This article will help you to remove Locked_file ransomware fully. Follow the ransomware removal instructions given at the bottom.
Locked_file is a ransomware virus that encrypts your files, while also appends the .locked_file extension to them. The Locked_file virus displays a ransom note message. The files are filled with instructions about paying a ransom in Bitcoin for supposedly recovering your data. Continue to read below to see how you could try to potentially restore some of your files.
|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.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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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.|
Locked_file Virus – Infection Spread
Locked_file 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.
Locked_file 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.
Locked_file Virus – In-Depth Analysis
Locked_file is a virus that encrypts your files and extorts you to pay a ransom to supposedly recover them. The extortionists want you to pay in Bitcoin for the possible restoration of your files.
Locked_file 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 inside a file called !HOW_TO_UNLOCK_FILES!.html. It can be viewed from down here, in the following screenshot:
The note reads the following:
All your files have been encrypted with strong cryptographic algorithm!
It means you will not be able to access them anymore until they are decrypted with your unique decryptor!
If you will follow our instructions, we guarantee that you can decrypt all your files quickly and safely!
Attention! You have only 72 hours for reaction. After this time your unique decryption key will be deleted!
If you want to restore your files, please write us to the e-mail:
For fast authentication you can send us few files for free decryption and your personal ID:
* Do not rename encrypted files.
* Do not try to uninstall the program or run antivirus software.
* Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
* Decoders of other users are incompatible with your data, each user has unique encryption key.
* For assurance you can send us up to 3 files for free decryption.
* Please note that files for free decryption must NOT contain valuable information and their total size must be less than 5Mb.
The note of the Locked_file ransomware states that your files are encrypted. You are demanded to pay in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency. However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum. Your files may not get restored, and nobody could guarantee that. Moreover, giving money to cybercriminals will likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or do other criminal activities.
Locked_file Virus – Encryption Process
The encryption process of the Locked_file ransomware is utilized with the help of the RSA encryption algorithm or at least that is stated inside the ransom note. It will encrypt your files while placing the .locked_file extension to all locked files. Specifically, before the new extension, the files are also renamed and an email is added before the extension, like .[[email protected]].locked_file.
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 Locked_file 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 Locked_file Virus and Restore Data
If your computer got infected with the Locked_file 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.