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Remove .Locked4 Virus (Fantom Ransomware) and Restore Files

Attention! This article will help you remove .locked4 Virus (Fantom ransomware) effectively. Follow the ransomware removal instructions given below carefully.

The Fantom ransomware cryptovirus is back with a new variant. The virus encrypts files with more than 1200 different extensions as in the past. The newly appended extension to the encrypted files is .locked4. A ransom sum is demanded from all victims, while a ProtonMail address is given for contacting the cybercriminals – namely fixfiles@protonmail.ch. See if you can try to restore some of your files with the ways outlaid at the end of this article.

Threat Summary

NameFantom Ransomware
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware will encrypt your files and demand payment. A ProtonMail address is given as a contact – fixfiles@protonmail.ch.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt over 1200 files with different extensions while placing the .locked4 extension after their names. A ransom note with instructions will be shown on your screen after the encryption process is done.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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.Locked4 Virus (Fantom Ransomware) – Infection

The latest variant of the Fantom ransomware is possible to spread in a few ways. Spam emails are believed to be the most used way for spreading this virus. A spam email like that usually is being composed of a brief description that tries to convince you that is of big importance. Furthermore, victims usually open an attached file, which is presented as useful or having more information related to the letter. Those attachments might look harmless, but upon opening, such a file can drop the payload of the virus and infect your computer. One of these files is on VirusTotal:

Websites for file-sharing or social media could be utilized to spread the Fantom ransomware variant further. The cyber crooks might have put a file containing a malicious script on those networks. Opening the file will release the payload of the ransomware, and your system will be infected shortly after. Avoid any suspicious emails, links, and files as prevention from these attacks. When you are about to open a file you downloaded, check its signatures first, along with its size and scan it with a security tool. You can read more ransomware tips for prevention in our forum.

.locked4 Virus (Fantom Ransomware) – Information

The Fantom ransomware cryptovirus is back with a newer variant. The latest iteration of the Fantom ransomware was discovered by the malware researcher Karsten Hahn.

Right after the infection, the payload file will create files on your personal computer. Those files will launch a fake update. You can see the fake Windows update screen right here below:

The screen will be locked and disallow any interaction with it or different windows. If you see the screen shown in the above image, know that your files are in the process of being locked in the background. You might be able to close the screen using the Ctrl + F4 key combination. That will not stop the encryption process. The screen is detailed and even has a percentage counter to fake the spike in activity of your disk drives – to best imitate an update.

The Fantom ransomware can create entries in the Windows Registry, that allow it to auto-start with the boot of the Windows operating system. In support of that, the ransomware will not encrypt any files which have the following extensions:

→.sys, .dll, .exe, .ico, .link, .locked4, .purge, .frozen, .tmp, .temp, dll, ini, manifest, .com, .prx, .bin, .am, .dlm, .ngr

The following folders might also be ignored along with all files inside them:

→APPDATA, ProgramData, ProgramFiles, WINDOWS, APPDATA, Appdata, Application Data, intel, nvidia, Program Files, Program Files x86, Windows, RECYCLER, Recycle.Bin, Recycler, TEMP, Temp, Microsoft, RECYCLE.BIN

After encrypting the rest of the files set in the ransomware’s code, a note with the instructions for paying the ransom will appear on your desktop. That ransom note looks the same as the one in the last variant of the cryptovirus. It is contained in a file called ”RESTORE-FILES![random symbols].hta” and looks like the following:

stf-fantom-ransomware-crypto-virus-ransom-note

The newest variant of Fantom ransomware does not set a price for paying not unlike its predecessors. The claim for the deletion of your files from its servers after a while is still there. The criminals who made it once again are using the ProtonMail encrypted mail service and a BitMessage address:

  • fixfiles@protonmail.ch
  • https://bitmsg.me BM-2cTivRoWe5eXdZAt8PqxTJ6tqaQwoaNt6t

Do NOT contact the cybercriminals asking for decryption. No guarantee exists that you will get your files back to normal and as you should know by now, that these crooks will keep making ransomware. Deciding to give them money for the potential unlocking of your files is a bad idea, because it will probably be used to build the next ransomware project. In conclusion, you might end up having your files locked again.

