StalinLocker Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery)

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

A possible attack of a Ransomware threat named StalinLocker has probably brought you to our page. This threat is a new and sophisticated cryptovirus, that is programmed to place an encryption on all the files that you keep on your computer and blackmail you to pay a ransom in order to decrypt them. You may not be able to detect when and how you got infected because this Ransomware can sneak into your PC in a very stealthy way without giving any actual symptoms. Once the encryption process is completed, however, a ransom message will immediately get displayed on your screen. It will inform you about the contamination and will ask you to pay a certain amount of money in order for you to obtain a decryption key, with the help of which you can supposedly reverse the encryption. Sadly, dealing with StalinLocker and similar threats can be really difficult. Having the infection removed is what we can help you with, but the most challenging part is recovering your encrypted files. Still, we will try to give you some alternatives and suggestions which may help you avoid the ransom payment. Keep in mind though, that a 100% effective recovery cannot be guaranteed with any method so far. However, we still would like to encourage you to try everything that is available instead of giving your money to the hackers.

The way StalinLocker operates:

Ransomware threats like StalinLocker are usually created with one purpose – blackmailing. They lock up valuable files on your computer and keep them hostage by applying a complex encryption to them. The idea is basically to deprive you of the access to them until you pay the amount of money that the hackers want in the form of a ransom. The criminals rely on stealthy infection methods to prevent you from spotting the Ransomware on time and surprise you with the ransom message when you least expect it. That’s why they often bundle threats like StalinLocker along with Trojan horse infections. The Trojan actually acts as a backdoor which could exploit a vulnerability in your computer through which the Ransomware can enter without being detected. Spam emails and their attachments, different infected installers, torrents, fake ads or sketchy pages can also be used as transmitters. That’s why you should try to avoid them and protect your PC with a reliable antivirus program.

StalinLocker Ransomware 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. 

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 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!


How to Decrypt StalinLocker files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

Can paying the ransom save my files?

This is a common question that victims of Ransomware ask us. Sadly, we cannot provide them with a universal answer because, after all, they are dealing with cybercriminals. The criminals can threaten and blackmail them in many ways and may ask for whatever amount of money they decide. In some cases, they may offer a test decryption to one or two files just to win the trust of their victims and persuade them to pay the ransom as fast as possible. However, the crooks may easily encrypt the files again or simply decide not to send the key. That’s why it is best if you look for ways to remove StalinLocker and all of its data instead of keeping it on your computer and trusting the hackers. After all, there is absolutely nothing that can guarantee that you will gain the access to your files even if you strictly fulfill all the ransom instructions.

In fact, our most sincere recommendation is to seek for any other available alternative. For instance, we suggest you give a try to the file-restoration steps that our “How to remove” team has assembled. Ideally, you will be able to recover your files with the help of the guide but you can also use your own file backups as a recovery source for some of your encrypted data. First, however, you should remove StalinLocker and all of its hidden scripts and make your system safe again. To do that, you can use the instructions in the Removal Guide below or a reliable malware removal tool of your choice.

Can Ransomware infections be prevented?

As we already said, the Ransomware threats can sneak inside your system in many stealthy ways. So far, the best protection against such threats is the prevention.  That’s why we suggest you adopt a few safety tips. First of all, it is a good idea to invest in a reliable antivirus program. By keeping it updated and running regular scans with it, you may be able to catch potential transmitters and remove eventual threats on time. Updating your OS to the latest security patches is another essential thing. But probably the thing that matters the most is how you browse the web and what content you interact with. For safety reasons, it is best if you stay away from spam, sketchy ads, pop-ups and sketchy web locations as these are some of the most common places where malware may lurk.


Name StalinLocker
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

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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