This article will help you remove LockBox ransomware completely. Follow the ransomware removal instructions given at the bottom.
LockBox is a ransomware virus that encrypts your files with AES 256-bit encryption. The LockBox virus displays a ransom note inside a file called READ FOR HELP.txt. The file is filled with instructions about paying a ransom for supposedly getting your files back. Keep reading below to see how you could try to potentially restore some of your data.
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files on your computer and displays a ransom message afterward.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will encrypt your files and put up a ransom note inside a text file called READ FOR HELP.txt.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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LockBox Ransomware – Spread
LockBox ransomware could 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. You can see the detections of such a file on the VirusTotal service right here:
LockBox 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 our forums.
LockBox Ransomware – Overview
LockBox is a virus that encrypts your files and extorts you to pay a ransom to allegedly get them back to normal. You are given a number of contact details, but you shouldn’t proceed with reaching out the cybercriminals as they will ask you for payment. The ransomware is actually written in the Delphi programming language and uses the mORMot open-source framework for it.
LockBox 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 is inside a file called READ FOR HELP.txt which can be previewed right down here, from the screenshot:
The note reads the following:
We found that all your files are encrypted with AES-256 algorithm.
Fortunately, we can help you decrypt your files.
To help you, you must write a message to us on our email [email protected]
In the message, you must write your PERSONAL KEY, which is written at the end of this manual, and you must also attach no more than 3 encrypted files of no more than 2 mb each.
If you didn’t receive a reply within 24 hours after your message, please duplicate your message by email [email protected]
If after 24 hours you still have not received an answer, you need to register a tor-email on link http://torbox3uiot6wchz.onion.to or http://torbox3uiot6wchz.onion.gq
And write a message to the tor-mail [email protected]
ATTENTION: The message must be sent from the tor-mail, otherwise it will not be delivered and will not be read by us.
Also you can register tor-mail at the link http://torbox3uiot6wchz.onion (this link can only be opened in the tor browser http://www.torproject.org/)
The note of the LockBox ransomware states that your files are encrypted. You are demanded to contact one of the following:
TOR Network addresses:
- [email protected]
At this moment the ransom sum that you are supposed to pay is unknown, and you should NOT under any circumstances pay anything. Your files may not get restored, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that. Furthermore, giving money to cybercriminals will likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses and quite likely commit similar Internet crimes.
LockBox Ransomware – Encryption
The encryption process of the LockBox ransomware is utilized with the help of AES 256-bit encryption algorithm or at least that is stated inside the ransom note. It will encrypt your files and probably place the same extension to all of them, after which it will create the above-mentioned ransom note.
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 LockBox 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
Although that command is not seen to be executed in the current version of ransomware, if that happens, the encryption process will be more efficient. That is due to the fact that the command will eliminate one of the prominent ways for restoring 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 file data.
Remove LockBox Ransomware and Restore Data
If your computer got infected with the LockBox 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.