Do you know what Princess Locker Ransomware is?
Most probably one of the worst nightmares of computer users is a category of malicious programs Princess Locker Ransomware just became a new member of. This ransomware infection can slither onto your operating system silently and encrypt your most precious files in no time. It is quite easy to notice the presence of this vicious threat because you simply cannot access your files anymore and they all get a new extension, too. There is only one goal for such an attack and it is most likely not to upset you and destroy your files. This threat is simply about money, i.e., extorting money from you by making you believe that you can recover your files with the supposed decryption key you are promised to get. However, unfortunately, experience shows otherwise. We do not recommend that you pay a cent to these criminals because you would simply support online crimes and would most likely get nothing for your money anyway. The only solution our researchers see for you is to remove Princess Locker Ransomware as soon as you can say "malware attack."
This may not be the "sliced bread" of malware invasion protection, but if you know how this ransomware can show up on your system, obviously, you will also understand how you can avoid it. Our researchers have discovered two channels through which Princess Locker Ransomware may infiltrate your machine. The most popular method is spamming campaigns in which cyber criminals spread fake e-mail messages with a malicious attachment. Such spam may be able to avoid detection by your spam filter. So it may end up either in your inbox or your spam folder. In any case, this is the kind of mail that could make you doubt why it is in your spam folder when it seems so important; and the emphasis is on "seems" of course.
Because these spam mails are quite sophisticated and can seem to come from totally convincing and legitimate sources, such as well-know companies, Internet providers, hotels as well as the authorities. The next line of convincing power lies in the subject of these mails. It is possible that this spam pretends to be a kind of fine (e.g., parking) you have not yet settled, or similarly, an invoice that is overdue, a hotel room booking that went wrong, and so on. It is really easy to fall for such tricks so do not beat yourself up about this. But do become more cautious if you want to protect your system from the next malicious attack. Because if you fail to do so, no matter how quick you try to delete Princess Locker Ransomware or any other similar infection that may hit you because you may still lose your files as they will already be encrypted.
It is also possible that your browsers are not updated regularly and neither are your Java and Flash drivers. In this case, schemers can take advantage of the security bugs in the outdated software versions and drop this serious infection onto your system. Cyber criminals can use so-called Exploit Kits (e.g., RIG, Angler, and Blackhole) to create a webpage that has content that can take advantage of software vulnerabilities. It is more than enough for you to land on this page and the damage will be done in no time, without your noticing it. If you do not want to get infected this way, you should definitely make sure that all your programs and drivers are kept up-to-date from official sources.
Princess Locker Ransomware uses the AES built-in Windows encryption algorithm to take your media and program files hostage. This could take way less than a single minute in fact. All your encrypted files change their names and get a new, random extension that was ".lcbul" in our case. When the encryption is over, this infection creates two ransom note files on your desktop named “!_HOW_TO_RESTORE_[extension].TXT” and “!_HOW_TO_RESTORE_[extension].html.” From these ransom notes you learn that you have to visit a certain website using the TOR browser and you have to log in to the payment site by using your personal ID as your code. But before you can actually log in, you have to chose your language from the twelve "most popular" languages. In fact, this screen reminds us very much of another well-known malware infection called Cerber Ransomware.
You have to transfer 3 BTC to free up your files, which is around $1,900 at the time of writing. We do not advise you to contact these criminals in any way. If you want to save your computer, you should remove Princess Locker Ransomware right now. Please use our instructions below if you want to put an end to this severe threat with your own hands. However, if you want proper defense for your machine, we suggest that you install a decent malware remover, such as SpyHunter.
Remove Princess Locker Ransomware from Windows
- Tap Win+E.
- Delete the malicious file (random name) you dropped onto your system. (This file can be in default places, such as %TEMP%, %userprofile%\downloads and %userprofile%\desktop.)
- Delete the ransom note files from your desktop.
- Empty your Recycle Bin reboot your system.
In non-techie terms:
Princess Locker Ransomware is a major threat that can hit you unexpectedly and silently. In this serious attack, you may lose all your favorite and personal files, such as photos, videos, documents, and more. Although, you are offered a way out by the authors of this malicious attack, we do not believe that it is a good idea to pay the demanded rather high ransom fee. In fact, we recommend that you do not waste time and remove Princess Locker Ransomware immediately. If you prefer an automated solution, try using a reliable anti-malware program.