Kali Ransomware

Also Known As: Kali virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

Kali ransomware removal instructions

What is Kali?

Kali ransomware is malicious software that cyber criminals (the developers of the software) use to block access to data on an infected computer by encryption. Once encrypted, files become unusable. Kali renames every affected file by changing the extension and adding ".kali". For example, "sample.jpg" becomes "sample.jpg.kali". Kali's victims are provided with a ransom message within a text file called "HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt", which can be found in each folder that contains encrypted data.

As stated in the "HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt" ransom note, all files stored on the system are encrypted using AES-256 encryption. The only way to decrypt locked files is to use a decryption key (provided only by cyber criminals - Kali's developers). According to the ransom note, victims must follow these steps: send $500 equivalent in Bitcoins to the Bitcoin wallet provided; contact ransomware developers via the pouranesd@cliptik.net email address, and; send the assigned ID. They will then supposedly send a decryption key and instructions about how to use it. There is also a deadline: users are urged to make payment within 48 hours after encryption and warned not to try to recover (decrypt) files, since this will cause permanent data loss. It is likely that only Kali's developers can provide decryption keys. Most cyber criminals use cryptographies (cryptography algorithms) that generate unique keys. They store them on remote servers, controlled only by them. Even if they make promises to send decryption tools or keys, once they receive the ransom payment (typically, in a cryptocurrency), they cannot be trusted. Ransomware developers usually ignore victims even if ransom demands are met, and innocent people are scammed. There are no tools capable of cracking Kali encryption free of charge. Therefore, the best way to retrieve locked (encrypted) data is to use a previously-created backup if you have one.

Screenshot of a message encouraging users to pay a ransom to decrypt their compromised data:

Kali decrypt instructions

Santa, .shadow, Outsider, and Gerber are just some examples of other ransomware-type viruses that are used to infect computers, block access to files, and make ransom demands. This is how most infections of this type work. Typically, the only differences between them are the cryptography algorithm (symmetric or asymmetric) used to encrypt data and the cost (ransom demand) of the decryption tool/key. Unfortunately, most infections of this type are 'uncrackable'. Cracking these encryptions is only possible if the ransomware is not fully developed (still in development state) or has bugs/flaws. Many cyber criminals attempt to infect computers with these malicious programs, and thus we recommend that you maintain regular backups and store them on unplugged storage devices or remote servers.

How did ransomware infect my computer?

It is not known exactly what causes the Kali infection, however, most cyber criminals use one of several commonly-used malware distribution methods. Typically, they proliferate ransomware via spam email campaigns, fake software updaters, untrustworthy software download sources, and trojan-type malicious programs. Spam campaigns are used to proliferate ransomware-type viruses by sending emails that contain malicious attachments - files such as Microsoft Office documents, PDF documents, RAR (or other archive files), .exe (executable files), and so on. The purpose of these spam campaigns is to trick users into opening these attachments, thus leading to installation of computer infections such as Kali. Computer infection by this ransomware-type threat can also occur through fake software updaters. These tools exploit bugs or flaws of outdated software, or simply download and install unwanted apps (including malware) rather than the promised updates or fixes. Dubious software download sources such as peer-to-peer networks (torrents, eMule and so on), freeware download sources, free file hosting websites, and other similar channels often are used to present executable files (.exe) as legitimate. In these cases, the files are used to trick people into installing computer infections (or other unwanted applications). Trojans are malicious programs that proliferate other computer infections. If a trojan is installed, it is likely to cause chain infections/infect a computer with other viruses.

Threat Summary:
NameKali virus
Threat TypeRansomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker
SymptomsCan'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 methodsInfected email attachments (macros), torrent websites, malicious ads.
DamageAll 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.

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How to protect yourself from ransomware infections?

To keep your computer safe from these threats, be cautious when browsing the web and especially when downloading, installing, or updating software. Do not open files (attachments) or click links that are presented in emails received from unknown/suspicious addresses. Download software using official sources and direct download links. Third party downloaders and installers often proliferate rogue applications (and possibly malware), and thus these tools should never be used. Update installed software using implemented functions or tools provided by the official developers only. Have a reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed and enabled - these programs can detect and eliminate malware before any damage is done or your privacy is compromised. If your computer is already infected with Kali, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.

Text presented in Kali ransomware text file :

The important files on your computer have been encrypted
with military grade AES-256 bit encryption.
The only way to get access to your files - enter the decryption key.
We garantee that you can recover all your files safely and easily.
All you need to do is submit the payment and purchase the private key.

1. Send $500 worth of Bitcoin to following adress:


If you don't know about Bitcoin you can buy it from here:
www.coinbase.com or www.localbitcoins.com or try google.com

2. After payment send your ID and contact email to:


and we will send INSTRUCTIONS and KEY for recovery.


Screenshot of files encrypted by Kali (".kali" extension):

Files encrypted by Kali

Kali ransomware removal:

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Quick menu:

Step 1

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.

Safe Mode with Networking

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.

Windows 8 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.

windows 10 safe mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Step 2

Log in to the account infected with the Kali 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.

Boot your computer in Safe Mode with Command Prompt

2. When Command Prompt mode loads, enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt type cd restore

3. Next, type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt rstrui.exe

4. In the opened window, click "Next".

restore system files and settings

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 Kali ransomware virus infiltrating your PC).

select a restore point

6. In the opened window, click "Yes".

run system restore

7. After restoring your computer to a previous date, download and scan your PC with recommended malware removal software to eliminate any remaining Kali 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 Kali 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.

Restoring files encrypted by CryptoDefense

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 regain control of the files encrypted by Kali, you can also try using a program called Shadow Explorer. More information on how to use this program is available here.

shadow explorer screenshot

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 Kali 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.

Controll Folder Access

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:

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Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta uses advanced proactive technology that monitors ransomware activity and terminates it immediately - before reaching users' files:

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  • 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 Kali ransomware:

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