PwndLocker Ransomware



PwndLocker is a Ransomware cryptovirus that uses file encryption to prevent users from accessing their files. Recovering the files locked by PwndLocker may not always be possible without the corresponding decryption key.

PwndLocker Ransomware

The PwndLocker Ransomware will encrypt your files

The Ransomware programs are some of the most dangerous internet threats that you may come across. They are capable of robbing you of your most important files by encrypting them with an almost unbreakable algorithm. And on top of that, they demand a ransom payment if you want to ever access your encrypted files again.
One of the new variants of this type of malware is a virus known as PwndLocker. Like most Ransomware viruses, PwndLocker will silently encrypt the files found on the computer of the victim and then force them to pay a ransom in return for the data’s decryption. Now, since you’ve landed on this site, we assume you would prefer not to pay anything to the hackers and would rather try some alternative options. That’s why below we’ve published a comprehensive guide that we highly recommend checking out, regardless of what you plan to do later. The guide contains instructions on how to remove PwndLocker, as this is the number one step to ensure that your device is safe for normal use. In addition to that, the guide also includes suggestions on how you might be able to restore the encrypted files without paying a ransom.

The PwndLocker virus

The PwndLocker virus is a Ransomware cryptopvirus which is responsible for the encryption of certain file types. Most commonly, the PwndLocker virus targets documents, images, audios, videos, and archives.

The main reason why Ransomware viruses like PwndLocker are so widespread and so problematic is because even a good antivirus may oftentimes fail to stop such a threat. Now, even if you have a reliable and strong antivirus program installed on your PC, it may be useless against the Ransomware’s attack for one very simple reason – the encryption process used on your files is not actually damaging. This is a very common method of data protection and many different institutions, hospitals, banks, credit and payment services use it to keep the sensitive details of their clients protected against unauthorized access. The problem is that PwndLocker uses this very same strategy to lock your files away from you.
Once the process is complete, the virus can then display a ransom note on your screen and ask you to pay a fixed amount of money in exchange for the decryption key. Unfortunately, the future of your files typically remains uncertain, even if you decide to pay the ransom to the hackers. That’s because the crooks may not give you the decryption key they promise. In reality, this is a very common and very unpleasant scenario where the victims transfer the ransom money and never hear from the hackers again. However, even if the crooks give you a decryption key, there is still no guarantee that the key will effectively reverse the encryption of all the files. After all, programming can be tricky and many things can go wrong. Refunds from the criminals, however, cannot be expected.

The PwndLocker file encryption

The PwndLocker file encryption is a process that gets activated as soon as the Ransomware nests in the system. The purpose of the PwndLocker file encryption is to render user files inaccessible so that the Ransomware can demand a ransom for their decryption.

If you want to still save some of your files without paying a ransom, you should definitely check out some of the available alternatives. The removal guide we have below will certainly help you to remove PwndLocker, which is important if you want to store your future files on a Ransomware-free computer. The guide will also offer you help with the recovery of the affected data from system backups, but keep in mind that, depending on each individual case, this may or may not be effective. Anyways, it will not hurt to try and won’t cost you anything.


Name PwndLocker
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 [banner_table_recovery]
Detection Tool

Remove PwndLocker Ransomware

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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. 

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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.

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    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:

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    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.

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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!

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    How to Decrypt PwndLocker 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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    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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