KODA Virus

Also Known As: KODA Ransomware
Damage level: Severe

What is KODA?

Any message displayed by Koda, stating that your computer has been blocked ("Din computer er blevet låst"), is a scam created by cyber criminals. In fact, Koda (a non-profit collective rights management society that administers Danish and international copyrights for music creators and publishers) does not send messages such as this.

Fake messages are, however, created by cyber criminals with the intention of tricking unsuspecting PC users into paying a bogus 1000 DKK fine for supposed copyright law violations.

This fake message states that the computer lock was applied, since the user has downloaded copyrighted music fines from the Internet. These statements are false and made only to scare PC users.

Koda scam

This type of scam is called ransomware. This particular variant originates from a family called Gimemo, targeting computer users from Denmark. Note that neither Koda nor the Danish Police (Politi) are related to this message - it is a scam. Do not trust this message or pay any fines.

Using PaySafeCard to pay this bogus fine will result in lost money and no guarantee that your PC will be 'unlocked'.

Koda is just one of many organizations whose names are exploited by Cyber criminals in order to extort money from unsuspecting PC users.

Ransomware infections from the Gimemo family use Buma Stemra, Tono, Luxorr and the names of other legitimate organizations to trick computer users from various countries into paying bogus fines for alleged copyright law violations. Ransomware infections are a consequence of security vulnerabilities present on computer systems.

To prevent infiltration, keep your computer safe by using legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware software. Also, keep your operating system and installed software up-to-date. If your PC is already infected with the Koda PaySafeCard virus, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this scam from your system.

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Quick menu:

Koda virus removal:

Step 1

Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer starting process press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, 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":

Step 2

Log in to the account infected with the Koda 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 starting 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 ransomware 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 remnants of Koda virus.

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 more complicated. For this step, you require access to another computer.

After removing the Koda virus from your PC, restart your computer and scan it with legitimate anti-spyware software to remove any possible remnants of this security infection.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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