This page aims to help you remove CryptoLuck Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any CryptoLuck file can be recovered.
Every day more computers get infected by viruses of the malicious Ransomware type. Today, this is arguably one of the worst security problems that both normal users and big companies and organizations are faced with. Once inside your computer, Ransomware will attempt to lock all personal data via a sophisticated encryption. Once your files have been encrypted, a ransom payment is demanded in exchange for the decryption key that will allow you to regain access to the locked data. Lately, there have been a lot of reports regarding yet another newly created Ransomware named CryptoLuck. Here, you will be taught all you need to know concerning viruses like CryptoLuck and how you can deal with them if they come your way. Also, for our readers, who have already had their data encrypted, we have a removal guide that may help restore things back to normal. However, note that going through with the Ransomware removal guide won’t be enough to effectively handle the threat. A good understanding of how these viruses work is essential for your computer’s future protection. Therefore, make sure to read the whole article and not only the guide manual.
What method Ransomware viruses use and why this is important
The approach that most Ransomware, CryptoLuck included, adopts is a very different and unique one in comparison to other types of malware that you might encounter online. Instead of directly attacking your system or files, most Ransomware viruses do not actually damage anything. As we already mentioned, encryption is used to lock your documents. What’s important to know about encryption processes is that they are not inherently malicious. It’s not uncommon that legit programs and applications actually use encryption to protect their own data from being corrupted. This is where the key to the success of Ransomware viruses lies. Most anti-virus programs allow any encryption processes that are currently underway on your PC to continue because they are not seen as security threats. This is what enables CryptoLuck to remain undetected until it has rendered your data inaccessible. Once the encryption is fully completed, the virus itself notifies you about what has just happened via a message displayed on your monitor. The notification note tells you that in order to receive the key, you will need to pay a certain amount of money to the hacker behind all of this. There’re usually instructions on what you need to do in order to make the transfer.
How you can stop the virus before it is too late
Encryption takes time and needs to undergo several different stages to be completed. First, all targeted files are copied and encrypted by the Ransomware code. After this is done, your original data is deleted. In the end, you still have an intact copy of each deleted file, however they are all locked by an encryption. During the time the process needs to be finished, CryptoLuck requires substantial amounts of CPU, free disk space and CPU time to complete its malicious task. If you are vigilant enough, it is technically possible to notice the virus’ activity before it is too late. If you manage to spot the infection before all data has been locked, make sure to shut down your PC and disconnect it from everywhere. Then seek professional help and maybe some of your files might be saved from the Ransomware’s encryption.
What about the ransom?
Many users have asked about whether it is a good idea to simply pay the ransom and get it over with. Our advice for those of you, who might be contemplating making the transfer, is to seek another way to handle the situation. Not only can you never be sure that you will actually receive the decryption key, but also, by paying the money, you will greatly encourage the hackers to continue blackmailing more and more users. Our suggestion for you is to use our guide and see if it solves your problem. While we cannot guarantee that it would help everyone, it is still a much better course of action compared to paying money to criminals.
Security tips against Ransomware
It’s safe to say that malicious viruses like CryptoLuck are not going anywhere any times soon. Thus, you need to learn how to effectively protect your system from any potential infections. Here are a couple of important guidelines to help you improve your system’s security.
- Be mindful of what sites you visit while using your browser. The internet is filled with all sorts of malicious pages and illegal websites that can land you harmful malware if you are not careful. Therefore, avoid anything that seems shady and potentially harmful. Also, remember to download stuff only from sources that are verified and trustworthy.
- Backup any data that is important for you. Even in the case of a Ransomware attack, if you still have accessible copies of your files, the infection won’t be a problem.
- Meticulously double-check new e-mails and do not open ones that seem shady. In some cases malicious junk mail might come from people that you know if their computer had been attacked by hackers.
- Get high-quality security software. Some anti-virus companies try to introduce Ransomware detection features. Also, oftentimes malware such as CryptoLuck gets distributed via other backdoor viruses – a good security tool would prevent any backdoors from getting onto your PC.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||High RAM, CPU time and HDD free space usage without any apparent reason or coming from some obscure process are the most commonly encountered symptoms of a Ransomware attack.|
|Distribution Method||Downloadable content from illegal sites, malicious spam e-mails and with the help of other harmful software such as Trojan horse viruses.|
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CryptoLuck Ransomware Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
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.
- Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.
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 delete entries not related to the ransomware.
Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:
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!
How to Decrypt files infected with CryptoLuck
We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.
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