Do you know what A1Lock Ransomware is?
When you are under attack by A1Lock Ransomware, this could be the day when you lose your files without any previous sign. This vicious program can sneak onto your computer without your knowledge and cause serious devastation. Protecting your computer and your files from such a malicious attack is probably the most important for a security-minded user. Although you are offered the chance of buying your decryption key to be able to recover your files, we do not believe that these crooks will actually send you anything. Unfortunately, experience shows otherwise. Most of such attacks end with the victims losing their files unless they have a backup stored somewhere safe. We highly recommend that you remove A1Lock Ransomware as soon as you realize its presence on your system. For more details, please read on our report.
Finding this threat on board means that you had to receive a spam e-mail that you opened and saved its attachment to view it. This spam can be very convincing and you may actually believe that it is indeed important. These cyber criminals may use totally legitimate-looking sender name and e-mail address pairs, and you may really think that this mail has come from the local police station or any government office. But this spam can also seem to come from well-known companies, such as FedEx, American Airlines, and so on. The subject is usually something that you would be likely to consider important (e.g., an unpaid fine, invoice, or booking gone wrong because of your wrong credit card details). We advise you not to open any mail that seems even a bit suspicious or questionable to you. It is worth double-checking with the sender whether the mail was really meant for you personally or not. Remember that when you delete A1Lock Ransomware, it is the point when all your files are already unusable since you cannot stop this beast in the middle of encryption; there is just not enough time for you to do so. We also advise you to keep your browsers and drivers updated because certain ransomware programs can be distributed through Exploit Kits that can take advantage of older software version bugs.A1Lock Ransomware screenshot
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Once you click to view the attachment in this spam, which is the malicious file itself in disguise, you let this beast loose on your system and it will target all your pictures and documents. The encrypted files will get a new extension that can be either ".troy" or ".707." When the encryption process is over, this threat drops the ransom note file called "HOW_TO_RESTORE_FILES.html" in every folder where files were encrypted. This file contains all the information you need to know about this attack and how you can recover your files. You have to send and e-mail to "firstname.lastname@example.org" with your personal ID you can find in this note. You are supposed to get a reply with the details of the payment. You have to pay the ransom fee in Bitcoins, as usual. The amount is not revealed in this note but it seems that it could be 0.06 Bitcoins (around 235 US dollars at the moment). We cannot and will not encourage anyone to pay money to criminals because that would simply help them commit further online crimes. Since there is no guarantee that you would get your decryption key anyway, we suggest that you not hesitate to remove A1Lock Ransomware from your system.
The only good news we have for you now is that it is not too complicated to remove this threat from your PC. All you need to do is find the suspicious file or files you have saved recently and delete them along with the ransom notes. Keep in mind that this will not give your files back. Although it is possible that in the near future malware experts will come up with a free tool to recover your files, we cannot say this for sure. The best thing is to make frequent backups to make sure that you have a clean copy to transfer back onto your hard disk whenever similar hits take place. Please follow our guide below for manual removal. If you want to protect your PC properly, we suggest that you employ a trustworthy anti-malware program (e.g., SpyHunter).
Remove A1Lock Ransomware from Windows
- Tap Win+E.
- Find and delete all suspicious files you have saved lately.
- Bin all the ransom notes.
- Empty your Recycle Bin and reboot your PC.
In non-techie terms:
A1Lock Ransomware is a new dangerous program that can cause serious devastation on your system among your photos and documents as it can encode them all. This threat is based on an old ransomware program called Globe Ransomware. Unfortunately, right now there is no free file recovery tool that could save your files. Therefore, it is quite possible that you will lose your files in this attack if you do not have a backup of your files saved on a portable drive or in cloud storage. This attack is all about extorting money from you in exchange for the decryption key. We do not advise you to contact these criminals or to send them money either. You need to accept the fact that it is always risky since apart from crooks not wanting to send you anything other than further malware threats to get more money from you, it is also possible that technical issues emerge and your infection loses connection with the remote server, which could mean the loss of your decryption key, too. All in all, we suggest that you remove A1Lock Ransomware right away. Since your virtual security should be your priority if you want to feel safe while online, we recommend that you start using a reliable malware removal application as soon as possible.