CryptoLocker Virus Removal (+Decryption) March 2017 Update

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This page aims to help you remove CryptoLocker Virus  for free. Our instructions also cover how any CryptoLocker Virus  file can be recovered.

The article that you are currently about to read is focused on a malicious virus called CryptoLocker Virus . It falls under the category of Ransomware viruses and is able to lock your files by using a sophisticated encryption and later demand a ransom payment for the decryption key. Information will be given to you concerning how CryptoLocker Virus operates and what can be done in order to prevent it from infecting your PC. If it is too late for you and the nasty Ransomware has already invaded your system and locked your data, we might be able to help you restore your access to your files and remove the malware with our CryptoLocker Virus removal guide that can be found at the bottom of this article. However, we ought to tell you that there isn’t one hundred percent certainty that our guide will solve everything. This is because viruses of this type are getting more and more advanced at a very rapid pace and the methods that might have worked up until this point, might now prove to be ineffective. Still, we believe that it is much safer and much more sensible to use our guide in an attempt to solve your issue with the Ransomware instead of agreeing to paying the ransom. After all, who is to say that even if you send the money to the hacker you will actually be given the decryption key and not simply wasting your money for nothing?

Antiviruses oftentimes cannot detect Ransomware

If you have already had your machine attacked by the malicious software, you’ve most likely realized that your antivirus turned out to be utterly ineffective against the Ransomware. The reason for that is within the method that is used by those viruses while locking your data. As was already mentioned, the method that is employed is called encryption. What should be mentioned about encryption is that it is actually not a malicious type of process on its own. When used normally, it is actually very useful for high level data protection. This is also why most antiviruses do not alarm you when an encryption process is being carried out on your PC and neither do they interrupt the said process. However, obviously, when Ransomware is running the encryption, it is certainly not something you want since when the process is over, you won’t be able to open any of your personal files.

Be vigilant!

Generally, it is always a good idea to be observant of your machine’s behavior. It is even more so when you think that it might have been attacked by some harmful malware such as CryptoLocker Virus for example. Even though Ransomware viruses are indeed very difficult to notice, they might still show certain typical symptoms that might help you detect the infection. For example, if Ransomware is currently encrypting your files, it is likely that your machine will experience significant CPU and RAM spikes (in other words, unusually increased system resources consumption). Also, another very typical symptom is the decreased free storage space on your PC. The reason for this is because when your files get encrypted, they must first be copied. The copies are the ones that are actually locked by the encryption. During this time, you can notice the decrease of free HDD space. However, before the process finishes, the original files are deleted so that in the end you are only left with the locked copies.

Protection against Ransomware

Many users underestimate the importance of keeping their PC safe and well protected. However, if you want to make sure that no more Ransomware viruses are getting onto your machine, you must make sure that from now on you are doing everything you can, in order to ensure the security of your machine. To help you with that, we have prepared several useful tips and guidelines that, when used in combination with one another, will greatly improve your system’s security levels.

  • Be responsible when surfing the internet. If you are not careful with the websites you visit, you might end up on some shady, illegal page that might potentially infect your PC with all sorts of malware.
  • In order to prevent anything shady from getting downloaded on your PC, be sure to disable the automatic download setting on all of your browsers. That way, your permission will always be required prior to anything getting downloaded.
  • Internet spam is an extremely common method of spreading all types of undesirable and harmful software so always be careful when checking your inbox. Never click on links or open file attachments if you cannot be sure that they are safe.
  • Having a reliable antivirus program is a must! Even if it fails to spot a Ransomware infection, it could still prevent your PC from getting infected by backdoor viruses, which are commonly used for providing free passage for Ransomware into the users’ computers.
  • Last but not least, always make sure that your valuable data is backed up. When it comes to Ransomware, this is the one best way to counteract it. Also, even if you haven’t backed up something, if you think that your machine is attacked by this type of virus, do not connect the backup device to the PC, because it might get infected as well.

 

SUMMARY:

NameCryptoLocker Virus
TypeRansomware
Danger LevelHigh (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms When Ransomware is encrypting your data, certain symptoms such as CPU and RAM spikes as well as a decrease in your free HDD space can oftentimes be observed.
Distribution MethodIn order to protect your PC against Ransomware, avoid shady sites, spam e-mails and have a reliable antivirus to protect your PC against backdoor viruses that can infect the computer with Ransomware.
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Remove CryptoLocker Virus


 

Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

malware-start-taskbar

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.

Step3

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

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:

hosts_opt (1)

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:

msconfig_opt

Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

  • Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.

Step4

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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce 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 delete entries not related to the ransomware.

Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:

  1. %AppData%
  2. %LocalAppData%
  3. %ProgramData%
  4. %WinDir%
  5. %Temp%

Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!

Step5 

How to Decrypt CryptoLocker Virus files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!