PyLocky Ransomware Removal (+.lockymap File Recovery) Sept.2018 Update


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

A recent infection with a Ransomware cryptovirus named PyLocky has probably brought you to this page. The creators of this new computer threat use it for a really nasty type of online blackmailing scheme – they set PyLocky to secretly encrypt all the files, which could be found on the compromised computer, and then ask the victims to pay a ransom for their decryption. The amount required by the hackers may significantly vary from a couple of hundred to a couple of thousands for a single decryption key which is supposed to return the encrypted files back to normal.

However, if you don’t have the needed money or you simply don’t want to give them to the crooks, in the next lines, we are going to offer you some potential alternative solutions, which may help you remove PyLocky Ransomware from the system and save some of your data without paying the ransom. All the steps that you need to follow are neatly organized in the Removal guide below. A professional malware removal tool is also at your disposal for a thorough scan of the machine, so don’t hesitate to use it in order to remove all the hidden Ransomware scripts. 

PyLocky Ransomware

What has happened to your files?

Viruses based on Ransomware scripts such as PyLocky Ransomware could cause you a lot of trouble. They are really nasty because the moment they infect you, they can secretly encrypt all of your most used and most needed personal data and render it inaccessible for an indefinite period of time. Usually, the hackers, who are in control of the malware, ask you to pay a certain amount of money (typically in Bitcoins) and offer to send you a decryption key in return, which should release your files from the secret encryption.

PyLocky 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. 

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 PyLocky 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!

How could you get infected with PyLocky Ransomware?

Recent analysis about the distribution of PyLocky Ransomware show that a great number of victims get infected by clicking on shady email attachments, spam messages, and misleading links. However, the security experts warn that practically anything on the web could be a potential transmitter of Ransomware. In fact, another form of malware is oftentimes actively involved in the spreading of threats like PyLocky and inserting them into the peoples’ computers. The Trojan horse viruses are the perfect tools for this job and with their stealthy abilities they can easily compromise any system and create vulnerabilities for other threats such as Ransomware to exploit.

Unfortunately, visible symptoms of the infection could rarely be observed. During the encryption process, the Ransomware tries to remain unnoticed and uninterrupted and most of antivirus programs may fail to detect it on time.  When the virus finishes its work, however, it reveals itself by displaying a ransom-demanding message on the victim’s screen or inside the folders with the encrypted data documents.

Can the encryption be broken and the files released somehow?

The decryption key, which the hackers offer in exchange for the ransom payment is what should be able to reverse the malicious encryption. This key is generated on the criminals’ servers and without it there are not many alternatives for the liberation of your files. Still, there are a few things which you could try to bring them back to normal without paying the ransom to the crooks. For instance, if you have file backups somewhere on a cloud storage or an external drive, you can easily use the copies of your files. Or, you may try to extract some copies from your system with the help of the instructions, which you will find in our file recovery guide. While the Ransomware is present on your system, however, none of your file-recovery attempts may be successful because the malware may encrypt again anything you manage to recover. That’s why, the first thing you should do is to remove PyLocky Ransomware. The Removal Guide below is created to help you with that, so feel free to use its instructions and clean your system.

If nothing of the suggested methods works and you are thinking about paying the ransom as a last desperate attempt to save your data, you should know the related risks. The hackers may gladly offer you their decryption key and may promise you that it will work but , sadly, no guarantees can be given about that. Generally, the file-encryption is a complex process which may not always be successfully reversed, especially if used by an advanced Ransomware virus the likes of PyLocky. Even the best security experts may not be able to deal with such an encryption in some cases. Still, though, losing your money by sponsoring some anonymous cyber criminals without actually getting your data back is quite a real possibility so keep that in mind. Unlike the crooks, a security professional might still be able to offer you qualified assistance and at least clean your system from the infection without vanishing with your money, so think about contacting one in case nothing else has worked so far.

SUMMARY:

Name PyLocky
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 We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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