This page aims to help you remove the .Lock File Virus. These the .Lock File Virus removal instructions work for all versions of Windows.
Have you ever asked yourself: What are the chances for you to get a virus which locks all of your files up, unable to be used or recovered? While you might believe that this only happens in the movies, you’d be surprised how many people experience the same thing. Nowadays, threats such as the .Lock File Virus are so widespread, chances are that you’ll have to deal with something similar at one point in time. This is exactly why we’ve written this article for you to use.
Due to the recent surge of these viruses, we’ve heard a lot of requests from our readers to write these sort of educational articles. As always, we’ve prepared a set of proven steps for you to follow. Doing so will give you a fairly good chance at solving your problems. However, going blindly into the action might prove to be troublesome if you do not possess the recommended knowledge. The following paragraphs contain vital information you need to know about the .Lock File Virus and its brethren – ransomware.
How to best describe the .Lock File Virus? What makes it dangerous?
We’ve already mentioned what this family of viruses is called – ransomware. Much like its name hints at, the main purpose of these malicious pieces of software is to steal money from you one way or another. This can also be referred to as ransom, while at the same time your PC is to be considered the hostage. the .Lock File Virus and ransomwares in general have several ways to lock up your computer, restrict your access to it and ultimately encrypt your files, preventing you from using them. If this same computer happens to be your work station, then the problem is even more critical. To understand what ransomware applications are, one must know the intentions behind their creation.
Unfortunately, there are people who prefer to use their knowledge for criminal intentions such as developing malicious software. They use the fear experienced by users who have no idea what to do when infected by their software. Then, they take their chance to provide a “saving grace” sort of deal. Namely, pay a random sum of money, usually in the hundreds, in exchange for your files back. While this may seem like a viable option at first, especially when you find yourself in a pinch, do always know that this is not the case and giving these people money is only a temporary solution. Chances are that they will harass you again one day.
Some of them like to leave backdoors inside your OS in case they want to go back in easily some time later. At the end of the day, these people do not deserve your hard earned money. Accepting their offer is only going to motivate them further and inspire them to continue their malicious acts, harming more people. It’s a vicious cycle, but breaking it is as easy as saying a no.
The best thing you can do is to always have a keen eye for the software you install. If you get lucky enough to spot the virus in the process of doing its malicious acts, you have a better chance at stopping it before it does too much damage. Anything that seems suspicious should not be downloaded even if you trust it to some extent. The virus developers employ various social engineering methods to trick you into believing that their software is useful and safe to download. It’s not hard to spot when something is fishy and with some training you’ll almost always spot which download is bait and which isn’t.
What to do when infected? What can you do to stop it before it’s too late?
If you happen to be infected already, then there are a several things to look out for if you wish to spot the virus.
- Sometimes it will be already too late by the time you notice, since the easiest symptoms is the one where all of your files get encrypted with changed names and icons. However, that’s the last stage and it will be too late by then.
- Unusually high resource usage even when idle in task manager is your first sign that something is wrong. If you act at that exact moment, you could catch your attacker dead in its tracks.
- If you are past the encryption stage, then there’s only one thing left to do. You need to remove the virus. You can do that by doing several things.
- One of your options is using the restore point feature in Windows (if it’s available).
- The next thing to do is to remove the virus directly by following the removal steps below.
- You can also use our recommended removal tool for the easiest uninstallation of the .Lock File Virus.
|Symptoms||Usually very few except high resource usage at the start followed by virus reveal.|
|Distribution Method||Trojans enter the target system followed by the download of the virus from a remote server to the PC.|
|Detection Tool||Ransomware may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Remove .Lock File Virus
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).
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:
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 .Lock 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!