EdgeLocker crypto virus was recently discovered by security researchers, encrypting victims’ files, appending an .edgel extension to each file and demanding 0.1 bitcoin for the decryption key. Once the encryption process via the RSA algorithm is finalized, EdgeLocker displays a ransom message containing instructions on the payment process.
|Short Description||EdgeLocker encrypts files on the targeted system and appends an .edgel extension to each file.|
|Symptoms||A ransom note is dropped on the victim’s computer. A ransom in the amount of 0.1 Bitcoin is demanded.|
|Distribution Method||Spam emails.|
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This is what the text on the ransom note reads:
>>> Your files are encrypted by the EdgeLocker ransomware!
>>> Nobody can decrypt your files without a special RSA private key.
>>> YOU can obtain this key by purchasing it for 0.1 Bitcoin from us.
>>> Pay 0.1 BTC on the address 1LVFaPgwCFBnn5BQsSxRmEZ94nKj7tDDVA and then press “Check Payment”
>>> The payment is not recieved instantly; don’t worry.
button “Check Payment”
>>> Warning: do not try to kill this application or the key will be lost!
>>> A total of 3905 files encrypted.
EdgeLocker .edgel Virus Technical Resume
Researchers have observed ransomware such as EdgeLocker being spread primarily in spam emails containing malicious attachments. However, other possible ways of spreading the crypto virus is through exploit kits, fake updates, and infected freeware installers.
Regarding spam, users should be extra cautious and should never open random emails crafted to look like important messages sent out by legal organizations. This is how cyber criminals are trying to trick you into downloading their malicious payloads.
EdgeLocker demands a ransom in the amount of 0.1 bitcoin. The virus instructs the victim how and where to pay it so that a decryption key is sent. Despite these claims that a decryption key will be send once the payment is finalized, victims should not proceed with paying. For one, ransom payments further enable cyber criminals in continuing and developing their malicious operations.
EdgeLocker drops the following file onto the infected system: _EdgeLocker___.exe. When the file was scanned via VirusTotal on December 31, 2016, only 2 out of the 55 malware engines detected it as malicious:
- Baidu – Win32.Trojan.WisdomEyes.16070401.9500.9988
- Qihoo-360 – HEUR/QVM03.0.0000.Malware.Gen
EdgeLocker .edgel Virus Removal and Decryption Instructions
EdgeLocker file virus, otherwise known as the EdgeLocker ransomware, can be removed manually – the first half of EdgeLocker removal guide below will guide you through the process step by step but don’t forget that at least some experience in malware removal is needed for you to succeed. If you doubt that you can remove the virus yourself, please refer to the instructions for EdgeLocker automatic removal.
As for decryption – for now there is no official decrypter released for EdgeLocker. If you don’t have a back up of your files, you can still attempt restoring them via alternative methods such as data recovery software.
- Guide 1: How to Remove EdgeLocker from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of EdgeLocker from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove EdgeLocker from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase EdgeLocker from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall EdgeLocker from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove EdgeLocker from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate EdgeLocker from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove EdgeLocker from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove EdgeLocker
Step 2: Uninstall EdgeLocker 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 EdgeLocker 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 EdgeLocker there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of EdgeLocker from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall EdgeLocker 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 EdgeLocker 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 EdgeLocker files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as EdgeLocker, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove EdgeLocker 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 EdgeLocker 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 EdgeLocker 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 EdgeLocker 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 EdgeLocker will be removed.
Eliminate EdgeLocker 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.