Lokf Virus (.lokf File) - How to Remove + Decrypt Files (Update Jan. 2020)
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Lokf Virus (.lokf File) – How to Remove (Update Jan. 2020)

What are Lokf virus? How to open Lokf virus? How to remove Lokf virus virus and try to recover Lokf virus files?

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.

Threat Summary

Name Lokf virus
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
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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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.

Decrypt Files Encrypted by STOP Ransomware

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:

https://twitter.com/demonslay335/status/1192847471170457605

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:

  • salesrestoresoftware@firemail.cc
  • salesrestoresoftware@gmail.com

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:

ATTENTION!

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.
You can get and look video overview decrypt tool: https://we.tl/t-1aaC7npeV9 Price of private key and decrypt software is $490. Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that’s price for you is $490. Please note that you’ll never restore your data without payment. Check your e-mail “Spam” folder if you don’t get answer more than 6 hours.
To get this software you need write on our e-mail:
Reserve e-mail address to contact us: Your personal ID:

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.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Lokf virus from Windows.


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

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

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 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. 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 Lokf virus 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 Lokf virus 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.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Lokf virus 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.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


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

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

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

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.

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

If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:

and

2. On the download page, click on the "Download" button:

3. Click on "Save File" button:

4. Accept all agreements and click "Next":

5. After all the "Next" steps, click on "Install" and then wait for the installation to complete:

6. Run the software. Click on the location to scan for missing or deleted files and click on "Scan":

7. Wait for the scan to complete, it may take some time. Be advised that this scan is not 100% guaranteed to recover all files, but it does have some chance to get your data back:


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of Lokf virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Lokf virus and remove related files and objects

OFFER
Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


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 Lokf virus:

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 Lokf virus. 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 Lokf virus. 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 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:

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 Lokf virus. 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.


Step 2: Scan for and remove Lokf virus files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Lokf 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 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.

1. Download the recommended Data Recovery Mac app by clicking on the link underneath:

4 Comments

  1. AvatarFerry

    Apakah cara ini benar benar bekerja untuk mengembalikan file yang sudah dubah exsistensinya menjadi lokf ?

    Reply
  2. Avatarluis

    Me desgracio la maquina el virus ese

    Reply
  3. AvatarBeej

    ATTENTION!

    Don’t worry, 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.
    You can get and look video overview decrypt tool:
    https://we.tl/t-7cpJN3gq4f
    Price of private key and decrypt software is $980.
    Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that’s price for you is $490.
    Please note that you’ll never restore your data without payment.
    Check your e-mail “Spam” or “Junk” folder if you don’t get answer more than 6 hours.

    To get this software you need write on our e-mail:
    restoredatahelp@firemail.cc

    Reserve e-mail address to contact us:
    gorentos@bitmessage.ch

    Your personal ID:
    0181jYgs9f6s2dtHwFeNncD3A3Pk9nhqZPAqimosK9ycY00moh2R

    Reply
  4. AvatarMilorad Radosavljevic

    Decrypt files to work on attacked computer or not (on another)?

    Reply

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