The .Lock2bits virus is a malicious new sample that is derived from the Lockbit ransomware family. It is created by an unknown hacking group and organized against end users. Their main goal is to encrypt user files with a cipher and then blackmail them for ransom payment.
The .lock2bits extension will be applied to the target files and thereby marking them as such. This particular files virus can also cause other malicious actions, they will depend on the exact behavior pattern included in the campaign.
|Short Description||Lock2bits Ransomware aims to use encryption on your important files and then ask you to pay the sum of $300 to get the files to work again.|
|Symptoms||Lock2bits Ransomware ads the .lock2bits extension to the encrypted files and drops a note.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files|
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.Lock2bits Virus — How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?
The .lock2bits virus is a derivative sample of the infamous Lockbit ransomware family, a collection of file encrypting malware that will follow the typical behavior patterns. Like other similar threats of its family it may be distributed using popular infection methods. They can be the following:
- Phishing Methods — The criminals behind the ongoing .lock2bits virus campaign may conduct various phishing attacks by embedding the files in email messages or uploading them to hacker-controlled pages. They are designed to impersonate companies and web services.
- Infected Files Distribution — The virus code may be placed in file carriers that when interacted with the ransomware will lead to an infection. This can include the insertion of such code in documents and application installers. They are modeled after data which is often downloaded and run by end users. They can be uploaded to file-sharing networks and social networks among other online communities.
- Direct Ransomware Attacks — Network attacks and direct exploits via malware toolkits may also be used to infect targets with ransomware.
.Lock2bits Virus — What Does It Do?
The ransomware is designed to encrypt target user files with a strong cipher. This is done by a cipher algorithm and using a list of target data. Commonly this includes the following: documents, application data, databases, archives, multimedia files and backups. These files, and others included in the list, will be locked and renamed with the .lock2bits extension. The victim users will be blackmailed into paying the hackers a decryption fee. This is done by creating ransom notes or even applying a lockscreen in order to extort them.
If configured additional malware modules may be integrated in the .lock2bits virus. They will execute additional actions that can lead to further damage to the computers. An example is system data extraction which may include both computer parameters and personal user information. This can be used for further crimes like identity theft and financial abuse.
The next module that can be launched is used by this virus may include system changes. This can include modifications to boot options, Windows Registry values and user preferences. This may lead to severe performance issues, data loss and the inability to run certain apps and services.
Some of the .lock2bits virus infections may also be programmed to deliver other malware, including dangerous remote control Trojans, web miners and others.
Remove .Lock2bits Virus and Try to Restore .lock2bits Files
For the removal of Lock2bits Ransomware, we strongly recommend that you follow up the removal instructions below. They are made to help you delete this virus step-by-step by using the manual below. Not only this, but also we strongly recommend that you download and run a scan with an advanced malware removal software. Such software has the capability of running a complete scan of your PC to eliminate all virus files, belonging to Lock2bits Ransomware plus protect your computer in the future as well.
If you want to try and restore files, encrypted by Lock2bits Ransomware, our advice is to wait and NOT pay the ransom. Not only you risk getting scammed by the crooks who might want more money, but also there could be free decryption in the near future. Another methods which you can try to restore files are listed below and they may not be 100% effective, but you could still try them.
- Guide 1: How to Remove .lock2bits Virus from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of .lock2bits Virus from Mac OS X.
How to Remove .lock2bits Virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .lock2bits Virus
Step 2: Uninstall .lock2bits Virus 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 .lock2bits Virus 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 .lock2bits Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for .lock2bits Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .lock2bits Virus.
Ransomware infections and .lock2bits Virus 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.
If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:
Get rid of .lock2bits Virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall .lock2bits Virus 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 .lock2bits Virus 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 .lock2bits Virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as .lock2bits Virus, 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.
Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .lock2bits Virus on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac .lock2bits Virus aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.