Remove Exolock Ransomware - Restore .exolocked Files

Remove Exolock Ransomware – Restore .exolocked Files

This article will help you to remove Exolock ransomware effectively. Follow the ransomware removal instructions given below in the article.

Exolock is a ransomware virus that encrypts your files, while also appends the .exolocked extension to them. The Exolock virus displays a ransom note message. You are demanded to pay 0.01 Bitcoin as a ransom to supposedly recovering your data. That sum is around 40 US dollars at the moment of writing. Read on below to see how you could try to potentially restore some of your files.

Threat Summary

TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer and displays a ransom message afterward.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files, while placing the .exolocked extension to them, and also put up a ransom note afterward.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Exolock Ransomware (.exolocked) – Update November 2017

Apparently, a new version of this ransomware has surfaced and encrypts people’s files with the .exo extension being added to the encrypted files. You can read more about it from the .exo (ExoLock) Files Virus article and see what else is new about its distribution and encryption.

The following list shows the extensions which the ransomware seeks to encrypt after your sytem is infected with it:

→.sql, .mp4, .7z, .rar, .m4a, .wma, .avi, .wmv, .csv, .d3dbsp, .zip, .sie, .sum, .ibank, .t13, .t12, .qdf, .gdb, .tax, .pkpass, .bc6, .bc7, .bkp, .qic, .bkf, .sidn, .sidd, .mddata, .itl, .itdb, .icxs, .hvpl, .hplg, .hkdb, .mdbackup, .syncdb, .gho, .cas, .svg, .map, .wmo, .itm, .sb, .fos, .mov, .vdf, .ztmp, .sis, .sid, .ncf, .menu, .layout, .dmp, .blob, .esm, .vcf, .vtf, .dazip, .fpk, .mlx, .kf, .iwd, .vpk, .tor, .psk, .rim, .w3x, .fsh, .ntl, .arch00, .lvl, .snx, .cfr, .ff, .vpp_pc, .lrf, .m2, .mcmeta, .vfs0, .mpqge, .kdb, .db0, .dba, .rofl, .hkx, .bar, .upk, .das, .iwi, .litemod, .asset, .forge, .ltx, .bsa, .apk, .re4, .sav, .lbf, .slm, .bik, .epk, .rgss3a, .pak, .big, .wallet, .wotreplay, .xxx, .desc, .py, .m3u, .flv, .js, .css, .rb, .png, .jpeg, .txt, .p7c, .p7b, .p12, .pfx, .pem, .crt, .cer, .der, .x3f, .srw, .pef, .ptx, .r3d, .rw2, .rwl, .raw, .raf, .orf, .nrw, .mrwref, .mef, .erf, .kdc, .dcr, .cr2, .crw, .bay, .sr2, .srf, .arw, .3fr, .dng, .jpe, .jpg, .cdr, .indd, .ai, .eps, .pdf, .pdd, .psdv, .dbf, .mdf, .wb2, .rtf, .wpd, .dxg, .xf, .dwg, .pst, .accdb, .mdb, .pptm, .pptx, .ppt, .xlk, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xls, .wps, .docm, .docx, .doc, .odb, .odc, .odm, .odp, .ods, .odt, .jpeg, .dll, .md, .cpp, .h, .lib

The ransomware developer or the corresponding criminal using the builder app can add or subtract extensions from that list. Advice left in the builder suggests to leave out .exe files out of the lists, because the ransomware will not work if encrypts its own files.

Exolock Ransomware – Infection

Exolock ransomware might spread its infection with various methods. 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.

Exolock 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 found in the forum section.

Exolock Ransomware – Description

Exolock is a virus that encrypts your files and extorts you to pay a ransom to allegedly recover them. The extortionists want you to pay in Bitcoin for the possible recovery of your files.

Exolock ransomware might 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.

That ransom note message is displayed after the encryption of your files is complete. It can be viewed from the following screenshot down here:

That note reads the following:

All files have been infected
Get decrypt your files in 4 steps
1. Go to “”
2. Pay 0.01 bitcoins to the bitcoin Address below
3. Once confirmed your files will be decrypted
4. And you can enjoy your computer
If you try to CLOSE this procces or SHUTDOWN the computer,
your files will be DELETED FOREVER!!!
Only way to RECOVER your files is to PAY 0.01 BTC
BTC Address: 1HYUJkWT6ndCZzs4PsdFKgkM2agXidPgEv

The note of the Exolock ransomware states that your files are encrypted. You are demanded to pay 0.01 Bitcoins which equals to 40 US dollars at the time of writing. However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom. Your files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that. Moreover, giving money to cybercriminals will most likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or commit different crimes.

Exolock Ransomware – Encryption

The encryption process of the Exolock ransomware is utilized with the help of the AES encryption algorithm or at least that is stated inside the ransom note. It will encrypt your files while placing the .exolocked extension to all locked files.

The targeted extensions of files which are sought to get encrypted are currently unknown and if a list is discovered, it will be posted here as the article gets updated. The files used most by users and which are probably encrypted are from the following categories:

  • Document files
  • Audio files
  • Video files
  • Image files
  • Backup files
  • Banking credentials and data

The Exolock cryptovirus might 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

If the above-stated command is executed that will make 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 your computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially recover your files.

Remove Exolock Ransomware and Restore .exolocked Files

If your computer got infected with the Exolock 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.


Berta Bilbao

Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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