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How to Remove Mac Ransomware SOLVED (Padlock Icon Lock)

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Article created to help you remove the lockscreen Mac ransomware using help.apple@gmail.com e-mail to extort victims into paying in BitCoin.

A new ransomware from the Lockscreen type for Apple MacBooks has appeared in the wild. The virus does not havve a particular name, but uses sophisticated scripts to lock you out of your MacBook after which asks victims to enter a 4 digit code in order to unlock their Mac. The good news about this is that the 4-digit PIN can be cracked as @denichodev (Deni Cho) explains in Twitter. Read this article to learn how to unlock your MacBook without having to pay any ransom to the cyber-criminals behind Mac Ransomware.

Threat Summary

NamePadlock Mac Ransomware
TypeRansomware, Lockscreen
Short DescriptionAfter encryption locks MacBook users out of their devices setting a hidden 4-digit pin code.
SymptomsAttacks the login settings of the infected MacBook after which sets a black and white lockscreen with a white padlock and a place to enter a custom PIN code. Asks to contact help.apple@gmail.com.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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How Does Mac Ransomware Infect

The infection process of Mac ransomware is conducted via multiple methods, involving the two main types of infection objects – malicious files and malicious web links. The malicious files may actually be installation files for apps downloaded from the Apple AppStore. Such apps may have malicious functions that may bypass the sandboxing protection and drop and install custom files, similar to the malware upload and download scheme for fake applications containing WireLurker ransomware below:

Another method may be if the app is sent online via a web link sent to users via chat services, via e-mail or other form of communication. Such web links may also be caused if you have adware that generates pop-ups on your Safari web browser. Such apps are considered to generally be safe, but some of them may cause a redirect to a dangerous third-party website.

Analysis of Mac Ransomware

Once the Mac “Padlock”ransomware slithers onto your computer it may extract files and hide them within your MacBook. After doing so, the virus may modify components of the login segment of the MacOS, resulting in displaying the following lock screen:

Image Source: Deni Cho Twitter Account (@denichodev)

From there, the virus asks to contact a so-called “Apple Help” e-mail and when this is done, the following message was reported to be sent from the cyber-criminals:

“Hello!
Your device is locked. To activate your device:
Pay 50$ to the Bitcoin Address: 1AQtRCX15YrXzPUZic7FbMotrqLemzjnRi
Buy bitcoins online: coinbase . com
Purchase bitcoins through a debit or credit card for buying bitcoins.
Register on the site.
After payment we send you a password immediately.
If you do not receive payment within 24 hours, the amount will be increased to 150$.”

Thankfully the code of this virus can be bruteforced manually, so keep reading to learn how to do it and unlock your computer for free.

How to Unlock Your MacBook from Padlock Mac Ransomware

Since the code is reported to be a 4-digit type of code, the virus can be bruteforced by simply writing down every possible combination from 0000 to 9999. However, the malware may lock your computer for 60 minutes if you are not careful. The user Deni Cho has managed to unlock his virus with a code 9169, but he had to try each combination, but has later identified that this virus can also be bruteforced. The expert asks to private message him in his Twitter account to understand how to bruteforce this screen and answer any questions on this virus.

If you manage to unlock your computer, we strongly advise you to pull all your files in the cloud and change all of your passwords. If possible, it is reccomended to extract the files on an external HDD and reinstall the MAC (Factory Reset it) to get rid of this threat after you have unlocked it with the code.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Padlock Mac Ransomware from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Padlock Mac Ransomware

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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 Padlock Mac Ransomware 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 Padlock Mac Ransomware 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 Padlock Mac Ransomware 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 Padlock Mac Ransomware 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'.

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.

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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 Padlock Mac Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and Padlock Mac Ransomware 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:

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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 Padlock Mac Ransomware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Padlock Mac Ransomware and remove related files and objects

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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 Padlock Mac Ransomware:

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 Padlock Mac Ransomware. 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 Padlock Mac Ransomware. 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 Padlock Mac Ransomware 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 Padlock Mac Ransomware. 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 Padlock Mac Ransomware files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Padlock Mac Ransomware, 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 Padlock Mac Ransomware on your Mac.

Ransomware for Mac Padlock Mac Ransomware 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:

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