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.Ykcol File Virus (Locky) – Remove It and Restore Files

This article will help you remove the .Ykcol File Virus fully. Follow the ransomware removal instructions given at the end of the article.

.Ykcol File Virus is the newest Locky ransomware variant placing the .ykcol extension to all encrypted files. Ykcol is actually the name “Locky” spelled backwards. Your computer machine can get infected by you opening an email attachment or something similar, thus getting all your files locked. Changes which are apparent in this iteration of the virus are in its infection method, ransom note, and payment price. Keep on reading and check if you can potentially recover your file data.

Threat Summary

Name .Ykcol File Virus
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description The .Ykcol file virus is a new variant of Locky ransomware. The cryptovirus has some changes mainly in its infection method, ransom note, and payment price.
Symptoms Your files are encrypted and will get the .ykcol extension attached to them. You see a ransom note with instructions which states that the encryption which is used is both AES and RSA.
Distribution Method Phishing Email Campaigns with File Attachments, Malicious Domains
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Update November 2017: The latest news around Locky’s “.Ykcol” variant is that a new email spam campaign is spreading in the beginning of November. The invoice this time is labeled “Emailed Invoice – 435346” where the 6 digits are random for every recipient. The contents look like the following:

From: Carey Burnaby (Carey@[the domain is made to look like your email domain])

As requested

regards
Carey Burnaby


Carey Burnaby

Attachment: I_435346.7z

The attachment opens a “I_435346.js” file which is a JavaScript Downloader that will put the payload file of Locky from one of these sites:

List with some of the payload download sites

https://alexandradickman(.)com/873gfhi3f3r
https://goliathstoneindustries(.)com/873gfhi3f3r
https://honeypot.egdevcenter(.)com/873gfhi3f3r
https://ichinose(.)de/873gfhi3f3r
https://jeangurunlian.)com/873gfhi3f3r
https://kartprinterleri.)com/873gfhi3f3r
https://leightonbrothers.)co.uk/873gfhi3f3r
https://missiegeslaagd(.)nl/873gfhi3f3r
https://motifahsap(.)com/873gfhi3f3r
https://pacalik(.)net/873gfhi3f3r
https://petrochemus(.)com/873gfhi3f3r
https://robsacks(.)com/873gfhi3f3r
https://schwellenwertdaten(.)de/873gfhi3f3r
https://shamanic-extracts(.)biz/873gfhi3f3r
https://skyehoppus(.)com/873gfhi3f3r
https://theceocforeporter(.)com/873gfhi3f3r
https://wallstproperties(.)com/873gfhi3f3r

Notice! The above list with domains is for purely informational purposes and it is strongly advised against the opening of any of them, because they will download the virus onto your computer.

Update September 2017: This variant of the Locky ransomware is continued to be spread via multiple spam campaigns which are a little bit different than the one described further in the article. Since the initial wave with emails that had the subject line “Status of Invoice” now the following subjects are also seen to spread the virus:

  • Message from km_224e
  • HERBALIFE Order Number: F93HL47301
  • Emailing – 27698399359
  • Status of Invoice K2948610-26
  • Your Payment # 0098
  • New Voice message 2384904 in mailbox 2384904 from “2384904” <367567831>

Fortinet has reported to have seen some of these campaigns and also reported that the “Message from km_224e” has also been used in the past to deliver the Jaff Ransomware virus. The numbers above are set as an example but vary and whatever number you see in the subject line, that is what you will see on the attached archive file as well. The other change to the .Ykcol File Virus is that the price is now doubled and is 0.50 Bitcoin which equals to almost 2,000 US dollars at the time of writing.

