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.LOL Files Virus – Remove Ransomware and Restore Files

This article has been created in order to help you by showing how to remove the .lol ransomware virus from your computer and how to restore .lol encrypted files without having to pay ransom.

New ransomware virus, using the .lol file extension has been detected to roam around the web, infecting users left and right. The malware aims to encrypt the files on the computers infected by it and sets the .lol file extension as a default suffix to the files encrypted by it. In addition to this a message appears on the computers of victims, beginning with “!!!!! Your personal files are now encrypted !!!!!”. In the event that your computer has been infected with the .lol files virus, we recommend that you read the following article to learn how to remove this ransomware and how to restore files that have been encrypted with the .lol extension without having to pay the ransom.

Threat Summary

Name .lol Files Virus
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description Aims to encrypt the files on your computer and then asks for $700 dollars as a payoff for their decryption.
Symptoms Adds the .lol file extension to the encrypted files and an info.txt ransom note to the encrypted files.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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.lol Files Virus – Distribution

In order to be widely spread, the .lol files ransomware uses multiple different techniques, the main of which is via e-mail spam messages, like the example below displays.

Such messages often contain different types of files embedded in them, like:

  • Malicious executables, disguised as documents.
  • Microsoft word documents (.docm) with malicious macros embedded within them.
  • Adobe .PDF files that lead to the download of the above mention macros documents.
  • Malicious JavaScript (.js) or flash (.wsf, etc.) files that are compresses within .ZIP or .RAR archives.

In addition to via e-mail, the malicious files may also be uploaded online as fake key generators, license activators and other types of files. One infection file, which is associated with the .lol files ransomware has been reported by malware researchers to be the following:

What is interesting is that it may be the same keygen.exe file that is used to infect users with the extremely similar .fake files virus variant:

.lol Files Virus – More Information

After infection, the payload of .lol files ransomware is dropped in one of the following Windows directories:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Temp%

As soon as this is done, the ransomware virus may modify the Windows Registry editor, more specifically attack the following Windows Registry sub-keys by adding values with data in them to make sure it’s malicious executable runs automatically on system boot:

→ 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

In addition to this, the malware may also modify the Windows backups and recovery settings, more specifically delete your volume shadow copies via running the following WCP commands as an administrator:

→ process call create “cmd.exe /c
vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /quiet
bcdedit.exe /set {default} recoveryenabled no
bcdedit.exe /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures

After doing so, the .lol files virus may begin the file encryption operation, resulting in the following ransom note to appear afterwards:

Text from image:

If you see this message it means you have 24 hours to send 0.1 BTC to the following address or your files will be encrypted forever

All files with the following extensions have been encrypted: .jpg .png .gif .tif. .avi .mp4 .xls .xlsx .doc .docx .pptx .pdf .txt .csv
Status:
Loading:
Time Remaining:

.lol Files Virus – Encryption

For encryption, the .lol ransomware virus targets the following file types on your computer system:

→ .jpg .png .gif .tif. .avi .mp4 .xls .xlsx .doc .docx .pptx .pdf .txt .csv

The virus is very careful not to encrypt files that are important for the functioning of Windows, so that you can still use your computer to pay the ransom.

After the encryption has completed, the files no longer look the same:

Futhermore, a unique key is generated which is the only direct method to recover the encrypted files and this key is available only to the crooks, but trusting them with your payment is strongly inadvisable.

Remove .lol Files Ransomware and Restore Encrypted Data

In order to remove this ransomware infections, we recommend following our removal instructions down below. They are specifically designed to help you delete all the related files plus other objects to .lol files virus either manually and automatically. Researchers recommend using the automatic approach for removal and downloading a removal tool for the .lol files virus which will scan for and delete all the objects professionally and secure your computer against future ransomware infections, without you having to reinstall your Windows OS.

If you want to recover files that have been encrypted by the .lol ransomware threat, recommendations are to try and use the file recovery methods below in step “2. Restore files, encrypted by .lol Ransomware”.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove .lol Files Virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .lol Files Virus

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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 .lol Files 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 .lol Files 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 .lol Files 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.

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Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
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Step 4: Scan for .lol Files 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.

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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 .lol Files Virus.

Ransomware infections and .lol Files 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:

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 .lol Files Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .lol Files Virus 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 .lol Files 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 .lol Files 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 .lol Files 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 .lol Files 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 .lol Files 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.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .lol Files Virus.

Ransomware infections and .lol Files 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:

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.


.lol Files Virus FAQ

What is .lol Files Virus ransomware and how does it work?

.lol Files 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 .lol Files Virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways..lol Files 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 .lol Files 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 ..lol Files Virus files?

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

One way to restore files, encrypted by .lol Files 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 "..lol Files 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 ..lol Files 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 .lol Files 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 .lol Files Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..lol Files Virus files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .lol Files 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.

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