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What are the Londec Virus files? What is _readme.txt? How to open Londec Virus files? How to remove Londec Virus from your computer?

Complaints have arisen on the web over a virus, going by the name Londec Virus. The malware strain is a variant of STOP Ransomware family and it is basically a cryptovirus, using an AES encryption mode. This means that this virus aims to encrypt the files on your machine after it infects it and then add the Londec Virus extension to it. The outcome of this is that you cannot open your files and a _readme.txt file appears, with a message in it asking you to pay ransom in order to get your files to work again.

Threat Summary

Name Londec Virus
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description The Londec Virus’s main purpose is to render your files unusable, until you pay a hefty ransom to the cyber-criminals who are behind this virus.
Symptoms Files are encrypted and have the file extension of Londec Virus. A ransom note, called _readme.txt is dropped on victim PCs.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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Londec Virus – Update August 2019

The good news for all victims of STOP Londec 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 Londec decryption tool and learn how to proceed with the decryption process.

Decrypt Files Encrypted by STOP Ransomware

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

Londec Virus – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?

Londec Virus ransomware may be spread on your computer as a result of being added as an e-mail attachment that is sent to you. E-mails of those types carry invoices, receipts or other important documents and those files are the ones you should watch for.

Either way, once the Londec Virus is added to your computer, it may situate its virus files on your computer. The files may reside in the following Windows directories:

  • %Roaming%
  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Temp%
  • %System%
  • %System32%

Among the files dropped by this variant of STOP Ransomware is the ransom note, called _readme.txt.

The ransom note of Londec Virus:

ATTENTION!
Don’t worry my friend, 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.
You can get and look video overview decrypt tool: https://we.tl/t-1aaC7npeV9 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. Check your e-mail “Spam” folder if you don’t get answer more than 6 hours.
To get this software you need write on our e-mail: blower@india.com
Reserve e-mail address to contact us: blower@firemail.cc Your personal ID:

The Londec Virus may also encrypt files on your computer. The files that are encrypted begin to appear with the Londec Virus extension and they are usually documents, images videos and other data you use very often.

The files encrypted by this variant of STOP Ransomware look like the following:

After encryption, the ransomware virus aims to delete all backups of Windows and erase the shadow copies. This happens by executing the following commands without you even noticing that this will happen:

→ sc stop VVS
sc stop wscsvc
sc stop WinDefend
sc stop wuauserv
sc stop BITS
sc stop ERSvc
sc stop WerSvc
cmd.exe /C bcdedit /set {default} recoveryenabled No
cmd.exe /C bcdedit /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures
C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe” /C vssadmin.exe Delete Shadows /All /Quiet

Remove Londec Virus Ransomware and Restore Files

To remove Londec Virus from your computer manually, feel free to use the ransomware removal steps below. They have been created with the primary purpose to assist you in removing the virus files steps by steps. If you want to remove the Londec Virus from your computer fast and effective, we recommend what most cyber-security experts do – to download and run a scan of your PC, using an advanced malware removal software. This program is created to thoroughly scan your machine and delete all Londec Virus files, plus protect your computer against future infections as well.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Londec Virus from Windows.


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

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

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 Londec 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 Londec 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 Londec 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.

IMPORTANT!
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 Londec 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.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Londec Virus.

Ransomware infections and Londec 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:

If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:

and

2. On the download page, click on the "Download" button:

3. Click on "Save File" button:

4. Accept all agreements and click "Next":

5. After all the "Next" steps, click on "Install" and then wait for the installation to complete:

6. Run the software. Click on the location to scan for missing or deleted files and click on "Scan":

7. Wait for the scan to complete, it may take some time. Be advised that this scan is not 100% guaranteed to recover all files, but it does have some chance to get your data back:


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of Londec Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Londec Virus and remove related files and objects

OFFER
Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


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 Londec 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 Londec 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 Londec 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 Londec 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 Londec 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.


Step 2: Scan for and remove Londec Virus files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Londec Virus, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.


Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Londec Virus on your Mac.

Ransomware for Mac Londec Virus aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. 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 recommended Data Recovery Mac app by clicking on the link underneath:

6 Comments

  1. AvatarMajet

    My all files got encrypt then all files got “LONDEC file”

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  2. SensorsTech ForumSensorsTech Forum

    We are closely monitoring the development of this virus encrypt files with .londec. We will add information as soon as there is something new. Follow this article in the coming days

    Reply
  3. AvatarSimon

    Hello, can you please help me because I am experiencing file problem with Londec virus. I cannot open any .londec file and I have the note here. How to decode these files?

    Reply
  4. AvatarJohnny

    hey! i have this damn londec virus! I tried renaming the file extension but it doesn’t work! Is there a program for decrypting the files or making them open somehow, even partially? I need only a part of some files – do you know if the whole files are encrypted or only a portion of them? Like, can a hex editor help? Please help!!!!

    Reply
  5. AvatarPoscue

    My all files got encrypt then all files got “LONDEC file”

    Reply
  6. Gergana IvanovaGergana Ivanova

    Hello guys,

    Happily, security researchers have found a way to decrypt some versions of the nasty Londec ransomware virus. Probably, you know that Londec virus is a strain of the infamous STOP ransomware. So we prepared a detailed guide on how to use the STOP ransomware decryption tool. The guide contains a download link as well as information on how to decrypt .londec files. You can find a link to the guide under the “Londec Virus – Update August 2019” paragraph of this article.

    Reply

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