Do you know what Locklock Ransomware is?
Specialists have detected a new ransomware infection recently. It is called Locklock Ransomware. Locklock is a standard ransomware infection based on an open-source project EDA2. It is also known that it appears on computers of Chinese-speaking users predominantly. Even though it is very active in China, it will definitely encrypt your files too if it finds a way to enter your computer. Our team of specialists has revealed that this ransomware infection locks all kinds of files it finds stored on the computer. Fortunately, it will not touch any system files located in %Windir%, so your Windows OS will not become inoperable. Unfortunately, Locklock Ransomware uses the encryption algorithm AES-256, so it will definitely not be easy to unlock those files it has encrypted. Cyber criminals use this encryption algorithm on purpose. They seek to make it impossible to decrypt files without the decryption key. Of course, they will offer you to purchase it because the main goal of ransomware infections is to make users pay money. Our specialists are strictly against payments to cyber criminals because you might not even get the decryption key after you make a payment. Also, cyber crooks will definitely not stop creating malware if they always get what they want.
Locklock Ransomware locks personal files, including pictures, documents, music, and videos by adding the extension .locklock. You will immediately notice if the original extension of your file is changed, so you will know which of your files are encrypted too. What else you will notice on your Desktop is a file READ_ME.TXT. This ransomware infection will create it immediately after it finishes encrypting files on the system. You will be explained why your files are encrypted: “Your computer has been hacked”. Also, you will find out what cyber criminals expect you to do, i.e. to contact them via the provided email. You should not write an email to email@example.com if you know that you are not going to pay money to cyber criminals because you will only be explained how to make a payment in an email you receive from cyber crooks. We do not know the exact amount of money you will have to pay for the decryptor, but we are sure that it will not be cheap to get the personal files back. No matter what the price of the decryption tool is, we do not recommend paying money because a) you might not get anything from cyber criminals; b) you can download a free tool from the web and use it to unlock your files, and c) you can easily recover your files if you have a backup. Delete Locklock Ransomware before you take any action in order to decrypt files without paying money.
We are sure that you do not want to encounter another ransomware infection again after the acquaintanceship with Locklock Ransomware. Of course, you can prevent them from entering your system. First of all, you need to know that Locklock Ransomware and other similar threats enter computers secretly. There are two ways they enter computers unnoticed. First of all, it is known that these infections are distributed via spam emails. They travel in these emails as attachments and appear on computers if a user opens them. What is more, ransomware infections might be dropped by Trojans too. It is really hard to prevent Trojans from entering the computer, so we believe that every user needs to have reputable security software installed on the system to ensure the maximum protection.
Users who wish to delete Locklock Ransomware manually should check the manual removal guide provided below. As you can see, it will not be very hard to get rid of this threat because you just need to remove the malicious file and READ_ME.TXT from Desktop. If you find the manual method too complicated, use SpyHunter, which is a reputable automatic malware remover. It will find malicious software and components that belong to untrustworthy programs within seconds and then will eliminate them all.
How to remove Locklock Ransomware
- Find the malicious file you have downloaded recently.
- Delete it.
- Locate READ_ME.TXT on your Desktop.
- Select this file and then delete it.
- Empty the Recycle bin as soon as possible.
In non-techie terms:
There is no doubt that you need to remove Locklock Ransomware from your system as soon as possible because it is a threat to your personal files; however, this infection might not be the only one you have to delete from your computer. To be frank, many users have infections on their PCs but do not know anything about them because these threats know how to hide from computer users. Use a diagnostic tool to scan the system and detect these infections. Once you find all of them, hurry to remove them.