The latest version of the Fantom ransomware is believed to search to encrypt files with nearly 1,300 different extensions, just like before. The list is enormous, so all of those extensions are put in the below drop-down window:

Extensions List

→.001, .1cd, .3d, .3d4, .3df8, .3dm, .3ds, .3fr, .3g2, .3ga, .3gp, .3gp2, .3mm, .3pr, .7z, .7zip, .8ba, .8bc, .8be, .8bf, .8bi8, .8bl, .8bs, .8bx, . 8by, .8li, .a2c, .aa, .aa3, .aac, .aaf, .ab4, .abk, .abw, .ac2, .ac3, .accdb, .accde, .accdr, .accdt, .ace, .ach, .acr, .act, .adb, .ade, .adi, . adp, .adpb, .adr, .ads, .adt, .aep, .aepx, .aes, .aet, .afp, .agd1, .agdl, .ai, .aif, .aiff, .aim, .aip, .ais, .ait, .ak, .al, .allet, .amf, . amr, .amu, .amx, .amxx, .ans, .aoi, .ap, .ape, .api, .apj, .apk, .apnx, .arc, .arch00, .ari, .arj, .aro, .arr, .arw, .as, .as3, .asa, .asc, . ascx, .ase, .asf, .ashx, .asm, .asmx, .asp, .aspx, .asr, .asset, .asx, .automaticdestinations-ms, .avi, .avs, .awg, .azf, .azs, .azw, . azw1, .azw3, .azw4, .b2a, .back, .backup, .backupdb, .bad, .bak, .bank, .bar, .bay, .bc6, .bc7, .bck, .bcp, .bdb, .bdp, .bdr, .bfa, .bgt, . bi8, .bib, .bic, .big, .bik, .bin, .bkf, .bkp, .bkup, .blend, .blob, .blp, .bmc, .bmf, .bml, .bmp, .boc, .bp2, .bp3, .bpk, .bpl, .bpw, .brd, . bsa, .bsk, .bsp, .btoa, .bvd, .c, .cag, .cam, .camproj, .cap, .car, .cas, .cat, .cbf, .cbr, .cbz, .cc, .ccd, .ccf, .cch, .cd, .cdf, .cdi, .cdr, . cdr3, .cdr4, .cdr5, .cdr6, .cdrw, .cdx, .ce1, .ce2, .cef, .cer, .cert, .cfg, .cfp, .cfr, .cgf, .cgi, .cgm, .cgp, .chk, .chml, .cib, .class, . clr, .cls, .clx, .cmf, .cms, .cmt, .cnf, .cng, .cod, .col, .con, .conf, .config, .contact, .cp, .cpi, .cpio, .cpp, .cr2, .craw, .crd, .crt, . crw, .crwl, .crypt, .crypted, .cryptra, .cs, .csh, .csi, .csl, .cso, .csr, .css, .csv, .ctt, .cty, .cue, .cwf, .d3dbsp, .dac, .dal, .dap, . das, .dash, .dat, .database, .dayzprofile, .dazip, .db, .db_journal, .db0, .db3, .dba, .dbb, .dbf, .dbfv, .db-journal, .dbx, .dc2, . dc4, .dch, .dco, .dcp, .dcr, .dcs, .dcu, .ddc, .ddcx, .ddd, .ddoc, .ddrw, .dds, .default, .dem, .der, .des, .desc, .design, .desklink, . dev, .dex, .dfm, .dgc, .dic, .dif, .dii, .dim, .dime, .dip, .dir, .directory, .disc, .disk, .dit, .divx, .diz, .djv, .djvu, .dlc, .dmg, .dmp, . dng, .dob, .doc, .docb, .docm, .docx, .dot, .dotm, .dotx, .dox, .dpk, .dpl, .dpr, .drf, .drw, .dsk, .dsp, .dtd, .dvd, .dvi, .dvx, .dwg, .dxb, . dxe, .dxf, .dxg, .e4a, .edb, .efl, .efr, .efu, .efx, .eip, .elf, .emc, .emf, .eml, .enc, .enx, .epk, .eps, .epub, .eql, .erbsql, .erf, .err, . esf, .esm, .euc, .evo, .ex, .exf, .exif, .f90, .faq, .fcd, .fdb, .fdr, .fds, .ff, .ffd, .fff, .fh, .fhd, .fla, .flac, .flf, .flp, .flv, .flvv, . for, .forge, .fos, .fpenc, .fpk, .fpp, .fpx, .frm, .fsh, .fss, .fxg, .gam, .gdb, .gfe, .gfx, .gho, .gif, .gpg, .gray, .grey, .grf, .groups, . gry, .gthr, .gxk, .gz, .gzig, .gzip, .h, .h3m, .h4r, .hbk, .hbx, .hdd, .hex, .hkdb, .hkx