L0cked Ransomware Removal (+.lckd File Recovery)

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This page aims to help you remove L0cked Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any .lckd file can be recovered.

Today’s article’s focus will be a malicious malware threat known as L0cked. If you are wondering what type of a program this one is, the answer is a Ransomware. Perhaps it is visible from the name, but this kind of programs usually used to force you to pay a sum of money as a ransom in exchange for reversing whatever it has done to your PC. Below, we will elaborate upon all the characteristic features of L0cked in particular and its subcategory – the file-encrypting Ransomware, in general.

Also, after the article, you are going to find a guide that contains all the necessary instructions which could be helpful against Ransomware and its encryption process. 

L0cked Ransomware

What to do:

It is quite disappointing that, apart from paying the requested ransom and saving your encrypted data in this way, there is very little you can personally do to fight such an infection. Of course, we always encourage our readers to try to save their data themselves, but you need to know that this might not always be possible. For the removal of L0cked Ransomware, you might try the following actions:

  • Ask an expert for their professional help – sometimes people have their own ways of dealing with such an issue;
  • Look for some specialized piece of software – there are some security programs that could successfully fight such infections;
  • Implement the instructions you will find inside our Removal guide below very carefully. Our experts have worked really hard to come up with an effective method for removing such threats and it may really help you;
  • Make sure that you always backup your most important data from now on. If you have copies of your files, no one will be able to blackmail you for the access to them. Backing up is a habit that you will never regret because it might save you from some even more serious problems;
  • Keep your PC (and all the other devices) in the best shape possible! Update your OS and all the other software installed on it.

L0cked Ransomware Removal


 

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

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. If you want a fast safe solution, we recommend SpyHunter. 

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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. 

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

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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 L0cked 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!

More on Ransomware:

There are several separate subgroups of Ransomware that function differently and use different methods to accomplish their goals:

  • Screen-locking Ransomware: There are some versions of Ransomware, which may cause full lockdown of your PC desktops or your mobile devices’ screens. That actually means your smartphones and tablets could also be affected by such a virus. The essence of the process is in the creation of a huge ransom alert that covers your entire screen/desktop and prevents you from properly using your device. For the removal of this notification you are supposed to pay a ransom.
  • Cryptoviruses: Some of the worst Ransomware viruses tend to target the user’s data files. The targeted data files get encrypted by the malware and are thus rendered inaccessible for the user. Then the virus informs you that your data is locked up and you need to pay for the decryption key. Typically, specific file formats could be the target of the virus. All in all, the process of encrypting files is not malicious in itself but the hackers who use such malware have found a way to turn it against their victim. L0cked is exactly this kind of a virus. It may target some particular files, create duplicates and destroy their original versions so that you would be forced to pay for the access to your data. You get informed about that by a ransom alert that appears on your screen – usually it includes various warnings and a set deadline.
  • Surprisingly, some Ransomware-like programs could be used against the cyber-criminals. Some authorities may use such malware to make hackers pay for their illegal activities. This happens quite rarely, though.

Usual sources might include:

This sort of malware might come from a variety of different sources. If you have access to the Internet, you might catch L0cked from:

  • spam emails and their attachments that you get on your online mailbox;
  • some fake advertisements generated by illegal pages online, which might redirect to various contaminated web locations;
  • Illegal freeware coming from suspicious web platforms;
  • Unreliable video and movie-streaming web pages;

SUMMARY:

Name L0cked
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.


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