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Remove Lucifer Virus [.lucifer Files]

Here you will find information about a ransomware infection called Lucifer as well as proper steps to remove malicious files from the infected system. The guide at the end will also show you how to potentially recover .lucifer files.

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Lucifer Virus

Do you see important files locked and renamed with the creepy extension .lucifer? We have bad news for you. Your PC has been infected by a ransomware virus. Such type of software aims to interfere with essential system settings and evade all active security measures. Its end goal, however, is to encrypt personal files stored on the drives and request a ransom fee for their recovery.

Currently, the threat is lurking across the web in the form of executable files with different names. Currently, the attack campaigns are live and try to enter the machines of people worldwide.

Lucifer Virus Summary

Name Lucifer
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Malicious Extension .lucifer
Ransom Demanding Notes HELP_DECRYPT_YOUR_FILES.txt
HELP_DECRYPT_YOUR_FILES.html
Short Description A data locker ransomware designed to damage computer systems and encrypt valuable personal fles.
Symptoms Important files are locked with strong cipher algorithm and renamed with the .lucifer extension.
Two ransom messages try to convince victims to pay a ransom for the decryption tool that would probably recover files.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Corrupted Sites
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Lucifer Ransomware – Distribution and Impact

The horrible computer infection named Lucifer has been reported to operate as a typical data locker ransomware. This malicious software is a newly discovered one.

However, it is very likely to act as the majority of ransomware threats. Let’s start by saying that the malicious files which are capable of triggering the Lucifer virus are probably lurking around the web in the form of malicious spam attachments, freeware installers, torrent files, fake software updates, and files uploaded on hacked sites.

Lots of ransomware infections appear on the malware scene on a daily basis. Some recent examples are the MILIHPEN, Cukiesi and TomLe. So we should all be careful and follow all basic online security rules if we want to keep our machines safe from nasty malware threats.

Regarding the Lucifer ransomware attack, it begins the moment its payload file loads on a target computer system. The attack includes lots of malicious operations. Most of them lower the overall system security. Eventually, the virus reaches valuable personal files and encodes them with a complex cipher algorithm.

All changes applied to files’ original code prevent you from using them once the attack is over. All files that remain could be accessed again after a decryption process. Unfortunately, the only decryptor available for now is the one possessed by hackers. Security researchers are still investigating Lucifer’s samples in an attempt to find weaknesses in its code that will help them to construct a free decryption tool.

Cybercriminals claim that they offer an effective decryption solution for .lucifer files. Here is what the ransom messages dropped by their threat state:

All of your important files encrypted with AES-256, RSA-2848 , is a powerful cryptography algorithm
For more information you can use Wikipedia
*attention: Don’t rename or edit encrypted files because it will be impossible to decrypt your files
This is a private ransomware developed by our team and there is no decryption file for it

For Trust You can Send us Test Files And We Decrypt That And Send To You.

*How do I contact you?
The only way to communicate is through a secure Telegram messenger
Telegram ID : hxxps://t.me/How_Decrypt_Files
Your unique Id : –

How To Access Telegram
To access Telegram, you Lucifer install the version related to your platform
You can download Telegram from hxxps://telegram.org

#How to recover files?
How files are decrypted? What is the decryption file like? Watch file Watch-me.mp4 on each drive and desktop
You need two key
1-Public key: you need it for encryption
2-Private Key: you need it for decryption
So you need Private key to recover your files.
All of your network computers files is encrypted with one public key. So you need just one Private key to recover all computers files
The private Key that we will send works on all your computers

#How to use private Key?
We send you a simple software with private Key
And you just need run this software on each computer that encrypted and all affected files will be decrypted

*What are the guarantees that I can decrypt my files after paying the ransom?
Your main guarantee is the ability to decrypt test files.
This means that we can decrypt all your files after paying the ransom.
We have no reason to deceive you after receiving the ransom, because it harms our business
You Have 24 hours to Decide to Pay
after 48 hours Decryption Price will Be Double
And after 72 hours it will be triple Try to Contact late and You will know
Therefore, we recommend that you make payment within a few hours.

#deadline
You just have 72 hours to send us the Bitcoin after 72 hours we will remove your private key and it’s impossible to recover your files

#What is Bitcoin?
Bitcoin is an innovative payment network and a new kind of money.
You can create a Bitcoin account at hxxps://blockchain.info/ and deposit some money into your account and then send to us

#How to buy Bitcoin?
There are Many way to buy Bitcoin and deposit it into your account,
You can buy it with WesternUnion, Bank Wire, International Bank transfer, Cash deposit and etc
hxxps://localbitcoins.com —> Buy Bitcoin with WesternUnion or MoneyGram
hxxps://coincafe.com —> Buy Bitcoin fast and Secure with WesternUnion and Cash deposit
hxxps://www.bitstamp.net —> Buy Bitcoin with bank wire, International bank transfer, SEPA payment
hxxos://www.kraken.com —> Buy Bitcoin with bank wire, International bank transfer, SEPA payment
hxxps://www.kraken.com —> Buy Bitcoin with bank wire, International bank transfer, SEPA payment
hxxps://www.ccedk.com —> Buy Bitcoin with bank wire, International bank transfer, SEPA payment
hxxps://bitcurex.com/ —> Buy Bitcoin with bank wire, International bank transfer, SEPA payment
If you want to pay with your Business bank account you should create a business account in exchangers they don’t accept payment from third party

We know that you need to restore .lucifer files but we recommend that you refrain from transferring money to cybercriminals. Otherwise, you risk losing both your valuable files and money. For the sake of your security, it is advisable to clean your infected computer from present malicious files and consider the help of alternative data recovery methods.

Remove Lucifer Virus

The so-called Lucifer ransomware virus is a threat with highly complex code that heavily damages both essential system settings and valuable data. So the only way to use your infected system securely again is to remove all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. For the purpose, you could follow our step-by-step removal guide.

In the event that you want to attempt to restore .lucifer files with the help of alternative data recovery methods, do check step four – Try to Restore files encrypted by Lucifer. We remind you to back up all encrypted files to an external drive before the recovery process.

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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.
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  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Lucifer Virus from Windows.


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

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 Lucifer Virus.

Ransomware infections and Lucifer 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 Lucifer Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Lucifer 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 Lucifer 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 Lucifer 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 Lucifer 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 Lucifer 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 Lucifer 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 Lucifer Virus.

Ransomware infections and Lucifer 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.


Lucifer Virus FAQ

What is Lucifer Virus ransomware and how does it work?

Lucifer 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 Lucifer Virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Lucifer 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 Lucifer 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 .Lucifer Virus files?

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Lucifer 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.

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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