, .hplg, .hpp, .hqx, .htm, .html, .htpasswd, .hvpl, . hwp, .ibank, .ibd, .ibz, .ico, .icxs, .idl, .idml, .idx, .ie5, .ie6, .ie7, .ie8, .ie9, .iff, .iif, .iiq, .img, .incpas, .indb, .indd, .indl, . indt, .ink, .inx, .ipa, .iso, .isu, .isz, .itdb, .itl, .itm, .iwd, .iwi, .jac, .jar, .jav, .java, .jbc, .jc, .jfif, .jge, .jgz, .jif, .jiff, . jnt, .jpc, .jpe, .jpeg, .jpf, .jpg, .jpw, .js, .json, .jsp, .just, .k25, .kc2, .kdb, .kdbx, .kdc, .kde, .key, .kf, .klq, .kmz, .kpdx, .kwd, .kwm, . laccdb, .lastlogin, .lay, .lay6, .layout, .lbf, .lbi, .lcd, .lcf, .lcn, .ldb, .ldf, .lgp, .lib, .lit, .litemod, .lngttarch2, . localstorage, .log, .lp2, .lpa, .lrf, .ltm, .ltr, .ltx, .lua, .lvivt, .lvl, .m, .m2, .m2ts, .m3u, .m3u8, .m4a, .m4p, .m4u, .m4v, .mag, .man, . map, .mapimail, .max, .mbox, .mbx, .mcd, .mcgame, .mcmeta, .mcrp, .md, .md0, .md1, .md2, .md3, .md5, .mdb, .mdbackup, .mdc, .mddata, . mdf, .mdl, .mdn, .mds, .mef, .menu, .meo, .mfw, .mic, .mid, .mim, .mime, .mip, .mjd, .mkv, .mlb, .mlx, .mm6, .mm7, .mm8, .mme, .mml, .mmw, .mny, . mobi, .mod, .moneywell, .mos, .mov, .movie, .moz, .mp1, .mp2, .mp3, .mp4, .mp4v, .mpa, .mpe, .mpeg, .mpg, .mpq, .mpqge, .mpv2, .mrw, . mrwref, .mse, .msg, .msi, .msp, .mts, .mui, .mxp, .myd, .myi, .nav, .ncd, .ncf, .nd, .ndd, .ndf, .nds, .nef, .nfo, .nk2, .nop, .now, .nrg, .nri, . nrw, .ns2, .ns3, .ns4, .nsd, .nsf, .nsg, .nsh, .ntl, .number, .nvram, .nwb, .nx1, .nx2, .nxl, .nyf, .oab, .obj, .odb, .odc, .odf, .odg, .odi, . odm, .odp, .ods, .odt, .oft, .oga, .ogg, .oil, .opd, .opf, .orf, .ost, .otg, .oth, .otp, .ots, .ott, .owl, .oxt, .p12, .p7b, .p7c, .pab, .pack, . pages, .pak, .paq, .pas, .pat, .pbf, .pbk, .pbp, .pbs, .pcd, .pct, .pcv, .pdb, .pdc, .pdd, .pdf, .pef, .pem, .pfx, .php, .pkb, .pkey, .pkh, . pkpass, .pl, .plb, .plc, .pli, .plus_muhd, .pm, .pmd, .png, .po, .pot, .potm, .potx, .ppam, .ppd, .ppf, .ppj, .pps, .ppsm, .ppsx, .ppt, . pptm, .pptx, .prc, .prel, .prf, .props, .prproj, .prt, .ps, .psa, .psafe3, .psd, .psk, .pspimage, .pst, .psw6, .ptx, .pub, .puz, .pwf, . pwi, .pwm, .pxp, .py, .qba, .qbb, .qbm, .qbr, .qbw, .qbx, .qby, .qcow, .qcow2, .qdf, .qed, .qel, .qic, .qif, .qpx, .qt, .qtq, .qtr, .r00, .r01, . r02, .r03, .r3d, .ra, .ra2, .raf, .ram, .rar, .rat, .raw, .rb, .rdb, .rdi, .re4, .res, .result, .rev, .rgn, .rgss3a, .rim, .rll, .rm, .rng, . rofl, .rpf, .rrt, .rsdf, .rsrc, .rsw, .rte, .rtf, .rts, .rtx, .rum, .run, .rv, .rvt, .rw2, .rwl, .rwz, .rzk, .rzx, .s3db, .sad, .saf, .safe, . sas7bdat, .sav, .save, .say, .sb, .sc2save, .sch, .scm, .scn, .scx, .sd0, .sd1, .sda, .sdb, .sdc, .sdf, .sdn, .sdo, .sds, .sdt, .search-ms, . sef, .sen, .ses, .sfs, .sfx, .sgz, .sh, .shar, .shr, .shw, .shy, .sid, .sidd, .sidn, .sie, .sis, .sldm, .sldx, .slk, .slm, .slt, .sme, .snk, . snp, .snx, .so, .spd, .spr, .sql, .sqlite, .sqlite3, .sqlitedb, .sqllite, .sqx, .sr2, .srf, .srt, .srw, .ssa, .st4, .st5, .st6, .st7, .st8, . stc, .std, .sti, .stm, .stt, .stw, .stx, .sud, .suf, .sum, .svg, .svi, .svr, .swd, .swf, .switch, .sxc, .sxd, .sxg, .sxi, .sxm, .sxw, .syncdb, . t01, .t03, .t05, .t12, .t13, .tar, .tax, .tax2013, .tax2014, .tbk, .tbz2, .tch, .tcx, .tex, .text, .tg, .tga, .tgz, .thm, .thmx, .tif, .tiff, . tlg, .tlz, .toast, .tor, .torrent, .tpu, .tpx, .trp, .ts, .tu, .tur, .txd, .txf, .txt, .uax, .udf, .uea, .umx, .unity3d, .unr, .unx, .uop, . uot, .upk, .upoi, .url, .usa, .usx, .ut2, .ut3, .utc, .utx, .uu, .uud, .uue, .uvx, .uxx, .val, .vault, .vbox, .vbs, .vc, .vcd, .vcf, .vdf, .vdi, . vdo, .ver, .vfs0, .vhd, .vhdx, .vlc, .vlt, .vmdk, .vmf, .vmsd, .vmt, .vmx, .vmxf, .vob, .vp, .vpk, .vpp_pc, .vsi, .vtf, .w3g, .w3x, .wab, .wad, . wallet, .war, .wav, .wave, .waw, .wb2, .wbk, .wdgt, .wks, .wm, .wma, .wmd, .wmdb, .wmmp, .wmo, .wmv, .wmx, .wotreplay, .wow, .wpd, .wpe, . wpk, .wpl, .wps, .wsh, .wtd, .wtf, .wvx, .x11, .x3f, .xf, .xis, .xl, .xla, .xlam, .xlc, .xlk, .xll, .xlm, .xlr, .xls, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xlt, . xltm, .xltx, .xlv, .xlw, .xlwx, .xml, .xpi, .xps, .xpt, .xqx, .xsl, .xtbl, .xvid, .xwd, .xxe, .xxx, .yab, .ycbcra, .yenc, .yml, .ync, .yps, . yuv, .z02, .z04, .zap, .zip, .zipx, .zoo, .zps, .ztmp, .rpt, .cry, .fxp, .prg, .fpt, .AES256, .crypto, .darkness, .enc, .kb15, .kraken, . locked, .nochance, .oshit, .cerber, .cpyt, .crypt, .decipher, .install_tor, .me, .net, .ecc, .exx, .ezz, .frtrss, .vault, .aaa, . zepto, .002, .003, .004, .005, .006, .007, .008, .009, .010, .011, .012, .013, .014, .015, .016, .017, .018, .019, .020, .021, .022, .023, .024, . 025, .026, .027, .028, .029, .030, .031, .032, .033, .034, .035, .036, .037, .038, .040, .041, .041, .042, .043, .044, .045, .046, .047, .048, . 049, .050, .051, .052, .053, .055, .056, .057, .058, .059, .060, .061, .062, .063, .064, .065, .066, .067, .068, .069, .070, .071, .072, .073, . 074, .075, .076, .077, .078, .079, .080, .081, .082, .083, .084, .085, .086, .087, .088, .089, .090, .091, .092, .093, .094, .095, .096, .097, . 098, .099, .100, .0001, .0004, .0005, .0006, .0007, .0008, .0009, .0010, .0011, .0012, .0013, .0014, .0015, .0016, .0017, .0018, .0019, . 0019, .0020, .0021, .0022, .0023, .0024, .0025, .0026, .0027, .0028, .0029, .0030, .0031, .0032, .0033, .0034, .0035, .0036, .0037, . 0038, .0039, .0040, .0041, .0042, .0043, .0044, .0045, .0046, .0047, .0048, .0049, .0050, .0051, .0052, .0053, .0054, .0055, .0056, . 0057, .0058, .0059, .0060, .0061, .0062, .0063, .0064, .0065, .0066, .0067, .0068, .0069, .0070, .0071, .0072, .0073, .0074, .0075, . 0076, .0077, .0078, .0079, .0080, .0081, .0082, .0083, .0084, .0085, .0086, .0087, .0088, .0089, .0090, .0091, .0092, .0093, .0094, . 0095, .0095, .0096, .0097, .0098, .0099, .0100, .bbb, .spb, .jsonlz4, .tib, .asd, .dbk, .sbf, .nbu, .nba, .nbf, .ecbk, .sbu, .nco, .zw1, . ex_, .zap13, .ffu, .ftmb, .spba, .syncdb, .trn, .br

