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LMAOxUS Ransomware – Remove It and Restore Your Files

This article will help you remove LMAOxUS ransomware in full. Follow the ransomware removal instructions at the bottom of the article.

LMAOxUS is a new ransomware cryptovirus. The virus is an EDA2 variant, originally named Stolich or Win32.Stolich. Your files will become encrypted and the LMAOxUS cryptovirus will leave a distinctive message on a web page or as a screenlocker. Proceed to read below and see how you could try to potentially restore some of your data.

Threat Summary

NameLMAOxUS
TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionThe ransomware virus encrypts files on your computer and demands payment for unlocking them.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and after that display a distinctive ransom note message, after the encryption process is finished.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executables
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LMAOxUS Ransomware – Infection

LMAOxUS ransomware could spread its infection via different methods. The payload file that initiates the malicious script for this ransomware, which in turn infects your computer machine, is circling the Internet. A few malware samples have been found by different malware researchers. You can see the VirusTotal detections for security vendors of one sample by checking the snapshot below:

LMAOxUS ransomware could also distribute its payload file on social media sites and networks for file-sharing. Freeware that is found on the Web could be presented as useful but at the same time could hide the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Refrain from opening files just as you have downloaded them, especially if they come from suspicious sources such as links or e-mails. Instead, you should scan them beforehand with a security tool, while also checking the size and signatures of these files for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the ransomware preventing tips thread in the forum.

LMAOxUS Ransomware – Description

LMAOxUS ransomware is also a cryptovirus. It seems to be based on the EDA2 open-source project. The original name is given as Stolich or Win32.Stolich.

LMAOxUS ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, launch or repress processes in Windows. Some entries are designed in a way that will start the virus automatically with each launch of the Windows Operating System, such as the example provided down here:

→“HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run”

After the encryption process is finished, the ransom note will be displayed. The note is written in English. Inside, you will find instructions on what to do for file restoration.

A website page alternative can be loaded, as well. That page looks like this:

It reads the following:

ALL YOUR DATA ARE BELONG TO US
If you are a victim, click here

The note is contained in a file with the name LMAO_READ_ME.txt. You can preview the ransom note right down here:

The ransom note reads the following:

You’ve been hit by LMAOxUS
But there’s still hope for you.
Send 0.1 BTC to 1Jek8L6HRj3pNpcAasgoV37eoHqLUMyYjU
Use any payment processor you want. I recommend Coinbase or Blockchain.info. If BTC is too hi-tech for you, send me an email, I’m sure we can work something out.
Once done, send an email to lmaoxus@safe-mail.net with the transaction details.
Listen fam. I don’t care about your data. My goal is not to cause harm or to fuck with people just for the hell of it.
I’m just a broke college student in need of money. I have nothing personal against you. I promise I’ll fix your data once I get payment.
If for whatever reason you’re even more broke than me, well shoot me an email and give me your best sob story. I do have a heart.
Otherwise, you have until the date listed in your notepad until the server automatically deletes your decryption key.
After that date, there’s nothing I can do.
So I wouldn’t waste any more time. :)

The ransom note of the LMAOxUS virus should not be followed. In the note is stated that the only way to revert your files back to normal is if you pay 0.1 Bitcoin, which is equivalent to 115 US dollars at the time of writing this article. That is not true and you should NOT under any circumstances pay these cybercriminals. Your files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that. Furthermore, giving money to these crooks will likely motivate them to create more ransomware virus or do other criminal activities.

LMAOxUS Ransomware – Encryption Process

A list with file extensions that the LMAOxUS ransomware seeks to encrypt is available. More extensions could be added if somebody who uses the code wishes to add them. The current list with file extensions which will get encrypted is the following:

→.txt, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx, .odt, .jpg, .png, .csv, .sql, .mdb, .sln, .php, .asp, .aspx, .html, .xml, .psd

Every file that gets locked will be encrypted with both RSA and AES algorithms.

The LMAOxUS cryptovirus is possible to erase the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system by using the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

Keep on reading and see what kinds of ways you can try out to potentially restore some of your file data.

Remove LMAOxUS Ransomware and Restore Your Files

If your computer got infected with the LMAOxUS 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.

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Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.

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:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • Profile of the content creator.
  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove LMAOxUS from Windows.


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

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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 LMAOxUS 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 LMAOxUS 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 LMAOxUS 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 LMAOxUS 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 LMAOxUS.

Ransomware infections and LMAOxUS 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 LMAOxUS from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall LMAOxUS 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 LMAOxUS:

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 LMAOxUS. 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 LMAOxUS. 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 LMAOxUS 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 LMAOxUS. 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 LMAOxUS.

Ransomware infections and LMAOxUS 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.


LMAOxUS FAQ

What is LMAOxUS ransomware and how does it work?

LMAOxUS 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 LMAOxUS ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.LMAOxUS 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 LMAOxUS 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 .LMAOxUS files?

You can't. At this point the .LMAOxUS 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 .LMAOxUS files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by LMAOxUS 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 ".LMAOxUS" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .LMAOxUS 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 LMAOxUS 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 LMAOxUS ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .LMAOxUS files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like LMAOxUS 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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