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.
|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 |
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by EggLocker |
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|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.|
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:
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:
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.