This page aims to help you remove Princess Locker Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any Princess Locker file can be recovered.
Every day thousands of computers get attacked by Ransomware viruses. Only for the past year the online mentions of the word Ransomware has increased by a whopping 500%. This should provide you with a clear idea of how quickly this threat is spreading. The tendency is obvious – this type of malicious software is not going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, it is probably going to keep on expanding and becoming even more problematic.
Princess Locker Ransomware
Hackers are getting more and more creative, realizing that this particular virus type seems to be extremely effective. Newer and more advanced Ransomware programs are created on a daily basis with Princess Locker being one of the latest. Similarly to its predecessors, this virus can encrypt your data and afterwards demand a ransom payment if you are to restore the access to your own files. No matter whether your PC has already been infected by this malicious piece of software or if you are one of the lucky ones, who have not yet encountered the noxious Ransomware, reading the following article is of utmost importance. It will provide you with crucial information regarding how these viruses operate and how you can counteract them. Also, in our last paragraph, you will learn some very important tips on how to keep your PC safe in the future.
What makes Ransomware viruses such a big deal?
All computer viruses are nasty. From the ones that are more of an annoyance than any actual danger to those that can render your PC unusable. However, there is a reason why it is exactly Ransomware that is so problematic and difficult to deal with. Unlike the majority of other harmful programs that directly attack your system, Ransomware adopts a very unique approach. It uses the method of encryption to lock the user’s files. Most anti-virus software does not regard encryption as something malicious, since numerous other regular programs also use encryption for their files. However, you cannot access files encrypted by Ransomware, because you are not given the key needed for them to be accessible. This cunning strategy allows the virus to stay under your security program’s radar while locking your data uninterrupted. Besides, due to the highly sophisticated codes used to encrypt the files, security software companies have difficulty deciphering them.
The ransom demand
After your documents have been encrypted, the virus notifies you about its presence by displaying a message on your screen, in which it demands ransom in return for the decryption key. Instructions on how to make the money transfer are also provided. Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoins are often the preferred payment method. This makes it nearly impossible for the hacker to be traced, since such currencies are virtually untraceable. This is yet another reason why the Ransomware type of viruses is so huge of an issue and why it is expanding at such a rapid pace. In this case Princess Locker would demand a hefty 3 Bitcoins (approximately $1800) price for a decryption key.
A look into the process of encryption
You need to understand that the encryption process might take a while. The virus does not simply force its code onto your files. In fact, it first copies them and it’s the copies that have been locked. After this is done, the originals are deleted and even though you’d still have the copies, they would be inaccessible to you due to the encryption that’s been placed on them. Still, since this takes some time and system resources such as RAM, CPU and hard-drive space, it’s theoretically possible to manually detect the presence of the virus. Being watchful and vigilant and checking your Task Manager Processes and Performance tabs from time to time to see how much system resources are being used and what for might enable you to spot the malicious Ransomware. If you happen to intercept Princess Locker via this method, make sure you keep any portable devices you might have detached from your PC since they might also get infected by the noxious software. Also, if this is the case, shut your machine down ASAP and have it examined by a professional. That way, you might be able to save at least some of your data.
Words of advice
If it is already too late and you’ve received the message that demands the ransom, you have two possible options: paying the money or seeking another way to remove the virus and unlock your files. We strongly recommend that you pick the second option, since you never know if you’d actually get the key for the decryption even if you make the transfer. On the other hand, below the current article, there is a removal guide that may help you deal with the issue without the need to pay anything. While we cannot guarantee that it would be one hundred percent effective in restoring your files due to the nature of Ransomware viruses, it is surely a much better alternative to paying money to criminals and will surely help to remove the virus from your machine. Also, take note of the following tips in order to keep your machine safe henceforth – after all, as we said earlier, Ransomware viruses are not going away any time soon and we need to be ready to protect our devices from them.
- Back-up your data – if you have a safe copy of your important files on a separate device, the hacker will have little to no leverage to blackmail you.
- Stay away from shady sites and use only reputable and trusted download sources.
- Do not open any spam e-mails or suspicious links no matter who sends them to you.
- Obtain reliable anti-virus software since oftentimes Princess Locker attacks a person’s computer via a backdoor virus.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||Odd PC behavior: high CPU, RAM and free space usage during the encryption process.|
|Distribution Method||The most frequently utilized techniques for spreading Ransomware viruses are malicious links and spam e-mails, illegal websites with downloadable content and via the help of backdoor viruses.|
Princess Locker Ransomware Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once 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:
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 files infected with Princess Locker
We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.
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