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Remove LordOfShadow Ransomware – Restore .lordofshadow Files

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LordOfShadow ransomware is data locker virus that corrupts essential data restricting the access to it until the owners of the data pay a ransom for the decryption key. The infection can be recognized by the extension .lordofshadow that stands at the end of each encrypted file. Another trait of LorfOfShadow crypto virus is a ransom note written in Portuguese that urges victims to contact crooks at a given Gmail email address of the same name.

This article aims to inform infected users about LordOfShadow ransomware and help with the removal process of the threat. Restore instructions of .lordofshadow files are provided as well.

Threat Summary

Name LordOfShadow
Type Ransomware
Short Description The ransomware encrypts files on your computer and displays a ransom message afterward.
Symptoms The ransomware will encrypt your files and put the extension .lordofshadow to them after it finishes its encryption process.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Compromised Web Pages
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LordOfShadow Ransomware – Distribution

As hackers are constantly seeking for new lucrative distribution techniques LordOfShadow ransomware may be stalking online users almost everywhere – emails, social media, advertisements, various websites, free software, torrent files, etc.

The malicious executable file that triggers LordOfShadow ransomware infection may be embedded in a word document as a malicious macro script. This method allows the ransomware payload to start once the document is opened on a PC with enabled macros. That’s why it is good to disable macros in the Office pack.

The payload may also be injected into web pages that initiate drive-by download attacks whenever a user opens them. The links of these web pages can be presented in specially crafted spam emails that try to trick users into clicking them and infect their devices with the ransomware.

A preferred technique for ransomware distribution is compromised file attached to an email message with spoofed sender’s name and email address. Beware even if the email seems to be sent from big organizations and services because most of the registered cases of ransomware attacks prove that hackers use this approach commonly.

The so-called bundling is another method that may be used for LordOfShadow ransomware virus distribution. In this case the malicious code is part of the installation setup of a freeware program.

LordOfShadow Ransomware – Overview

Analyses of LordOfShadow ransomware samples affirm that it belongs to the Hidden Tear malware family. The threat appears to be the latest strain of the infamous ransomware that was initially created for educational purposes. It follows the typical data locker ransomware pattern to scan PC drives for files of particular types and then employ its built-in encryption module to corrupt these files.

At first, LordOfShadow drops an executable file that needs to be started somehow by the user. The file can also be designed to start automatically once it penetrates the system. Whenever it starts running on the system, the infections is triggered. Unfortunately, the ransomware is likely to need additional files to complete the attack to its very end. For the purpose, it may connect a server controlled by hackers and download all necessary malicious components. Furthermore, it may be set to gather various system details and transfer them back to the server. This may be yet another chance for hackers to compromise the system by knowing its parameters and weaknesses.

As regards the locations of the malicious files associated with LordOfShadow ransomware, they are probably stored in the folders:

  • %AppData%
  • %Temp%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Common%
  • %System32%

Most of the times the malicious processes are disguised as Windows system processes so they can remain hardly noticeable during and after the attack.

In case of infection it is recommended to check for unwanted modifications of the values in the following registry keys:

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

LordOfShadow ransomware can use these keys to set its payload start automatically on each system boot up and encrypt all files created before the last shutdown. The same keys are often used by ransomware for the ransom note that should appear on the PC screen at the end of the infection.

The ransom note associated with LordOfShadow crypto virus is written in Portuguese. It is dropped on the infected machine in a file named LEIA_ME.txt and reads the following:

Seus arquivos foram Sequestrados!
Em contato para entre recuperar SEUS arquivos
lordashadow@gmail(.)com

Hackers do not state what they want in exchange for .lordofshadow files decryption but only urge victims to contact them at the provided email address. Any negotiations with them are better to be restricted.

LordOfShadow Ransomware – File Encryption

The ransomware employs its build-in encryption module to modify the original code of all files set in its target list. Being a Hidden Tear based variant, LordOfShadow is believed to use the strong AES cipher for files encryption. The ransomware can scan the drives for files that have one of the extensions mentioned below:

→.txt, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .pdf, .pps, .ppt, .pptx, .odt, .gif, .jpg, .png, .db, .csv, .sql, .mdb.sln.php, .asp, .aspx, .html, .xml, .psd, .frm, .myd, .myi, .dbf, .mp3, .mp4, .avi, .mov, .mpg, .rm, .wmv, .m4a, .mpa, .wav, .sav, .gam, .log, .ged, .msg, .myo, .tax, .ynab, .ifx, .ofx, .qfx, .qif, .qdf, .tax2013, .tax2014, .tax2015, .box, .ncf, .nsf, .ntf, .lwp

Once encrypted the files receive the extension .lordofshadow at the end of their names and become inaccessible.

Remove LordOfShadow Ransomware and Restore .lordofshadow Files

Ransomware is a complex threat and its removal can be challenge even for the tech savvy guys. However, there is no doubt that it should be removed from the infected computer as soon as possible. Otherwise it will continue to compromise the system each time it starts. By following the detailed step-by-step removal guide below LordOfShadow ransomware will be efficiently deleted once you complete all the steps. The .lordofshadow files recovery process comes after the removal process but be advised to make a backup of all corrupted files to an external drive first.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove LordOfShadow from Windows.


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

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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 LordOfShadow 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 LordOfShadow 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 LordOfShadow 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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Step 4: Scan for LordOfShadow 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 LordOfShadow.

Ransomware infections and LordOfShadow 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 LordOfShadow from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall LordOfShadow 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 LordOfShadow:

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 LordOfShadow. 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 LordOfShadow. 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 LordOfShadow 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 LordOfShadow. 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 LordOfShadow.

Ransomware infections and LordOfShadow 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.


LordOfShadow FAQ

What is LordOfShadow ransomware and how does it work?

LordOfShadow 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 LordOfShadow ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.LordOfShadow 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 LordOfShadow 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 .LordOfShadow files?

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

One way to restore files, encrypted by LordOfShadow 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 ".LordOfShadow" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .LordOfShadow 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 LordOfShadow 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 LordOfShadow ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .LordOfShadow files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like LordOfShadow 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.

How to Report Ransomware to Authorities?

In case your computer got infected with a ransomware infection, you can report it to the local Police departments. It can help authorities worldwide track and determine the perpetrators behind the virus that has infected your computer. Below, we have prepared a list with government websites, where you can file a report in case you are a victim of a cybercrime:

Cyber-security authorities, responsible for handling ransomware attack reports in different regions all over the world:

Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.

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