Remove Lick ransomware / virus (Decryption Steps Included) - Virus Removal Instructions

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Lick virus Removal Guide

What is Lick ransomware virus?

Lick virus is a new Kirk ransomware version – get to know how this ransomware operates

Lick virus is a complex computer program that falls into ransomware category. The appearance of this ransomware simply proves the fact that ransomware industry is booming[1]. When comparing similarities between Lick ransomware and Kirk virus[2], it was determined that these two viruses are closely related or even developed by the same ransomware gang[3]. They are both created using Python[4] programming language. The “Lick” ransomware is a sneaky virus that displays a pop-up message once executed. The message says: “File Decrypter is initializing for your system. This may take some time. Click ‘Ok’ to close this dialog box and wait for the ‘Finished’ popup.” If this message popped on your screen, shut down your computer and unplug the Internet cable immediately! You will need to remove Lick ransomware in the Safe Mode with Networking, so open this page via your phone or another device and follow Lick virus removal guidelines given below this text. Once you boot your PC in the indicated mode, download and install ReimageIntego or another malware removal tool for a successful ransomware elimination. Lick ransomware versionLick ransomware displays a deceptive message before encrypting all files on the system.

If Lick malware manages to corrupt all files, you will notice .Licked file extensions added to their filenames (after the original file extension, for instance, examplepicture.jpg.Licked). The ransomware creates a file called ERRORLOG.txt, which lists the locations and the names of files that were encrypted. It also creates a file called RANSOM_NOTE.txt, which is a text version of the message from the cyber criminals. It then launches a program window called Lick, which contains some ASCII art and a message, which starts with not so uplifting line: “Thanks for your patience! Finished. Malware infection. Read this! Oh no! The Lick ransomware has encrypted your files!” The virus says that the computer has fallen victim to the Lick malware and all files were encrypted. It shows the number of total encrypted files, a list of targeted extensions and asks to pay a ransom in Monero[5] currency, which is surprising, considering that viruses typically ask to pay a ransom via Bitcoin system. The virus provides the price chart: if the victim pays the ransom within two days, the data decryption costs 50 Monero; if the ransom is paid in 3-7 days, it costs 100 Monero; if between 15 to 30 days – 500 Monero. The ransomware crooks demand to make the payment, then create an email message to them, including the encrypted file with decryption password in it (pwd file) and victim’s ID and send it to one of the following email addresses:,

How did I get infected with this ransomware virus?

Rumour has it that Lick ransomware is distributed via email spam, so we suggest you to be extremely careful when checking new emails. Make sure you stay away from all suspicious content that unknown individuals send you. Remember that scammers take advantage of social engineering peculiarities and trick users into opening malicious links or email attachments by adding a short message to spam emails. Such message is intended to arouse victim’s curiosity, so, for example, scammers can kindly suggest you to view attached contents, which can be obfuscated in the form of an invoice, resume, payment details, or another document that looks safe to open. Once opened, the file drops the ransomware infection. Alternative ransomware distribution methods include exploit kits, malware-laden ads, and others.

How can I remove Lick virus from the system?

Lick virus will hold your files secured until you pay a ransom. This extortion tool promises to restore your files as soon as you pay the required amount of money, however, we strongly advise you not to pay the ransom to these cyber crooks. They might never deliver the decryption guide to you, so do not get your hopes too high. You can restore the majority of your files from a recently created backup, but if you forgot to create it, you could try one of the data recovery methods explained below. We highly recommend using anti-malware tools for Lick ransomware removal, because manual malware removal is a time-consuming task, besides, you might delete only a part of ransomware-related files, which would leave your computer system vulnerable for further malevolent encroachment on your PC.

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Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Reimage, try running SpyHunter 5.
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Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Intego, try running Combo Cleaner.

Getting rid of Lick virus. Follow these steps

Manual removal using Safe Mode

To eliminate Lick ransomware successfully, complete the steps given below.

NOTE. You have to reboot your PC in a specific mode, not just restart it!

Important! →
Manual removal guide might be too complicated for regular computer users. It requires advanced IT knowledge to be performed correctly (if vital system files are removed or damaged, it might result in full Windows compromise), and it also might take hours to complete. Therefore, we highly advise using the automatic method provided above instead.

Step 1. Access Safe Mode with Networking

Manual malware removal should be best performed in the Safe Mode environment. 

Windows 7 / Vista / XP
  1. Click Start > Shutdown > Restart > OK.
  2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 button (if that does not work, try F2, F12, Del, etc. – it all depends on your motherboard model) multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
  3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list. Windows 7/XP
Windows 10 / Windows 8
  1. Right-click on Start button and select Settings.
  2. Scroll down to pick Update & Security.
    Update and security
  3. On the left side of the window, pick Recovery.
  4. Now scroll down to find Advanced Startup section.
  5. Click Restart now.
  6. Select Troubleshoot. Choose an option
  7. Go to Advanced options. Advanced options
  8. Select Startup Settings. Startup settings
  9. Press Restart.
  10. Now press 5 or click 5) Enable Safe Mode with Networking. Enable safe mode

Step 2. Shut down suspicious processes

Windows Task Manager is a useful tool that shows all the processes running in the background. If malware is running a process, you need to shut it down:

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard to open Windows Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details.
    Open task manager
  3. Scroll down to Background processes section, and look for anything suspicious.
  4. Right-click and select Open file location.
    Open file location
  5. Go back to the process, right-click and pick End Task.
    End task
  6. Delete the contents of the malicious folder.

Step 3. Check program Startup

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard to open Windows Task Manager.
  2. Go to Startup tab.
  3. Right-click on the suspicious program and pick Disable.

Step 4. Delete virus files

Malware-related files can be found in various places within your computer. Here are instructions that could help you find them:

  1. Type in Disk Cleanup in Windows search and press Enter.
    Disk cleanup
  2. Select the drive you want to clean (C: is your main drive by default and is likely to be the one that has malicious files in).
  3. Scroll through the Files to delete list and select the following:

    Temporary Internet Files
    Recycle Bin
    Temporary files

  4. Pick Clean up system files.
    Delete temp files
  5. You can also look for other malicious files hidden in the following folders (type these entries in Windows Search and press Enter):


After you are finished, reboot the PC in normal mode.

Remove Lick using System Restore

  • 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 Lick. 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 ReimageIntego and make sure that Lick removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

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

If you had a data backup, you can use it as soon as Lick malware removal procedure is finished. If you did not create a data backup in the past, you have two choices – pay the ransom (not recommended) or remove the virus and try to recover your files by yourself. It is a very hard thing to do, besides, we suggest experimenting on copies of encrypted data(for example, create a copy of encrypted files and move it to an external hard drive – it might come in  handy if malware analysts ever create a Lick decryption tool).

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

Data Recovery Pro

Data Recovery Pro might restore some of .Licked files. Here’s how you should use this tool.

  • 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 Lick ransomware;
  • Restore them.

Previous File Versions

If you did not forget to set up a System Restore Point back in the day, you can thank yourself now. This is how you can recover individual files if you created System Restore Point:

  • 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”.

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

How to prevent from getting ransomware

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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