Remove LockerGoga Ransomware (.locked Extension)
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Remove LockerGoga Ransomware (.locked Extension)

This article will aid you to remove .locked Files virus. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.

LockerGoga Ransomware, also known as .locked Files Virus will encrypt your data and demands money as a ransom to get it restored. Files will receive the .locked extension as a secondary one, without any changes made to the original name of an encrypted file. The .locked Files Virus will leave ransomware instructions inside a text file. Keep on reading the article and see how you could try to potentially recover some of your locked files and data.

Threat Summary

NameLockerGoga
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files by placing the .locked extension on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and leave a ransom note with payment instructions.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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LockerGoga Ransomware – Update March 2019

It appears that aluminium producer Norsk Hydro was hit by LockerGoga ransomware and most of its operations were postponed while the company restored their computer systems with the help of backups. You can read more about the

LockerGoga Ransomware Hits Norsk Hydro story and know that this is not the first business that has fallen victim to the LockerGoga cryptovirus.

Also, two more ransom notes are discovered to be pushed by this threat – you can see them right down here:

The text inside them remains more or less the same as the original variant of the virus, but the contact emails used this time around are:

  • DharmaBarrack@protonmail.com
  • wyattpettigrew8922555@mail.com
  • MayarChenot@protonmail.com
  • QicifomuEjijika@o2.pl

.locked Files Virus (LockerGoga) – Distribution Techniques

The .locked Files ransomware might distribute itself via different tactics. 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 device will become infected. You can see the detections of such a file on the VirusTotal service right here:

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 located at the corresponding forum thread.

.locked Files Virus (LockerGoga) – Technical Data

.locked Files Virus is actually ransomware, so it encrypts your files and opens a ransom note, with instructions inside it, about the compromised computer machine. The extortionists want you to pay a ransom fee for the alleged restoration of your data.

.locked Files Virus 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 start the virus automatically with each boot of the Windows Operating System.

After encryption the .locked Files virus creates a ransom note inside a text file. The note is named README-NOW.txt as you can see from the below screenshot:

The note reads the following:

Greetings!

There was a significant flaw in the security system of your company.
You should be thankful that the flaw was exploited by serious people and not some rookies.
They would have damaged all of your data by mistake or for fun.

Your files are encrypted with the strongest military algorithms RSA4096 and AES-256.
Without our special decoder it is impossible to restore the data.
Attempts to restore your data with third party software as Photorec, RannohDecryptor etc.
will lead to irreversible destruction of your data.

To confirm our honest intentions.
Send us 2-3 different random files and you will get them decrypted.
It can be from different computers on your network to be sure that our decoder decrypts everything.
Sample files we unlock for free (files should not be related to any kind of backups).

We exclusively have decryption software for your situation

DO NOT RESET OR SHUTDOWN – files may be damaged.
DO NOT RENAME the encrypted files.
DO NOT MOVE the encrypted files.
This may lead to the impossibility of recovery of the certain files.

To get information on the price of the decoder contact us at:
CottleAkela@protonmail.com;QyavauZehyco1994@o2.pl
The payment has to be made in Bitcoins.
The final price depends on how fast you contact us.
As soon as we receive the payment you will get the decryption tool and
instructions on how to improve your systems security

The following e-mail addresses are given for contacting the cybercriminals:

  • CottleAkela@protonmail.com
  • QyavauZehyco1994@o2.pl

Even if a note is shown, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum. Your files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that. Adding to that, giving money to cybercriminals will most likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or commit different criminal activities. That may even result to you getting your files encrypted all over again after payment.

.locked Files Virus (LockerGoga) – Encryption Process

The encryption process of the .locked Files ransomware rather simple – every file that gets encrypted will become simply unusable. Files will get the .locked extension after being locked. The extension is placed as a secondary one, without any changes made to the original name of an encrypted file.

A list with the known, targeted extensions of files which are sought to get encrypted is currently the following:

→.doc, .dot, .wbk, .docx, .dotx, .docb, .xlm, .xlsx, .xltx, .xlsb, .xlw, .ppt, .pot, .pps, .pptx, .potx, .ppsx, .sldx, and .pdf

Other files which are probably encrypted as well could be from the following categories:

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

The .locked Files 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

In case the above-stated command is executed that will make the effects of 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 a computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially restore some files back to their normal state.

Remove .locked Files Virus (LockerGoga)

If your computer system got infected with the .locked Files 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.

Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov is a tech-geek and loves everything that is tech-related, while observing the latest news surrounding technologies. He has worked in IT before, as a system administrator and a computer repair technician. Dealing with malware since his teens, he is determined to spread word about the latest threats revolving around computer security.

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