LockBit 2.0 Ransomware

LockBit 2.0

LockBit 2.0 is a Ransomware infection developed to make its creators wealthy through a money-extortion scheme. LockBit 2.0 uses file encryption to convert user files into unreadable bits of data and then demands a ransom for providing the decryption key for them.

LockBit 2.0

The LockBit 2.0 ransomware encrypt the files stored on the hard drive with a strong encryption algorithm

Over the last years, such Ransomware infections have become the most popular type of malware on a worldwide scale. The way these threats work is they encrypt the files stored on the hard drive with a strong encryption algorithm without the knowledge of the users. Infections like LockBit 2.0 or Moqs can even change the extensions of the encrypted files, rendering them unrecognizable to any application. In this way, the files become unreadable, and upon the completion of the entire encryption process, the Ransomware reveals itself with a notification appearing on the screen of the victim. The ransom note typically contains information on the ransom amount required for the decryption of the files and instructions on how to transfer the money. The victim is usually given a period short time to pay.

The LockBit 2.0 Ransomware

The LockBit 2.0 ransomware is an advanced cryptovirus that encodes user files and demands a ransom for them. The effects of the LockBit 2.0 ransomware attack are revealed on the screen of the victim through a ransom-demanding message.

The problem is that, without advanced anti-malware technology, it is really hard to detect Ransomware infections like this one and to remove them on time. Typically, threats such as LockBit 2.0 arrive with some genuine-looking spam emails. It can also be delivered via infected social media messages, fake ads, infected software installers, torrents and more. During the encryption process, there are almost no signs. Therefore, in most cases, only the ransom note informs the victims about the full extent of the harm done by this malware.

The LockBit 2.0 file extension

The LockBit 2.0 file extension is a special file extension which the LockBit 2.0 Ransomware adds to the files it has encrypted. The role of the LockBit 2.0 file extension is to keep the encrypted files unreadable and to prevent any software from recognizing them.

But is there a way to get back your files? Well, sadly, there is no universal solution for restoring files from the Ransomware’s attack, but if you are looking for advice, we strongly recommend that the victims of this infection try some alternatives. One of them is to remove LockBit 2.0 and then attempt to recover some of the encrypted data from backups. You can find the instructions on how to do that in the guide below. But before you go to them, let’s say a few words about prevention and protection.

It is clear that the ransomware attacks will not stop soon. Therefore, it is important to protect your data and your system through backing up. It is a good idea to keep copies of all valuable files on an external device. Another good idea is to invest in good anti-malware technology capable of identifying the latest threats and keeping the system safe from infections. And last but not least, try to avoid visiting questionable web locations, sketchy pages, spam emails, and random pop-up notifications, as these may sometimes be loaded with malware.


Name LockBit 2.0
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 Not Available
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LockBit 2.0 Ransomware Removal


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).



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:

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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:

    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:


    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 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!


    How to Decrypt LockBit 2.0 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!


    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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