Remove LockCrypt Ransomware (+File Recovery) Oct. 2018 Update


This page aims to help you remove LockCrypt Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any LockCrypt file can be recovered.

One of internet’s most dreaded threats are the so-called ransomware viruses. Most regular people don’t even hear about these, unless they get infected. Or unless they make the news, like a series of massive cyberattacks caused by ransomware did this year. Either way, despite being such a huge danger and being among the fastest growing malware categories out there, most users are still very ill-informed about ransomware, and that’s why hundreds of contaminations occur each day. Our article is dedicated to one of the newest ransomware viruses that has been encrypting the files of its victims and its name is LockCrypt. We would like to offer more information regarding this type of malicious programs, including how they work, why they are such a dangerous threat and what you can do to protect yourself from them in the future. But besides that we will also provide those affected by LockCrypt with a detailed removal guide, containing step-by-step instructions on how to locate and remove this virus. In addition, the guide will also show you how to recover your files from system backups, if this is a possibility.

How ransomware viruses operate

Once LockCrypt infects your system, it will stealthily begin to scan it for certain file types. These include the most common file types, so basically everything you hold dear on your computer will likely trigger the ransomware’s radar. This means documents, databases, presentations, photos, videos, music, etc. – all of this is listed by the virus, after which it begins to create copies of these files. Only the copies are encrypted with a secret, complex algorithm that prevents any program from opening them. Simultaneously, the originals are deleted one by one, which as a matter of fact can turn out to be rather time-consuming. This whole process also requires a great deal of system resources, so if you were to check your Task Manager at this time, you would see the ransomware as the process using the most RAM and CPU. Sometimes, a significant slowdown in your machine’s performance can be noticed and in rare cases it prompts users to indeed check their Task Manager to see what’s up. In these cases, the right thing to do would be to immediately shut down your PC and contact a specialist.

LockCrypt 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:

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:

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 LockCrypt files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

However, most times users don’t get the chance to apprehend the attack and are faced with the consequences when the virus reveals itself. Even if you have a working antivirus program installed on your PC, chances are it won’t even look in the direction of LockCrypt and that’s because the encryption process is not considered malicious. It’s a fully legitimate way of protecting data, not harming it. And this loophole is what makes combating this malware incredibly difficult. Another thing that makes it so incredibly harmful is the fact that this very encryption is often impossible to break without the decryption key. So many users resort to complying with the ransom demands and sending the hackers money. Only a lot of the time, this yields no satisfying results either, because they get duped and are never send a decryption key. You can see how frustrating this is, right?

So what are the alternatives? Firstly, be sure to remove LockCrypt no matter what you decide to do after that. This should be at the top of your list of priorities at the moment and as pointed out, you can find the instructions on how to do this in the guide below. Next, we have also included steps on how to recover your files from system backups. This may or may not work for you, depending on the particular case, as each one is different. If it doesn’t work, you can always check out the list of decryptor tools we have published on our website.

It’s also no less important for you to know how to protect your data from other viruses like LockCrypt from now on. For one, try to avoid the most common sources, such as spam emails and infected online ads. As a rule of thumb, do not interact with any type of content online that doesn’t seem 100% trustworthy to you. In addition, a fool-proof way of protecting your files is storing copies of them on a separate drive that isn’t always connected to your PC.

 

SUMMARY:

Name LockCrypt
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

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

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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