This page aims to help you remove Cryptolocker 2016 File Encryption Virus. These Cryptolocker 2016 File Encryption Virus removal instructions work for all versions of Windows.
Cryptolocker 2016 File Encryption Virus has invaded your computer – what to do?
After a lot of questions in our comments section regarding “cryptolocker odszyfrowanie”, we decided it is time we make an article about this seriousproblem. Cryptolocker 2016 File Encryption Virus is a Ransomware program. Ransomware are a particularly nasty type of malware that is quite dangerous and hard to deal with. What makes them so dangerous is the fact that files encrypted by them remain so even if you manage to remove the virus. Unfortunately there is not much, that can be done once has Cryptolocker 2016 File Encryption Virus has done the encryption. In the removal guide below this article, we’ve suggested a possible way of handling the situation, but viruses are getting smarter at mind-blowing speeds – what has worked yesterday, may prove to be totally ineffective today. In fact, ransomware are some of the smartest and trickiest of illegal programs that you may face. Nevertheless give out solution a try! .
What does Cryptolocker 2016 File Encryption Virus do to my system?
Once Cryptolocker 2016 File Encryption Virus gets to your computer, there will be a period in which it will stay hidden and invisible, as it targets and encrypts your files one by one. You will not know about it’s presence right until it is too late to take any effective actions against it. This will also be the fate of any content, that resides on devices, connected to your PC such as flash-memory, mobile phones, portable hard-drives etc. The final result of this encryption will be, that all of your files are rendered unreadable – you will not be able to access any of them, because your system won’t recognize the the new code, that your files have received. In fact your original files have been deleted by the ransomware and have been substituted with encrypted copies. There is a major reason why the virus actually takes the time and effort to copy and encrypt your files, before deleting them. Once the incubation period is over, you will receive a message, that will inform you of what has just happened. It will tell you, that all your files have been encrypted by Cryptolocker 2016 File Encryption Virus and in order to receive the code, that your system needs, so as to be able to read them, you must pay a ransom (hence ransomware). The message will also contain specific instructions on what you need to do in order to pay the ransom. Usually the ransom payment is done via bitcoins, since there is no way to track down the hacker afterwards when this is the payment method.
- Sidenote: remember, once the encryption process is finished even if you somehow manage to remove the virus, this will not fix the encrypted files. This is actually the reason why ransomware viruses are considered as extremely dangerous.
What can I do?
This is the section that will try to answer the question “cryptolocker odszyfrowanie”. After receiving the message it is already too late to save your files by removing the virus, now you have several options. Sadly, in most cases none of them will guarantee that you will get your files back. The first and most obvious one is to pay the ransom, but this is probably a very bad idea for several reasons we will cover in our next paragraph. The second option you have is to try some kind of decoding software, that can be bought online, but this, once again, is not advisable – there’s high chance that the very developers of Cryptolocker 2016 File Encryption Virus have created the decoding tool in order to gain more revenue, should the victim refuse to pay the ransom. Third option is to contact an IT specialist, but as we mentioned earlier, all methods for dealing with ransomware are getting out of date at whopping speeds, so even a professional is not guaranteed to be able to fix it. The fourth way, you can take, is to go through our guide, that gives you a relatively reliable method , though, again, not guaranteed to save all of your files..
Why not just pay the ransom?
Just like in real life, virtual criminals are not to be trusted or counted upon. You may pay the ransom, but once you do that, you are at their mercy. Nothing can make them send you the code, if they decide not to do so. Remember, these are criminals and since it’s almost impossible for anyone to track them down, they have even less fear from getting caught and punished, compared to their real-life counterparts.
Another point is that if you pay the ransom, this will undoubtedly encourage them to continue developing newer and more advanced ransomware programs and it is highly likely that you may end up dealing with such a problem again or even if you don’t, other people surely will.
How did it infect your system?
Cryptolocker 2016 File Encryption Virus needs some kind of security breach in order to get in your system. Usually the Trojan virus or some kind of spyware program are the ones to open pave way for the malicious ransomware. That is why it is a good idea to invest in a high quality anti-virus software – this will help you prevent any of these to get on your PC and provide an easy entrance for Cryptolocker 2016 File Encryption Virus. This is usually done through an email, which contains and infected file or malicious link. Of course, there are lot of other ways that you can land any of the mentioned viruses, but generally it all comes down to delving deeper into the internet than you should – shady sites and suspicious pages are all a potential threat, so next time you open your browser, be careful what sites you are visiting and what you are downloading from them.
|Name||Cryptolocker 2016 File Encryption Virus|
|Danger Level||High (If not detected on time, will render all your files unusable, until you pay the ransom)|
|Symptoms||During the encrytpion period: slow-down of PC productivity, unexplicable increase of the used space of your hard-drive. After the encryption: a message notifying you about the encrypton of your files and instructions on how to pay the ransom.|
|Distribution Method||Malicious e-mails; via other viruses, that have beforehand infected your PC (Trojan, Spyware etc.)|
Cryptolocker 2016 File Encryption Virus Ransomware Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the first preparation.
The first thing you must do is Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.
- Do not skip this. Cryptolocker 2016 File Encryption Virus may have hidden some of its files.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name.
Search for the ransomware in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful – you can damage your system if you make a big mistake.
Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:
Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check our for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!
How to Decrypt files infected with Cryptolocker 2016 File Encryption Virus
There is only one known way to remove the virus’ encryption that MAY work (no guarantees) – reversing your files to a previous state. There are two options you have for this:
The first is using a system backup. Search for Backup and Restore in the windows search field —–> “Select another backup to restore files from”
If you have no backups, your option is Recuva
Go to the official site for Recuva and download its free version. When you start the program, select the file types you want to recover. You probably want all files. Next select the location. You probably want Recuva to scan all locations.
Click on the box to enable Deep Scan. The program will now start working and it may take a really long time to finish, so be patient and take a break if necessary.
You will now get a big list of files to pick from. Select all relevant files you need and click Recover.
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