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VirLock Ransomware – Description and Decryption

What is VirLock Ransomware? Does VirLock Ransomware still infect computers in 2019? Could VirLock Ransomware be decrypted?

VirLock Ransomware is one of the worst malware pieces you can get on your computer. It falls under the category of ransomware Trojans. What it will do is lock your computer so that you will be unable to use it. Then, it will require that you issue payment to its developers in order to get your files unlocked. It will also pose as a law enforcement agency, trying to trick users that they are in trouble with the law because they have installed pirated software.

SIDENOTE: This post was originally published in August 2015. But we gave it an update in September 2019.

Threat Summary

NameVirLock Ransomware
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionVirLock pretends to be a law-enforcement agency and tricks users into believing they have broken the law.
SymptomsCertain files on the system are encrypted and a ransom message is displayed on the screen.
Distribution MethodVia unsafe browsing, malicious websites, corrupted links, etc.
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VirLock Ransomware – Update September 2019

September of 2019 marks the spread of a new variant of the VirLock ransomware, a new ransomware note with instructions and updated GUI interface as seen in the picture down here:

stf-virlock-ransomware-2019-note

The ransomware instructions on the main page of the graphical interface state the following:

This computer was automatically blocked. Reason: Pirated software has been detected.

Willful copyright infringement is a federal crime that carries penalties of up to five years in
federal prison, a $250,000 fine, forfeiture and restitution (17 U.S.C s.506. 18 U.S.C s.2319)

As a first-time offender you are required by law to pay a fine of 150 USD
If the fine is not paid within three days, a warrant will be issued for your arrest,
which will be forwarded to your local authorities. You will be charged, fined, convicted for up to 5 years.
How to pay a fine? There are two ways to pay a fine:
1.You can pay your fine online through BitCoin. BitCoin is available nationwide.
Click the tabs below to find the nearest vendor. Your computer will be unlocked after the payment is made.
2.(O0ffline Option) You can come to your local courthouse and pay your fine at the ‘Cashiers’ window.
A special restoration software will be sent to you by mail within a week after the payment is made.
To regain access transfer bitcoins to the following address (click ta copy):
1N43VMz9qB1lxcBFFZCGnENSmBrE 3sXifrn
After the payment is finalized enter Transfer ID below.

Amount: Transfer ID:

Note: all files(documents, media, etc.) on this computer have been encrypted. View encrypted files
They will he permanently removed if the fine is not paid or an attempt to remove this message is detected.

If you got infected with this ransomware threat, read below to see how it may have happened and what to do in this case.

What Are the Effects of VirLock Ransomware?

If you get this malicious software on your computer, do not trust it, and do not do anything it tells you to. Instead, you should take immediate measures to remove it. The bad news is, however, that if you haven’t backed up your files, it will be quite challenging to decrypt them.

So, once this infection enters your computer, it will lock it, rendering it unusable. Then, it will display a message saying that there are pirated materials on the PC. It will also claim that your system has been locked by a law enforcement agency. It will demand that you pay the fine in BitCoints (it will give you instructions on what to do), or go to your provincial courthouse, and pay the fine there. The first method will supposedly unlock your system instantly, while it will take 4-5 days for the latter one. It is easy to deduce which one users will choose. You should not do anything that this Trojan tells you.

VirLock Ransomware

There are several reasons why you should not pay the ransom:

  • Your computer has not been locked because you have broken the law.
  • Even if you do pay the fine, there is no guarantee that your PC will be unlocked.
  • Paying will not remove the infection from your computer.

How Did VirLock Ransomware Get on My Computer?

VirLock Ransomware is a Trojan horse, which means that it is one of the most severe infections. It will not try to brute force its way onto your computer though. Trojans have to be helped by other malicious components in order to infiltrate your PC. Here are a few distribution methods used by VirLock Ransomware:

  • Spam emails. The emails will contain malicious attachments that can transfer exploit kits onto your computer that will then download the Trojan. The emails may also contain links to malicious websites that will target your system.
  • Malicious websites. As mentioned above, malicious websites can attack your PC, and spam emails are not the only way that you can end up on them. So you need to be really careful when browsing.

VirLock Ransomware can be presented as a useful piece of software. The infection can be disguised as some reliable program, but once you run its executable file on your PC, it will initiate its attack.

Files Attacked by Virlock Ransomware

Once Virlock has sneaked into the system, it will start ‘scanning’ it for certain file types:

    Executable files .exe
    Document files .doc, *.xls, *.pdf, *.ppt, *.mdb
    Archive files .zip, .rar
    Multimedia files .mp3, .mpg, .wma
    Image files .png, .gif, .bmp, .jpg, .jpeg, .psd
    Certificate files .p12, .cer, .crt, .p7b, .pfx, .pem

Once the desired files are located, VirLock will start encrypting them. It is also reported to add a .RSRC extension to affected files. The .RSRC section includes the resources employed by the executable. However, they are not considered part of the executable. VirLock uses the section to keep the resources of the host file.

How to Remove VirLock Ransomware

VirLock Ransomware is a severe infection, so removing it manually is not a good option, especially for non-expert users. So, your best option is to use a reliable anti-malware tool. However, the ransomware will try to prevent you from installing one. The best thing to do is to boot your PC in “Safe Mode with Networking,” and then install the security tool. You can have the installer on a flash drive, and install it from there. Once you have installed it, it will remove the ransomware completely. Then, it will continue to guard your system against malicious and stealthy software.

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Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.

As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • Profile of the content creator.
  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove VirLock Ransomware from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove VirLock 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 VirLock 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 VirLock 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 VirLock 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.

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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 VirLock 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.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by VirLock Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and VirLock 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:

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 VirLock Ransomware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall VirLock Ransomware 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 VirLock 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 VirLock 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 VirLock 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 VirLock 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 VirLock 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.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by VirLock Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and VirLock 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:

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.


VirLock Ransomware FAQ

What is VirLock Ransomware ransomware and how does it work?

VirLock Ransomware 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 VirLock Ransomware ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.VirLock Ransomware 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 VirLock Ransomware 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 .VirLock Ransomware files?

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

One way to restore files, encrypted by VirLock Ransomware 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 ".VirLock Ransomware" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .VirLock Ransomware 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 VirLock Ransomware 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 VirLock Ransomware ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .VirLock Ransomware files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like VirLock Ransomware 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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