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This article aims to help you remove $ucyLocker ransomware and them try to recover the files encrypted with .WINDOWS file extension.

A ransomware virus, using a lockscreen message and the .WINDOWS file extension which it adds to the files it encrypts, called $ucyLocker has been detected at the beginning of June 2017. The virus has been reported to demand a ransom payoff in BTC in order to get back your files. It also drops a READ_IT.txt ransom note file in which there are requests to read the lockscreen program’s instructions on how to pay. If your computer has been infected by $ucyLocker, we advise you to read this article carefully.

Threat Summary

Name$ucyLocker
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionEncrypts the files on the computers it infects in order to get victims to pay a ransom in BTC to get them back.
SymptomsFiles cannot be opened and are appended the .WINDOWS file extension after their original one. The virus also adds a READ_IT.txt ransom note.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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.WINDOWS File Virus – How Does It Infect

The infection process of this ransomware virus is conducted primarily via malicious e-mail spam messages. These are usually sent with the pretext that they are legitimate notifications, usually for invoices, purchase requests, receipts and other types of important documents. The e-mails usually carry either a web link that leads to the infection one way or another or a malicious file extension. If the file extension uploaded is malicious it may be either an executable file, pretending to be document or a Microsoft Office file with malicious macros. The files are often in an archive. The e-mails may appear like the image below displays:

Other methods by which your computer can become infected with the $ucyLocker ransomware virus include uploading the file online. It may exist in torrent websites or other suspicious software sites as a fake setup of a program, crack, patch or other executable file.

$ucyLocker Virus – Analysis

Whether via a file or a malicious URL script, once you are infected with $ucyLocker, the processes that happen on your computer are almost simultaneous and it is very difficult to detect it or stop the infection process.

The initial activity of the virus is to drop it’s malicious payload files on your computer, each of which may be responsible for different types of activities. These files are the following:

  • $ucyLocker.exe
  • VapeHacksLoader.exe
  • {random 0-9 A-Z name}.exe

These files may be responsible for a variety of malicious activities on the victim’s computer. These activities include:

  • Erasing backups, system restore points and shadow copies from your computer, so you cannot get the files back via Windows.
  • Interfering with the Windows Registry Editor by adding registry entries which allow the virus to be automatically executed on system boot.

In addition to this activity, the $ucyLocker ransomware virus also drops it’s “read me” file, called READ_IT.txt. It has the following message to the victim:

Your files have been encrypted.
Read the Program for more information.

And the program is not very friendly in it’s messages as well. It features a threatening ransom note with instructions that the victim has to pay various amounts of BitCoin, usually around 0.2 to a BTC address, which the virus provides:

$ucyLocker – The Encryption Process

For the encryption process to succeed, $ucyLocker ransomware targets only specific files that are important for the victim, such as:

  • Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint documents.
  • PDF Files.
  • Audio files.
  • Video files.
  • Archives.
  • Database file types.
  • Photos.
  • System image files.

When these files are detected $ucyLocker applies an encryption algorithm which makes the files no longer readable by your operating system. The virus finally appends the .WINDOWS file extension to the encrypted files:

Remove $ucyLocker and Try to Recover Your Files

For the removal of $ucyLocker ransomware it is strongly advisable that you focus on backing up the .WINDOWS encrypted files, just in case.

Then you should proceed with removing $ucyLocker, preferably by following the removal instructions below. They are specifically created to help you delete the malicious files of this virus either Manually or Automatically. In addition to this, the ransomware virus should be removed via an advanced anti-malware software, if you lack the experience to do it manually, experts recommend.

Furthermore, if you are looking for methods to recover your data, we advise you to try the alternative tools for file recovery we have suggested in step “2. Restore Files Encrypted by $ucyLocker” below.

Note! Your computer system may be affected by $ucyLocker and other threats.
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To remove $ucyLocker follow these steps:

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove $ucyLocker files and objects
2. Find files created by $ucyLocker on your PC

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3. Scan for malware and unwanted programs with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
4. Try to Restore files encrypted by $ucyLocker

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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