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Remove LDPR ransomware (Virus Removal Guide) - Bonus: Decryption Steps

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LDPR ransomware is a file locked that comes from Dharma virus family

LDPR ransomware

LDPR ransomware is malware that focuses on money extortion with the help of file locking capability. First spotted in late April, it is a variant of the infamous Dharma ransomware – a relatively old string that keeps returning and infecting thousands worldwide.

Once installed, LDPR ransomware performs a variety of changes to the computer, so that it could perform data encryption without interruptions. The virus uses AES or DES + RSA encryption algorithms,[1] appends .LDPR extension, along with modifying the file name and then drops a brief FILES ENCRYPTED.txt, as well as a pop-up window. The message from hackers explains to victims what happened to their pictures, videos, databases, documents, and other data, and asks them to email crooks via mr.crypt@aol.com, f-data@protonmail.com or helpfile@rape.lol to find out the price of decryptor. Based on examples, cybercriminals are asking as much as $1000.

As usual, users should not engage in any type of negotiations with the hackers and instead focus on LDPR ransomware removal and alternative file recovery methods. Unfortunately, there are no official decryptors released for this version of Dharma.

Name LDPR
Type Ransomware
Family Dharma
File modification .id-[ID].[mr.crypt@aol.com].LDPR, .id-[ID].[f-data@protonmail.com].LDPR, .id-[ID].[helpfile@rape.lol].LDPR
Ransom note FILES ENCRYPTED.txt + pop-up window
Ransom size $1000 in Bitcoin (can vary)
Decryptable? No. Use third-party recovery solutions
Removal Use anti-malware software
Recovery Scan your device with Reimage Reimage Cleaner for best results

There are many different ways users could get infected with LDPR virus. Here are the most common methods that hackers use to distribute ransomware:

  • Exploit kits;
  • Brute-force attacks;[2]
  • Spam emails;
  • Repacked or cracked software;
  • Cracks or keygens;
  • Fake updates, etc.

However, LDPR ransomware does not immediately encrypts files. It first performs a set of changes to the way the operating system operates. For example, it modifies Windows registry, deletes/copies/inserts files, executes Shell commands, etc. This allows the malware to run file encryption without any interruptions.

Once the file encryption is complete, the FILES ENCRYPTED.txt ransom note appears in every folder where locked files are located. It states the following: 

all your data has been locked us
You want return?
write email mr.crypt@aol.com

As you can see, there is not much information provided. However, in the pop-up window, titled by the contact email, you will be able to see a full message from hackers. Allegedly, crooks also offer test decryption service, which would provide proof that the bad actors can actually decrypt files. Regardless, there is no guarantee that they will send you the required tool, even after the payment is made. Furthermore, you would only prove that LDPR ransomware is successful, warranting more infections worldwide.

Thus, do not contact cybercrooks and remove LDPR ransomware with the help of anti-malware software – only then you can start the file recovery process. Additionally, you should scan your device with Reimage Reimage Cleaner to restore the infected Windows system files.

LDPR ransomware virus
LDPR is a ransomware-type virus that locks up personal files and drops two ransom notes that explain to victims what to do next

Stay away from email attachments that ask you to enable the macro function

As we previously mentioned, there are several different methods hackers use to infect users with ransomware. For that reason, simply using a security application is not enough (although it is mandatory for every system, be it private or corporate machine).

To minimize ransomware infection risk, experts[3] advise following these simple tips:

  • Patch your operating system, along with the installed applications, as soon as security updates are released;
  • Enable Firewall;
  • Use strong passwords and two-factor authentication for all your accounts;
  • Do not use cracked software or its cracks/keygens;
  • Scan all executables and other files with tools like Virus Total;
  • Do not open spam email attachments, especially those that ask you to enable macro function;
  • Be aware that hyperlinks might be misleading – put the mouse pointer on top and you will see the real destination address;
  • Disable Flash Player auto-run feature;
  • Use ad-block on high risk sites, such as porn, gambling, file-sharing, etc.

Finally, to be completely safe, you should always have a full backup of your most important files – you can use external drives (Flash drive, external HDD, SSD, etc.) or automatically upload your data to a remote server, such as Google Drive. 

Remove LDPR ransomware by using anti-malware software

To remove LDPR ransomware, you will have to use professional security software. Luckily, ransomware-type viruses focus file locking rather than screen locking, so operating your device should not require any special instructions. Nevertheless, it is recommended that you enter Safe Mode with Networking just in case malware tampers with the operation of the anti-malware software.

Once you enter Safe Mode, perform a full system scan using anti-malware software, such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner. Once the scan is finished, the anti-virus application should show you the scan results confirming that LDPR ransomware removal was successful. After that, you can connect your backups, or attempt the recovery using third-party tools. We provide all the download links below.

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To remove LDPR virus, follow these steps:

Remove LDPR using Safe Mode with Networking

If your security software struggles to work due to the infection, access Safe Mode with Networking:

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Networking'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Networking in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Networking'
  • Step 2: Remove LDPR

    Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage Reimage Cleaner or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete LDPR removal.

If your ransomware is blocking Safe Mode with Networking, try further method.

Remove LDPR using System Restore

You can also use System Restore for LDPR virus removal:

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Command Prompt from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt'
  • Step 2: Restore your system files and settings
    1. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter. Enter 'cd restore' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    2. Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.. Enter 'rstrui.exe' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    3. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of LDPR. After doing that, click Next. When 'System Restore' window shows up, select 'Next' Select your restore point and click 'Next'
    4. Now click Yes to start system restore. Click 'Yes' and start system restore
    Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with Reimage Reimage Cleaner and make sure that LDPR removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

Guide which is presented above is supposed to help you remove LDPR from your computer. To recover your encrypted files, we recommend using a detailed guide prepared by 2-spyware.com security experts.

If your files are encrypted by LDPR, you can use several methods to restore them:

Data Recovery Pro might be useful when trying to recover files

In some cases, Data Recovery Pro might recover at least some of your files.

  • Download Data Recovery Pro;
  • Follow the steps of Data Recovery Setup and install the program on your computer;
  • Launch it and scan your computer for files encrypted by LDPR ransomware;
  • Restore them.

Make use of Windows Previous Versions feature

This method can only be used if System Restore was enabled before the ransomware infection.

  • Find an encrypted file you need to restore and right-click on it;
  • Select “Properties” and go to “Previous versions” tab;
  • Here, check each of available copies of the file in “Folder versions”. You should select the version you want to recover and click “Restore”.

ShadowExplorer might recover all your files

If LDPR virus failed to delete Shadow Volume Copies, use ShadowExplorer to retrieve your files.

  • Download Shadow Explorer (http://shadowexplorer.com/);
  • Follow a Shadow Explorer Setup Wizard and install this application on your computer;
  • Launch the program and go through the drop down menu on the top left corner to select the disk of your encrypted data. Check what folders are there;
  • Right-click on the folder you want to restore and select “Export”. You can also select where you want it to be stored.

No decryptor is currently available

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from LDPR and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner , SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes

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Linas Kiguolis
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