VenusLocker Ransomware Removal

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

Online blackmailing has always been a huge internet issue and there are a lot of different methods that hackers use in order to terrorize users and force them into giving away their money. However, as of fairly recently, this practice has been taken to a new level with the rapid growth of the Ransomware type of viruses. In fact, this type of malware has been around for quite some time, but it wasn’t up until fairly recently that it has started to become such a huge issue. Security software companies all over the world are struggling to come up with new ways of protecting computers against Ransomware, but unfortunately, the hackers seem to always be several steps ahead. This is further proven by the release of yet another Ransomware virus called VenusLocker. Similarly to most of its predecessors, it has been reported to use encryption in order to lock the user’s files and demand a ransom payment in return for the decryption key afterwards. Since you are reading this, it is highly likely that your files have already been locked by VenusLocker and you are looking for a way to regain your access to them. We might be able to help you with that in our instruction manual below. Just keep in mind that when it comes to Ransomware, there are no guarantees for success – it all depends on your specific situation.

Ransomware vs. Antivirus programs

Probably the greatest problem with VenusLocker and other similar pieces of malware is that they hardly ever get detected by most antiviruses. This has to do with the approach that is employed by most forms of Ransomware. As we mentioned above, the method of encryption is used to lock files – this is important because encryption processes are actually not harmful. In fact, encryption is widely used for protecting different files on your PC by making them inaccessible. However, when this is used on your personal data and you have no access to the decryption key, you are in trouble. This is precisely what Ransomware viruses do. Obviously, since encryption processes are not considered harmful, most antivirus programs do not target them and thus VenusLocker is able to freely continue locking your data right under your nose. When the encryption is complete, you are shown a message that tells you the only way to get your files back is to pay ransom to the hacker. Instructions on how to carry out the transfer are usually provided as well.

What symptoms can you expect?

If you have a lot of data stored on your PC, the encryption process might take a while, which would effectively allow you to manually detect the infection. You must bear in mind that though technically possible, it is still very hard to notice a Ransomware attack. However, it is still a good idea to be vigilant and observant of your PC behavior, because you might just be able to intercept VenusLocker before it is too late. Before we reveal to you what the symptoms are, you first need to learn some basic information on how the said encryption actually works. The files that you see after the encryption is over are not the same files you had before it began. Instead, they are copies of the original files. During the encryption process all your personal data gets copied into encrypted, yet identical copies. When this is done, the originals are deleted. All of this causes certain symptoms, most notably: CPU and RAM spikes, potential PC slowdown and reduced free hard drive space (for the copies, before the originals are deleted). Should you notice any of those, you’d better shut down your machine and then seek professional aid and you might just be able to save your data from being locked by VenusLocker.

Paying the ransom – a bad idea?

Of course, it is up to everyone’s choice whether to go for the ransom payment or seek another solution. However, we are obliged to inform you that we believe this is a very bad course of action. Paying the ransom does not automatically mean that you will be sent the needed key. After all, you are dealing with an anonymous hacker that might or might not allow you to access your files. Besides, if you pay the required money, you will surely encourage the cyber-criminal to do the same thing over and over again, creating even more malicious Ransomware viruses in the process of blackmailing people. Therefore, we always advise our visitors to opt for our guide instead and see if it helps them. While we cannot guarantee a hundred percent success, we can assure you that this is certainly a much safer and sensible approach to your current issue.

Final words

Now that you know what viruses like VenusLocker are all about, all that is left for you to learn is how to protect your machine from any future encounters with this type of viruses.

  • Never download anything from the internet if you don’t have solid proof that it is not malicious. Should some sketchy-looking file end-up getting onto your PC, do not open it unless you are one hundred percent sure it is not harmful.
  • Get yourself a reliable antivirus, since oftentimes other viruses such as Trojans are used as a backdoor for Ransomware. Antivirus programs are the best way to fend off such backdoor malware.
  • Prior to opening an e-mail or clicking on a link, take a few moments to determine whether the said message/link looks like spam. In case it does, delete it without interacting with it or at least ignore it for the time being.
  • Use multiple backup methods for your important personal data and frequently update the backup. This is especially important for people who use their PC in their work.

 

SUMMARY:

Name VenusLocker
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms CPU and RAM spikes in combination with a decrease in the free HDD space can be observed during the duration of the encryption process.
Distribution Method Most Ransomware viruses are spread with the help of different types of online spam (emails, Facebook/Skype messages, etc.), through illegal and shady sites that the user might visit or via other types of malware viruses (like Trojans) that is used as a gateway into the user’s PC.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

VenusLocker Ransomware Removal


 

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 VenusLocker successfully!

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

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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:

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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:

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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 VenusLocker 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!