|Short Description||SimpleLocker locks all of the user’s files and demands a payment. The Ransomware is detected on Android devices|
|Symptoms||Files are locked and a ransom message is displayed. Instructions are included in a file.|
|Distribution Method||Distribution method is not clear yet. SimpleLocker may be distributed via unsafe browsing, corrupted attachments, drive-by downloads, malicious apps, etc.|
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A new Ransomware infection, carrying the name ‘SimpleLocker’ is been detected by security software out in the wild. The attack may affect both Android devices as well as PCs. This type of trojan horse infection is employed with the purpose of scanning the victim device for necessary and important files and encrypt them. After that, it may leave a ransom note prompting the user to pay in exchange for the decryption keys. ‘SimpleLocker’ may change the files extension to an unfamiliar one(ex: .aaa, .crypt, etc). This type of ransomware uses a strong algorithm to encrypt user files that are very difficult to decrypt. The ransom payment for decryption of the files encrypted by ‘SimpleLocker’ is usually done by using anonymous TOR – based networking and involves BitCoins for maximum identity concealment.
How Did I Become Infected?
There are several ways you could have become a victim of this devious threat. One of them is by opening a spam mail with an attached document or a picture in it that might have contained malicious code within its own. More so, you may have clicked on an ad or could have been redirected to a drive-by download type of web page. Such pages may initiate a download, containing ‘SimpleLocker’ concealed as a Java applet, Flash Player or an ActiveX update. Some web pages may directly inject exploit creating code within the user device. Experts advise on being aware what you install on your device. This is because PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) usually administer most pop-ups and redirects that may be bundled with other free programs you may have downloaded online.
More About ‘SimpleLocker’ Ransomware
One variant of the ‘SimpleLocker’ Ransomware is believed to display the following message on either your smartphone, tablet or other devices:
→“Attention! Your phone has been blocked! The device has been blocked for the distribution of child pornography, zoophilia, and other sick things. To unlock your phone, you need to pay 900 hryvnias.
1.Find a payment fulfillment terminal, located in your proximity.
2.In it, locate Money.
4. Input 260 hryvnias and tap on ‘Pay’
Do not forget to take your receipt! After the payment has been conducted your device will be unencrypted in 24 hours. IN CASE, YOU HAVEN’T PAYED YOU WILL LOSE ALL THE DATA ON YOUR DEVICE FOREVER!”
The principle of ‘SimpleLocker’ ransomware is the same for both Android devices and PCs – It scans and encrypts data. What is interesting is that this particular ransomware is reported by researchers to encrypt whole memory cards in phones, asking for ransom. Also, it is believed to lock out the screen of the device with the ransom note, without giving any possibility to the user in accessing his information. Users may simply reboot their smartphones, but this may not help at all since it activates once more. It is even worse for users who have all of their contacts saved on their phone since this particular attack may also encrypt the contact entries and cause a lot of headaches.
For PCs, the situation varies but usually it involves making an anonymous payment by downloading TOR browser, which uses virtual private networking and several other technologies to mask identities. Some variants of this ransomware may try to convince users that they are dealing with a government institution and have committed a crime while browsing. FBI and other law enforcement agencies are one of the most preferred ones when it comes to these type of attacks. They are designed to use the fear in inexperienced users from the law hence convince them to conduct a payment.
How To Remove ‘SimpleLocker’ Ransomware From Your Smartphone And PC?
Such Particular attack is not to be underestimated since it can cause a lot of damage to your information. One efficient strategy to remove it is to perform a complete wipe-out of the device you have ‘SimpleLocker’ installed on. After that, you can reinstall all your applications. Either way, malware researchers strongly advise against complying with the attackers’ demands since it is in no way a guarantee that it will benefit you in any way.
Please follow these simple instructions to help you deal with the threat on Android devices.
- Guide 1: How to Remove SimpleLocker from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of SimpleLocker on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove SimpleLocker in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase SimpleLocker from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall SimpleLocker from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove SimpleLocker from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate SimpleLocker from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable SimpleLocker Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove SimpleLocker from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove SimpleLocker
Step 2: Uninstall SimpleLocker 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 SimpleLocker 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 SimpleLocker there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of SimpleLocker from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall SimpleLocker 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 SimpleLocker 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 SimpleLocker files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as SimpleLocker, 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 SimpleLocker 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 SimpleLocker 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 SimpleLocker 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 SimpleLocker 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 SimpleLocker will be removed.
Eliminate SimpleLocker 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by SimpleLocker from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".