All of the encrypted files will have one and the same extension appended to them, which is .locked4. The ransomware probably uses the RSA-2048 encryption algorithm as its past iterations. The ransomware still seems to be not decryptable.

The Fantom ransomware is very likely to delete the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system. Read below to learn of some ways in which you can try to restore some of your data.

Remove .locked4 Virus (Fantom Ransomware) and Restore Your Files

If your computer got infected with the Fantom ransomware virus, you should have some experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as fast as possible before it can have the chance of spreading further and infect more computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below. To see in what ways you can try to recover your data, check the step titled 2. Restore files encrypted by Fantom ransomware.

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How to Remove Fantom Ransomware from Windows.


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

Ransomware infections and Fantom 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 Fantom Ransomware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Fantom 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 Fantom 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 Fantom 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 Fantom 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 Fantom 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 Fantom 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.


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for Fantom Ransomware:


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Fantom Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and Fantom 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.


Fantom Ransomware FAQ

What is Fantom Ransomware ransomware and how does it work?

Fantom 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 Fantom Ransomware ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Fantom 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 Fantom 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 .Fantom Ransomware files?

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

One way to restore files, encrypted by Fantom 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 ".Fantom 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 .Fantom 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 Fantom 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 Fantom Ransomware ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Fantom Ransomware files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Fantom 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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