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Remove Lightning ransomware (Removal Instructions) - Decryption Steps Included

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Ransomware

Lightning ransomware is a new version of a decryptable Everbe 2.0 ransomware

Lightning ransomware virus 

Lightning ransomware is a cryptovirus that uses AES and DES encryption methods to encode your data and locks files using .lightning marker. This is almost identical to previous Everbe 2.0 ransomware versions that hail from Everbe virus. Other variants have decryption tools, but there is no guarantee that it may also work for the particular .lightning file extension virus. The marker also includes a contact email and once encrypted, your data is renamed. For example, if you have Birthday.jpg on the system after ransomware encryption, it looks Birthday.jpg.[].lightning. When ransomware is done with this process, your data becomes useless, and the only solution is decryption. However, we don't recommend paying the ransom for the decryption key because hackers cannot be trusted.

Name Lightning ransomware
Type Cryptovirus
Related Everbe 2.0 ransomware and Everbe virus
Encryption method AES and DES
File extension .[].lightning
Ransom note !=How_to_decrypt_files=!.txt
Contact email
Distribution Infected files from spam email
Elimination Remove Lightning ransomware and clean the system using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

Since this is a cryptovirus, Lightning ransomware developers have one purpose – getting money from their victims. The main purpose is data encryption because hackers can demand payment for the decryption tool. However, there is no guarantee that decryption is going to happen. There is little to no chance that paying victims can get their files back.[1]

Lightning ransomware virus infiltrates the system without your knowledge, and you cannot notice the main threat until it starts to encode your data and you encounter the change of performance and speed. Ransomware runs in the background and makes additional changes before it moves on to file encryption. 

The encryption process is the main thing people get scared but the first thing Lightning ransomware does on the system is changing the registry entries and altering parts of the system. These changes initially are made to ensure that malicious payload is launched more frequently.

Lightning ransomware employs AES or DES encryption algorithm and changes the original code of a file to make it useless. This is a relatively quick and dangerous process[2] that ends up in a generation of the ransom note. !=How_to_decrypt_files=!.txt gets placed on every folder that contains encoded files and states:

Hello ! All your files have been encrypted !
Don’t worry , we can help tou to return all of your files .
If you want to know price for decryptor , write to our email –
In the subject write – id-.

Every 7 days price doubles.
If within 24 hours we didn’t answer you , write to our backup mail – .

Because of the various system changes, Lightning ransomware removal becomes fairly difficult. All those changes need to be reverted if you want to use the device normally again. The best solution is a full system scan with anti-malware programs like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

You need to remove Lightning ransomware and double-check if the system is malware-free. Then, you can plug in the external device with file backups or use alternative data recovery methods. If you have no backups on cloud services or external devices, experts[3] recommend relying on file recovery software. We have a few suggestions below. 

Lightning ransomwareLightning ransomware is one of the most dangerous malware infections that you can get on your device. Ransomware developers focus mainly on crypto-extortion.

Spam email attachments distribute malicious payload

The main ransomware spreading method is spam email campaigns because this is a method that allows spreading payload all over the world via the internet. Spam email attachments come in various forms of files, but the main format is MS Word, Excel documents or PDF files filled with macros. 

Documents contain malicious payload dropper or direct ransomware threat that gets installed on the device immediately when the file is downloaded and opened on the device. Unfortunately, these emails come disguised as legitimate notifications from services or companies like PayPal, eBay or FedEx, and people tend to open attachments without thinking.

However, Order information, Financial details or Invoices do not come out of anywhere. Delete emails from companies you do not use or senders you have no idea about. Also, you can check the purpose of the file or link before downloading on the machine. 

Terminate Lightning ransomware and get rid of all related programs

The best tip we can give you is to remove Lightning ransomware instead of paying the ransom and restoring data from a backup when the system is thoroughly cleaned. You can do so with anti-malware tools like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, or Malwarebytes. A full system scan detects all possible intruders and deletes them from the PC completely.

Lightning ransomware removal may be affected by the virus itself because it disables some of the system features or program functions. You can enter the Safe Mode before the system scan and delete the virus this way. Also, you may need to perform additional cleaning on the machine to get rid of virus damage.

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To remove Lightning virus, follow these steps:

Remove Lightning using Safe Mode with Networking

Lightning ransomware removal may require additional steps, so reboot the device in Safe Mode with Networking before scanning the device:

  • 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 Lightning

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

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

Remove Lightning using System Restore

Try System Restore feature and recover the system in a previous state to undo the changes:

  • 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 Lightning. 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 Intego and make sure that Lightning removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

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

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

When Lightning ransomware is eliminated, try Data Recovery Pro and restore your encrypted files

If you have no backups on external devices, employ Data Recovery Pro that also helps with accidentally deleted 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 Lightning ransomware;
  • Restore them.

Windows Previous Versions feature can recover your data

When System Restore feature is enabled data recovery can be performed with Windows Previous Versions

  • 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”.

Try ShadowExplorer when Lightning ransomware removal is done

ShadowExplorer works for data recovery when Shadow Volume Copies remain untouched

  • Download Shadow Explorer (;
  • 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.

Decryption for this version is not avaliable

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

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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Jake Doevan
Jake Doevan - Computer technology expert

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