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.lokas Files Virus (STOP) – How to Remove It

This article explains the issues that occur in case of infection with .lokas files virus and provides a complete .lokas virus removal guide. Follow the steps below and find also how to potentially recover .lokas files.

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The cryptovirus called .lokas files virus is a new strain of STOP ransomware. Security researchers reported that the threat is currently infecting popular computer systems around the globe. Its malicious samples are released in active attack campaigns that aim to trick users into activating .lokas payload file on their computers.

The moment this event occurs, the ransomware infects essential system settings. By doing this, .lokas virus disrupts computer security and becomes able to perform data encryption process. Since it is known to be using sophisticated cipher algorithm while encrypting target files, it leaves all corrupted files completely out of order. In addition, the ransomware marks them with an extension of the same name – .lokas

At last, the threat drops its ransom message file which attempts to blackmail victims into paying a ransom in cryptocurrency to the hacker collective. The file is named _readme.txt. It could be placed on the desktop as well as in each folder that contains .lokas files.

Threat Summary

Name .lokas Files Virus
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description A version of the STOP/DJVU ransomware that is designed to encrypt valuable files stored on infected computers and then extort a ransom from victims.
Symptoms Important files are encrypted and renamed with the extension .lokas. A ransom message forces victims to contact hackers in order to receive instructions on how to pay a ransom ($490 – $980).
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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.lokas Files Virus – Update July 2019

The good news for all victims of STOP .lokas ransomware is that the security researcher Michael Gillespie found weaknesses in the code of this variant and released an updated version of his STOP ransomware decrypter.

So the moment you remove all malicious files and objects from your infected system you can enter our data recovery guide where you will find a download link for the free .lokas decryption tool and learn how to proceed with the decryption process.

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Have in mind that the tool is designed to support specific offline IDs, so it may not be effective for all occasions of .lokas ransomware infections.

.lokas Files Virus – Infection Overview

Hackers who stand behind .lokas attacks are likely to be using the help of well-known spread techniques to deliver their malicious code to users’ computers.

One way to deliver .lokas virus to computer systems is likely to be the technique malspam. Malspam is often used for the spread of ransomware like .lokas STOP. It is realized via massive spam email campaigns.

The following traits may help you detect the presence of malware in a received email:

  • A link to compromised web page that is set to download and execute infection files directly on the PC. The URL address to this page may be presented in the form of an in-text link, banner, image, button or full URL address.
  • A malicious file attachment that is presented as legitimate document by the text message. It could be uploaded in a .rar or .zip archive. Such a file could be set to evade active security measures and trick you into running the ransomware on your PC.

In addition, it is good to know that these emails are often set to pose as representatives of well-known companies so that you are more likely to follow the presented instructions.

Other channels that may be used for the spread of .lokas ransomware are hacked social media profiles, online gaming platforms, websites for free software, P2P networks, etc.

The moment the .lokas files virus is executed on a target machine, the infection process begins. As reported by security researchers this threat is a based on the code of [wplinkpreview url=”https://sensorstechforum.com/remove-stop-ransomware/”] STOP/[wplinkpreview url=”https://sensorstechforum.com/remove-djvu-files-virus/”] Djvu ransomware. STOP ransomware is the name of a notorious threat family that has appeared on the malware scene in May 2018.

Its main goal is to encrypt certain types of files that are likely to store personal information so it can then extort a ransom fee for their recovery. In order to reach target files .lokas ransomware needs to evade detection. Hence it is designed to access some essential system components and modify their settings.

Malicious entries created by .lokas files virus may be found under the registry sub-keys Run and RunOnce. Since these two keys have the functionality to auto-execute files and processes, they are often affected by cryptoviruses like .lokas

So be advised to check them for present malicious entries while removing the threat from the infected computer:

→ HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

Soon after .lokas virus applies needed changes it continues with the encryption stage. During this stage it loads a built-in encryption module that is set to encode target files with strong cipher algorithm. Among the corrupted files may be all of the following:

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

Every encrypted file could be recognized by the extension .lokas that is appended to its name. Unfortunately, all .lokas files remain inaccessible until their code is restored via an efficient recovery method.

Eventually, this nasty impact is misused by threat actors who attempt to blackmail you into paying a ransom fee. Their instructions are presented by a ransom message. A copy of .lokas files virus‘ ransom message (_readme.txt):

ATTENTION!

Don’t worry, you can return all your files!
All your files like photos, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest
encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
What guarantees you have?
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information.
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Price of private key and decrypt software is $980.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that’s price for you is $490.
Please note that you’ll never restore your data without payment.
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The good news is that STOP ransomware has its weaknesses and the security researcher Michael Gillespie has managed to release a free decryption tool for a lot other STOP strains. Hopefully, he will manage to update the tool to support .lokas files decryption too. As soon as this happens we will update our .lokas removal guide with a download link for the decrypter. Meanwhile, you could check the restore data part included in this guide where you can find some alternative data recovery approaches.

Remove .lokas Files Virus and Restore Data

The so-called .lokas files virus is a threat with highly complex code that plagues the whole system in order to encrypt personal files. Hence the infected system could be used in a secure manner again only after the complete removal of all malicious files and objects created by .lokas ransomware. That’s why we recommend that all steps presented in the .lokas removal guide below should be completed for the sake of your system and data security. Beware that the manual ransomware removal is suitable for more experienced computer users. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps navigate to the automatic part of the guide.

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  • 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 .lokas Files Virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .lokas Files Virus

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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 .lokas Files Virus 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 .lokas Files Virus 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 .lokas Files Virus 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.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for .lokas Files Virus 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 .lokas Files Virus.

Ransomware infections and .lokas Files Virus 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 .lokas Files Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .lokas Files Virus 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 .lokas Files Virus:

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 .lokas Files Virus. 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 .lokas Files Virus. 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 .lokas Files Virus 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 .lokas Files Virus. 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 .lokas Files Virus.

Ransomware infections and .lokas Files Virus 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.


.lokas Files Virus FAQ

What is .lokas Files Virus ransomware and how does it work?

.lokas Files Virus 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 .lokas Files Virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways..lokas Files Virus 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 .lokas Files Virus 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 ..lokas Files Virus files?

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

One way to restore files, encrypted by .lokas Files Virus 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 "..lokas Files Virus" files (Other Methods)?

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .lokas Files Virus 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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