A fake ransomware, named Ocelot Locker which only pretends to encrypt the files on infected computers has been detected by malware researchers. They also report that the virus displays a red message, where it demands users to pay 25 USD worth of BitCoin (0.03 BTC) to the hackers who infected the PC. However, researchers have also concluded that the virus does not use any encryption and it can be easily removed if you read this article thoroughly.
|Short Description||Only pretends to encrypt files, however still malware and removal is advisable.|
|Symptoms||A locksreen with a scary ransom note pops up after infection.|
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In order to cause a massive infection on targeted computers, the cyber-criminals may use a variety of spamming tools that distribute either malicious web links or malicious files across different platforms, such as online social media sites, sites that have weak defense against URLs and of course by e-mail. The malicious e-mails that may infect a computer with Ocelot Locker, may be from a different character, meaning that they may be mistaken for legitimate e-mails from people or companies, like:
After an infection has taken place, the victims of Ocelot Locker see the following red ransom screen:
Despite the virus, not encrypting any of the files, users who have been infected by it, should know that even though from the image below, it admits it, it is still malware and should be removed on sight.
Remove Ocelot Ransomware from Your Computer
Since this ransomware does not encrypt files, if the creators of the virus have configured it, the malware may encrypt Microsoft Office, Open Office, text files, photos, music, vidoes and other documents and files without any notice. This is why malware researchers strongly advise anyone who has come across it to immediately remove it.
Since the Ocelot virus creates two files – ocelot.exe and a randomly named executable, somewhere on the computer of the victim, you can look for the file in a safe environment manually, if you follow the instructions below.
However, in case you lack the experience in doing so, we strongly advise you to follow the Automatic instructions and scan your computer with an anti-malware program to remove the files and other objects, Ocelot may have created automatically.
No matter how you may wish to remove Ocelot Ransomware from your computer, advices are to focus on backing up all of your important files immediately in case you saw this virus. To learn more on how to safely store your important files, we also advise reading the following article.