Yet another variant of the notorious STOP ransomware family of viruses has resurfaced carrying the name Lokf virus. The main objective of these viruses is to encrypt the files on your computer and hold them hostage until you pay a ransom in BitCoin to get them to work again. Read this article to understand how you can remove the Lokf virus and how you can try and restore your files.
|Short Description||A cryptovirus that encodes your files and wants you to pay a big ransom in order to get the encrypted files to work again.|
|Symptoms||Files have the .lokf virus extension. The virus also shows a ransom note, called _readme.txt.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files|
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Lokf virus.|
|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.|
Decrypt Lokf Virus Ransomware – Update November 2019
The good news for all victims of STOP Lokf ransomware is that the security researcherс found weaknesses in the code of this variant and released an updated version of the free STOP ransomware decryption tool.
So the moment you remove all malicious files and objects from your infected system you can enter our data recovery guide where you will find a download link for the free Lokf decryption tool and learn how to proceed with the decryption process.
Have in mind that the tool is designed to support specific offline and online IDs, so it may not be effective for all occasions of Lokf virus ransomware infections.
Lokf Virus – Fresh Information Spotted Around the Web
According to the researcher who discovered the Lokf variant of STOP Ransomware, Michael Gillespie, this infection can cause massive ammount of damage to victims and is still undecryptable. The researcher tweeted in call for the victims of the viruses to send him information so that he can attempt to devise decyptor:
Lokf virus has come out during November, 2019 and has been hitting computers ever since. The ransomware aims to slither past defenses of Windows, utilizing concealing techniques and exploits to assume rights as administrator. Then, the victims have their files encrypted and the virus sets the ransom note _readme.txt that has two new e-mails for contact. Unlike the previous e-mails used (gorentos e-mails), the new ones look like the following:
The main virus file of Lokf virus had the following information embedded in it:
Lokf Virus – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?
Lokf virus may enter your computer in a variety of ways, the main of which could be having the virus files uploaded online. The Lokf virus can be uploaded on several suspicious websites, where it may pretend to be a completely legitimate type of setup, program, patch, portable software, crack or key generator. The main idea is for victims to get tricked into downloading and running the virus file, which when executed exploits weaknesses in your computer in order to make a silent infection.
When the Lokf virus is added to your computer, it may immediately show its presence by obtaining administrator rights and starting to encrypt your files. The files that are encrypted by the Lokf virus are with the Lokf virus file extension.
Not only this, but the Lokf virus also drops a ransom note on victimized computers and this note aims to threaten you that there is a risk for you to never see your files again if you do not pay the hackers behind the Lokf virus ransom in BitCoin. The note is named _readme.txt and it has the following contents:
Don’t worry my friend, you can return all your files!
All your files like photos, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you. This software will decrypt all your encrypted files. What guarantees you have?
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information.
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If you have been infected by the Lokf version of STOP Ransomware we strongly recommend that you not pay the ransom and backup all of the Lokf virus files so that you can restore them for free later on, when a decryptor comes out. For this family of viruses, a decryptor takes about a week time to be released by malware researchers and it can get your files back absolutely for free.
Remove Lokf Virus and Try to Restore Encrypted Files
If you want Lokf virus ransomware completely gone from your computer, we do recommend that you read the instructions underneath this article. They have been created to help you to remove this virus step by step from your computer. If you cannot manually find and delete all Lokf virus files, then do not worry, because you can remove them automatically. According to security experts, the most reccommended type of removal is if you download and run a scan of your computer by using an advanced anti-malware software. This program will effectively make sure to thoroughly detect and eliminate all Lokf virus files and protect your machine in the future as well.
Not only this, but to restore files, encrypted by the Lokf virus, we suggest that you also check out the alternative methods for file recovery below. They may not come with a 100% file restore guarantee, but with their aid you may be able to restore some of them at least.
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.
How to Remove Lokf virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Lokf virus
Step 2: Uninstall Lokf 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 Lokf 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 Lokf virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for Lokf virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Lokf virus.
Ransomware infections and Lokf 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.
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.
Get rid of Lokf virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Lokf 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 Lokf 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 malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, 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 Lokf virus on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac Lokf 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.
Lokf virus FAQ
What is Lokf virus ransomware and how does it work?
Lokf virus 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 Lokf virus ransomware infect my computer?
Via several ways.Lokf virus 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 Lokf virus 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 .Lokf virus files?
You can't. At this point the .Lokf virus 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 .Lokf virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by Lokf virus 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 ".Lokf virus" files (Other Methods)?
Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Lokf virus 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 Lokf virus 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 Lokf virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Lokf virus files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like Lokf virus 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.