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Remove LockeR Ransomware – Restore Files

This article will aid you to remove LockeR ransomware completely. Follow the ransomware removal instructions given below in the article.

LockeR is a ransomware virus that encrypts your files. The LockeR virus displays a ransom note message stored in a file called [How_To_Decrypt_Files].txt. You are demanded to pay 10000 US dollars in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency as a ransom to supposedly restore your data. Continue to read below to see how you could try to potentially recover some of your files.

Threat Summary

Name LockeR
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description The ransomware encrypts files on your computer and demands a ransom sum to be paid in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency.
Symptoms The ransomware will encrypt your files, and also put up a ransom note called [How_To_Decrypt_Files].txt.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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LockeR Ransomware – Infection Spread

LockeR ransomware might 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.

LockeR 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.

LockeR Ransomware – In-Depth Analysis

LockeR 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 alleged restoration of your files.

The following pages which are hosted on the TOR network are all associated with the LockeR ransomware:

  • lockerrwhuaf2jjx.onion(.)link
  • lockerrwhuaf2jjx.onion(.)gq
  • lockerrwhuaf2jjx.onion(.)to
  • lockerrwhuaf2jjx.onion(.)top
  • lockerrwhuaf2jjx(.)onion
  • xk5perkqaaaoux2v(.)onion
  • wsg3wd4fepljpvwu(.)onion
  • i56bvhjey5gzakmd(.)onion

LockeR 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 displayed after the encryption of your files is complete. It is inside a file named [How_To_Decrypt_Files].txt and can be viewed from the following screenshot down here:

That note reads the following:

What happened to my files ?

All of your important files were encrypted using a combination of RSA-2048 and AES-256.

What does this mean ?

This means that your files were modified in a way that makes working with them impossible, unless you have the keys to decrypt them.

Is it possible to recover my files ?

Yes, it possible to get your files back, you’ll need a special program (decryptor) and the private key of the key pair used to encrypt them.

How can I get the decryptor and the private key ?

You can buy both of them in any of the links below. Just visit one of them and follow the instructions.

https://lockerrwhuaf2jjx.onion.link/1820-LOANER_4F28C903F6E96F5D6522DF69/
https://lockerrwhuaf2jjx.onion.gq/1820-LOANER_4F28C903F6E96F5D6522DF69/
https://lockerrwhuaf2jjx.onion.to/1820-LOANER_4F28C903F6E96F5D6522DF69/
https://lockerrwhuaf2jjx.onion.top/1820-LOANER_4F28C903F6E96F5D6522DF69/
If you cannot access the site from any of the addresses above, you can follow the instructions below to access the site using the Tor Browser.

Download the Tor Browser Bundle here: https://www.torproject.org.
Execute the file you downloaded to extract the Tor Browser into a folder on your computer.
Then simply open the folder and click on “Start Tor Browser”.
Copy and paste the onion address into the address bar: https://lockerrwhuaf2jjx.onion/1820-LOANER_4F28C903F6E96F5D6522DF69/

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The note of the LockeR ransomware states that your files are encrypted. You are demanded to pay 1.76565830 Bitcoin. That sum equates to 10000 US dollars as stated in the note. However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom. Your files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that. Moreover, giving money to cybercriminals will most likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or commit different criminal acts.

The screenshot below shows the payment page hosted on the TOR network:

Negotiation Support Free Decryption (1)

LockeR

Your files have been encrypted, to recover them you need the private key of the key pair used to encrypt them and the decryptor. You can buy both of them for $10000.00. However, if the payment is not made until 2017-10-22 14:05 UTC, the price for the decryptor and private key will increase to $20000.00.
03days 00hours 44minutes 23seconds

Register a bitcoin wallet.

Easiest online wallet or other wallets.

Purchase the required amount of bitcoins.

There are several ways you can buy bitcoins, you can use bitcoin exchanges, buy directly from people selling near you or using a bitcoin ATM.

Send exactly 1.76565830 BTC ($10000.00) to the address:

1LcbBzkgBVRq3NywSrqHEFCymXcUnrnwrH The confirmation may take several minutes, please be patient.

Status: Awaiting payment…
Expires in: 57:17

1 BTC ≈ 5663.61 USD

The private key is stored in our server for two months.

From that same page you can find the Help page which is shown down here:

Here is what that Help page reads:

LockeR
What is the KEY file ?

It is a storage for the information regarding the infection of your computer, it contains the private key of the key pair used to encrypt your files, along with information to identify your computer.
I don’t have a KEY file, how can I synchronize my computer ?

If you don’t have a KEY file, your machine is already synchronized, you just need to follow any of the links in the HTML note.
How long does it take for my payment to be confirmed ?

It depends on how much you paid for the transaction fee and how much the network is congested. You can check the average confirmation time clicking here.
I paid a lower value and/or to a different address. What should I do ?

In your personal page, click the “Support” option and open a new ticket. You must say in the message which address you paid to and how many bitcoins you sent.

The 4 domains listed in the beginning of this section are the known ones that host these pages, but there might be more. Your ID should work on all such pages if they are related to the LockeR virus.

LockeR Ransomware – Encryption Process

There is not much known for the encryption process of the LockeR ransomware, except that the encryption algorithms used by the virus are AES and RSA.

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:

  • Audio files
  • Video files
  • Document files
  • Image files
  • Backup files
  • Banking credentials, etc

The LockeR 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

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 restore your files back to normal.

Remove LockeR Ransomware and Restore Files

If your computer got infected with the LockeR 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.

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Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.

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:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • 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 LockeR from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove LockeR

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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 LockeR 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 LockeR 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 LockeR 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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Step 4: Scan for LockeR 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 LockeR.

Ransomware infections and LockeR 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 LockeR from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall LockeR 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 LockeR:

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 LockeR. 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 LockeR. 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 LockeR 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 LockeR. 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 LockeR.

Ransomware infections and LockeR 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.


LockeR FAQ

What is LockeR ransomware and how does it work?

LockeR 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 LockeR ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.LockeR 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 LockeR 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 .LockeR files?

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

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like LockeR 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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