How to Remove CryptoLocker Ransomware from Your PC
Read here to find a complete solution for removing CryptoLocker from PC.
What is CryptoLocker?
CryptoLocker is a strong file encrypting virus which encrypts your essential files with a very strong file encryption key. Moreover, CryptoLocker aka Troj/Ransom-ACP aka Trojan.Ransomcrypt.F is categorized as ransomware. Further, this ransomware encrypts your essential files and data using a combination of RSA and ESA encryption algorithm. So, once this ransomware enters your computer system it starts encrypting your essential data right away. Also, it becomes impossible to decrypt your data and retrieve the data back.
Further, after the encryption of your essential files a message appear on your screen saying “Your personal files have been encrypted”. Moreover, after encryption of your essential data you will find this message and an instruction to pay a certain amount to get decrypting your data. Anyways, this threat was first spotted in year 2013 and after that it was defeated. Therefore, this ransomware is no more in existence since then.
Moreover, there are so many copycat variants such as Locky virus, of this ransomware that can affect your computer system. Such variants may also pose a big threat like CryptoLocker did. Further, using CryptoLocker ransomware cyber criminals received millions of dollars from the victims in form of ransom.
Well, just after its intrusion it readily starts encrypting all your essential data on your PC, and sends the decryption key “CryptoLocker ID” to a remote server. Further, encrypting your data a message notifying you about the encryption come on your screen. Also, no matter how many times you restart your PC, it loads in your PC with every start up.
Further, it also blocks your access to your system and the ransom message appear on screen every time. Furthermore, it keeps appearing on screen until you pay the ransom amount typically it demands for an amount between 100 dollars/euros to 500 dollars/euros. Also, you have to pay the ransom via Moneypak, Ukash, Bitcoin or CashU mode in a certain time. And it threatens that the private decrypt key is on a remote server and if victims don’t pay the ransom in time the key will be destroyed.
What is the spreading technique of CryptoLocker virus?
The cyber crooks use various new and old distribution techniques for spreading this ransomware malware. Though, CryptoLocker is no more in existence but you can find its variants. Moreover, the authors of this malware combine various unethical techniques to distribute this malware efficiently.
So, one such nasty way is via hideous contents with email. Further, such mails that come with malicious attachments carry CryptoLocker. So, using such emails CryptoLocker travels to your PC. Once, a user click on such malevolent mail the malware enter his/her PC.
Additionally, it also enters your PC when you click any fake update or ads that appear in a pop-up. So, many fake update pop-ups claiming to update Java, Flash Player or any other program may cause malware infection. Mostly such malevolent mails come in the name of a reputed entity to persuade the users for authenticity. However, this might be a trap to infect your PC. Further, if you receive an email with subject like Detailaufstellung zu Rechnung Nr. [numbers] delete it instantly.
How does this ransomware affect your PC?
After CryptoLocker ransomware attacks your PC it starts scanning all the drives on your PC. Further, when it finds your files with specific extensions, especially .doc, .docx, .xls, .jpg, .png, .pdf, .txt, .wav, .bmp etc. it readily encrypts them. So, after it encrypts the files you will not be able to open those files anymore. Further, when the ransomware like Locky virus encrypts your files then it also replaces your desktop wallpaper with its ransom note. Also, you will find an HTML ransom note during browsing internet in your web browser.
Moreover, through such notes it displays instructions on how you can decrypt files and retrieve your encrypted data. Also, it displays instructions about paying the ransom.
Well, it localizes the message that it displays as per users’ current location. So, it displays the message in the appropriate language.
How to protect your data from the attack of ransomware?
Though, once this ransomware enters your PC there is no way but to pay the ransom. So, to stay safe you should take every step that can help you preventing this malware from entering your PC. Further, it’s necessary to regularly back up your valuable data. Also, for safety of your PC you should avoid suspicious and misleading ads. Further, ensure to delete spams and malicious mails. Never click a suspicious mail as that may contain malwares. Furthermore, disable any malicious extensions, if you find.
Moreover, download a powerful antivirus program and update that regularly. In addition, ensure to backup your essential files and data frequently and regularly. Use online cloud services to store data such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Flickr, etc. Or you can backup data on external devices like USBs or pen drive etc.
Unfortunately, if this malware infects your system then it’s impossible to recover your files. Anyways, paying the ransom is not a solution and we recommend you not pay the ransom. Despite, the claim of cybercrook it’s not possible that the cybercrook will provide you working or correct decryption key after paying ransom. Maybe it’s just a trap to demand more money. So, we recommend you to try some alternate solutions. Thus, try to reverse the effect of the virus by trying various solutions. Also, you should contact law enforcement agency for this immediately.
CryptoLocker Ransomware Removal Guide
If Ransomware has already infected your computer, go for its removal immediately otherwise when its infection becomes severe, it causes a lot of trouble and becomes too stubborn to remove from the computer.
Automatic Removal Tool
- Download the Malwarebytes antimalware tool.
- Install the tool by just clicking the “mbam” setup icon.
- Further, after installation wait for the update which it runs after installing on your PC.
- After the update run scan pressing the Scan now.
- Completing scan find the malwares and malicious registries which it shows after scan.
- Clear all malicious files by pressing Remove selected.
- Finally, your computer is cleaned.
Method No.2: Manual Method
Follow the following steps to remove adware manually.
To remove CryptoLocker Ransomware, you may have to mess with registery & system files. Making a single mistake and deleting the wrong thing may corrupt your system.
To Avoid this use MalwareBytes – CryptoLocker Removal Tool.
Step 1 : Uninstall suspicious software using Control Panel.
Remove the processes of this ransomware
- First Shut down your PC.
- After the Startup of your PC, hit the “F8” key repeatedly while it’s booting up.
- Now the “Advance Boot Option” will appear choose “Safe Mode with Networking” option using arrow button of your keyboard then hit “Enter”.
- After this open the task manager and kill malicious processes.
- Hit the windows key+ R keys to open Run dialog box.
- Now type “msconfig” in run then hit Enter.
- Choose Boot tab then click “Safe Boot & Network”.
- Click OK and restart PC.
- Open task manager and kill all malicious processes.
Restore files with windows “Restore to previous” option
- Go to the file you wish to restore then right-click on it.
- Now when a drop-down menu appears choose “Restore Previous Versions” option.
- For this Windows XP users can choose “Properties” further select “Previous Versions” tab.
- Next choose particular version then press restore button.
Clean malevolent registry files
It is necessary to clean all malevolent registry file for this press windows key + R and type “regedit.exe” in the Run box hit enter. Finally, choose all malicious registries and remove them.
Remove these files: for XP:
C:\Documents and Settings\“USERNAME”\ApplicationData\random.exe