Ransomware

Lapoi Virus


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The .Lapoi Virus in Depth

.Lapoi Virus

The .Lapoi Virus will show you this message, which contains instructions for paying the ransom.

If you have found this page because a Ransomware named Lapoi has secretly encrypted your files and you have been seeking help against it, stay with us – you may find useful information in this post. Here, you will find a detailed Removal Guide that is created with the sole idea to help you remove this nasty malware from your computer and save whatever files could be saved from its grasp. Before you go directly to the instructions, however, let us tell you a few more words about the specifics of Lapoi, and about the methods you can use to protect yourself from such infections in the future.

Ransomware, generally, is software that is designed to restrict the access to a given computer or its files and, thereby, be able to request a ransom in exchange for their liberation. The representatives of the Ransomware subcategory that encrypts files are also known as a cryptoviruses, while the ones that blocks access to the computer’s screen is usually called a screen locker. Lapoi belongs to the cryptovirus type ( DarusTocueGusau) and is considered more challenging to deal with, as the encryption code applied by it can be very difficult to reverse. This type of malware is usually distributed through different files that could be attached to malicious emails, spam messages, torrents and software installers, as well as via illegal webpages or sites that have been previously attacked and compromised.

In many cases, the Ransomware is presented as a compressed file (usually with the extension ZIP), and upon extracting the files in it, the user may encounter seemingly harmless files such as PDF documents, other text documents, audio or video files or images and so on, that actually carry the infection inside them.

Once the infection sneaks in the system, it immediately starts its encryption process. A key pair, a Public and a Private key, are generated – the public key is used to encrypt the different files of the victim (generally those are DOC, PDF, XLS extensions, images, CAD files and any other file format that is assumed to be important to the user), while the private key, which is supposed to decrypt the files, is stored in the server of the attacker that has control over the Ransomware.

Then a message appears on the screen, and in that message, it is said that the files have been encrypted by Lapoi and that, in order to decrypt them, the victims would have to pay a ransom to the blackmailers. Usually, currency of payment required by the hackers would be one that guarantees their anonymity. This is why BitCoin is oftentimes the preferred currency in which the ransom is demanded. A countdown clock is typically added in the messages (generally 24 or 48 hours), indicating that at the given time, the private key will be destroyed or that the required payment sum would go up.

Is the payment of the ransom that .Lapoi File requires a good idea?

.Lapoi File

.Lapo Virus Ransomware is from the STOP/ DJVU family, it will encrypt your files with .Lapoi extension.

If the victim agrees to pay the ransom, in theory, they should receive the decryption key for their files as soon as the hackers receive their payment. However, in reality, there is no guarantee that the files will be successfully recovered and that the key will work. Moreover, the Ransomware may also not go away even if you pay. Not to mention that there have already been many cases in which a ransom has been paid, and yet the users who have paid it have not received a working key (or any ky for that matter). Furthermore, different official sites belonging to security agencies are advising against the payment of the ransom, since this action would only be encouraging the further development and use of infections like Lapoi by their creators.

SUMMARY:

Name Lapoi
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

 Lapoi 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!

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:

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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 Lapoi 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!


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