What is Asterope Locker virus?
Asterope Locker virus is a dangerous ransomware, which is used for stealing people's money. It can't be spread around without a trojan, so you may also find this virus labeled as a trojan horse. However, no matter which category you include this virus to, it acts the same.. As soon as Asterope Locker virus infiltrates computer, it encrypts specific victim's files that are kept on the system and shows a huge warning message asking to pay a ransom for decrypting these files. In order to recover the connection to your files, you will be asked to pay 250 WMZ, what is equal to $250, via WebMoney transfer. This payment system is especially popular in Russia, so we can say that people who live in this country should be especially careful when browsing on the Internet and downloading files on their computers. If you want to stay safe, the first thing that you have to do is to transfer your files to safer place, like Google Drive, Dropbox, Flickr and other online backups. Also, think about installing a reputable anti-spyware on your computer that will help you to prevent infiltration of trojan horse that is used for spreading AsteropeLocker. Unfortunately, if you have discovered that this virus has already blocked your photos, music or other valuable files, you should follow a guide below and try to remove this ransomware from your computer.
How can Asterope Locker virus infect my computer?
Similarly to Cryptographic Locker virus, FBI virus and other ransomwares, this virus is mostly spread with a help of trojan horse. No matter that Asterope Locker's servers are down, there may be lots of similar varieties of this virus spreading around at the moment. Please, be very careful when browsing on the Internet and visiting questionable websites. In addition, stay away from spam and misleading alerts offering you to update Java, Flash Player and similar programs because they may also download Asterope Locker virus on your computer. If you received an unexpected email telling you that you have to confirm some payment or something, you have to double check this email and look for grammar or type mistakes. Removing ransomware programs might be tricky, so it's always better to spend some minutes trying to prevent their infiltration than spending hours and hundreds of dollars while trying to remove them from your PC. If Asterope Locker enters computer, it immediately blocks these files: .odt, .ods, .odp, .odm, .odc, .odb, .doc, .docx, .docm, .wps, .xls, .xlsx, .xlsm, .xlsb, .xlk, .ppt, .pptx, .pptm, .mdb, .accdb, .pst, .dwg, .dxf, .dxg, .wpd, .rtf, .wb2, .mdf, .dbf, .psd, .pdd, .pdf, .eps, .ai, .indd, .cdr, .dng, .3fr, .arw, .srf, .sr2, .mp3, .bay, .crw, .cr2,.dcr, .kdc, .erf, .mef, .mrw, .nef, .nrw, .orf, .raf, .raw, .rwl, .rw2, .r3d, .ptx, .pef, .srw, .x3f, .lnk, .der, .cer, .crt, .pem, .pfx,.p12, .p7b, .p7c, .jpg, .png, .jfif, .jpeg, .gif, .bmp, .exif, .txt. After that, you will notice a huge warning message asking you to pay a ransom for recovering these blocked files. In most of the cases it states:
Windows Locked! Your ID is XXXXXXX. Send 250 WMZ to Z268598233219 and follow instructions!
Unfortunately, rebooting to Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking doesn't help when trying to overcome this because this threat is configured to start as soon as you login to Windows. If you have already been infected, follow a guide below:
How to remove Asterope Locker virus?
If you are infected with Asterope Locker virus, try using System Restore for recovering the connection to your files and then run a full system scan with any of these applications: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. If it fails to work, try to unlock your computer with a help of these steps:
- Reboot you infected PC to 'Safe mode with command prompt' to disable virus (this should be working with all versions of this threat)
- Run Regedit
- Search for WinLogon Entries and write down all the files that are not explorer.exe or blank. Replace them with explorer.exe.
- Search the registry for these files you have written down and delete the registry keys referencing the files.
- Reboot and run a full system scan with updated anti-spyware.
However, if this fails to work for you, there is a huge possibility that you won't be capable to recover your files…
We highly recommend thinking about the prevention of such infections. For that you can use previously mentioned programs. Besides, don't forget to think about the immunity of your files and backup. For that you can use USB external hard drives, CDs, DVDs, or simply rely on online backups, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Flickr and other solutions.