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Locky decrypter. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Ransomware

Locky Decrypter is a misleading data decryption tool sold by cyber criminals

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Questions about Locky decrypter

Locky Decryptor is a tool created by the same cyber criminals who developed the infamous  Locky virus[1]. This decrypter is sold for 0,5, 1 or 2,5 BTC[2] for people whose files have been encrypted by .locky, .asasin, .ykcol.diablo6, .osiris.odin, .thor, .zepto, .shit.aesir, .loptr or another Locky variant. Nevertheless, white hats do not recommend paying the ransom because the real locky decrypter functions might be related to malware distribution and creation of backdoors.[3]

Name Locky Decryptor
Type Ransomware-related
Symptoms Personal files locked with .locky or other Locky ransomware variant. The ransom note _Locky_recover_instructions instructs to pay Locky Decryptor
Distribution This ransomware decryptor can only be purchased from Locky developers for a particular amount of Bitcoins
Price Varies. Maximum demand 2.5 Bitcoins
Related processes locky _decrypter.exe
Elimination Locky Decryptor can download other malware or initiate system's changes to make it vulnerable. To fix that, download Reimage and run a full system scan with it. 

Along with the evolution of the malware, the software has been renewed as well. It presents a wide choice of alternative language options for non-native English speakers. The price for file decrypting services varies. The maximum payback about has been registered in 2016 when victims were asked to pay 2.5 BTC[2], so currently the sum in USD would exceed 8000. According to victim's reports, Locky Decrypter is currently sold for 0.25 Bitcoin. 

Interestingly, that one of the latest variations, Lukitus ransomware[4], which emerged along with Diablo6 campaign, both known under one IKARUSdilapidated campaign, also uses the identical tool. Thus, it is recommended to remove Locky Decrypter right away.

Speaking about the very ransomware, Locky virus operates as a seriously dangerous ransomware that is currently spreading panic all around the world. This virus is distributed via infected email attachments, allegedly containing some invoice information. Reportedly, the virus comes in a ZIP file carrying the infected Word or JavaScript document.

Locky ransomware attack illustrated

This virus is distributed via infected email attachments, allegedly containing some invoice information. Reportedly, the virus comes in a ZIP file carrying the infected Word or JavaScript document.

Once Locky gets into the victim’s computer and is activated, it starts scanning the system for a variety of different file extensions and encrypts the located files using the RSA-2048 and AES-128 algorithms. After this virus encrypts the files, it adds a .txt document, titled _Locky_recover_instructions to every folder on the computer containing the infected files.

The note explains that now, the files on the computer are locked and there is no way to unlock them without a decryption key. “Luckily”, the developers of this fraudulent program propose a solution. They offer you to buy a Locky Decrypter software which will supposedly help you to unlock the encrypted documents.

Locky Decrypter virus payment

All you have to do is to connect to an anonymous Tor network and to purchase Locky Decrypter on an indicated website. Also, the victim is threatened to pay up in one week's time, or else, the price of the decrypter will double. This is pure blackmail. Therefore, Locky Decrypter removal should be performed right away. 

Sadly, a lot of people opt for this option out of the desperation to retrieve their lost files. However, we highly advise you not to make any transactions, because you are dealing with cyber criminals, so there is no guarantee that the tool will decrypt locky ransomware. In this case, you'll be left with no data and no money.

You may need to spend more than $300 or even $600 (which equal 0,5 and 1 bitcoin respectively) for it. What is more, even if you receive the promised software, you cannot be sure if it will successfully decrypt the files. Therefore, if you are infected with this virus, it is better that you remove it immediately rather than try to buy out your files.

By doing that, you only support the scammers and their malicious future creations. We recommend using a reputable antivirus like Reimage or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes to remove Locky ransomware and its decrypter from your computer.

Promotion ways

Once you open the ransom note, you will notice multiple links to the websites, where you can obtain the Locky Decrypter. The decryptor can only be downloaded from websites, accessible through an anonymous Tor network, which is favoured by a variety of online scammers, hackers, and other crooks.

Locky Decrypter website seen on Tor browser

It is extremely dangerous to interact with any of these links because they may redirect you to some other infectious websites and contaminate your system with trojans, viruses, and worms. Note that deleting .locky decrypter or locky _decrypter.exe files will not help eradicate the very malware. 

More information is provided below. Therefore, it is wiser to initiate about Locky removal than risk causing your computer additional problems.

Get rid of Locky Decrypter

The functionality of Locky Decryptor is highly questionable. Nevertheless, even if you have already purchased the program and managed to decrypt your files, we highly recommend you to remove Locky Decrypter virus along with the Locky virus from your system. To do that, you can follow three fundamentals steps.

Locky Decrypter interface reniewed

First, you should obtain a reputable antivirus tool, such as Reimage or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. Then, disconnect your PC from the network because your computer may be more vulnerable to the Locky processes when it is online.

Lastly, run a thorough scan of your system with the obtained antivirus software, which will detect and remove Locky virus and all of its components from your machine. If you are experiencing any difficulties, you can also check the Locky removal guide also provided on our website.

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To remove Locky decrypter, follow these steps:

Remove Locky decrypter using Safe Mode with Networking

You will likely need to reboot the system in Safe Mode to delete Locky Decrypter tool and the malware.

  • 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 Locky decrypter

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

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

Remove Locky decrypter 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 Locky decrypter. 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 and make sure that Locky decrypter removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

Guide which is presented above is supposed to help you remove Locky decrypter 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 Locky decrypter, you can use several methods to restore them:

What is Data Recovery Pro?

In case you did not tback up your files and ran out of options, you may give this software a try. It is created for restoring damaged 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 Locky decrypter ransomware;
  • Restore them.

Previous Windows Versions

If you tend to create System Restore Points on a regular basis, you may succeed in data recovery from the previous Windows 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

That's yet another third-party data recovery tool that can extort Volume Shadow Copies from your PC and restore the files subsequently. However, it will work only if the virus fails to remove Volume Shadow Copies.

  • 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.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from Locky decrypter and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes

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