Lotej Virus (.lotej File) - How To Remove + Restore Files
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Remove Lotej Virus (.lotej File Ransomware) + Restore Files

What is Lotej Virus? What are .lotej files? How to remove Lotej ransomware? How to restore .lotej encrypted files?

Lotej virus is actually a variant of Stop Ransowmare virus family. It aims to enter your PC and then scramble your files adding the lotej file extension. The Lotej virus makers want you to pay ransom of around 1000$ in BitCoin to get the files to work again. Read this guide to understand how you can remove the Lotej virus from your computer plus how to try and restore files encrypted by it.

Threat Summary

NameLotej Virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionA cryptovirus that encodes your files and wants you to pay a big ransom in order to get the encrypted files to work again.
SymptomsFiles have the .lotej extension. The virus also shows a ransom note, called _readme.txt.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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Lotej Files Virus – Update August 2019

The good news for all victims of STOP Lotej 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 Lotej 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 Lotej virus ransomware infections.

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

The primary activity of the .lotej virus is oriented towards attacking and encrypting your files. The virus can enter your computer via multiple different types of methods, which do include being spread as a virus that can infect your computer. One of them includes sending spam e-mails of the .lotej virus infection file. These e-mails could make it seem as the infection file is some sort of a seemingly legitimate e-mail attachment, such as:

  • Invoice.
  • Receipt.
  • Order confirmation.
  • Document from your bank.

Another infection method includes spreading the infection file passively by uploading it online on several software download sites that are compromised. The infection file may be available there in various different forms, including being uploaded on several suspicious websites, whose main goal is to get you to believe it is a legitimate download and run it. Such files can pretend to be:

  • Setups.
  • Patches.
  • Cracks.
  • Software license activators.
  • Key generators.

When the Lotej virus is downloaded and executed it may infect your computer via using an exploit kit that silently drops the malware files in the following Windows directories:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %Roaming%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Temp%

When the Lotej virus drops it’s malicious files on the computers of victims, it may begin to perform the following virus activities:

  • Create mutexes.
  • Touch system files belonging to Windows.
  • Obtain system Information from your infected computer.
  • Make sure to obtain your IP and Mac addresses.
  • Check if a STOP virus has previously infected your computer.

The Lotej virus may then drop it’s ransom note file, called _readme.txt:

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.
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The Lotej virus is very selective when it comes to file encryption as well. The ransomware may begin to encode files by scanning for their file extensions. The following list is the alleged file types that are encrypted by the Lotej ransomware virus:

→ “PNG .PSD .PSPIMAGE .TGA .THM .TIF .TIFF .YUV .AI .EPS .PS .SVG .INDD .PCT .PDF .XLR .XLS .XLSX .ACCDB .DB .DBF .MDB .PDB .SQL .APK .APP .BAT .CGI .COM .EXE .GADGET .JAR .PIF .WSF .DEM .GAM .NES .ROM .SAV CAD Files .DWG .DXF GIS Files .GPX .KML .KMZ .ASP .ASPX .CER .CFM .CSR .CSS .HTM .HTML .JS .JSP .PHP .RSS .XHTML. DOC .DOCX .LOG .MSG .ODT .PAGES .RTF .TEX .TXT .WPD .WPS .CSV .DAT .GED .KEY .KEYCHAIN .PPS .PPT .PPTX ..INI .PRF Encoded Files .HQX .MIM .UUE .7Z .CBR .DEB .GZ .PKG .RAR .RPM .SITX .TAR.GZ .ZIP .ZIPX .BIN .CUE .DMG .ISO .MDF .TOAST .VCD SDF .TAR .TAX2014 .TAX2015 .VCF .XML Audio Files .AIF .IFF .M3U .M4A .MID .MP3 .MPA .WAV .WMA Video Files .3G2 .3GP .ASF .AVI .FLV .M4V .MOV .MP4 .MPG .RM .SRT .SWF .VOB .WMV 3D .3DM .3DS .MAX .OBJ R.BMP .DDS .GIF .JPG ..CRX .PLUGIN .FNT .FON .OTF .TTF .CAB .CPL .CUR .DESKTHEMEPACK .DLL .DMP .DRV .ICNS .ICO .LNK .SYS .CFG”

After the Lotej virus has encrypted your files, it adds the .lotej file extension to them. They become no longer openable as they are AES encrypted and they start to appear like the following image shows:

To make sure that you have no chance of recovering your files, the Lotej virus may run the following commands that will delete the shadow volume copies of your computer. This prevents you from using Windows Backup and Windows File History to get your files back. The Lotej virus does this by executing the following commands as an administrator in Windows Command prompt:

→ 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

Paying the ransom to the cyber-criminals who are behind the Lotej virus is stronlgy inadvisable. The main reason for that is because you may not get anything from them and they may even use the gathered information by the Lotej virus to reinfect your computer sometime in the future. They will not delete virus as well, so you cannot trust these cyber-crooks. Instead, we recommend that you follow the instructions below.

How to Remove Lotej Virus and Try Restoring Files

To remove this malware from your computer, we strongly recommend that you follow the removal steps underneath. They have been created to help you isolate, identify and remove the Lotej virus by yourself. However, if you want a permanent and fast removal solution for Lotej ransomware, we strongly recommend that you download and run a scan of your computer, using a professional malware removal software. This program guarantees that all Lotej virus files will be detected and erased from your computer and it will remain protected against future infections as well.

If you want to restore the .lotej encrypted files, we have created some alternative file recovery methods underneath as well, at least until a free decryptor for Lotej is available, which will be sometime soon. These methods could help you to get back at least some of your files, but do not think that they are 100% effective.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Lotej Virus from Windows.


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

Ransomware infections and Lotej 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 Lotej Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Lotej 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 Lotej 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 Lotej 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 Lotej 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 Lotej 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 Lotej 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 Lotej Virus files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Lotej 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 Lotej Virus on your Mac.

Ransomware for Mac Lotej 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:


Lotej Virus FAQ

What is Lotej Virus ransomware and how does it work?

Lotej 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 Lotej Virus ransomware infect my computer?

Lotej 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 Lotej 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 .Lotej Virus files?

You can't. At this point the .Lotej Virus files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

If a decryptor did not decrypt your .Lotej Virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

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

We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Lotej 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 Lotej 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 Lotej Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Lotej Virus files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Lotej 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?

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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