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.luces Files Virus (STOP Ransomware) – How to Remove

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In this article, you will find out how to remove .luces files virus from an infected system as well as alternative data recovery ways.

As identified by security researchers the so-called .luces files virus is a version of STOP ransomware. In case it infects your computer, it will restrict your access to valuable files. You could recognize these files by the extension .luces appended to their names. In addition, the threat will present you a ransom message in an attempt to convince you to contact hackers for more details on ransom payment.

Threat Summary

Name .luces Files Virus
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description Created to encrypt valuable user files and then ask victims to pay ransom for a decryption tool.
Symptoms Important files are locked and renamed with .luces extension. A ransom note file demands victims to pay hefty ransom to restore their files.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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.luces Files Virus – Distribution

The distribution of .luces files virus is likely to happen with the help of commonly used techniques such as malspam, corrupted freeware installers, software cracks, infected web pages, fake software update notifications and other.

It is believed that the most preferred method of distribution is malspam. Since it is a well-known fact that almost every online user has an email address where he receives a large number of emails on a daily basis, hackers often attempt to deliver their ransomware by the use of spam email campaigns.

The ransomware payload is usually disguised as an important document, shopping offer, or payment notification. The corrupted file is often attached to emails that pose as representatives of popular businesses, frequently used services, and governmental institutions. As you might guess by loading such a file on your device you automatically infect it with the malicious code embedded in the code of this file.

Another way for hackers to disguise their ransomware activator is by injecting it into the code of any web page and set this page to trigger an automatic download whenever loaded in a web browser. URLs to infected pages could be again presented in emails that attempt to deliver the malicious code on your device, tied to online advertisements, shared in forum communities or displayed on social media channels.

.luces Files Virus (STOP Ransomware) – Overview

Analyses of this STOP ransomware strain reveal that the malicious executable files Padonok.exe and load1903.exe have been utilized in recent attack campaigns. Once one of these files is started on a target machine, it becomes able to disrupt system security by altering some of its essential settings.

Along with this payload file, .luces ransomware establishes a few more malicious files that support the attack. For the purpose, the threat could be either set to connect a remote server and download them or create them directly on the system. As their locations, .luces files virus may choose some of the following folders:

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

When all needed files are established on the device the ransomware starts executing them in a predefined order which enables it to pass through several attack stages. During the attack, it could automatically obtain administrative rights and this way gains the permission to misuse system resources for malicious purposes.

Affected could be the Windows Registry as well. Since it stores important low-level system settings and apps’ permissions, crooks often configure their ransomware viruses to access this database. So in order to misuse some registry functionalities, .luces STOP ransomware could add malicious values under certain registry sub-keys. It is very likely that it will attempt to exploit RUN and RUNONCE keys as they could help it to automatically load malicious files on each system start.

Furthermore, by corrupting the RUNONCE registry key, .luces ransomware could accomplish the final attack stage. For it the threat needs to load a previously dropped ransom note file on the screen. Similar to its predecessors (.promorad2, .pulsar1, .promorad, etc.) .luces could present the following message:

———————————————- 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]

This message aims to blackmail you into transferring hackers a ransom fee in exchange for a data decryption tool. Even though, the message does not specify the amount of the ransom, it is likely to vary from $50 to a few hundred dollars.

Beware that a successful ransom payment does not guarantee the recovery of .luces files. On one hand, hackers could send you a broken decryptor. On the other hand, they could skip answering you at all.

.luces Files Virus – Encryption Process

The main goal of .luces files virus is to encrypt files stored on your infected machine. To make you more prone to pay a ransom fee, the ransomware targets only files that are used very often. Such files are:

  • Documents.
  • Videos.
  • Images.
  • Archives.
  • Virtual Drive files.
  • Audio files.
  • Other files, belonging to often-used programs.

The encryption process transforms the original code of target files and renders them inaccessible. It is realized with the help of one or two encryption ciphers. As a result, the files are renamed with the extension .luces

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

The so-called .luces files virus is a threat with highly complex code designed to corrupt both system settings and valuable data. So the only way to use your infected system in a secure manner again is to remove all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. For the purpose, you could use our removal guide that reveals how to clean and secure your system step by step. In addition, in the guide, you will find several alternative data recovery approaches that may be helpful in attempting to restore .luces files. We remind you to back up all encrypted files to an external drive before the recovery process.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove .luces Files Virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .luces 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 .luces 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 .luces 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 .luces 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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Step 4: Scan for .luces 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 .luces Files Virus.

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


Step 1: Uninstall .luces 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 .luces 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 .luces 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 .luces 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 .luces 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 .luces 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 .luces Files Virus.

Ransomware infections and .luces 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.


.luces Files Virus FAQ

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

.luces 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 .luces Files Virus ransomware infect my computer?

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

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

One way to restore files, encrypted by .luces 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 "..luces 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 ..luces 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 .luces 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 .luces Files Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..luces Files Virus files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .luces 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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