This article aims to show you how you can remove .lotep Files Virus from your computer effectively. The steps in this post also aim to help you to try and restore files, encrypted by the .lotep ransomware.
Yet another version of STOP/DJVU ransomware variants has been recently detected. The ransomware’s main purpose is to encrypt your files, using the AES encryption cipher and then extort you into paying ransom to get them back. This ransom is usually in the form of BitCoin transfer of a huge sum of money. The .lotep variant of STOP ransomware also leaves behind a ransom note file, called _readme.txt, whose main purpose is to provide instructions to victims on how they can pay the ransom to the crooks. Read this article to fully understand how .lotep ransomware works and how to remove it and try to get back encrypted files.
|Name||.lotep Files Virus|
|Short Description||The .lotep files virus is a variant of STOP/DJVU ransomware family of viruses, whose main goal is to hold your files hostage until a ransom has been paid.|
|Symptoms||Files have the .lotep suffix and cannot be opened. The ransomware leaves behind a _readme.txt ransom note.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by .lotep Files Virus |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss .lotep Files Virus.|
|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
.lotep Files Virus – Update July 2019
The good news for all victims of STOP .lotep ransomware is that the security researcher Michael Gillespie cracked 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 .lotep decryption tool and learn how to proceed with the decryption process.
Have in mind that the tool is designed to support specific offline IDs, so it may not be effective for all occasions of .lotep ransomware infections.
.lotep Files Virus – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?
The primary method of distribution that is used by the .lotep ransomware virus for infection could as well be via malicious e-mail attachments. These e-mail attachments aim to pretend to be seemingly legitimate files from the likes of:
- Banking documents.
- Delivery documentation.
- Work-related documents.
In the e-mails in which they are spread, they are often attached in .ZIP or .RAR archives and downloading the virus file, thinking it is a document is the main weapon the crooks use to infect you with malware, like .lotep files virus.
Another way to infect your computer, that is also used by ransomware developers is to mask the virus file of .lotep ransomware is to upload suspicious files on software download sites. There, the files may pretend to be legitimate types of files, such as keygens, cracks, patches, setups and other forms of files.
Once having infected your computer, the .lotep Files Virus may immediately begin to encrypt your files. The malware targets all documents, videos, images, archives, audio and other often used files and encrypts them with the AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) algorithm, which generates a unique assymetric decryption key. After the .lotep files virus encrypts your data, it leaves the files looking like the following:
In addition to encrypting files, the .lotep files ransomware also leaves behind it’s ransom note file, called _readme.txt. The ransom note has the following contents:
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.
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The ransom note’s main goal is to extort you into paying a hefty ransom so that the crooks can send you a decrypter for the .lotep files. The main idea behind this is for you to pay, which is not advisable in any way, because paying does not exactly guarantee you that you will get all your files back.
Furthermore, besides encrypting your files, the .lotep ransomware may also perform other virus activities on your computer, such as:
- Obtain your IP and MAC addresses.
- Obtain Administrator permissions.
- Obtain read and write permissions.
- Transfer files and information to the criminals’ C&C servers.
How to Remove .lotep Files Virus and Try to Restore Files
If you want to fully get rid of the .lotep ransomware from your computer, we strongly recommend that you follow the removal steps below. If you want to remove .lotep much faster and safer, we recommend that you skip the steps and go straight into downloading an advanced malware removal software. Such professional anti-malware tool has been designed to take care of threats, like .lotep ransomware by removing all of the .lotep virus files from your computer.
To try and restore .lotep encrypted files, we would strongly recommend that you try the alternative file recovery options we have added underneath, at least until researchers release a decrypter. Until then, we recommend backing up your files and checking this article for new developments that are about to come.
Bonus: Video containing step-by-step removal and file recovery instructions for threats, like .lotep Files Virus:
- Guide 1: How to Remove .lotep Files Virus from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of .lotep Files Virus from Mac OS X.
How to Remove .lotep Files Virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .lotep Files Virus
Step 2: Uninstall .lotep 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by .lotep Files Virus on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by .lotep Files Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for .lotep Files Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .lotep Files Virus.
Ransomware infections and .lotep 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.
If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:
Get rid of .lotep Files Virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall .lotep Files Virus and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 .lotep 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove .lotep Files Virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as .lotep Files 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 .lotep Files Virus on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac .lotep Files 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.