Loki Locker Ransomware

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Loki Locker

Loki Locker is a Windows malware infection that belongs to the Ransomware family – a group of viruses known for encrypting user data. The data Loki Locker encrypts becomes inaccessible and it remains that way until the victim releases a ransom payment.

Loki Locker
The Loki Locker ransomware ransom note

If you have been infected by this harmful Ransomware threat known as Loki Locker, then you must learn more about the consequences of its attack and the potential courses of action you can take in order to ameliorate this unpleasant this issue. The problem with ransomware threats like this one is the fact that there are usually no universal solutions that can take care of everything. A Ransomware like Loki Locker and Tisc makes the files in your computer inaccessible and it then blackmails you for a payment if you want the hackers behind it to help you unlock your files. A special key is needed to unlock the encryption this Ransomware places on your data and that key is held by the hackers who want you to pay for it. If you want to restore your data without paying the ransom, there are certain things you can try but there are no guarantees about how effective the alternative methods might be.

The Loki Locker virus

The Loki Locker virus is a malicious computer program that targets Windows systems and makes the user data stored in them inaccessible through file-encryption. The Loki Locker virus demands that the victim pays a ransom if he or she wants to access their files again.

In such a situation some of you may think that the payment of the ransom might be a needed compromise that must be made so as to bring the important files that the malware has locked back to their accessible state. The problem with that is even if you pay you may still not get your data recovered. After all, the ransom payment isn’t a legitimate purchasing deal – it is a part of a criminal scheme and there’s absolutely nothing to guarantee that the hackers would do what they’ve promised, namely, send you the decryption key. Some lucky users get said key in exchange for the ransom sum, but others eventually realize that they have utterly wasted a significant amount of money in total vain. Therefore, we strongly advise all of our readers who currently have a Ransomware on their computers to not go for the payment, at least not until they’ve tried some of the other possible solutions.

The Loki file

The Loki file is a file placed under the encryption of this virus and cannot be accessed through conventional means. No Loki file will be available to the attacked user if the latter doesn’t have the private key for the Ransomware encryption.

Loki file
The Loki Locker Ransomware makes the files in your computer inaccessible

Speaking of alternatives, the guide from this page may have something to offer you which may help you handle this malware attack. Below, the listed removal instructions will show you the way to remove the nasty Loki Locker from your computer, and after the malware is no longer in your system, you can move on to the suggested recovery options. We can’t promise you if or how effective they will be in your case but trying them out is still preferable compared to directly paying the ransom.


NameLoki Locker
Danger LevelHigh (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
SymptomsMost Ransomware threats manage to stay hidden until their encryption process gets completed.
Distribution MethodUsually, Trojan Horse backdoors are used to deliver Ransomware into the users’ computers.
Data Recovery ToolNot Available
Detection Tool

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Loki Locker 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).



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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 Loki Locker 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


    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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