Remove .Luceq Virus Ransomware (+File Recovery) April 2019 Update


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

Ransomware is a dangerous, insidious malware group that has been terrorizing users for the last twenty years and has recently begun evolve really rapidly, becoming one of the nastiest and most widely-spread cyber-threats out there. What the most typical kind of Ransomware does is it encrypts your files. In today’s article, we are going to give you some details about a very common version of Ransomware – .Luceq.

.Luceq Virus File

Some valuable info concerning Ransomware:

General details:

It is said that these viruses enter your system without any help. In the end, the virus could infect your system automatically as long as you interact with its distribution source. The list with all the typical Ransomware sources can be seen below.

Another general aspect of all Ransomware types is that they might deny access to something significant on your computer, and after all that, they might demand a ransom for unlocking it. Also, almost all viruses like these are pretty difficult to deal with and, unfortunately, sometimes there might not even be a fully effective method for dealing with such an infection.

Subtypes:

Ransomware includes three main sub-categories. They are:

  • The file-encrypting type: These Ransomware versions are used for encrypting the files of the targeted victim. They infect your PC and after that they attack your hard drives, looking for the data you have recently been operating with, and encode that data with a key, which is extremely difficult to be cracked. To be honest, that is the most dreadful type of Ransomware, because all of your information is endangered, and most of the time, you are helpless against it. Everything is really intricate when it comes to this type of Ransomware – even providing the ransom, which you are told about by an intimidating message, might not be enough to get back your encrypted files. This is the type of Ransomware that we are going to be focusing in this article and in the guide down below.
  • Screen-locking Ransomware: This group contains two subcategories on its own:
    • The first one is Ransomware that is able to lock up the screens of your mobile devices such as phones and tablets and they might become useless for the victim user. That kind of malware subtype usually can’t alter any files. However, you still won’t be granted access to them as the screen of your device will be covered with a huge notification informing you that the hackers require a ransom if you want the screen to be made usable again.
    • The second one – Ransomware that blocks the desktops of your PCs and laptops. As a whole, it employs the same strategy as the mobile-device-locking viruses. Again, you don’t get to access/use your computer or laptop and they put a notification with a large ransom demand on your desktop.
  • Government-exploited Ransomware: There are cases when Ransomware is used in order to punish hackers and make them pay for what they have done. However, such practices are rather rare and uncommon.

Which category does .Luceq belong to?

.Luceq belongs to the file-encrypting (also known as cryptovirus) Ransomware sub-type. Unfortunately, as we have already stated, this category is the worst and most problematic one. This means that all your data will be blocked, and then you will be harassed and blackmailed for making the requested payment to the hackers.

How to deal with such an infection in general?

After the infection has already spreaded, we can say that there is no particular cure against it. To avoid that, the best advice we can give you, is to backup all the files on your PC that are important to you. After your PC has caught .Luceq, you can’t do a lot. Don’t expect anybody to promise you a 100% effective removal and decryption of the affected files. All you can do is simply improvise and do whatever is needed to cut off the virus, for example:

  • Backup your data that is locked-up and keep it that way for when the time comes for a guaranteed data recovery method to be released to the public.
  • A good idea might be to consult an expert and work together. This could turn out to be costly, but it is still a better option than carelessly sending a ransom to some scammers.
  • Searching and finding a successful know-how in blogs and forums.

Our Removal Guide

There is something more – if you need, you can use our Guide placed below. It might really help you! It costs nothing to try. The most important thing is not to pay the wanted price immediately unless you are certain that there’s nothing else that could be done.

SUMMARY:

Name .Luceq
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 .Luceq Virus Ransomware


 

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 .Luceq 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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