Sunday, September 8, 2013

Remove CryptoLocker - Step by Step Instruction

Harmful traits of CryptoLocker:

CryptoLocker is a new released ransomware which is masterly designed by the cyber criminals as a means of scamming money from infected PC owners. Once invade into the PC, CryptoLocker will encrypts almost all the personal files on the computer, including photos, videos, documents and so on. After that a warming pops up stating that in order to decrypt the files, you have to purchase a private key within a certain period of time. If you refuse to pay 100 USD/100 EUR amount to buy the single copy of the private key, you will lost all of the encrypted files. If your PC is unfortunately being infected with CryptoLocker, it is better for you not to pay the money. Because no one can guarantee all of the files can be recovered after the payments. And if you paid, you will put your account into danger, as the CryptoLocker has the function of keylogger which will record your credit card number and send it to the schemers. Besides the above malicious behaviors, CryptoLocker Ransomware also harasses users of the infected PC by making their system slow, prompting frequent popups, modifying registry, Internet, firewall settings, generating BSOD error etc.

Screenshot of CryptoLocker:

Threat Assessment and Consequences:

Name – CryptoLocker
Type: ransomware
Risk Level: Harmful
Operating Environment: Windows platform
Number of Corruption: More than 30 files at a time
Geographical distribution: Globally Distributed

Some  useful tips for you to prevent the virus in future:
1) Be cautious when clicking some links. It can point your browser to download threats or visit malicious web site.
2) Don't download unknown "free" software
3) Avoid opening unknown e-mail attachments.

Two effective methods to get rid of CryptoLocker:
Method one: Manually remove CryptoLocker
Method two: Automatically remove CryptoLocker easily with SpyHunter

Detail instruction (please perform all the steps in correct order)

Method one: Manually remove CryptoLocker

Step 1: stop all the malicious processes about CryptoLocker Guide: Open task manager by pressing Alt+Ctrl+Del keys at the same time. Another way is to click on the Start button and choose Run option, then type taskmgr into and press OK.
Terminate all the processes related to CryptoLocker

Step2: uninstall CryptoLocker from your computer, click the Start button, then select Control Panel, and click on Add or Remove programs.

Step 3: show hidden files and folders and delete all the following files.
Guide: click the Start button and choose Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, to find Folder Options then double-click on it. In the pop-up dialog box, click the View tab and uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended).
Delete all the following files belong to CryptoLocker
%AppData%\.exe %CommonAppData%\.exe C:\Windows\Temp\.exe %temp%\.exe

Step 4: open Registry Editor to delete all the vicious registries as below Guide: open Registry Editor by pressing Window+R keys together.(another way is clicking on the Start button and choosing Run option, then typing into Regedit and pressing Enter. )
Delete all the vicious registries as below:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main "Default_Search_URL" = "{searchTerms}" HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main "Search Page" = "{searchTerms}" FTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search "CustomizeSearch" = "{searchT HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main "Start Page" = "" HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOerms}"

If the manual removal is kinda difficult for you and you have spent too much time in manually removing without any progress, stop and choose the automatic removal solution.

Method two: Automatically remove CryptoLockereasily with SpyHunter

SpyHunter is a powerful, real-time anti-spyware application that designed to assist the average computer user in protecting their PC from malicious threats like worms, Trojans, rootkits, rogues, dialers, spyware,etc. It is important to note that SpyHunter removal tool works well and should run alongside existing security programs without any conflicts.

Step one: Click the Download icon to install SpyHunter in your PC.


Step two: After the installation, run SpyHunter and click “Malware Scan” button to have a full or quick scan on your PC.

Step three: Choose Select all>Remove to get rid of all the threats on your PC.

Video on how to remove CryptoLocker:

Note: manual removal is an effectively method to get rid of CryptoLocker, as to completely remove CryptoLocker, all its related files, process, and registries needs to be removed. If you haven’t sufficient expertise in manually dealing with program files, processes, .dll files and registry entries, you are recommended to download Spyhunter to automatically remove CryptoLocker from your PC quickly and effectively.

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

This gets rid of the virus. But all the data files are left encrypted. (And if you remove the virus itself, you will never be able to get the private key needed to decrypt them). The virus writers actually have considerable incentive to "play fair", and send the needed key upon receipt of the money. If they did not, it would rapidly get around the Net that they don't, and people would stop sending money when they got infected.

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