.Ykcol File Virus – Propagation Techniques

The .Ykcol File Virus is propagating itself via a massive e-mail spam campaign. The e-mail has “Status of invoice” written as a subject. Inside there is a .7z or a .7zip file attached to the e-mail. That file contains a VBS script, which upon execution will download the virus payload from a malicious domain. The payload will then be automatically executed, thus infecting your computer system and getting your files encrypted. The text of the e-mail message is the following:

Hello,
Could you please let me know the status of the attached invoice? I appreciate your help!
Best regards,
Mark Loopis
Tel: 554-762-3658 x 100
Fax: 554-762-3687
*NEW* Ordering@lakolee(.)com
* Kindly note we will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day *

Other emails with different texts are sure to pop up in the near future. You can see a sample with one such script file on the VirusTotal service below:

Below you can see the domains spreading this variant of the ransomware:

List with some of the payload download sites

https://accountingservices.apec(.)org/DKndhFG72
https://autoecoleeurope(.)com/DKndhFG72
https://autoecolekim95(.)com/DKndhFG72
https://cornyproposals.()com/DKndhFG72
https://demopowerindo(.)com/DKndhFG72
https://dmlex.adlino(.)be/DKndhFG72
https://eurecas(.)org/DKndhFG72
https://georginabringas(.)com/DKndhFG72
https://lasdamas(.)com/DKndhFG72
https://montecortelhas(.)com/DKndhFG72
https://petromarket(.)ir/DKndhFG72
https://pnkparamount(.)com/DKndhFG72
https://targeter(.)su/p66/DKndhFG72
https://v-chords(.)de/DKndhFG72
https://walkama(.)net/DKndhFG72
https://wenger-werkzeugbau(.)de/DKndhFG72
https://wiskundebijles(.)nu/DKndhFG72

Notice! The above list with domains is for purely informational purposes and it is strongly advised against the opening of any of them, because they will download the virus onto your computer.

Before opening any file from the Internet, always perform a scan with a security program. You should read the ransomware preventing tips in our forum to inform yourself better about methods for fighting such malware threats.

.Ykcol File Virus – Technical Details

The .Ykcol File Virus is the newest Locky ransomware version. The extension .Ykcol is placed to all encrypted files. Ykcol is the name “Locky” spelled backwards. This version of the notorious cryptovirus has been spreading alongside the TrickBot Banking Trojan via the Necurs Botnet.

The Locky ransomware also makes entries in the Windows Registry to achieve a higher level of persistence. Registry entries of that caliber are typically designed to start the virus automatically with every launch of the Windows Operating System or even repress and tamper with processes.

The message with the ransom payment instructions appears to have only some symbols changed, leaving the core of the ransom note intact and is once more stored in two files. Those files are with a .bmp and a .htm extension. You can preview the image that replaces your Desktop background right down here:

The ransom message reads the following:

$.*-+|$*$
*$*$-= _ *_+
=|.=|=|*_*
=++_+*

!!! IMPORTANT INFORMATION !!!!

All of your files are encrypted with RSA-2048 and AES-128 ciphers.

More information about the RSA and AES can be found here:
https://en.wildpedia.org/wiki/RSA_(cryptosystem)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Encryption_Standard

Decrypting of your files is only possible with the private key and decrypt program, which is on our secret server.

To receive your private key follow one of the links:

If all of this addresses are not available, follow these steps:

1. Download and install Tor Browser: https://www.torproject.org/downIoad/download-easy.html
2. After a successful installation, run the browser and wait for initialization.

3. Type in the address bar: g46mbrrzpfszonuk.onion

4. Follow the instructions on the site.

!!! Your personal identification ID: !!!

– =.-+* =
*_|+*|_-.$.|+**

You can preview the .html version of that note in the picture down here:

Here is how the TOR payment page looks like:

Here is what it says on the TOR payment page:

Languages: English

Locky Decryptor™

We present a special software – Locky Decryptor™ –
which allows to decrypt and return control to all your encrypted files.

How to buy Locky Decryptor™?
You can make a payment with BitCoins, there are many methods to get them.

You should register BitCoin wallet:

Simplest online wallet or Some other methods of creating wallet

Purchasing Bitcoins, although it’s not yet easy to buy bitcoins, it’s getting simpler every day.

