Do you know what Kill Lambdalocker is?
Kill Lambdalocker is another malicious tool created to extort money from its victims. Currently, its looks like the malware’s creators are asking users to pay 0.5 BTC (approximately 450 US dollars). If you have no intention to put up with the cyber criminals’ demands, we urge you to eliminate the infection without any hesitation since it could be not safe to keep its malicious data on the computer. For those who are determined to get rid of the threat manually, we can offer our removal guide located below the main text. However, if the task seems too difficult for you to handle, it would be best to erase the infection with reputable antimalware software. We would also advise you to read the rest of the article, especially if this is the first time you encountered ransomware. This way you can learn more about it and perhaps even figure out how to stay away from threats like Kill Lambdalocker the next time.
First of all, it is necessary to understand how this malicious application might have entered your system. Even though our researchers cannot specify the method that was used for this particular infection, we can tell you about the most popular way to distribute ransomware as we believe it could have been used to spread Kill Lambdalocker too. Our specialists notice that quite often such threats travel with infected email attachments. These files can confuse the receiver as they may have the appearance of various text documents, images, executable files, and so on.
Why do users open suspicious data? Some of them launch malicious files simply without thinking, others might get convinced by the text that comes with the file or feels too tempted because the attachment’s title makes them curious, etc. To avoid such mistakes, you should not rush while opening files received via email, especially if they are classified as Spam. Before launching the attachment, see if you recognize the sender and make sure you know why the file was sent to you. Clearly, there might be scenarios when it is impossible to tell; thus a better idea would be to keep a reputable antimalware tool. Users could scan suspicious data with it, and if it is malicious, the tool should warn them about it.
Further, we would like to tell you what happens if you fail to protect the system and Kill Lambdalocker enters it. As most of other similar malicious programs, it should locate data that is valuable to the user, e.g. pictures, photographs, documents, and so on. Then the infection could start encrypting this data to make it impossible for you to access your personal files. The damaged files should be recognizable by the additional .lambda_l0cked extension; it should be placed at the end, e.g. picture.jpg.lambda_l0cked.
Later the malware should show users instructions telling how to pay the demanded ransom (0.5 BTC). Keep it in mind that if you transfer the money, there will be no refunds, so if the malicious application’s creators chose not to send you the promised decryption tool, the money would be lost in vain. There are no guarantees the promised decryption tools even exist, and you certainly cannot expect the cyber criminals to be trustworthy or reliable. In other words, paying the ransom is extremely risky, so you have to think this through most carefully.
Perhaps, a better option would be to see if you have any copies you could use to replace encrypted files. Of course, before transferring such copies, we would recommend erasing the Kill Lambdalocker. Users could do this manually by following the removal guide located below. It will show you how to search for malicious data related to the infection and how to eliminate it manually. Nonetheless, if it seems too complicated, you can use a reliable antimalware tool instead. Install the tool and set it to perform a full system scan. Once the list of detections appears, click the deletion button and the tool will erase not only the malicious program but other possible threats as well.
Remove Kill Lambdalocker
- Press Windows Key+E.
- Locate the listed directories separately: Downloads, Desktop, and Temporary Files.
- Find a malicious file you probably downloaded and launched before the system got infected.
- Mark the malicious file and tap Shift+Delete.
- Find the ransom note (READ_IT.hTml), select it and press Shift+Delete.
- Close the Explorer.
- Restart your computer.
In non-techie terms:
Kill Lambdalocker encrypts its victim’s personal documents and drops a ransom note called READ_IT.hTml. It contains a message from the cyber criminals who developed this malicious application. They expect you to follow their provided instructions and transfer the requested amount of money to a specific account. Since no one can assure the tool actually exists and there is always a chance the malware’s creators might not bother to send the tool in the end, we advise users not to risk with their savings and get rid of the threat immediately. You may try to erase it manually with the removal guide placed above, although if you are an inexperienced user, it might be easier to delete it with reputable antimalware software.