Lokd Lokd is a harmful computer program that \u201ckidnaps\u201d important files from the attacked computers by keeping those files locked. Lokd then places a ransom message on the screen, informing the user that they must pay money to release the inaccessible data. This is actually a very commonly encountered type of viruses known as Ransomware. The goal of these threats is to force the attacked victims to issue a ransom payment. The files that the virus locks are used as blackmailing leverage. In the ransom note displayed by the virus, the user is told that the only way they can bring their data back is through carrying out the demanded payment. Once Lokd attacks a given computer, it starts a file encryption process. This process locks all user files on the computer using an advanced algorithm that no conventional program can read. To release the encrypted files, one needs to possess a special key that exactly matches the encryption applied to the locked files. Every time Ransomware attacks a computer and encrypts the files present on it, the virus simultaneously generates a decryption key that is unique for each infected computer and won\u2019t work if used on another machine. What this means is there is only one key for the files on your machine and you cannot use the key for another computer. The Lokd virus The Lokd virus is a new Ransomware infection capable of blocking your data by encrypting it. If the Lokd virus attacks your computer, it will silently run its data-encrypting process and then, once your files are all locked, it will demand a ransom payment. Of course, if the files that have been stored on your machine are not too valuable and you can afford to lose them, then the effects of the malware attack won\u2019t be that severe. Sure, you may lose some data but at least you\u2019d keep your money because you won\u2019t need to pay the ransom. However, if the files locked by the Ransomware are important to you and you really need them back, then things are different. The worst part is that nothing you can do in such a situation can guarantee full data recovery. Even if you pay the demanded sum, you could still be left with no working data recovery solution. There is nothing that can force the hackers to send you the key you need for your files so even if you give them the money, this doesn\u2019t mean you\u2019d get to have your files recovered. The Lokd file decryption The Lokd file decryption is a possible way you can restore data encrypted by this virus. The Lokd file decryption, however, can only be completed if you have the matching access key on your computer. Without it, the Lokd file decryption would not be possible. Paying the hackers to get that key is usually inadvisable as it may lead to a pointless loss of money. Instead, what we\u2019d advise you to do is use the following instructions to remove the Ransomware and then visit our list of free decryptors, where you may find a free tool that might give you a decryption key for free. Also, on that same page with the decryptor tools, you can find some other file recovery suggestions that may help bring some of your files back via alternative means. SUMMARY: Name Lokd Type Ransomware Danger Level High\u00a0(Ransomware is\u00a0by far the worst threat you can encounter) Symptoms Symptoms such as excessive RAM, CPU, and HDD space use are common during the encryption phase of a Ransomware attack but most users don't notice them in time. Distribution Method Pirated programs, email letters with malicious attachments, misleading clickbait advertisements, and fake online offers are all commonly used Ransomware distribution techniques. Data Recovery Tool Detection Tool Remove Lokd Ransomware Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference. Reboot in\u00a0Safe Mode\u00a0(use this guide if you don't know how to do it). WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING! Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time\u00a0and\u00a0go to the\u00a0Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous.\u00a0 Right click on each of them\u00a0and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: After you open their folder,\u00a0end the processes\u00a0that are infected, then delete their folders.\u00a0 Note:\u00a0If 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\u00a0Key\u00a0and\u00a0R\u00a0- \u00a0copy +\u00a0paste the following and click OK: notepad %windir%\/system32\/Drivers\/etc\/hosts A new\u00a0file 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: If there are suspicious IPs below "Localhost" -\u00a0write to us in the comments. Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter.\u00a0A\u00a0window will pop-up: Go in\u00a0Startup --->\u00a0Uncheck\u00a0entries that have "Unknown" as Manufacturer. \tPlease note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate. Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.\u00a0Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus's Name.\u00a0 Search for the ransomware\u00a0\u00a0in your registries and delete\u00a0the entries. Be extremely careful - \u00a0you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware. Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field: \t%AppData% \t%LocalAppData% \t%ProgramData% \t%WinDir% \t%Temp% Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added.\u00a0Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble! \u00a0 How to Decrypt Lokd 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\u00a0anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!