosting websites, peer-to-peer networks, etc.) present malicious/infected software as legitimate. Using these sources, cyber criminals often trick people into unintentional installation of viruses. Fake software update tools cause infections by downloading malware or other infections rather than the promised updates, or by exploiting outdated software bugs/flaws.
|Threat Type||Ransomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker|
|Symptoms||Can't open files stored on your computer, previously functional files now have a different extension, for example my.docx.locked. A ransom demanding message is displayed on your desktop. Cyber criminals are asking to pay a ransom (usually in bitcoins) to unlock your files.|
|Distribution methods||Infected email attachments (macros), torrent websites, malicious ads.|
|Damage||All files are encrypted and cannot be opened without paying a ransom. Additional password stealing trojans and malware infections can be installed together with a ransomware infection.|
To eliminate Bkpx virus our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
How to protect yourself from ransomware infections?
To keep computers safe and prevent infection by ransomware or other viruses, download, install, update software, and browse the internet carefully. Do not use third party software downloaders or installers. Download all software using official and trustworthy websites/sources. Update installed software (or operating systems) using implemented functions or tools provided by official software developers. Avoid downloading and opening attachments that are presented in emails received from unknown/suspicious addresses. If you suspect that an email is irrelevant/not concerning you, simply ignore it. Have reputable anti-spyware/anti-virus software installed and keep it enabled at all times. These programs can prevent virus attacks. If your computer is already infected with Bkpx, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.
Text presented in Bkpx ransomware pop-up window:
All your files have been encrypted!
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC. If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail Admin@decryption.biz
Write this ID in the title of your message 1E857D00
In case of no answer in 24 hours write us to theese e-mails:firstname.lastname@example.org
You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us. After payment we will send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all your files.
Free decryption as guarantee
Before paying you can send us up to 1 file for free decryption. The total size of files must be less than 1Mb (non archived), and files should not contain valuable information. (databases,backups, large excel sheets, etc.)
How to obtain Bitcoins
The easiest way to buy bitcoins is LocalBitcoins site. You have to register, click 'Buy bitcoins', and select the seller by payment method and price.
Also you can find other places to buy Bitcoins and beginners guide here:
Do not rename encrypted files.
Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price (they add their fee to our) or you can become a victim of a scam.
Screenshot of Bkpx text file ("FILES ENCRYPTED.txt)":
Text presented in this text file:
all your data has been locked us
You want to return?
write email Admin@decryption.biz or email@example.com
Screenshot of files encrypted by Bkpx (".bkpx" extension):
Bkpx ransomware removal:
Instant automatic removal of Bkpx virus:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Bkpx virus. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Bkpx?
- STEP 1. Bkpx virus removal using safe mode with networking.
- STEP 2. Bkpx ransomware removal using System Restore.
Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.
Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click "Restart" while holding "Shift" button on your keyboard. In the "choose an option" window click on the "Troubleshoot", next select "Advanced options". In the advanced options menu select "Startup Settings" and click on the "Restart" button. In the following window you should click the "F5" button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Log in to the account infected with the Bkpx virus. Start your Internet browser and download a legitimate anti-spyware program. Update the anti-spyware software and start a full system scan. Remove all entries detected.
If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking, try performing a System Restore.
Video showing how to remove ransomware virus using "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and "System Restore":
1. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then select Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list and press ENTER.
2. When Command Prompt mode loads, enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.
3. Next, type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.
4. In the opened window, click "Next".
5. Select one of the available Restore Points and click "Next" (this will restore your computer system to an earlier time and date, prior to the Bkpx ransomware virus infiltrating your PC).
6. In the opened window, click "Yes".
7. After restoring your computer to a previous date, download and scan your PC with recommended malware removal software to eliminate any remaining Bkpx ransomware files.
To restore individual files encrypted by this ransomware, try using Windows Previous Versions feature. This method is only effective if the System Restore function was enabled on an infected operating system. Note that some variants of Bkpx are known to remove Shadow Volume Copies of the files, so this method may not work on all computers.
To restore a file, right-click over it, go into Properties, and select the Previous Versions tab. If the relevant file has a Restore Point, select it and click the "Restore" button.
If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking (or with Command Prompt), boot your computer using a rescue disk. Some variants of ransomware disable Safe Mode making its removal complicated. For this step, you require access to another computer.
To protect your computer from file encryption ransomware such as this, use reputable antivirus and anti-spyware programs. As an extra protection method, you can use programs called HitmanPro.Alert and EasySync CryptoMonitor, which artificially implant group policy objects into the registry to block rogue programs such as Bkpx ransomware.
Note that Windows 10 Fall Creators Update includes a "Controlled Folder Access" feature that blocks ransomware attempts to encrypt your files. By default, this feature automatically protects files stored in the Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Favorites as well as Desktop folders.
Windows 10 users should install this update to protect their data from ransomware attacks. Here is more information on how to get this update and add an additional protection layer from ransomware infections.
HitmanPro.Alert CryptoGuard - detects encryption of files and neutralises any attempts without need for user-intervention:
Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta uses advanced proactive technology that monitors ransomware activity and terminates it immediately - before reaching users' files:
- The best way to avoid damage from ransomware infections is to maintain regular up-to-date backups. More information on online backup solutions and data recovery software Here.
Other tools known to remove Bkpx ransomware: