The .lockbit virus is a ransomware that is currently set against target end users on a global scale. At the moment we do not know who is behind the attacks. It has spawned other viruses that take its code. This is one of the reasons why we believe that the hackers are experienced.
Once the .lockbit ransomware has started it will execute its built-in sequence of dangerous commands. Depending on local conditions or the specific hacker instructions various actions will take place. The file encryption will begin after them — the encrypting component will use a built-in list of target file type extensions. In the end the victim files will be renamed with the .lockbit extension
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files on your computer machine and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly restore them.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will blackmail the victims to pay them a decryption fee. Sensitive user data may be encrypted by the ransomware code.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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|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.|
The .lockbit ransomware has been identified in an ongoing campaign. There is no information regarding the hacking group behind it and also the main distribution strategy. We anticipate that the virus can be spread using popular tactics. One of them is the creation of infected payload carriers — they can be macro-infected documents which are usually of the most popular formats. The other popular type is the distribution of software installers. They are made by taking the legitimate setup files from their official sources and modifying them with the relevant virus code. These dangerous files can be uploaded to file-sharing networks where legitimate and pirate data is commonly uploaded and shared between users. A lot of ransomware infections are spread via phishing and social engineering tactics — they can be created sent via email messages or sites which are hosted on domain names that sound similar to the companies and services which are impersonated. The infected files may additionally be linked on social networks — they can often be posted on timelines, public profiles, online communities and private messages.
There are multiple dangerous modules which are associated with the .lockbit virus and its derivatives. The ransomware has the ability to modify the Master Boot Record (MBR) — this means that the virus can make it impossible to enter recovery boot modes and will automatically launch the virus as soon as the computer is booted.
In order to protect itself from being discovered by security software the .lockbit virus will attempt to inject its virus code into other processes — both system and user-installed ones. Several malware mechanisms will be used to evade discovery by security apps. These actions will be run against popular software: anti-virus programs, firewalls, sandbox environments and virtual machine hosts. The virus code will not start immediately, but there will be a delayed execution. This will also evade common virus signatures.
Another mechanism used by the virus engine is to disable operating system services — this is to ensure that the the operating system will be blocked by the ransomware. The main engine will run in a hidden process which will not be visible by the users.
System modification will include a Windows Registry modification — such changes can lead to severe issues such as performance problems, data loss and unexpected errors.
The virus analysis also shows that the main engine can connect to remote hacker-controlled servers. This might mean that the ransomware does have a Trojan module built-in allowing the criminals to take over control of the computers and hijack their data.
The file encryption will be run after everything has finished in the infection sequence. Target user data will be encrypted with a strong cipher and made inaccessible to the users. This may include common user data and system files including the following: multimedia files, backups, archives, databases, system files and etc. All of them will be renamed with the .lockbit extension. The associated ransom note will be created in a file called Restore-My-Files.txt.
Remove .lockbit Virus
If your computer system got infected with the .lockbit Files 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 .lockbit Virus from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of .lockbit Virus from Mac OS X.
How to Remove .lockbit Virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .lockbit Virus
Step 2: Uninstall .lockbit 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 .lockbit 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 .lockbit Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for .lockbit Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .lockbit Virus.
Ransomware infections and .lockbit 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 .lockbit Virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall .lockbit 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 .lockbit 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 .lockbit Virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as .lockbit 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 .lockbit Virus on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac .lockbit 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.