LockBit 3.0 Ransomware

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LockBit 3.0

Security experts have sounded the alarm about a new ransomware infection called LockBit 3.0. LockBit 3.0 is a sneaky cryptovirus which uses advanced file encryption in order to render your personal files inaccessible.

LockBit 3.0
The LockBit 3.0 ransomware uses a very complex encryption

The malware then places a ransom message on your screen, asking you to pay a ransom in order to free the encrypted files. Dealing with such an infection can be quite challenging because, sadly, there is no guarantee about the future of your data no matter what you do. That being said, there are still some alternatives which may help you avoid the ransom payment and recover from the attack to at least a certain extent.

The LockBit 3.0 virus

If the LockBit 3.0 virus has made your files inaccessible, it might be very difficult to restore them. The LockBit 3.0 and Eiur viruses use a very complex encryption we suggest you remain on this page because here we will share with you some alternative restoration options as well as a trusted ransomware removal tool and a manual removal guide.

With their help, you will be able to remove LockBit 3.0 from your computer and get some of the encrypted data back or at least learn what your alternatives to the ransom payment are. We need to mention, though, that each and every ransomware infection is different and there is no universal solution that can guarantee full recovery from the attack. How much data you will be able to save and how effectively you will be able to remove LockBit 3.0 depends on your specific case.

For this reason, we advise you to carefully study the suggested steps below and decide what the best course of action in your situation is. Keep in mind, however, that the hackers’ end goal is to make you pay the ransom they require. That’s why they may try to trick you into sending your money by promising you a special decryption key or by using threatening messages and short deadlines. In all the cases, it is not a good idea to trust them before you have exhausted all other available alternatives.

The LockBit 3.0 file encryption

The LockBit 3.0 file encryption is very sophisticated and can be difficult to deal with even for experts. That’s why there’s no possible way that anyone can guarantee (even the hackers) the successful reversal of the LockBit 3.0 file encryption.

Now, since none of the methods can guarantee you a full recovery from the ransomware attack, you most probably are thinking whether it wouldn’t simply be easier to just pay the ransom money, receive the key form the hackers, decrypt the files and forget about the whole thing. After all, going through the whole guide of instructions above and trying to remove the infection on your own can be quite challenging and not always successful. Paying the ransom, on the other hand, looks fast and the hackers may also appear very convincing in their promises to give you the right key for the decryption.

However, this is where you need to remind yourself that, after all, they are criminals and there are no guarantees whatsoever that the key they promise would indeed get send to you. In reality, as in most blackmailing instances, trusting the crooks behind LockBit 3.0 with your money hides serious risks. For one, the criminals may get the payment and disappear without sending you anything. Also, there is nothing that could stop them from blackmailing you for more money once you agree on the first ransom payment. And even if they really send you something, how will you know that this is not yet another nasty virus meant to attack you? As you see, there is really no reason to trust the anonymous cyber criminals and to further sponsor their blackmailing scheme. If you carefully study your options, though, there may still be a chance to counteract LockBit 3.0 and make your PC safe for further use.


NameLockBit 3.0
Danger LevelHigh (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
SymptomsVery few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution MethodFrom fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
Data Recovery ToolNot Aavailable
Detection Tool

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Remove LockBit 3.0 Ransomware


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).



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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. 


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 3.0 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


    Violet George

    Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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