Here are our recommendations:

localbitcoins.com (WU) Buy Bitcoins with Western Union.
coincafe.com Recommended for fast, simple service.
Payment Methods: Western Union, Bank of America, Cash by FedEx, Moneygram, Money Order. In NYC: Bitcoin ATM, in person.
localbitcoins.com Service allows you to search for people in your community willing to sell bitcoins to you directly.
cex.io Buy Bitcoins with VISA/MASTERCARD or wire transfer.
btcdirect.eu The best for Europe.
bitquick.co Buy Bitcoins instantly for cash.
howtobuybitcoins.info An international directory of bitcoin exchanges.
cashintocoins.com Bitcoin for cash.
coinjar.com CoinJar allows direct bitcoin purchases on their site.
anxpro.com
bittylicious.com

Send 0.25 BTC to Bitcoin address:

Note: Payment pending up to 30 mins or more for transaction confirmation, please be patient…

Date Amount BTC Transaction ID Confirmations
not found

Refresh the page and download decryptor.

When Bitcoin transactions will receive one confirmation, you will be redirected to the page for downloading the decryptor.

As you can see from the TOR payment page above, the .Ykcol file virus wants you to pay 0.25 Bitcoin, which equates to around 985 US dollars at the moment of writing. However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay anything to these cybercriminals. Nobody can guarantee that you will recover your data upon paying, or that you won’t get your files infected again in the near future. Adding to that, giving money to cybercriminals could be interpreted as supporting them financially, and could also motivate them to keep creating more ransomware viruses. Apparently, the latter is true as new variants of Locky ransomware keep showing up.

.Ykcol File Virus – Encryption Process

The .Ykcol File Virus appends the .Ykcol extension to all encrypted files, which is actually “Locky ” spelled backwards. As malware researchers have confirmed that it is indeed a new variant of the Locky Ransomware, it is most likely seeking to encrypt files with extensions such as its previous versions:

→.001, .002, .003, .004, .005, .006, .007, .008, .009, .010, .011, .123, .1cd, .3dm, .3ds, .3fr, .3g2, .3gp, .3pr, .602, .7z, .7zip, .ARC, .CSV, .DOC, .DOT, .MYD, .MYI, .NEF, .PAQ, .PPT, .RTF, .SQLITE3, .SQLITEDB, .XLS, .aac, .ab4, .accdb, .accde, .accdr, .accdt, .ach, .acr, .act, .adb, .adp, .ads, .aes, .agdl, .ai, .aiff, .ait, .al, .aoi, .apj, .apk, .arw, .asc, .asf, .asm, .asp, .aspx, .asset, .asx, .avi, .awg, .back, .backup, .backupdb, .bak, .bank, .bat, .bay, .bdb, .bgt, .bik, .bin, .bkp, .blend, .bmp, .bpw, .brd, .bsa, .cdf, .cdr, .cdr3, .cdr4, .cdr5, .cdr6, .cdrw, .cdx, .ce1, .ce2, .cer, .cfg, .cgm, .cib, .class, .cls, .cmd, .cmt, .config, .contact, .cpi, .cpp, .cr2, .craw, .crt, .crw, .cs, .csh, .csl, .csr, .css, .csv, .d3dbsp, .dac, .das, .dat, .db, .db3, .db_journal, .dbf, .dbx, .dc2, .dch, .dcr, .dcs, .ddd, .ddoc, .ddrw, .dds, .der, .des, .design, .dgc, .dif, .dip, .dit, .djv, .djvu, .dng, .doc, .docb, .docm, .docx, .dot, .dotm, .dotx, .drf, .drw, .dtd, .dwg, .dxb, .dxf, .dxg, .edb, .eml, .eps, .erbsql, .erf, .exf, .fdb, .ffd, .fff, .fh, .fhd, .fla, .flac, .flf, .flv, .flvv, .forge, .fpx, .frm, .fxg, .gif, .gpg, .gray, .grey, .groups, .gry, .gz, .hbk, .hdd, .hpp, .html, .hwp, .ibank, .ibd, .ibz, .idx, .iif, .iiq, .incpas, .indd, .iwi, .jar, .java, .jnt, .jpe, .jpeg, .jpg, .js, .kc2, .kdbx, .kdc, .key, .kpdx, .kwm, .laccdb, .lay, .lay6, .lbf, .ldf, .lit, .litemod, .litesql, .log, .ltx, .lua, .m2ts, .m3u, .m4a, .m4p, .m4u, .m4v, .mapimail, .max, .mbx, .md, .mdb, .mdc, .mdf, .mef, .mfw, .mid, .mkv, .mlb, .mml, .mmw, .mny, .moneywell, .mos, .mov, .mp3, .mp4, .mpeg, .mpg, .mrw, .ms11, .msg, .myd, .n64, .nd, .ndd, .ndf, .nef, .nk2, .nop, .nrw, .ns2, .ns3, .ns4, .nsd, .nsf, .nsg, .nsh, .nvram, .nwb, .nx2, .nxl, .nyf, .oab, .obj, .odb, .odc, .odf, .odg, .odm, .odp, .ods, .odt, .ogg, .oil, .onetoc2, .orf, .ost, .otg, .oth, .otp, .ots, .ott, .p12, .p7b, .p7c, .pab, .pages, .pas, .pat, .pcd, .pct, .pdb, .pdd, .pdf, .pef, .pem, .pfx, .php, .pif, .pl, .plc, .plus_muhd, .png, .pot, .potm, .potx, .ppam, .pps, .ppsm, .ppsx, .ppt, .pptm, .pptx, .prf, .ps, .psafe3, .psd, .pspimage, .pst, .ptx, .pwm, .py, .qba, .qbb, .qbm, .qbr, .qbw, .qbx, .qby, .qcow, .qcow2, .qed, .r3d, .raf, .rar, .rat, .raw, .rb, .rdb, .re4, .rm, .rtf, .rvt, .rw2, .rwl, .rwz, .s3db, .safe, .sas7bdat, .sav, .save, .say, .sch, .sd0, .sda, .sdf, .sh, .sldm, .sldx, .slk, .sql, .sqlite, .sqlite3, .sqlitedb, .sr2, .srf, .srt, .srw, .st4, .st5, .st6, .st7, .st8, .stc, .std, .sti, .stm, .stw, .stx, .svg, .swf, .sxc, .sxd, .sxg, .sxi, .sxm, .sxw, .tar, .tar.bz2, .tbk, .tex, .tga, .tgz, .thm, .tif, .tiff, .tlg, .txt, .uop, .uot, .upk, .vb, .vbox, .vbs, .vdi, .vhd, .vhdx, .vmdk, .vmsd, .vmx, .vmxf, .vob, .wab, .wad, .wallet, .wav, .wb2, .wk1, .wks, .wma, .wmv, .wpd, .wps, .x11, .x3f, .xis, .xla, .xlam, .xlc, .xlk, .xlm, .xlr, .xls, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xlt, .xltm, .xltx, .xlw, .xml, .ycbcra, .yuv, .zip

