Do you know what CryptoLocker Virus is?
Schemers use ransomware to trick Windows users into giving up their money, and CryptoLocker Virus is one of the many infections which could be used for the malevolent cause. The clandestine infection is represented using a screen-locking notification; however, the threat is not just an ordinary ransomware. Most of the previously reported threats have utilized allegedly authentic Police credentials to trick targeted users into paying fines; however, in this case you are simply informed that unless you pay the fine you will not be able to restore access to the computer or decrypt personal files. Unfortunately, many Windows users still decide to pay the requested ransom, and this is the last thing anyone should do. Please continue reading to learn why it is important to delete CryptoLocker Virus, and what removal strategies should be employed.
As research has revealed, the malicious threat acts similarly to Say Hello to Little Virus Brings a Lot of Problems Virus. Cyber criminals behind the threat have been noted to use Command and Control servers to perform malicious actions on your computer after they manage to infiltrate the threat using social engineering scams. Unfortunately, in most cases affected Windows users do not know how to unlock their computers or what to do with the screen-locking notification. Therefore, they turn to the ransom and choose to pay 100 USD/EUR via MoneyPak, Paysafecard, Ukash, cashU and Bitcoin money transfer systems. Please see a few excerpts from the misleading ransom demand:
Your personal files are encrypted! […]
The encryption was produced using a unique public key RSA-2018 generated for this computer. To decrypt files you need to obtain the private key. […]
Any attempt to remove or damage this software will lead to immediate destruction of the private key by server.
The clandestine ransomware sets out to delete files from your computer if you do not pay the ransom within the next 48 hours. As research shows, even if you pay the fine your files are likely to get deleted. Therefore, we recommend that you immediately remove CryptoLocker Virus without even thinking about wasting your money. Unfortunately, this does not guarantee that encrypted .docx, .jpg, .xlsm, .dxg and other files will not be deleted from the system. The creators of the ransomware have developed the infection to encrypt your files; however, they have no concerns about the decryption process. Remember that you should backup all of the important system files in the future, so that unauthorized removal would not harm you.
Since the computer is locked, CryptoLocker Virus removal may seem extremely complicated. Surely, it is not easy to delete the threat from the system; however, there are a few things you can do. If you use the instructions displayed below your system will be unlocked and you will be able to install automatic malware detection and removal software. Once the system is cleared from infections, we suggest you ensure that it is protected against schemers’ invasion at all times. Note that only authentic, up-to-date security software (e.g. SpyHunter) can guarantee this.
Remove CryptoLocker Virus
Remove from Windows XP:
- Restart the computer, wait for BIOS to load and start tapping F8.
- Using arrow keys select Safe Mode with Networking and tap Enter.
- As ‘Windows is running in safe mode’ alert shows up – click Yes.
- Visit http://www.spyware-techie.com/download-sph and download a malware remover.
- Open the Start menu, launch RUN, enter msconfig and then click OK.
- In the opened utility click the Startup tab and select Disable All. Click OK.
- Restart the PC, install the downloaded malware remover and delete the ransomware.
Remove from Windows Vista or Windows 7:
- Repeat steps 1-2 from the removal instructions above.
- Download the automatic malware remover SpyHunter.
- Install the application onto the computer.
- Perform a system scan and click Fix Threats to delete detected infections.
Remove from Windows 8:
- Access the Metro UI start screen and launch a browser.
- Type http://www.spyware-techie.com/download-sph into the address bar and hit Enter.
- Follow the instructions to download an authentic malware removal tool onto the computer.
- Install the program and use it to delete existing infections.
In non-techie terms:
It is important that you remove CryptoLocker Virus from the operating Windows system as soon as possible. We cannot guarantee that your files will not remain encrypted after you delete the infection; however, if you do not remove the virus, there is a great chance that it will be used to steal private information or expose security vulnerabilities to other infections.
Aliases: Crypto Locker Virus.