This article will help you remove the .lukitus File Virus completely. Follow the ransomware removal instructions given at the bottom.
.Lukitus File Virus is actually the latest iteration of the Locky ransomware that places the .lukitus extension to all locked files. A massive e-mail campaign spreading over 980 e-mails is seen in action. Your computer device will become infected, and your files encrypted if you open any attached files from such a spam e-mail. No real changes exist regarding this version of the Locky virus. Continue reading and check if you can potentially restore your data.
|Name||.Lukitus File Virus|
|Short Description||The .Lukitus file virus is a new variant of Locky ransomware. The cryptovirus has some changes in its infection method, but not many other ones.|
|Symptoms||Your files are encrypted and will get the .lukitus extension attached to them. You see a ransom note with instructions which states that the encryption which is used is both AES and RSA.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Email Campaigns with File Attachments, Malicious Domains|
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss .Lukitus File 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.|
Update September 2017 The newest malware spam campaign revolving around the .Lukitus variant of the Locky virus is massive. Over 23 million users are reported to have received these e-mails and the victims are many. The campaign mainly spoofs the famous Google service “DropBox“. The email contents look like an official e-mail from DropBox and that is considered phishing. However, it appears that this is not the only type of e-mail that users have received. Beware as there are many variants. Below you can see more details about the DropBox e-mails, which seem to be currently the most spread.
You will receive an email message that uses the DropBox logo, a sender email address that looks like its sent from that service and it looks like in the following screenshot:
The email states the following:
Hi [your name here],
We just need to verify your email address before your sign up is complete!
Verify your email
If you fall for it and click on the designated link, you will find yourself on another online page that looks like this:
If you click on the second link as well, then you get the .Lukitus variant of the Locky ransomware “dropped” on your PC and it will encrypt your files. Be wary of what you click on, and never trust emails that are from unknown entities or are received surprisingly at times you weren’t expect them. In the next section you will see what other ways exist for the virus to spread and more technical details about the ransomware as a whole.
.Lukitus File Virus – Distribution Methods
.Lukitus File Virus as a new version of Locky ransomware, is distributing itself via a massive e-mail spam campaign, which according to researchers has now reached over 1000 emails. At the time of writing of this article, there are not many reports of victims. However, the e-mail has one of the following two subjects:
- Emailing [random letters and numbers]
Such an e-mail will contain a .zip, .rar or .7z attachment – example: July-August2017.rar. When the attachment is opened, it will look like a normal document. That file has a JS trigger (and could contain a .jse file) and the said script will download the malware. You can see a sample with one such file on the VirusTotal service right here:
In the email, the attachment inside the .zip file will probably have one of the following extensions:
→.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .jpg, .tiff, .pdf, .jpg
So, that will make the file look like a document or a picture. Command&Control (C2) Server will be pinged, and that server will download Locky’s malicious executable in an encrypted form so it can try to bypass security software. The Necurs Botnet and the BlankSlate malware spam campaign have been reported to spread the e-mails with malicious attachment for Locky’s .lukitus variant.
Below you can see the domains spreading this variant of the ransomware:
Notice! The above list with domains is for purely informational purposes and it is strongly advised against the opening of any of them, because they will download the virus onto your computer.
Here is the body text of most current e-mail spam campaigns:
Your message is ready to be sent with the following file or link
Note: To protect against computer viruses, e-mail programs may prevent
sending or receiving certain types of file attachments. Check your e-mail
security settings to determine how attachments are handled.
Before opening any file from the Internet, always perform a scan with a security program. You should read the ransomware preventing tips in our forum to inform yourself better about methods for fighting such malware threats.
.Lukitus File Virus – Technical Information
The .lukitus File Virus is actually the newest variant of Locky ransomware. Dubbed after the extension .lukitus that it places to encrypted files, this version of the infamous cryptovirus has been discovered to spread not only with the help of its old malicious domains, but with some new ones.
The Locky ransomware also makes entries in the Windows Registry to achieve a higher level of persistence. Registry entries of that caliber are typically designed to start the virus automatically with every launch of the Windows Operating System or even repress and tamper with processes.
The message with the ransom payment instructions appears to be unchanged and is stored in two files yet again – one in a .jpg, the other in a .html. You can preview the picture that is placed as your Desktop background below:
The ransom message reads the following:
!!! IMPORTANT INFORMATION !!!!
All of your files are encrypted with RSA-2048 and AES-128 ciphers.
More information about the RSA and AES can be found here:
Decrypting of your files is only possible with the private key and decrypt program, which is on our secret server.
