CryptoLocker is a new type of ransomware that encrypts all the files on your computer and demands you pay $300 to get them back. It’s not as dangerous as other viruses, but it can be very annoying.
The best way to remove CryptoLocker is by using an anti-malware program like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) or Spybot Search & Destroy. These programs will scan for and delete the malware from your PC. You may also want to check out our guide on how to clean up a system infected with CryptoLocker.
If you’re having trouble removing CryptoLocker ransomware, there’s a chance you’ve been hit by another piece of ransomware called Locky. This virus has similar characteristics to CryptoLocker and can cause the same problems if you don’t know what you’re doing.
If you do need help getting rid of CryptoLocker, we recommend contacting a professional who specializes in helping people recover their data after being hit by a virus. The experts at Bleeping Computer can help you restore your files and get your life back to normal.
How to Remove CryptoLocker From Your System
Download and run Reimage Plus
It will perform a deep scan of your entire PC. When the scan finishes, it will ask you to press “Next” to start the removal process. Follow instructions.
Never execute random software that you find while surfing the Internet. Be careful about the third-party sites where you download such apps. They might contain adware or other malicious components.
Types of Cryptolocker ransomware
There are many types of crypto-lockers, but they all work pretty much the same way.
First, you’ll notice some kind of pop-up window asking you to confirm something. Usually, it says that your files have been encrypted and that you should contact the support team to get access to them. After you click OK, your screen will turn black.
Then, you’ll see a ransom note saying that you must pay 300 dollars to decrypt your files.
There are two main ways to deal with these threats:
- paying the ransom or
- restoring your files without paying.
We’ll discuss the second method below.
Restoring Files Encrypted By CryptoLocker Ransomware
To restore files without paying a ransom, you’ll need to use special software.
Here are just a few free tools:
- WinRAR – A powerful file archiver that supports 7z, ZIP, TAR, BZIP2, LZH, XZ, ACE, ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, DEB, DMG, ELF, FAT, GZIP, HPGL, ISO, JAR, LHA, LZMA, MSI, NSIS, OBB, RPM, SIT, SR0, UUE, VHD, VRC, WIM, Z, ZIP formats. The free version allows you to extract only one archive; however, you can purchase the full version and unlock additional features.
- Recuva – One of the most popular data recovery tools. It was developed by Piriform Limited company. It allows you to restore deleted files from local drives (including external hard disks) and network locations. You can also use this tool to undelete files on formatted drives.
- Data Rescue CD – Another great program for recovering lost files. It works well even if the partition containing the data is damaged beyond repair. This utility includes an advanced file system scanner that helps you locate files and folders.
- PhotoRec – An open-source application designed to rescue photos and videos from formatted memory cards, digital cameras, USB flash drives, MP4 players, portable hard drives, SD card readers, etc.
- TestDisk – The best disk editor ever created. It can be used to recover partitions that cannot be mounted due to bad sectors or damaged clusters. It can also be used to fix NTFS volumes that won’t mount because of errors in the Master Boot Record (MBR).
- Stellar Phoenix – A professional data recovery utility. It can scan and retrieve any type of data from corrupted media including RAID arrays, solid-state drives, external hard drives, optical discs, memory sticks, SSDs, USB devices, and more.
- Undelete Drive – This allows you to recover deleted files from any storage device, including USB flash drives, internal hard drives, memory cards, and more.
- CCleaner – If you’re using Windows 8/7/Vista, then you may want to try this tool. It removes unused files, temporary internet files, cookies, history, cache, etc. from your PC.
- AdwCleaner – An adware removal tool. It can remove malicious browser extensions such as Toolbar, Browser Helper Objects, ActiveX controls, and other potentially unwanted programs.
- Malwarebytes Anti-Malware – One of the most effective anti-malware applications out there. It can detect and delete various forms of malware, spyware, viruses, trojans, rootkits, keyloggers, dialers, worms, and many others.
Avoid paying the ransom with the help of ExterNetworks!
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