The encryption algorithm that is claimed to be used by Locky in all of its ransom notes is RSA-2048 with AES 128-bit ciphers. A file will be renamed and receive the new extension and its name will be something in the vicinity of 7d0f1033-1bgy-Hja224b-791ea9d1-80e2bb7af.ykcol. The length will always be the same, due to how the cryptovirus has been coded.

The Locky cryptovirus has a highly probability to delete the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows Operating System by executing the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

That command eliminates one of the proper ways for restoring your computer system along with its files to a previous state. If the command is run, the encryption process of the virus will become quite more effective.

Remove .Ykcol File Virus and Restore Your Files

If your computer got infected with the .Ykcol File Virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computer systems. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove .Ykcol File Virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .Ykcol File Virus

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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 .Ykcol File Virus 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 .Ykcol File Virus 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 .Ykcol File Virus 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 .Ykcol File Virus 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.

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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 .Ykcol File Virus.

Ransomware infections and .Ykcol File Virus 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 .Ykcol File Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .Ykcol File Virus 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 .Ykcol File Virus:

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 .Ykcol File Virus. 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 .Ykcol File Virus. 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 .Ykcol File Virus 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 .Ykcol File Virus. 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 .Ykcol File Virus.

Ransomware infections and .Ykcol File Virus 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.


.Ykcol File Virus FAQ

What is .Ykcol File Virus ransomware and how does it work?

.Ykcol File Virus 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 .Ykcol File Virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways..Ykcol File Virus 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 .Ykcol File Virus 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 ..Ykcol File Virus files?

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

One way to restore files, encrypted by .Ykcol File Virus 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 "..Ykcol File Virus" files (Other Methods)?

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .Ykcol File Virus 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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