.luceq Files Virus (STOP Ransomware) - How to Remove
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.luceq Files Virus (STOP Ransomware) – How to Remove

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This is an article that is made in order to give you explanation on what are .luceq files and how to remove the .luceq ransomware virus plus how to try and restore .luceq encrypted files.

STOP ransomware does not stop with its virus variants. So far, the malware has released tens of versions with the .luceq files variant being one of them. The virus aims to encrypt the files on your computer and prevent you from opening them and then it may set the _readme.txt ransom note so that you can see it. This note contains a message that aims to extort you into paying a so-called ransom fee in the form of BitCoin. If your computer was infected with the .luceq version of STOP ransomware, we advise you to read this article.

Threat Summary

Name.luceq Ransomware
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionCreated to encrypt valuable user files and then ask victims to pay ransom for a decryption tool.
SymptomsImportant files are locked and renamed with .luceq extension. A ransom note file demands victims to pay hefty ransom to restore their files.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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.luceq Files Virus – Distribution

The .luceq ransomware is created with the main idea to infect your computer without you noticing it. To reach it’s goal, the virus may use a lot of tactics for infection. One of those tactics is to

  • “Your payment was declined.”
  • “Your receipt.”
  • “Your payment invoice.”
  • “Your order has completed.”
  • “Suspicious activity detected.”

The e-mails are also very cleverly designed to convince you of their importance, for example:

In addition to this, the ransomware may also enter your computer by having it’s virus files uploaded on multiple different types of sites, including hacked WordPress sites or suspicious sites, made by the hackers. Another case is fake download buttons on low-reputation sites that may download a fake version of the file you are looking for. The files that are most often used to imitate malware are usually the following types:

  • License activators.
  • Cracks.
  • Patches for software.
  • Keygens.

.luceq Files Virus – More Information

When your computer becomes infected with the .luceq files ransomware, the virus may begin to drop it’s payload files. The files may be of various types and have different (often random) file names. They may be located in the following Windows directories:

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

Among the files that are dropped on the computers of victims are the following types may also be the _readme.txt ransom note, that has the following contents:

The ransom note _readme.txt’s contents:

———————————————- ALL YOUR FILES ARE ENCRYPTED ———————————————–

Don’t worry, you can return all your files!
All your files documents, photos, databases 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 do we give to you?
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
Don’t try to use third-party decrypt tools because it will destroy your files.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours.
—————————————————————————————————————————
To get this software you need write on our e-mail:
blower@firemail.cc
Reserve e-mail address to contact us:
blower@firemail.cc
Your personal ID:
[redacted 43 alphanumeric chars]

Furthermore, besides dropping its virus files on the computers infected by It, the .luceq ransomware may also perform various types of activities on the computer infected by it:

  • Mutex creation.
  • Privilege escalation.
  • Read and Write files and also copy and send files.
  • Obtain the IP address as well as the MAC.
  • Steal passwords.
  • Install other viruses.
  • Check if the ransomware is ran on this computer before and if so it may self-delete.
  • Check location and language settings.

Among the virus activities, performed by the .luceq ransomware may be to create various different types of files which when executed may disable Windows recovery an delete shadow copies from your computer:

→ 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

In addition to this, the .luceq virus may also tamper with the following Windows registry sub-keys:

→ 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

.luceq File Ransomware – Encryption Process

Luceq version of STOP ransomware may encrypt files of the following types:

  • Documents.
  • Videos.
  • Images.
  • Audio files.
  • Files that are used by programs on your computer.

The encryption may be conducted with the aid of an advanced anti-malware software, whose primary goal is encrypt blocks of data from the files and then generate an assymetric decryption key. The files have the following extension after encryption:

Remove .luceq Virus (STOP Ransomware) and Attempt to Restore Files

Removing the .luceq version of STOP ransomware could turn out to be a tricky process, because of the encrypted files likely being tamperproof. This is why we strongly recommend that you do a backup of Windows which will secure your files in case something goes wrong during the removal.

For the removal of .luceq files ransomware, we urge you to follow the removal steps underneath this article. They are designed so that you can remove this virus either manually or for a faster removal – automatically. According to security experts, the most effective removal method is downloading and running a scan with an advanced anti-malware program, whose main idea is to detect and remove all malicious files, related to the .luceq ransomware on your computer.

If you want to try and get data back, we recommend that you give the methods underneath a try. They are created with the primary idea to help you get as many encrypted files back as possible, without using direct decryption if it is not available. They are not a 100% solution to retrieve your files, but they might work for some of them.

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Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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