Remove LockedByte Ransomware and Restore Your Files

Remove LockedByte Ransomware and Restore Your Files

This article will help you remove LockedByte ransomware absolutely. Follow the ransomware removal instructions at the end of the article.

LockedByte is how a new ransomware threat is called. More precisely, this threat is a virus that encrypts files. It uses the XOR cipher for its encryption, deeming it decryptable. After encryption, the virus displays a ransom message demanding 1000 US dollars as payment. Researchers note that this might be a variant of Deos ransomware. Continue reading down below to see how you could try to potentially restore some of your files.

Threat Summary

Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer and displays a ransom message after that.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and put a random extension to them after it finishes its encryption process.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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LockedByte Ransomware – Distribution Ways

LockedByte ransomware might distribute its infection in various ways. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the world, and researchers have gotten their hands on a malware sample. If that file lands on your computer system and you execute it – your computer will become infected. You can see the detections of such a file on the VirusTotal service right here:

LockedByte 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.

LockedByte Ransomware – Technical Information

LockedByte is a virus that encrypts your files and extorts you to pay a ransom to get them back. Malware researchers have noted that the virus looks like it is a variant of the Deos ransomware.

LockedByte ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and probably 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.

The note is written in English and you can view its ransom message which loads after the encryption process down here:

That ransom message reads the following:

Your files have been encrypted by LockedByte
All your files have been encrypted and are now hold for ransom
To receive your files back you will have to pay 1000 dollars worth of bitcoin to the address:
Good luck having your files back

The ransomware demands payment of 1000 US dollars, which is almost 5 times more than its predecessor. In the end of the ransom note, there is a threat which sounds like getting your files back is impossible, but if you read on, you will see that the threat is empty and decryption is possible.

You should NOT under any circumstances pay the ransom. Your files may not get restored, and nobody could give you any real guarantee. Moreover, giving money to cybercriminals will likely motivate them to create more ransomware or do other criminal activities.

LockedByte Ransomware – Encryption Process

For the moment, it is not known what file extensions the ransomware seeks to encrypt exactly. However, files from the following file types are bound to get encrypted:

  • Databases
  • Texts
  • Images
  • Videos
  • Music

These file types are the most widely-used ones for common Windows users. All files that get encrypted will receive the same extension appended to them, which is randomly generated for each computer system fallen victim to the virus. The good news is that the ransomware uses the XOR cipher as its encryption algorithm, meaning that it could be reverse engineered quite easily compared to most ransomware threats in this day and age. That is due to the fact that the same key used for encryption can decrypt the files as well.

The LockedByte cryptovirus could be set to erase the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

If your PC was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially recover your data.

Remove LockedByte Ransomware and Restore Your Files

If your computer got infected with the LockedByte 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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