TorrentLocker Ransomware Removal (+Decryption of Encrypted Files) March 2017 Update

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

The main subject of the article that you are reading is one freshly released Ransomware threat named TorrentLocker Ransomware . Here we will be discussing the typical traits of this infection, the most common places where it could be found and, of course, the possible actions you can take against it. If your files have been encrypted and now you are not able to access them, don’t rush with the payment of the ransom. Just a few lines below you will find a detailed removal guide, which may help you remove TorrentLocker Ransomware from your system once and for all. We won’t let you struggle with the issue of your locked files all by yourself and will offer you a few steps to eventually recover some of them too. So, lets’ take a look at the stuff we have prepared and decide what actions you should take to handle this Ransomware infection.

A brief look at TorrentLocker Ransomware and its sophisticated nature

Nowadays, there is hardly anything more malicious on the web than a Ransomware cryptovirus. Whether it targets just your screen (screen-locking Ransomware) or it encrypts all of your files (file-encrypting Ransomware), this type of malware is surely a very nasty one. It uses a tricky online blackmail scheme to extort money from its victims by locking up their device or the data found on it, and then asks them to pay ransom to release it. This is what TorrentLocker Ransomware has been primarily developed for.

This threat can be caught from many web locations – different sketchy content, fake ads, drive-by downloads, infected pages, spam and emails with malicious attachments, torrents and pirate content. The most common contamination, however, happens with the help of a Trojan, which delivers the Ransomware inside the machine. It doesn’t take more than one click for users to catch the infection and the moment it is inside the system, it immediately starts to encrypt all the frequently used data. Once all the files are locked, the next action you can expect from TorrentLocker Ransomware is for it to display a ransom message on your screen. With it, the hackers behind the Ransomware inform you about their ransom demands and deadlines. Be prepared for various manipulations, threats and tricks. A special decryption key may be offered to you to bring your files to their previous state. The criminals may act as they want to help you and, as an act of good will, they may even offer you just part of that decryption key to test it. However, without the full key, you won’t be able to recover your data and to get it, you will need to pay a fat amount of money to the hackers.

Is it possible to get your files back without paying the ransom?

Being infected with Ransomware is a very delicate situation. You don’t want to lose your files, but if you don’t pay, how would you recover your data? Unfortunately, we can’t give you much hope here. If you ask the hackers, even they themselves cannot promise you a full file restoration. Firstly, it is very unlikely that they will really send you a decryption key and won’t vanish with your money, but even if they do send you one, it may not be able to reverse the encryption. As it usually happens, the Ransomware encryptions are too complex to be reversed and most of your files may still remain unreadable. In fact, they have been made to encrypt your files in a way that cannot be opened, not to be easily decrypted. Therefore, the encryption that most of the advanced threats like TorrentLocker Ransomware apply may not be able to be broken that easy. It usually requires some specialized decryption software, but even this cannot guarantee 100%success.

Getting back the encoded data is still a challenge to most of the security experts. But not all the hope is lost. There are a few things you could try to recover some of your files. One of the options is to use your file backups. If you keep some copies on an external drive or a cloud, you can consider half of your problems solved. You can also use the file-restoration instructions below to try to extract some files from the system itself. However, do not attempt to do that before you have fully removed TorrentLocker Ransomware from your PC. It is important to first clean the computer and remove all of the Ransomware related files, or else everything you restore will get encrypted again. Use the removal guide below to correctly detect and delete the malware to make sure there are no remains. After all, this is an option which costs you nothing. Don’t risk losing your money for some fake promises of a group of anonymous hackers. These people are criminals who only make money out of desperate victims and you should never trust them for anything, let alone expecting them to send you a solution for the recovery of the files that they encrypted.

SUMMARY:

Name TorrentLocker Ransomware
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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Remove TorrentLocker 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

This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove TorrentLocker Ransomware successfully!

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. 

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 TorrentLocker Ransomware files

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

If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!