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Remove EVIL LOKCER Ransomware and Restore .EVIL Files

Remove EVIL LOKCER Ransomware Restore .EVIL Files sensorstechforum

This article provides information about a ransomware dubbed EVIL LOKCER. At the end of it, you will find a step-by-step guide that helps with the removal of this threat as well as alternative data recovery approaches.

As found by security researchers EVIL LOKCER is a ransomware that aims to encrypt important files stored on the infected host and then blackmail victims into paying a ransom fee. For the purpose, it modifies essential system settings that contribute to the successful attack. At the end of the infection process, all files corrupted by EVIL LOKCER ransomware have the extension .[evil@cock.lu].EVIL and you are no longer able to access the information they store.

Threat Summary

Name EVIL LOKCER
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description EVIL LOKCER encrypts important files stored on the infected host and then demands a ransom for a decryption solution.
Symptoms Valuable data becomes unopenable and is marked with the extensionс .[evil@cock.lu].EVIL. A ransom is demanded for decryption solution.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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EVIL LOKCER Ransomware – Distribution

One way for the ransomware to land on the computer is via a compromised web page. A visit to such web page can download the infection through your browser and execute its code directly on the system. The URLs of such pages can be distributed via various advertising campaigns, posted on social media channels or send in email spam messages.

Another spread technique which appears to be the most preferred by hackers is sending the ransomware payload in spam email messages. In this case the malicious code could be embedded in a file attachment. The attachment may be a commonly used type of file like an archive, document, image, or PDF. Beware and practice caution before you download and open files from received emails even when they seem legitimate as hackers often pose as representatives of well-known companies, services, websites and even governmental institutions. This way they attempt to trick you into infecting your system with devastating infections like EVIL LOKCER ransomware.

EVIL LOKCER Ransomware – Overview

Once EVIL LOKCER ransomware’s payload is started on the system it initiates a sequence of system modifications that help it to evade detection and complete the attack. The analyses of this threat sample reveal that is designed to infect 64-bit system versions. In order to get all malicious files needed for the infection process, the ransomware is likely to connect its command and control server and then download them from there. Meanwhile, other files with self-execution functionalities are created directly on the system during the attack.

There are several folders that may store malicious files after the attack and they are:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Temp%
  • %Windows%

Further, it becomes clear that the ransomware terminates certain system processes probably in attempt to remain undetected by active security measures or become able to execute some of the malicious files that imitate legitimate processes.

During the attack EVIL LOKCER accesses the Registry Editor where low-level settings for the operating system are stored. There the ransomware is able to add values under the Run and RunOnce sub-keys and ensure its persistent presence on the system. These keys manage the automatic execution of all processes essential for the smooth system performance. So by adding its malicious values there the ransomware becomes able to run on each system start.
Following encryption, EVIL LOKCER drops a file named !_HOW_RECOVERY_FILES_!.txt and opens it to inform victims about its presence and impact. The text in this ransom message reads:

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> EVIL LOCKER <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< HELLO, DEAR FRIEND! 1. [ ALL YOUR FILES HAVE BEEN ENCRYPTED! ] Your files are NOT damaged! Your files are modified only. This modification is reversible. The only 1 way to decrypt your files is to receive the decryption program. 2. [ HOW TO RECOVERY FILES? ] To receive the decryption program write on our e-mail: evil@cock.lu or evil@firemail.cc And in subject write your ID: ID-[redacted 6 hex char] We send you full instruction how to decrypt all your files. 3. [ FREE DECRYPTION! ] Free decryption as guarantee. We guarantee the receipt of the decryption program after payment. To believe, you can give us up to 3 files that we decrypt for free. Files should not be important to you! (databases, backups, large excel sheets, etc.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> EVIL LOCKER <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Hackers do not reveal how much the decryption ransom is but no matter how much they demand we strongly advise all victims to refrain from contacting or paying them. No matter what they promise they are malicious intenders who can trick you into paying them the ransom and skip sending you a decryption solution.

EVIL LOKCER Ransomware – Encryption Process

The primary goal of EVIL LOKCER crypto virus is to encode predefined types of files and make them inaccessible. It is likely that the following files are encrypted by this ransomware:

  • Audio files
  • Video files
  • Document files
  • Image files
  • Backup files
  • Banking credentials, etc

During encryption, the original code of all target files is modified with the help of a strong cipher algorithm. So at the end of the process corrupted files could not be accessed. Additionally, the specific extensions .[evil@cock.lu].EVIL are appended to the original names of encrypted data.

EVIL LOKCER cryptovirus could also be set to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

The execution of the above-stated command makes the effects of the encryption process more efficient as it eliminates one of the prominent ways to restore your data. If a computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially restore some files back to their normal state.

Remove EVIL LOKCER Ransomware and Restore .EVIL Files

Below you could find how to remove EVIL LOKCER step by step. To remove the ransomware manually you need to have a bit of technical experience and ability to recognize traits of malware files. Beware that ransomware is a threat with highly complex code that plagues not only your files but your whole system. So as recommended by security researchers you need to utilize an advanced anti-malware tool for its complete removal. Such a tool will keep your system protected against devastating threats like EVIL LOKCER and other kinds of malware that endanger your online security.

After you remove the ransomware make sure to check the “Restore Files” step listed in the guide below. But before you take any further actions, don’t forget to back up all encrypted files to an external drive in order to prevent their irreversible loss.

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As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

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  • Profile of the content creator.
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  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove EVIL LOKCER from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove EVIL LOKCER

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall EVIL LOKCER 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by EVIL LOKCER on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by EVIL LOKCER there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

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Step 4: Scan for EVIL LOKCER with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by EVIL LOKCER.

Ransomware infections and EVIL LOKCER aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of EVIL LOKCER from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall EVIL LOKCER and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to EVIL LOKCER:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to EVIL LOKCER. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to EVIL LOKCER. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 EVIL LOKCER 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as EVIL LOKCER. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by EVIL LOKCER.

Ransomware infections and EVIL LOKCER aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


EVIL LOKCER FAQ

What is EVIL LOKCER ransomware and how does it work?

EVIL LOKCER is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.

Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.

How does EVIL LOKCER ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.EVIL LOKCER Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment.

This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.

After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.

Another way, you may become a victim of EVIL LOKCER is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.

How to open .EVIL LOKCER files?

You can't. At this point the .EVIL LOKCER files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .EVIL LOKCER files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by EVIL LOKCER ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore ".EVIL LOKCER" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .EVIL LOKCER files.

These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How do I get rid of EVIL LOKCER ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate EVIL LOKCER ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .EVIL LOKCER files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like EVIL LOKCER ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:

  • Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
  • Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
  • Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
  • You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.

More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.

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