Padlock Screenlocker is one of the latest cases of not-very-successful computer infections. The screen locker is in fact a Trojan that displays a message stating that the victim’s files have been deleted, and the computer has been locked. Padlock Screenlocker tries to lock the victim out of their computer, but it never actually deletes their files.
Image Source: Bleeping Computer
|Short Description||Padlocker Screenlocker attempts to lock the computer but never deletes the file.|
|Symptoms||A picture with a padlock is displayed, reading ‘Your Files Have Been Deleted &
Your PC Has Been Locked!!!‘.
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Cracked Software|
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Padlock Screenlocker Distribution Method
The distribution method of the Trojan is not identified yet. Considering its nature, however, we suppose that it is spread via fake software cracks or freeware downloaded from random websites. This is how Trojans are typically spread around. To avoid the infection, sustain a powerful anti-virus and/or anti-malware program, be diligent and don’t trust freeware.
The exact message displayed by this threat goes like that:
Your Files Have Been Deleted &
Your PC Has Been Locked!!!
Padlock Screenlocker Technical Details
Luckily, this infection case is quite easy to resolve since the unlock code can be retrieved from the executable and can be entered into the field, as explained by researchers at BleepingComputer. The only thing needed to end the scam is entering ajVr/G\RJz0R into the field so that the program will close automatically.
Another option for an infected user is rebooting the system into safe mode and removing the infection while it is not loaded.
Padlock Screenlocker Removal Options
As already mentioned, the current unlock code is available which makes removing the threat easy. Users can use Safe Mode with Networking to clean their systems. However, if the unlock code doesn’t work for you, have a look at the removal steps below to clean your computer.
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