This article will aid you to remove the Rans0mLocked cryptovirus efficient. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the bottom of the article.
Rans0mLocked ransomware is the name of a cryptovirus. The extension it puts to all files after encryption is .owned. A ransom note will pop-up inside a window with instructions on how to pay 0.1 to recover your files. Continue to read and find out what methods you could try to potentially recover some of your files.
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files on your computer system and it shows a ransom note afterward.|
|Symptoms||This ransomware virus will encrypt your files and place the .owned extension on each one of them.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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Rans0mLocked Ransomware – Distribution
The Rans0mLocked ransomware might be distributed by utilizing different methods. The payload dropper file which initiates the malicious script for the ransomware infection is seen circling the Internet. Malware researchers have found a sample of the payload which could infect users and you can preview its analysis on the VirusTotal service here below:
The Rans0mLocked ransomware might be using other ways to deliver the payload file, such as social media and file-sharing sites. Freeware applications found on the Web could be promoted as helpful but also could hide the malicious script for this virus. Before opening any files after you have downloaded them, you should instead scan them with a security program. Especially if they come from suspicious places, such as emails or links. Also, don’t forget to check the size and signatures of such files for anything that seems out of place. You should read the ransomware prevention tips given in the forum section.
Rans0mLocked Ransomware – In-Depth
The Rans0mLocked ransomware is a cryptovirus, which abuses PowerShell a lot. The intention of the ransomware authors was probably to launch another process of “powershell.exe” instead of running it multiple times and making a system’s resources used. See the proof below in a screenshot of the Task Manager:
After the Rans0mLocked ransomware encrypts your files, it will place the .owned extension to every one of them. Then, a ransom note will be displayed with payment instructions.
The Rans0mLocked ransomware could make new registry entries in the Windows Registry to achieve a higher level of persistence. Those entries are usually designed in a way that will start the virus automatically with every launch of the Windows Operating System, like in the example provided below, such as the example given here:
The ransom message will be placed inside your PC. The following window will pop up:
This is what the ransom message with instructions reads:
Your computer has been locked
Hello, your computer has been blocked to unblock it please follow the instructions –
– step 1 make you on https://www.coinbase.com/signup
– Sign up – buy (0.1 Bitcoins)
– Send the amount has shown bitcoin address
Click the button “How to use bitcoin?” to see a mote advanced guide.
Once the payment is done, click the button “Check”
button “How to use bitcoin?”
The Rans0mLocked virus demands a ransom of 0.1 Bitcoins which is the equivalent of 161 US dollars. However, you should NOT pay those crooks under any circumstances. Financially supporting the cybercriminals does not guarantee that you will restore your data back to normal and that might motivate them to make more viruses.
Rans0mLocked Ransomware – Encryption Process
No official list exists with file extensions that the Rans0mLocked ransomware seeks to encrypt and the article will be updated if such a list is found. All files which get encrypted will receive the .owned extension appended to them. The following files are most likely to get encrypted, as they are the most commonly used ones on the Windows OS:
→.7z, .bmp, .doc, .docm, .docx, .html, .jpeg, .jpg, .mp3, .mp4, .pdf, .php, .ppt, .pptx, .rar, .rtf, .sql, .tiff, .txt, .xls, .xlsx, .zip
The Rans0mLocked cryptovirus is highly likely to delete all Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows Operating System by executing the following command:
→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet
In case the command pointed out above is executed from the Windows Command Prompt, that will make the encryption process more efficient. Malware researchers state that they have found no flaws in the encryption, so decryption may not be possible at all, unless the ransomware developers themselves don’t release a decryptor or a master key. Keep reading to see what methods you can try out to potentially restore some of your data.
Remove Rans0mLocked Ransomware and Restore .Owned Files
If your computer got infected with the Rans0mLocked ransomware 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 computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Rans0mLocked from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Rans0mLocked from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Rans0mLocked from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Rans0mLocked from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Rans0mLocked from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Rans0mLocked from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Rans0mLocked from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Rans0mLocked from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Rans0mLocked
Step 2: Uninstall Rans0mLocked 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 Rans0mLocked 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 Rans0mLocked there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Rans0mLocked from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Rans0mLocked 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 Rans0mLocked 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 Rans0mLocked files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Rans0mLocked, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Rans0mLocked from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Rans0mLocked from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Rans0mLocked from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Rans0mLocked from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Rans0mLocked will be removed.
Eliminate Rans0mLocked from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.