To receive your private key follow one of the links:
If all of this addresses are not available, follow these steps:
1. Download and install Tor Browser: https://www.torproject.org/downIoad/download-easy.html
2. After a successful installation, run the browser and wait for initialization.
3. Type in the address bar: g46mbrrzpfszonuk.onion
4. Follow the instructions on the site.
!!! Your personal identification ID: !!!
You can preview the .html version of that note in the picture down here:
How the TOR payment page looks like:
Here is what it says on that payment page:
We present a special software – Locky Decryptor™ –
which allows to decrypt and return control to all your encrypted files.
How to buy Locky Decryptor™?
You can make a payment with BitCoins, there are many methods to get them.
You should register BitCoin wallet:
Simplest online wallet or Some other methods of creating wallet
Purchasing Bitcoins, although it’s not yet easy to buy bitcoins, it’s getting simpler every day.
Here are our recommendations:
localbitcoins.com (WU) Buy Bitcoins with Western Union.
coincafe.com Recommended for fast, simple service.
Payment Methods: Western Union, Bank of America, Cash by FedEx, Moneygram, Money Order. In NYC: Bitcoin ATM, in person.
localbitcoins.com Service allows you to search for people in your community willing to sell bitcoins to you directly.
cex.io Buy Bitcoins with VISA/MASTERCARD or wire transfer.
btcdirect.eu The best for Europe.
bitquick.co Buy Bitcoins instantly for cash.
howtobuybitcoins.info An international directory of bitcoin exchanges.
cashintocoins.com Bitcoin for cash.
coinjar.com CoinJar allows direct bitcoin purchases on their site.
Send 0.5 BTC to Bitcoin address:
Note: Payment pending up to 30 mins or more for transaction confirmation, please be patient…
Date Amount BTC Transaction ID Confirmations
Refresh the page and download decryptor.
When Bitcoin transactions will receive one confirmation, you will be redirected to the page for downloading the decryptor.
As clearly seen from the Tor payment page, the .Lukitus file virus wants you to pay 0.5 Bitcoin, which equals to nearly 2060 US dollars at the moment of writing this article. However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay anything to the cybercriminals. Nobody can guarantee that you can recover your data upon payment, or that you won’t get your computer infected once more in the future. Moreover, giving money to cybercriminals this way could be interpreted as supporting them financially, and could also motivate them to keep committing similar crimes, such as creating ransomware viruses. That is evidently true as new variants of Locky ransomware keep coming out.
.Lukitus File Virus – Encryption Process
The .lukitus File Virus is dubbed like that by victims, because it appends the .lukitus extension to all encrypted files. As malware researchers have confirmed that it is indeed a new variant of the Locky Ransomware, it is most likely seeking to encrypt files with extensions such as its previous iterations, and namely the following:
→.001, .002, .003, .004, .005, .006, .007, .008, .009, .010, .011, .123, .1cd, .3dm, .3ds, .3fr, .3g2, .3gp, .3pr, .602, .7z, .7zip, .ARC, .CSV, .DOC, .DOT, .MYD, .MYI, .NEF, .PAQ, .PPT, .RTF, .SQLITE3, .SQLITEDB, .XLS, .aac, .ab4, .accdb, .accde, .accdr, .accdt, .ach, .acr, .act, .adb, .adp, .ads, .aes, .agdl, .ai, .aiff, .ait, .al, .aoi, .apj, .apk, .arw, .asc, .asf, .asm, .asp, .aspx, .asset, .asx, .avi, .awg, .back, .backup, .backupdb, .bak, .bank, .bat, .bay, .bdb, .bgt, .bik, .bin, .bkp, .blend, .bmp, .bpw, .brd, .bsa, .cdf, .cdr, .cdr3, .cdr4, .cdr5, .cdr6, .cdrw, .cdx, .ce1, .ce2, .cer, .cfg, .cgm, .cib, .class, .cls, .cmd, .cmt, .config, .contact, .cpi, .cpp, .cr2, .craw, .crt, .crw, .cs, .csh, .csl, .csr, .css, .csv, .d3dbsp, .dac, .das, .dat, .db, .db3, .db_journal, .dbf, .dbx, .dc2, .dch, .dcr, .dcs, .ddd, .ddoc, .ddrw, .dds, .der, .des, .design, .dgc, .dif, .dip, .dit, .djv, .djvu, .dng, .doc, .docb, .docm, .docx, .dot, .dotm, .dotx, .drf, .drw, .dtd, .dwg, .dxb, .dxf, .dxg, .edb, .eml, .eps, .erbsql, .erf, .exf, .fdb, .ffd, .fff, .fh, .fhd, .fla, .flac, .flf, .flv, .flvv, .forge, .fpx, .frm, .fxg, .gif, .gpg, .gray, .grey, .groups, .gry, .gz, .hbk, .hdd, .hpp, .html, .hwp, .ibank, .ibd, .ibz, .idx, .iif, .iiq, .incpas, .indd, .iwi, .jar, .java, .jnt, .jpe, .jpeg, .jpg, .js, .kc2, .kdbx, .kdc, .key, .kpdx, .kwm, .laccdb, .lay, .lay6, .lbf, .ldf, .lit, .litemod, .litesql, .log, .ltx, .lua, .m2ts, .m3u, .m4a, .m4p, .m4u, .m4v, .mapimail, .max, .mbx, .md, .mdb, .mdc, .mdf, .mef, .mfw, .mid, .mkv, .mlb, .mml, .mmw, .mny, .moneywell, .mos, .mov, .mp3, .mp4, .mpeg, .mpg, .mrw, .ms11, .msg, .myd, .n64, .nd, .ndd, .ndf, .nef, .nk2, .nop, .nrw, .ns2, .ns3, .ns4, .nsd, .nsf, .nsg, .nsh, .nvram, .nwb, .nx2, .nxl, .nyf, .oab, .obj, .odb, .odc, .odf, .odg, .odm, .odp, .ods, .odt, .ogg, .oil, .onetoc2, .orf, .ost, .otg, .oth, .otp, .ots, .ott, .p12, .p7b, .p7c, .pab, .pages, .pas, .pat, .pcd, .pct, .pdb, .pdd, .pdf, .pef, .pem, .pfx, .php, .pif, .pl, .plc, .plus_muhd, .png, .pot, .potm, .potx, .ppam, .pps, .ppsm, .ppsx, .ppt, .pptm, .pptx, .prf, .ps, .psafe3, .psd, .pspimage, .pst, .ptx, .pwm, .py, .qba, .qbb, .qbm, .qbr, .qbw, .qbx, .qby, .qcow, .qcow2, .qed, .r3d, .raf, .rar, .rat, .raw, .rb, .rdb, .re4, .rm, .rtf, .rvt, .rw2, .rwl, .rwz, .s3db, .safe, .sas7bdat, .sav, .save, .say, .sch, .sd0, .sda, .sdf, .sh, .sldm, .sldx, .slk, .sql, .sqlite, .sqlite3, .sqlitedb, .sr2, .srf, .srt, .srw, .st4, .st5, .st6, .st7, .st8, .stc, .std, .sti, .stm, .stw, .stx, .svg, .swf, .sxc, .sxd, .sxg, .sxi, .sxm, .sxw, .tar, .tar.bz2, .tbk, .tex, .tga, .tgz, .thm, .tif, .tiff, .tlg, .txt, .uop, .uot, .upk, .vb, .vbox, .vbs, .vdi, .vhd, .vhdx, .vmdk, .vmsd, .vmx, .vmxf, .vob, .wab, .wad, .wallet, .wav, .wb2, .wk1, .wks, .wma, .wmv, .wpd, .wps, .x11, .x3f, .xis, .xla, .xlam, .xlc, .xlk, .xlm, .xlr, .xls, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xlt, .xltm, .xltx, .xlw, .xml, .ycbcra, .yuv, .zip
The encryption algorithm that is claimed to be used by Locky in all of its ransom notes is RSA-2048 with AES 128-bit ciphers. Encrypted files will be renamed with a logical sequence of numbers stemming from your ID number. For instance, such a file will look like G93562L1-K86Z-019J-47N5V911-87QP4TK6FHXM.lukitus.
The Locky cryptovirus has a highly probability to delete the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows Operating System by executing the following command:
→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet
The command eliminates one of the prominent ways for file restoration on your computer system. That makes the encryption process of the virus even more viable.
Remove .Lukitus File Virus and Restore Your Files
If your computer got infected with the .Lukitus File Virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computer systems. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.
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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove .Lukitus File Virus from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of .Lukitus File Virus from Mac OS X.
How to Remove .Lukitus File Virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .Lukitus File Virus
Step 2: Uninstall .Lukitus File 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 .Lukitus File 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 .Lukitus File Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for .Lukitus File Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .Lukitus File Virus.
Ransomware infections and .Lukitus File 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 .Lukitus File Virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall .Lukitus File 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 .Lukitus File 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 .Lukitus File Virus on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac .Lukitus File 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.
.Lukitus File Virus FAQ
What is .Lukitus File Virus ransomware and how does it work?
.Lukitus File 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 .Lukitus File Virus ransomware infect my computer?
Via several ways..Lukitus File 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 .Lukitus File 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 ..Lukitus File Virus files?
You can't. At this point the ..Lukitus File 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 ..Lukitus File Virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by .Lukitus File 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 "..Lukitus File 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 ..Lukitus File 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 .Lukitus File 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 .Lukitus File Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..Lukitus File Virus files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like .Lukitus File 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.