Padlock Screenlocker is one of the latest cases of not-very-successful computer infections. The screen locker is in fact a Trojan that displays a message stating that the victim’s files have been deleted, and the computer has been locked. Padlock Screenlocker tries to lock the victim out of their computer, but it never actually deletes their files.
Image Source: Bleeping Computer
|Short Description||Padlocker Screenlocker attempts to lock the computer but never deletes the file.|
|Symptoms||A picture with a padlock is displayed, reading ‘Your Files Have Been Deleted &
Your PC Has Been Locked!!!‘.
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Cracked Software|
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Padlock Screenlocker.|
Padlock Screenlocker Distribution Method
The distribution method of the Trojan is not identified yet. Considering its nature, however, we suppose that it is spread via fake software cracks or freeware downloaded from random websites. This is how Trojans are typically spread around. To avoid the infection, sustain a powerful anti-virus and/or anti-malware program, be diligent and don’t trust freeware.
The exact message displayed by this threat goes like that:
Your Files Have Been Deleted &
Your PC Has Been Locked!!!
Padlock Screenlocker Technical Details
Luckily, this infection case is quite easy to resolve since the unlock code can be retrieved from the executable and can be entered into the field, as explained by researchers at BleepingComputer. The only thing needed to end the scam is entering ajVr/G\RJz0R into the field so that the program will close automatically.
Another option for an infected user is rebooting the system into safe mode and removing the infection while it is not loaded.
Padlock Screenlocker Removal Options
As already mentioned, the current unlock code is available which makes removing the threat easy. Users can use Safe Mode with Networking to clean their systems. However, if the unlock code doesn’t work for you, have a look at the removal steps below to clean your computer.
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- Guide 1: How to Remove Padlock Screenlocker from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Padlock Screenlocker from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Padlock Screenlocker from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Padlock Screenlocker from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Padlock Screenlocker from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Padlock Screenlocker from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Padlock Screenlocker from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Padlock Screenlocker from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Padlock Screenlocker
Step 2: Uninstall Padlock Screenlocker 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 Padlock Screenlocker 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 Padlock Screenlocker there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Padlock Screenlocker from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Padlock Screenlocker 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 Padlock Screenlocker 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 Padlock Screenlocker files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Padlock Screenlocker, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Padlock Screenlocker from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Padlock Screenlocker from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Padlock Screenlocker from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Padlock Screenlocker from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Padlock Screenlocker will be removed.
Eliminate Padlock Screenlocker from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.