This article will help you to remove the A1Lock ransomware completely. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end.
The A1Lock ransomware is the name of a cryptovirus which is a variant of the GlobeImposter virus. The extension it places to all files after encryption is ..txt without modifying the original one or the filename. After encryption, a ransom note shows up inside an .html file containing instructions on how to pay the ransom and allegedly restore your data. Continue to read and check what ways you could try out to potentially recover your files.
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files on your computer device and it shows a ransom note afterward.|
|Symptoms||This ransomware virus will encrypt your files and place the ..txt extension on each one of them.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by A1Lock |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss A1Lock.|
|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
A1Lock Ransomware – Ways of Delivery
A1Lock ransomware might spread its infection via different ways. The payload file which executes the malicious script for this ransomware, that in turn infects your computer machine, is circling around the Internet. Samples of this ransomware have been found by a few different malware researchers. You can see the detections of some security vendors for one such sample embedded into an executable file by checking the image taken of the VirusTotal service below:
Also, the following domains are used to deliver that payload file:
Important Note! The above list with domains is for purely informational purposes and opening any domain is strongly advised against, because that will download the virus onto your computer system.
The A1Lock ransomware might be using other ways to deliver the payload file, such as social media and file-sharing sites. Freeware applications found on the Web could be promoted as helpful but also could hide the malicious script for this virus. Before opening any files after you have downloaded them, you should instead scan them with a security program. Especially if they come from suspicious places, such as emails or links. Also, don’t forget to check the size and signatures of such files for anything that seems out of place. You should read the ransomware prevention tips given in the forum.
A1Lock Ransomware – Technical Data
The A1Lock ransomware is a cryptovirus, which has been circulating with different variants. When the A1Lock ransomware encrypts your files, it will put the ..txt extension to every file and display a ransom note with payment instructions. The virus is a GlobeImposter variant.
The list with known versions for the A1Lock variant can be seen right down here:
The A1Lock ransomware can be set to make new registry entries in the Windows Registry to achieve a higher level of persistence. Such entries are usually designed in a way that will start the virus automatically with every launch of the Windows Operating System, such as the example shown right here below:
The ransom message is placed inside a file called Read_ME.html. This is how it looks:
The ransom note states the following:
Your files are Encrypted!
For data recovery needs decryptor.
If you want to buy a decryptor, click the button:
Yes, I want to buy
Free decryption as guarantee.
Before paying you can send us 1 file for free decryption.
To send a message or file use this link.
( If you send a file for free decryption, also send file Read_ME.html )
And finally, if you can not contact, follow these two steps:
1. Install the TOP Browser from this link:
2. Open this link in the TOP browser: support
Your personal ID:
If you click on the TOR link (https://n224ezvhg4sgyamb.onion.link), another page with further instructions will show up and you can see it here:
It states the following:
To buy the decryptor, you must pay the cost of: 0.29 Bitcoin ($997.19)
You have 2 days for payment
time left :
after finishing offer, decryptor cost will be 0.58 Bitcoin
You can buy bitcoin on one of these sites:
send 0.29 bitcoin on the Bitcoin address: 16QzEecSU858iaWFyLEEgGXGn9ehtvMJXG
Only after payment
Enter your REAL e-mail to get the decryptor and click Enter
Free decryption as guarantee.
Before paying you can send us 1 file for free decryption.
To send a message or file use this form.
( If you send a file for free decryption, also send file RECOVER-FILES.HTML
message or file
You should NOT under any circumstances pay the ransom or write to these criminals. Nobody can give you a guarantee that you will get your files decrypted upon payment, plus in that way you will support the crooks and probably motivate them to keep making ransomware or do similar criminal acts.
A1Lock Ransomware – Encryption Process
There is no official list with file extensions that the A1Lock ransomware seeks to encrypt and the article will be updated if such a list is discovered. However, all files which get encrypted will receive the ..txt extension appended to them. The virus doesn’t change or modify the original file name or extension of the encrypted files.
The encryption algorithm which is used for the virus is currently unknown, but the ransomware encrypts files, some of which have the following extensions:
→.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .jpg, .mp3, .pdf, .png, .txt
The A1Lock cryptovirus is reported by malware researchers to erase the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows Operating System by executing the following command:
→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet
Executing the above-stated command will make the encryption process more effective, as one of the main ways for file recovery will be eliminated. Continue reading to find out what methods you can try out to potentially restore some of your files.
Remove A1Lock Ransomware and Restore ..txt Files
If your computer got infected with the A1Lock ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.
- Guide 1: How to Remove A1Lock from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of A1Lock from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove A1Lock from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase A1Lock from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall A1Lock from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove A1Lock from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate A1Lock from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove A1Lock from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove A1Lock
Step 2: Uninstall A1Lock and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by A1Lock on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by A1Lock there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of A1Lock from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall A1Lock and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove A1Lock via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove A1Lock files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as A1Lock, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove A1Lock from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase A1Lock from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall A1Lock from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove A1Lock from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the A1Lock will be removed.
Eliminate A1Lock from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.