Ragnar Locker Ransomware

The encrypted files may not be the only damage done to you. parasite may still be hiding on your PC. To determine whether you've been infected with ransomware, we recommend downloading SpyHunter.

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Ragnar Locker

Ragnar Locker is a file-encrypting virus that cybercriminals use to deny access to the files of the attacked user. Ragnar Locker does not allow its victims to open and use their information and then forces them to pay a ransom for the recovery of the inaccessible files.

Ragnar Locker

The Ragnar Locker Ransomware will show you this message once it has encrypted your files.

Programs such as Ragnar Locker are commonly known as ransomware cryptoviruses and even though they aren’t new type of online threats, there is still no successful way of dealing with them. Typically, these ransom-demanding infections show no obvious symptom and users are unable to detect them on time in order to avoid the locking of their files. What is worse is that the majority of the antivirus programs may also not be able to catch the file encryption process that the ransomware runs in the background of the system and stop it. This is because data encryption is generally a method for file protection that will not damage or corrupt the files that it is applied to. Therefore, most security programs will not identify this process as harmful and will do nothing to stop it or notify the users about it.

The Ragnar Locker Ransomware

The Ragnar Locker virus is a ransomware infection designed for extortion purposes. The Ragnar Locker virus can encrypt important user files with the sole idea to ask money from the victims in the form of a ransom.

Sadly, even after the Ragnar Locker virus is removed, there is no guarantee that the encrypted files will become accessible again. This is a big challenge that the ransomware victims face while attempting to tackle the attack. However if they successfully remove the virus, there are still some methods that may potentially help them recover their information to some extent. You can read more about them in the file-recovery section of the guide below. Besides, despite that the encrypted files may not be recovered after the ransomware is removed, this should not discourage you from eliminating the infection from your computer. Deleting the virus will help protect your computer and prevent any new or recovered data from being encrypted in the future.

The Ragnar Locker file decryption

The Ragnar Locker file decryption is a way to recover encrypted files using a special decryption key. The Ragnar Locker file decryption key is not available to the victims of the ransomware because a ransom payment is demanded in order to obtain it.

Normally, the encrypted files need to be decrypted with a special decryption key. That key, however, is kept in secret by the hackers who control the infection. The crooks usually promise to send that key as soon as they receive the ransom payment in their cryptoaccount and provide instructions for payment in the form of a note on the infected computer’s screen. We do not advise you to opt for the ransom payment, though, because it is risky and it does nothing but guarantee that you will lose a large amount of money. That’s why, our suggestion is to follow the removal instructions below and remove Ragnar Locker instead of sending money to hackers without knowing if they will really give you a decryption key. After you successfully delete the infection, you may then proceed to free alternatives for data retrieval and check if any of them can work.


Name Ragnar Locker
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

Ragnar Locker Virus Removal


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).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous.


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.


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:


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.


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
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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:

  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!


How to Decrypt Ragnar Locker 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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