This page aims to help you remove the WildFire Locker Virus . These WildFire Locker Virus removal instructions work for all versions of Windows.
From important documents, work projects and precious photos, to music and all sorts of useful and not so useful stuff we keep, a computer is usually full of priceless data. Cybercriminals know that very well, and they have built a whole “business model” around it. And it turns out to be very profitable for them, except the fact that it’s highly illegal and form of cybercrime. One of the mechanisms of executing these criminal acts is called WildFire Locker Ransomware. You are probably reading this because you had a close encounter with this virus. You may also be looking for ways to recover from the encryption it did to all the data on your hard drive. Now, you have just come to the right place, because here you are going to learn about the WildFire Locker Virus specifications and the possible options of removing the infection. Our team of experts has prepared for you a detailed guide. It will lead you through some steps that may even help you get some of your data back. It is really worth spending a few minutes to read this.
Why is WildFire Locker ransomware one of the nastiest online threats?
Over the years ransomware has become the most popular type of malware that has been robbing users all around the world. It is a typical representative of the ransomware family and has been created by a group of cybercriminals with the sole purpose to make them rich. How it operates is, the moment it infects a computer, it encrypts the files available on the hard drive with a strong encryption algorithm. It may change the encrypted files’ extensions, which makes them unrecognizable by any program. Locked this way, the files become unreadable. Once the full encryption process has finished, the ransomware reveals itself with a notification that appears on the victim’s screen. The ransom note contains information about the amount of files that were encrypted, the encryption algorithm, and instructions about how to get the files decrypted. As you may guess, here comes the real cybercriminals’ money-making scheme. They require a certain amount of money as ransom in order to release a decryption key, which may help you unlock your files and bring them back to normal. This is the modernized version of holding someone hostage, only it’s in the form of valuable data being ‘kidnapped’ in exchange for ransom. Usually, a short period of time is given to the victim to pay, else cybercriminals threaten to destroy the decryption key or double the sum.
How can one get infected with WildFire Locker?
It is really hard to detect WildFire Locker as a malicious file without sophisticated anti-malware software. WildFire Locker usually comes with some spam emails that look absolutely legitimate. The malicious hackers behind this ransomware have been working hard to implement credible looking methods of distribution. It can also be spread through social media, through newsgroup postings, peer-to-peer networks, and even internet relay chat. To get inside the PC, WildFire Locker uses backdoors of other infections such as Trojan horses. They introduce it directly into the system and it starts to operate immediately. There are almost no signs during the encryption process. Only the ransom note appears at the end, revealing the full extent of harm this malware has done.
On why should you not pay the ransom
If you really think that you are going to make a fair trade by paying the money and getting your files decrypted, think again. Why would you make these cybercriminals rich? This way not only are you helping the ransomware become more profitable for its creators, but there is a chance you may never get your decryption key. After all, you are dealing with unscrupulous crooks. They really don’t care about you restoring your files. On the other hand, by paying them, you are giving your sensitive payment details in their hands. Only imagine what they could do next? And all that risk, without even having a guarantee that the notorious decryption key will work. What if it doesn’t?
Therefore, we strongly recommend victims of ransomware not to be impulsive and seek for all the other options instead. Firstly, it is important to remove the infection and then try to recover some of the encrypted data from backups and system files. In the guide below you can find the instructions to do so. But before you proceed to them, let us say a few words about prevention.
How to protect yourself?
It is clear that ransomware attacks are not going to stop soon. Therefore, it is a good idea to think about methods to protect your data and your system from malware infections. Back-ups come first. Do really make it a habit to keep a copy of all your important data on an external device. It saves a lot of stress and money. Then, invest in good anti-malware software that can detect such threats and keep your system safe from infections. And last, but not least, avoid suspicious content, unknown websites, spam emails, links and messages that you don’t know the source of. Sometimes, our curiosity comes at a great cost.
|Danger Level||High (A dangerous threat that locks your files with an encryption and requires ransom to release them)|
|Symptoms||There are hardly any symptoms, until the ransomware reveals itself with a ransom note on the victim’s screen.|
|Distribution Method||It usually comes with some spam emails that look absolutely legitimate.|
|Detection Tool||Ransomware may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Remove WildFire Locker
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the first preparation.
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 - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
The first thing you must do is Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.
- Do not skip this. WildFire Locker may have hidden some of its files.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once 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 make a big mistake.
Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:
Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check our for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!
How to Decrypt files infected with WildFire Locker
There is only one known way to remove the virus’ encryption that MAY work (no guarantees) – reversing your files to a previous state. There are two options you have for this:
The first is using a system backup. Search for Backup and Restore in the windows search field —–> “Select another backup to restore files from”
If you have no backups, your option is Recuva
Go to the official site for Recuva and download its free version. When you start the program, select the file types you want to recover. You probably want all files. Next select the location. You probably want Recuva to scan all locations.
Click on the box to enable Deep Scan. The program will now start working and it may take a really long time to finish, so be patient and take a break if necessary.
You will now get a big list of files to pick from. Select all relevant files you need and click Recover.
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