Do you know what 8lock8 Ransomware is?
Ransomware infections are computer threats that can stop users from accessing their files. 8lock8 Ransomware is one of these threats, and it can really lock all the files to make sure you cannot access them. Of course, these infections act like that not without a reason. Specialists are sure that they act like that because they seek to get money from users. We know that you keep important files on your computer, and you probably need to access them badly; however, we also think that you should know that the decision to pay money for cyber criminals is quite bad too, especially when there is a way to unlock files free of charge. Read this article carefully from beginning to end to find out how it is possible to do that. You will also find more information about 8lock8 Ransomware itself if you read this report from beginning to end.
Our specialists have thoroughly tested 8lock8 Ransomware and found that this ransomware infection is based on HiddenTear, an open source ransomware-like file crypter kit, and it uses the AES-256 encryption algorithm, which explains why it is impossible to gain access to files this threat locks easily. It has been noticed that this infection encrypts a bunch of valuable files, including pictures, videos, and different kinds of documents. To be more specific, 8lock8 Ransomware is targeted at files containing the following filename extensions: asp, .aspx, .avi, .bmp, .csv, .doc, .docx, .htm, .html, .jpg, .mdb, .odt, .pdf, .php, .png, .ppt, .pptx, .rar, .sln, .sql, .txt, .wav, .xls, .xlsx, .xml, and .zip. It will replace those original extensions with its own extension .8lock8, so you will recognize very easily which of your files are encrypted. In order to make sure that you know what has happened and what you need to do next, 8lock8 Ransomware will also create the READ_IT.txt file with the following text in English and Russian:
Files have been encrypted!Файлы были зашифрованы
It uses cryptographically strong algorithm!Используется криптостойкий алгоритм
contact by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
to identify , use lower hash!для идентификации используйте нижний хэш
If you are not planning on transferring money to cyber criminals, you should not even bother to write an email. Yes, there is no doubt that you will be asked to pay a ransom in order to get the decryption tool. Unfortunately, nobody knows whether it will be really sent to you after you make a payment, so we suggest that you keep your money to yourself and try to decrypt files differently. For example, you do not need to worry about your files if you have their copies because you will be able to easily transfer them to your computer after you get rid of 8lock8 Ransomware. What is more, specialists have come across a free decryption tool on the web that can help you to decrypt files encrypted by 8lock8 Ransomware. We are sure that you will be able to find it yourself using your search engine.8lock8 Ransomware screenshot
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8lock8 Ransomware is very similar to GhostCrypt Ransomware, so it is not surprising at all that it is spread the same. It is very likely that 8lock8 Ransomware pretends to be a good file and comes as an email attachment. If a gullible user opens and downloads such an attachment, he/she allows this ransomware infection to sneak onto the computer immediately. This is, of course, not the only way how such threats are spread. Our security specialists say that this threat could have entered your system also if you have clicked on a wrong link. We suggest being more careful in the future if you do not wish to encounter similar threats again.
Fortunately, it is not very hard to remove 8lock8 Ransomware from the system because this infection does not install new files, and it does not apply any changes to the system registry. In order to get rid of this threat, you will simply have to remove its file with instructions from the Desktop and also take care of the malicious file you have downloaded from a spam email. If you do not wish to do that yourself, you can use an automatic malware remover, e.g. SpyHunter.
Delete 8lock8 Ransomware
- Find the READ_IT.txt file on the Desktop.
- Right-click on it and select Delete.
- Find the malicious file you have opened before the encryption happened (it will probably be in the Downloads folder).
- Delete it.
- Empty the Recycle Bin.
- Scan your system with an automatic tool to check whether or not the system is clean.
In non-techie terms:
It is not very easy to protect the system from malware, so we suggest installing security software – it will not allow serious threats to enter the system. Of course, you should not forget to be very careful as well. Security specialists say that you should surf the web very carefully, do not click on suspicious links, and do not download applications from questionable sites to ensure the system’s safety.