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Remove EggLocker Ransomware – Restore .EGG Files

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This article provides information about a ransomware dubbed EggLocker as well as step-by-step removal. Several data recovery methods could be found as well.

EggLocker ransomware infiltrates computer systems to implement specific modifications and imitate encryption of target files stored on the hosts. All target files could be recognized by the extension .EGG that stands at the end of their names. The ransomware creates copies of these files and they remain working. So at this point, there is no need for a decryption solution. Hackers may blackmail victims into paying a ransom payment for the decryptor they possess. However, there is no actual need for such a tool as the information stored by .EGG files could be accessed by their originals. Even though, you have access to all your data the malicious files and objects associated with EggLocker ransomware need to be removed from the system. Otherwise, there is a risk that hackers will attempt to deliver additional malware infections by using ransomware files stored on the PC.

Threat Summary

Name EggLocker
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description EggLocker ransomware virus imitates the encryption of specific files stored on your PC and drops a ransom note that demands payment for the decryption of .EGG files.
Symptoms This fake ransomware creates copies of important files and then renames them with the extension .EGG. A ransom payment is demanded.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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EggLocker Ransomware – Distribution

The primary method used for the distribution of EggLocker ransomware is not known. However, the guesses are that some of the most common spread techniques are utilized for the delivery of ransomware’s payload. One of them is malicious files attached to email spam messages that pose as representatives of well-known companies, organizations and even friends of yours. Once you open a compromised file on the computer, you may automatically trigger EggLocker infection. The same spam emails may present an in-text link or button as well. Such components usually land on specially crafted web pages that are set to download and activate the ransomware payload directly on your device.

Another method of distribution is via popular file-sharing services and P2P networks. So you need to be very careful when you decide to download freeware and torrents from the net. It is advisable to find the official website of the company vendor and download the desired app from there. One more way to prevent infection with nasty malware infections like EggLocker is to scan all downloads with free online archive extractor and malware scanner.

EggLocker Ransomware – More About the Infection

As revealed by security researchers the developer of this new ransomware dubbed EggLocker is a man with nickname Krysto. The threat is designed to modify system settings heavily in order to establish its malicious files on the infected PC and remain undetected as long as possible. Once it’s running on the system it may create some additional malware files that are likely to be established in particular folders. So in case of infection some malicious files and objects might be found in:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Temp%
  • %Windows%

Afterward, EggLocker may enter the Registry Editor and add some values under specific sub-keys like Run and RunOnce. Their functionalities enable the automatic execution of all malicious files on each Windows system start. In addition, some values added under Run/RunOnce can help the display of several pop-up messages as well as EggLocker’s ransom note.

The ransom note is contained in a file called EGG.txt that reads the following:

Chicken has just awoken!
Your pc has to pay for all files otherwise small chicken is going to eat them all!
There is no way to kill chicken.
Your attack means her respond

In addition, a ransom image could appear on the PC screen:

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In fact, EggLocker doesn’t really encrypt files but just creates copies of those that are listed in its code and then appends the extension .EGG to their names. In case that the threat evolves in future and starts to encode target files with strong cipher algorithm, you could use some alternative data recovery methods to restore .EGG files. Several are mentioned in the guide below.

Beware, that you need to remove all malicious files and objects from the infected device as they could be used as a gateway by bad actors. As a result, they may harvest sensitive information of yours or drop other malware infections on your PC.

Remove EggLocker Ransomware and Restore System

The step-by-step removal guide below provides both manual and automatic approaches. Beware that the removal of EggLocker crypto virus is not an easy task. It is a severe threat that plagues the whole system. Security researchers recommend the help of advanced anti-malware tool for maximum efficiency.

After you fulfill the removal process make sure to check the “Restore Files” step available in our guide below. But before that be advised to back up all encrypted files to an external drive and prevent their irreversible loss.

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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.
  • 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.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove EggLocker from Windows.


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

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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 EggLocker 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 EggLocker 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 EggLocker 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.

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Step 4: Scan for EggLocker 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.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by EggLocker.

Ransomware infections and EggLocker 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 EggLocker from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall EggLocker 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 EggLocker:

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 EggLocker. 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 EggLocker. 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 EggLocker 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 EggLocker. 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 EggLocker.

Ransomware infections and EggLocker 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.


EggLocker FAQ

What is EggLocker ransomware and how does it work?

EggLocker 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 EggLocker ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.EggLocker 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 EggLocker 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 .EggLocker files?

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

One way to restore files, encrypted by EggLocker 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 ".EggLocker" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .EggLocker 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 EggLocker 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 EggLocker ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .EggLocker files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like EggLocker 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.

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