.Freelocker is an advanced new malware threat that blocks valuable data and demands a payment for its liberation. .Freelocker can be described as a file-encrypting Ransomware virus as its goal is to get its victims to pay a certain amount of money as a ransom.
Ransomware threats like the .Frelocker virus, .Zida or .Masodas viruses are among the most popular forms of malware and thousands (if not millions) of users get attacked by them every week. This virus category is also one of the most quickly expanding ones as every day newer and more advanced Ransomware variants are created. This greatly hinders the ability of security researchers to come up with effective ways of dealing with this form of malware, resulting in the high success rate of newer Ransomware viruses.
.Freelocker, in particular, is a very new Ransomware infection and so there’s currently no surefire method of handling it. Once it enters the computer and locks the files stored there, there may be no way of recovering these files (at least not at the current moment). Nevertheless, there are certain things that can be tried, which may be effective in some cases, and we will tell you about them further below this article, in our removal guide for .Freelocker.
The .Freelocker virus
The .Freelocker virus is a stealthy data-blocking Ransomware infection for Windows computers that is used for extorting money from its victims. The .Freelocker virus applies encryption to the files that it targets, which allows it to silently lock the victims’ data without getting noticed.
The reason why the encryption process used by viruses such as the .Freelocker virus usually runs without symptoms and doesn’t get flagged by most conventional security programs as something harmful is that data-encryption as a whole isn’t a harmful process. It is a helpful data-securing method that prevents unauthorized third from accessing certain important files. However, the hackers behind Ransomware have managed to turn this otherwise useful process on its head and use it for the completion of their nefarious blackmailing agenda.
The .Freelocker file encryption
The .Freelocker file encryption is a secret process that this Ransomware virus runs on the infected computers to lock the files stored on them. The .Freelocker file encryption can only be unlocked if the user has on their computer a special access key.
This access key is, of course, the object of the whole blackmailing scheme as the user is supposed to pay for it if they want to get their files restored. However, it is risky to go for the payment option as it may not always result in the restoration of your data. The hackers may not provide you with a working (or any) decryption key, yet still take your money. That is why a much better option would be to remove the .Freelocker virus and then opt for some of the potential alternative recovery solutions that may allow some of you to recover their data. In the next guide, you will find both removal and file recovery instructions and while we cannot guarantee the effectiveness of the recovery alternatives, we still believe that trying them first, before considering the ransom payment, is the best course of action in this situation.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||A Ransomware may potentially slow down your computer because it uses high amounts of CPU and RAM but that’s about the only symptom you may notice during the encryption.|
|Distribution Method||Clickbait ads, pirate torrents, illegal sites, disguised Trojan horse backdoors, and more.|
|Data Recovery Tool||Not Available|
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
.Freelocker Ransomware Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: This scanner is free and will always remain free for our website's users. You can find its full-page version at: https://howtoremove.guide/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.
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.
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 .Freelocker files
We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!