Infected with Angry Duck Ransomware? Need to decrypt your files?
What is Angry Duck Ransomware
Angry Duck is ransomware-type virus that uses encryption with AES-512 cryptography. Virus is very weird because it demands huge ransom (10 BitCoins or $6500), however, authors do not provide any contacts or instructions to pay this ransom like e-mail or electronic wallet. But Angry Duck actually encrypts files and appends .adk extension to all affected ones. Usually, ransomware targets pictures, videos, documents and other types of personal files. Feedback shows, that hackers never or rarely send decryption keys or decryption tools after users pay them. That is why the best way to overcome Angry Duck infection is to remove infection and wait for free decryptor. Currently there is no way to decryption tools .adk files, but antivirus companies already working on them. Follow step-by-step guide in this article to remove Angry Duck ransomware and decrypt .adk files for free in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 or earlier versions of Windows.
Update: Use following service to identify the version and type of ransomware you were attacked by: ID Ransomware. Also check following website for possible decryptor: Emsisoft Decryptors.
How Angry Duck Ransomware infected your PC
Angry Duck Ransomware distributes using standard methods (malicious email attachments, torrent (P2P) networks, fake invoices). Angry Duck Ransomware uses TOR network for receiving ransom, which makes it very difficult to trace the attacker. Ransom is asked to be paid in BitCoins, that also makes the task difficult for the police, as user in this network are often anonymous. Encryption starts in the background. Way to protect your computer from such threats is to use antiviruses with crypto-protection like HitmanPro.Alert with CryptoGuard.
First of all don’t panic. Follow these easy steps below.
1. Start your computer in Safe Mode with networking. To do that, restart your computer, before your system starts hit F8 several times. This will stop system from loading and will show Advanced boot options screen. Choose Safe mode with networking option from the options list using up and down arrows on your keyboard and hit Enter.
2. Log in to the system infected with the Angry Duck Ransomware virus. Launch your Internet browser and download a reliable anti-malware program and start a full system scan. Once the scan is complete, review scan results and remove all entries detected.
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Step 2: Remove following files and folders of Angry Duck Ransomware:
Remove following registry entries:
Remove following files:
How to decrypt files infected by Angry Duck Ransomware (.adk)?
Use automated decryption tools
There is ransomware decryptor from Kaspersky that can decrypt .adk files. It is free and may help you restore .adk files encrypted by Angry Duck Ransomware virus. Download it here:
You can also try to use manual methods to restore and decrypt .adk files.
Decrypt .adk files manually
Restore the system using System Restore
Although, latest versions of Angry Duck Ransomware remove system restore files, this method may help you partially restore your files. Give it a try and use standard System Restore to revive your data.
- Initiate the search for ‘system restore‘
- Click on the result
- Choose the date before the infection appearance
- Follow the on-screen instructions
Roll the files back to the previous version
Previous versions can be copies of files and folders created by Windows Backup (if it is active) or copies of files and folders created by System Restore. You can use this feature to restore files and folders that you accidentally modified or deleted, or that were damaged (in our case – Angry Duck Ransomware by Angry Duck Ransomware). This feature is available in Windows 7 and later versions.
- Right-click the file and choose Properties
- Open the Previous Version tab
- Select the latest version and click Copy
- Click Restore
Restore .adk files using shadow copies
- Download and run Shadow Explorer.
- Select the drive and folder where your files are located and date that you want to restore them from.
- Right-click on folder you want to restore and select Export.
- Once the scanning process is done, click Recover to restore your files.
Restore encrypted files using Recuva
Some ransomware threats make copy of original files, encrypt them and then remove original files. In this case you can try to restore this files using free Recuva software.
- Download and run Recuva.
- Select type of files you want to restore and click Next.
- Select the drive and folder where your files are located and click Next.
- View restored files and put a check near those you want to recover.
- Click Recover button.
Protect your computer from ransomware
Most modern antiviruses can protect your PC from ransomware and crypto-trojans, but thousands of people still get infected. There are several programs that use different approach t protect from ransomware and lockers. One of the best is HitmanPro.Alert with CryptoGuard. You may already know HitmanPro as famous cloud-based anti-malware scanner. Check out ultimate active protection software from SurfRight.
Information provided by: Alexey Abalmasov