What is Lockapp.exe? Trojan Removal (September 2018 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove Lockapp.exe. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

If a virus of the Trojan Horse category manages to infiltrate your computer system then you must know that the infection has to be removed immediately because Trojan Horses are really harmful and dangerous malware programs and can cause different types of harm and damage to your machine and to your online privacy. In the next lines, our main focus will be a virus program known as Lockapp.exe (be aware of that, Lockapp.exe is a legit Windows Process, but in many cases it might be a cover for a potential threat)  – this is a new piece of malware and it belongs to the Trojan Horse category. If Lockapp.exe has infected your computer, you are advised to read the next few paragraphs and then take a look at the provided removal guide below the current article. There, you will find detailed instructions with added screenshots that could help you handle the situation by removing the infection and making your PC safe again. However, it is also advisable that you first read the article in order to better acquaint yourself with the Trojan Horse malware class and its main traits and its most typical characteristics. Being well informed and aware of what such a virus might be capable of is the key to dealing with potential Trojan Horse infections and keeping your machine secure. If you need some additional help with the guide for removing Lockapp.exe, know that you can always request our assistance by hitting us up with a comment in the comments section. Also, bear in mind that there’s a suggested malware-removal tool added to the guide – if you feel like you might need the extra help, you can always give it a go. The program would not only assist you with the removal of the nasty malware but it would also improve the overall safety levels of your machine and enable you to spot potential future cyber-threats that might try to mess with your computer.

Trojan Horse stealth

There is a reason why this particular category of malware programs is so popular among hackers and cyber-criminals. Trojan viruses are oftentimes really difficult to detect and could be employed for different purposes once inside the system of the targeted computer. In the majority of cases, the malware’s victims do not even realize that their computers have gotten infiltrated by a virus such as Lockapp.exe. Although there might sometimes be certain symptoms, in most of the instances infections by Trojan Horse viruses tend to go unnoticed meaning that the virus might be operating inside the infected machine for long periods of time (days, weeks, months) without the user having any knowledge of the ongoing malicious processes. Still, if a Trojan like Lockapp.exe has gotten on your machine, you might notice certain irregularities like frequent errors, freezes, BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) crashes, slow-downs or other similar system disturbances. Increased use of the computer’s RAM, CPU and GPU memory could also indicate a potential Trojan Horse infection. However, bear in mind that any of the aforementioned symptoms might also be caused by other issues as well. On the flip side, as we already mentioned, there might also be no red flags to give away the infection in which case the only somewhat reliable way of detecting such a virus would be by having some form of security software on your machine (an antivirus/anti-malware program). Bear in mind, though, that no security program guarantees hundred percent safety and there’s always the chance that a Trojan virus (especially a newer one like Lockapp.exe) might manage to sneak inside your system bypassing your antivirus tool and then operating under its radar. That is why, you must always be keeping an eye out for potential system disturbances which might help you notice the presence of such malware inside your system.

Lockapp.exe Trojan 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. 

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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. 

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 together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:

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Step4

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

  • Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.

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.

Step5

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

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!

The capabilities of the Trojan Horse malware class

One typical trait of most virus programs that belong to this category is their versatility. By versatility we mean that a virus like Lockapp.exe might be employed for different tasks depending on what the hackers who use it really want. Such tasks could be personal espionage of the targeted user, destruction of the infected computer system, corruption of the data stored inside the hard drives of the machine, loading of other viruses inside the PC (such as Ransomware), collection of sensitive data, etc. Sometimes a Trojan might even force the targeted machine into spreading the virus to other computers through spam messages or conducting Denial of Service attacks as a part of the Trojan’s botnet. Lockapp.exe might even be able to use your computer’s resources for cryptomining for the hacker’s profit.

Naturally, the best way to avoid all that is to simply prevent viruses like Lockapp.exe from getting inside your system and to do that, you need to keep away from their potential sources. Do not interact with any shady spam messages and keep away from websites that might be illegal or that might distribute pirated content. Also, avoid interaction with shady and suspicious online offers, ads and banners as those might also sometimes be compromised and used for malware distribution. We also mentioned the importance of having a good antivirus program so do not forget about that either.

SUMMARY:

Name Lockapp.exe
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  Typically, a Trojan infection will have no visible symptoms but it’s still important to keep an eye out for any potential unusual system behavior as this might be an indication of the presence of a Trojan Horse on your PC.
Distribution Method Various forms of web spam and malvertising as well as different other types of social engineering. Also, pirated downloads and illegal websites with questionable contents.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.


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