Ransomware

MedusaLocker Ransomware


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

MedusaLocker

MedusaLocker is a ransomware program that can put a lockdown on your files. MedusaLocker will put a ransom-demanding pop-up on your screen once it locks your files.

MedusaLocker

MedusaLocker ransomware’s html file (“HOW_TO_RECOVER_DATA_html”)

We can imagine the stress you must have felt once you’ve read that you have lost access to certain (potentially important) files on your device. The fact that ransomware has sneaked into your computer alone is intimidating, but the ransom-demanding message that MedusaLocker, Leto Virus or Reco Virus has generated may have added even more to the frustration, as it was probably written in a very intimidating manner. Often, in the case of ransomware infections, the cyber criminals pretend to be legal authorities, claiming that you have broken some rule, and that this has resulted in the encryption of your files. To decrypt them, the hackers may claim that you must pay a “fine”. Needless to say, this is a horrific extortion scheme, and the crooks behind it are using various scare-tactics to make you pay.

The removal guide below, however, will show you how to remove MedusaLocker from your PC, and how to recover your encrypted files. But don’t scroll down just yet, as the information provided in the next lines can prove crucial in ensuring that you never get again contaminated with a ransomware cryptovirus of this type.

The MedusaLocker virus

The MedusaLocker virus is programmed to block the access to your data. The MedusaLocker virus does that by encrypting the files with an advanced algorithm.

Over the past few years, the number ransomware variants has risen to numbers we’ve never seen before in this malware category, and there are no signs that this will stop any time soon. We’re not trying to scare you by telling you this, but we believe knowledge is power, and the more you know about the danger that you are faced with, the greater the chance that you will be able to protect yourself from it.

What MedusaLocker does, and how it spreads around the web are the two most important things we will focus our attention on. First of all, like any ransomware, MedusaLocker is a can slip virtually undetected into your device, and it can encode the most frequently used files. Research has shown that malvertising (malicious advertising) is one of the most effective means of distribution for Ransomware. The malvertisements are fake ads that may appear everywhere on the web, but they do not represent an actual product or service. You get compromised directly by the malware attached to them by clicking on them. This is the reason why we advise our readers to refrain from clicking on any suspicious-looking banners, pop-ups, random page-redirects, and tabs that open automatically. Of course, there are other means of distribution as well, so investing in reliable system security is of utmost importance.

The MedusaLocker file decryption

The MedusaLocker  file decryption is a challenging process. The MedusaLocker files are renamed with the “.encrypted” extension and decryption requires a special decryption key, which is in the hands of the hackers.

.Encrypted

Once infected with the MedusaLocker Virus it will silently encrypt all your files with extension .Encrypted.

Once you’ve been infected, the most important question is how to remove the malware, and possibly recover your files. Therefore, in the removal guide below, there is a section with removal steps and another one with some file-recovery suggestions. We encourage you to give them a try first, and only in the case that nothing works should you consider the ransom payment as a possible option. Keep in mind, though, that the people behind this virus are criminals, and there can be no guarantees if you decide to follow their demands.

SUMMARY:

Name MedusaLocker
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

Remove MedusaLocker Ransomware Virus


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:

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 MedusaLocker 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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