What is the Koda virus?

The Koda virus is ransomware alike the FBI virus, that uses ransom lock Trojans, and blocks (locks) computer systems from being used using a fake screen disguised as Koda (non profit copyright management), claims there is illegally downloaded (pirated) music on your computer which is a criminal offense under Section 106 of the Copyright law, and demands a fine of several amounts and currencies depending on the country of origin, determined by IP address, paid by either using Paysafe card, Green Dot Monepak Cards, Ultimate Game Cards, UKash Vouchers, and other online payment systems. Please note, paying the fine using the allowed payment system will not remove the Koda virus from your system.

Koda Virus Removal Instructions

The claims made by the Koda virus on the fake prompted alert screen are false, you are not in trouble with Koda… but you do have a particularly dangerous infection and if the Koda virus is not removed, Koda ransomware is capable of destroying complete functionality of a computer system. The Koda virus also puts you at a very high risk of cyber criminal attacks concerning identity theft, credit theft, extortion, and more.

The image above is a screen shot of a variant of the Koda virus. Screenshots of the Koda virus may appear differently but require the same removal instructions.
How did my computer become infected with the Koda virus?

The Koda virus may have been contracted by unknowingly visiting a website hosting malware, visiting a drive-by-download website, or falling victim to online phishing techniques such as spam mail or rogue software.

What is Koda?

Koda is a non-profit collective rights management society that administers Danish and international copyrights for music creators and publishers, when their music is performed in public. Koda represents approximately 36,500 Danish composers, songwriters and music publishers.

Koda Virus Dangers, Symptoms, And Process

The Koda virus is dangerous ransomware controlled by Trojans capable of many dangerous attacks and criminal activity.

Trojans allow this infection to take complete and/or remote control of a system. The Koda virus can stay dormant and collect information such as keystrokes, as well as view an infected user through connected webcams, and/or direct a computer to lose complete functionality.

Once infected with the Koda virus a computer system becomes locked and a fake attention screen or page depicting Koda copyright management is displayed stating a fake alert message which may say on of the following paragraphs below:

Danish version:
Der er fundet musik, som er ulovligt downloadet (piratkopieret), på din computer.
Ved at downloade musikken er den blevet reproduceret, hvilket er en kriminel handling i henhold til Afsnit 106 i Loven om ophavsret.
……
Du kan identificeres ved, at din IP-adresse og det tilhørende værtsnavn analyseres.

English version:
There’ is found music that was illegally downloaded (pirated) on your computer.
By downloading the music, it has been reproduced, which is a criminal offense under Section 106 of the Copyright law.
……
You can be identified by your IP address and the corresponding host name analyzed.

How To Remove The Koda Virus

  1. Malware Removal Software – Tools – Scan and remove
  2. Manaul Removal – Detect and remove files and registry entries
  3. Safe Mode With Networking – Troubleshoot inernet access, remove malware
  4. System Restore – Restore PC to date and time before infection

1. Malware Removal Software – Tools

Malwarebytes is the most recommended Antivirus – Anti-Malware software used to scan, detect, and remove ransomware. View other Antivirus recommendations.
Remove Koda Virus

2. Manaul Removal

The manual process of removing the Koda virus from your computer might be very difficult and may put your computer at risk of becoming damaged.

Uninstall Koda Virus From Control Panel

Start > Settings > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program or Add/Remove Programs. Double click infection to uninstall.

Delete Koda virus registry entries

To access Window’s Registry Editor access Window’s Start Menu and type regedit into the search field followed by pressing Enter.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Koda virus"

3. Safe Mode With Networking

For infected users needing access to the Internet or the network they’re connected to in order to troubleshoot properly, such as download and install removal software.
This mode will also bypass any issues where Antivirus or Anti Malare applications have been affected/malfunctioning.

The plan with this option is to enter your computer in “safe mode with networking” and install Anti-malware software. Then proceed to scan and remove malicious files.

1. Reboot your computer in “Safe Mode with Networking”. As the computer is booting (when it reaches the manufacture’s logo) tap the F8 key continuously to reach the correct menu. On the Advanced Boot Options screen, use your keyboard to navigate to “Safe Mode with Networking” and press Enter. Shown below.

Safe mode with networking

Make sure to log into an account with administrator rights.

The screen may appear black with the words “safe mode” in all four corners. Click your mouse where windows start menu is to bring up necessary browsing.

2. If you are able to, access the ineternet, install software such as Malwarebytes and remove the Koda virus.

3. If you still can’t access the Internet after restarting in safe mode, try resetting your Internet Explorer proxy settings. These 2 separate options and following steps will reset the proxy settings in the Windows‌ registry so that you can access the Internet again.

How To Reset Internet Explorer Proxy Settings
  • Option 1

In Windows 7 click the Start button . In the search box type run and in the list of results click Run.
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In Windows Vista click the Start button and then click Run.
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In Windows XP click Start and then click Run.

Copy and paste or type the following text in the Open box in the Run dialog box and click OK:

reg add “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings” /v ProxyEnable /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

In Windows 7 click the Start button. In the search box type run and  in the list of results click Run.
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In Windows Vista click the Start button and then click Run.
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In Windows XP click Start and then click Run.

Copy and paste or type the following text in the Open box in the Run dialog box and click OK:

reg delete “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings” /v ProxyServer /f

Restart Internet Explorer and then follow the steps listed previously to run the scanner

  • Option 2

Launch Internet Explorer. In Internet Explorer go to: Tools >Internet Options >Connections tab.
Click Lan Settings button and uncheck the checkbox labeled Use a proxy server for your LAN. Click OK.

LAN Tab

4. It is now recommended to download Malwarebytes (free or paid version, or other software) and run a full system scan to remove the Koda virus.

4. System Restore

Perform a system restore to an automatic restore point created by Window’s each week or during system updates.

Windows Recommended Restore And Choose A Restore Point

Extra Removal Tips:
  • Users infected with the Koda virus are allowed to access other accounts on their Windows systems. If one of such accounts has administrator rights, you should be able to launch an Anti-malware program if access to the system has been compromised.
  • Some ransomware use flash when infecting systems. Try to deny Flash to make ransomware stop functioning as intended. In order to disable the Flash, go to Macromedia support and select ‘Deny’: http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/help09.html. After doing that, run a full system scan with anti-malware program.
  • To learn more about similar ransomware and the instrucions involved in removing the infections check out our previous article on FBI ransomware removal.

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