Lokd is a harmful computer program that “kidnaps” important files from the attacked computers by keeping those files locked. Lokd then places a ransom message on the screen, informing the user that they must pay money to release the inaccessible data.
This is actually a very commonly encountered type of viruses known as Ransomware. The goal of these threats is to force the attacked victims to issue a ransom payment. The files that the virus locks are used as blackmailing leverage. In the ransom note displayed by the virus, the user is told that the only way they can bring their data back is through carrying out the demanded payment.
Once Lokd attacks a given computer, it starts a file encryption process. This process locks all user files on the computer using an advanced algorithm that no conventional program can read. To release the encrypted files, one needs to possess a special key that exactly matches the encryption applied to the locked files. Every time Ransomware attacks a computer and encrypts the files present on it, the virus simultaneously generates a decryption key that is unique for each infected computer and won’t work if used on another machine. What this means is there is only one key for the files on your machine and you cannot use the key for another computer.
The Lokd virus
The Lokd virus is a new Ransomware infection capable of blocking your data by encrypting it. If the Lokd virus attacks your computer, it will silently run its data-encrypting process and then, once your files are all locked, it will demand a ransom payment.
Of course, if the files that have been stored on your machine are not too valuable and you can afford to lose them, then the effects of the malware attack won’t be that severe. Sure, you may lose some data but at least you’d keep your money because you won’t need to pay the ransom. However, if the files locked by the Ransomware are important to you and you really need them back, then things are different. The worst part is that nothing you can do in such a situation can guarantee full data recovery. Even if you pay the demanded sum, you could still be left with no working data recovery solution. There is nothing that can force the hackers to send you the key you need for your files so even if you give them the money, this doesn’t mean you’d get to have your files recovered.
The Lokd file decryption
The Lokd file decryption is a possible way you can restore data encrypted by this virus. The Lokd file decryption, however, can only be completed if you have the matching access key on your computer. Without it, the Lokd file decryption would not be possible.
Paying the hackers to get that key is usually inadvisable as it may lead to a pointless loss of money. Instead, what we’d advise you to do is use the following instructions to remove the Ransomware and then visit our list of free decryptors, where you may find a free tool that might give you a decryption key for free. Also, on that same page with the decryptor tools, you can find some other file recovery suggestions that may help bring some of your files back via alternative means.
Remove Lokd Ransomware
You are dealing with a ransomware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to decrypt and recover your encrypted files (if it is currently possible).
You can find the removal guide here.