Remove Desktop Ransomware (Lock. Files)

Remove Desktop Ransomware (Lock. Files)

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This article will aid you to remove Desktop ransomware efficiently. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.

Desktop is a virus that encrypts your files and demands money as a ransom to get your files restored. According to some malware researchers, all files of a compromised computer get locked with the AES military grade encryption algorithm. The Desktop cryptovirus will encrypt your data and files, while also prepending the Lock. prefix in front of file names and an extension to each file. Continue to read the article and see how you could try to potentially recover some of your files.

Threat Summary

NameDesktop Ransomware
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files with the AES encryption algorithm. All locked files will have the Lock. prefix prepended to them.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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User ExperienceJoin Our Forum to Discuss Desktop Ransomware.
Data Recovery ToolWindows 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.

Desktop Ransomware – Ways of Distribution

Desktop ransomware might spread its infection in various ways. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the World Wide Web, and researchers have gotten their hands on a malware sample. If that file lands on your computer system and you somehow execute it – your computer system will become infected.

Desktop ransomware might also distribute its payload file on social media and file-sharing services. Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Refrain from opening files right after you have downloaded them. You should first scan them with a security tool, while also checking their size and signatures for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the tips for preventing ransomware located at the corresponding forum thread.

Desktop Ransomware – In-Depth Description

Desktop is a virus that encrypts your files and places an .html file, with instructions inside the infected computer system. The extortionists want you to pay a ransom fee for the alleged restoration of your files. The ransom fee may vary according to the victims. A couple of companies have already claimed to be hit with this ransomware and is possible that they will be charged more for the alleged recovery of their files.

Desktop ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows environment. Such entries are typically designed in a way to launch the virus automatically with each start of the Windows operating system.

After encryption the Desktop virus shows a ransom message located inside a GUI window. You can see its contents from the following screenshot given down here:

The ransom note states the following:

Welcome in
Desktop Ransomware

Oooooops All your files on the desktop
are encrypted To decrypt files enter PIN
see you soon

Enter PIN



As it becomes evident from the ransomware note, the cybercriminals demand a PIN code in order to decrypt your files. At the moment the “Get PIN” button doesn’t work for this variant, but might be operational in the future, demanding some sort of ransom.

Malware researchers have discovered one PIN code so far, that might work:

  • 00114455220033669988554477++//

This is a screenshot of the above mentioned PIN code working:

The note of the Desktop ransomware states that your files are encrypted. You are demanded to pay an unknown sum of money. The prices between a single computer and multiple, as well as a single person/home and a company may vary. However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum. Your files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that. Adding to that, giving money to cybercriminals will most likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or commit different criminal activities. That may even result to you getting your files encrypted once again.

Except the ransom note, the following wallpaper will be set as your new Desktop Background:

The message on the Desktop image reads:

Oooooops You’ve infected @ virus encrypting
your desktop files

The background red skull emblem is recognized as the “Crimson Omen” from the game Gears of War.

Desktop Ransomware – Encryption Process

What is known for the encryption process of the Desktop ransomware is that every file that gets encrypted will receive the Lock. prefix. The prefix will be prepended to the name of an encrypted file, and after the dot the name of the encrypted file will follow.

The full list with the targeted extensions of files which are sought to get encrypted is currently unknown and if it becomes known, the article will be duly updated with it.

The files used most by users and which are probably encrypted are from the following categories:

  • Document files
  • Image files
  • Audio files
  • Video files
  • Backup data
  • Banking credentials, etc

The Desktop cryptovirus could be set to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

In case the above-stated command is executed that will make the effects of the encryption process more efficient. That is due to the fact that the command eliminates one of the prominent ways to restore your data. If a computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially restore some files back to their normal state.

Remove Desktop Ransomware (Lock. Files)

If your computer system got infected with the Desktop 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.

Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov is a tech-geek and loves everything that is tech-related, while observing the latest news surrounding technologies. He has worked in IT before, as a system administrator and a computer repair technician. Dealing with malware since his teens, he is determined to spread word about the latest threats revolving around computer security.

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