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.lock Files Virus – WHAT IS IT + How to Remove

What are .lock files? What is .lock ransomware virus? How to remove the .lock files ransomware from your computer? How to try and restore .lock encrypted files?

A ransomware infection has been detected by researcher Petrovic(@petrovic082) to encrypt the files on the computers of victims and then set the .lock extension on the encrypted files. The end goal of the .lock Ransomware virus, which is believed to be written in Python is to get victims to pay 100$ to the BitCoin wallet of the cyber-criminals behind it. The ransomware drops a Read Me.txt file, which has the ransom note, asking to either pay or contact the crooks directly via anonymous e-mail. In case your computer has been infected by the .lock Python ransomware, then we suggest that you read this article.

Threat Summary

Name .lock Ransomware
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description Aims to encrypt the files and prevent victims from opening them until they pay ransom of $100 in BitCoin.
Symptoms Files are encrypted with an added .lock file extension and several enumerated “ReadMe.txt” files are dropped on the desktops of victimized computers.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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.lock Ransomware – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?

There are several different types of methods used to spread the .lock ransomware virus. They all involve getting victims to either click on a malicious URL or manually download and run the virus infeciton file. One of the methods used to spread this malware is likely by uploading it on a site, where it may pretend to be a program of some sort, like a license activator, crack, patch, key generator, portable program or other form of software. These programs could be on a compromised site, where you may be tricked into manually downloading them, thinking they are useful. One such file could end up to be the main infection file of the .lock virus:

→ SHA256: 7bdbbfcd53c33ae24d81ca5459b6cc15b9572a3df31e6c6a12a91b0181939bb4
Name: 123.exe

In addition to this, the .lock malware may also come on your computer via being sent over as an e-mail attachment. There, the virus may appear as if it is a legitimate document that is very important, like a letter from your bank, an invoice or a purchase receipt.

Whatever the case may be, once you run the malicious file, infection is inevitable. The 123.exe file may spawn a file, called dll.exe. This file may perform series of modifications on your compromised computer, including the following activities:

  • Interfere with your Windows Registry Editor.
  • Check if it has infected your PC before.
  • Delete backups and shadow copies from your PC.
  • Bypass and disable Windows Recovery and other services.

Among the activities of the .lock ransomware is to also drop a ransom note file, called ReadMe.txt. It has the following contents:

ENGLISH

Your files have been encrypted!

If you want to decrypt your files, send 100$ for this Bitcoin Wallet:

3CU67cnSDShTCGfcRic8bki1LGfRqM1vdw

Then send me Transaction ID:

EMAIL: hm3edn+aajyjnn64htaosrk@sharklasers.com

The files that are encrypted by the .lock ransomware appear like the following:

The virus may target documents, images, audio files, videos and many other often used types of files. It is written in the language Python and may use advanced encryption in order to overwrite blocks of data from the files. After encryption, the .lock ransomware may generate decryption keys, which are only available to victims who pay the ransom – something which we would advise you against doing.

Remove .lock Ransomware and Try to Restore Encrypted Files

To get rid of this virus, you can follow the removal instructions below. For maximum effectiveness, we recommend using an advanced anti-malware software, that can do the removal for you and save a lot of time. To try and restore your files, you can see the alternative file recovery methods in the step “Try to restore” underneath. They may not be 100% effective, but with their help, you could be able to restore at least some of your files.

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Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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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:

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  • 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 .lock Ransomware from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .lock Ransomware

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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 .lock Ransomware 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 .lock Ransomware 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 .lock Ransomware 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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Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
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Step 4: Scan for .lock Ransomware 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 .lock Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and .lock Ransomware 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 .lock Ransomware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .lock Ransomware 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 .lock Ransomware:

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 .lock Ransomware. 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 .lock Ransomware. 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 .lock Ransomware 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 .lock Ransomware. 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 .lock Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and .lock Ransomware 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.


.lock Ransomware FAQ

What is .lock Ransomware ransomware and how does it work?

.lock Ransomware 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 .lock Ransomware ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways..lock Ransomware 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 .lock Ransomware 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 ..lock Ransomware files?

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

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .lock Ransomware 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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