Ransomware

Lotej Virus File


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

Though most Ransomware infections leave your computer intact and don’t try to cause any actual damage, these malicious computer programs are still among the most problematic forms of malware that you can get inside of your computer system. Here, we want to tell our readers about Lotej, which belongs to this insidious family of computer programs. The purpose of Lotej, as well as the purpose of other Ransomware cryptoviruses like it, is to encrypt the files found in the computers of its victims. The encryption used by the Ransomware renders all affected data inaccessible without a corresponding key that only the criminals behind the virus have. They actually offer this key to their victims but only if the latter pay a certain amount of money to the online criminals. The money is normally required in BitCoin – a cryptocurrency that is difficult to trace, meaning that the hackers’ identities wouldn’t be revealed. This helps the criminals attack more and more user without fear of getting caught and brought to justice.

Should you pay the .Lotej virus ransom?

.Lotej Virus

Read_Me.txt file of .Lotej Ransomware with instructions for you to follow.

We understand that if you have important data in your computer and Lotej has locked it, you would want to restore those files ASAP, even if you have to pay money to get the data back. However, before you go and pay the ransom, consider the following: you are dealing with dishonest Internet hackers that don’t’ really care about what happens to your files. Their only concern is if they get your money or not – and if they do get it, there wouldn’t really be anything forcing to send the decryption key to you. Many users have been left without decryption keys despite having paid the full ransom sum. Furthermore, there is another unpleasant possibility if you pay, and that is the possibility of receiving a broken key that doesn’t work – a simple error in the code of the key can render it absolutely useless, and then you would have paid for something that cannot help you in any way. And, of course, making payments to such criminals would definitely encourage them to keep expanding their dishonest blackmailing schemes, and they may even consider you as a future target, seeing as how you have already given in to their demands once.

What about the .Lotej file encryption?

.Lotej File

How an encrypted .Lotej File looks like.

To deal with this in an alternative way, you will first need to make sure that Lotej is remove. TO elimiante the malware, use the steps included in the removal guide from this page (see below). After the cryptovirus is gone, you can try some of the potential recovery methods found on our site (see the guide). However, sadly, those alternative methods aren’t universal, and may not always be fully effective. Sadly, nothing can really guarantee the restoration of your data if a Ransomware infection has encrypted it. Nothing aside from a full data backup – if you have this, simply copy back your files from the backup to your machine, but only after the virus has been fully removed (or else the backup may get infected, and the files in it encrypted as well.

SUMMARY:

Name Lotej
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Ransomware threats are very good at remaining unnoticed while locking up your data – initially, there are hardly ever any infection symptom.
Distribution Method Malicious ads, sketchy links, pirated games and other illegally distributed programs, spam, and more.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

Lotej 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. 

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:

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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

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 Lotej 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!


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