Tuesday, October 20, 2015

How to Remove Crypt0L0cker Ransomware & Restore Encrypted Files?

I think my computer is infected by a ransomware and it is called Crypt0L0cker. All my personal files seem to be locked by this virus. How do I remove this ransom virus and recover my files without paying the ransom?

What is Crypt0L0cker?

Crypt0L0cker is a file-encrypting ransomware that may encrypt your important files on your computer, networking disks, or USB by using RSA-2048 key (AES CBC 256-bit encryption algorithm). The files that have been encrypted are usually photos, video, documents, etc. Here are some examples:

.sql, .mp4, .7z, .rar, .m4a, .wma, .avi, .wmv, .mpqge, .kdb, .db0, .dba, .rofl, .hkx, .bar, .upk, .das, .pptm, .pptx, .ppt, .xlk, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xls, .wps, .docm, .docx, .doc, .odb, .odc, .odm, .odp, .ods, .odt...

Once infected, you are required to buy the decryption with around 499 USD within 96 hours; otherwise the data will be destroyed. Actually, this message is just a threat that scares you into paying the money. Paying the money will never help you get back your files. You should remove this ransomware so as to restore your encrypted files.

Crypt0L0cker usually injects computers via infected spam emails or torrent files. Commonly, it can affect users from different countries with different versions of Windows including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. Once infiltrated, it will scan your computer and encrypt your files very soon. Same to other Crypto ransom viruses, Crypt0L0cker provides DECRYTP_INSTRUCTIONS.html and DECRYPT_INSTRUCTIONS.txt files with instructions on how to pay the ransom. You are not recommended to follow the instructions to pay for the ransom.

How to Remove Crypt0L0cker?

The following passages will tell you more details of this ransomware and offer effective guides to remove this ransomware and restore your encrypted files. Please keep reading.

Method 1: Refer to Similar Removal Video
Method 2: Step by Step Remove Ransomware (Malware)
Method 3: Automatically Remove with SpyHunter Anti-Malware

Method 1: Refer to Similar Removal Video

Here is a Removal Video for the Similar Issue. Please Watch it For Reference.

Method 2: Step by Step Remove Ransomware (Malware)

Please be careful for this part and make sure you can handle it on your own. If not, you should follow the automatic removal guide.

Firstly, please restart your computer and before Windows interface loads, hit F8 key repeatedly. Choose “Safe Mode with Networking” option, and then press Enter key. System will load files and then get to the desktop in needed option.

Secondly, you can follow these steps to get rid of Crypt0L0cker manually: it’s to end virus related processes, search and remove all other relevant files and registry entries. Follow the removal guides below to start.

Step 1: Launch Windows Task Manager by pressing keys Ctrl+Alt+Del or Ctrl+Shift+Esc, search for Crypt0L0cker processes and right-click to end them.

Step 2: Open Control Panel in Start menu and search for Folder Options. When you’re in Folder Options window, please click on its View tab, check Show hidden files and folders and uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then press OK.

Step 3: Click on the “Start” menu and then click on the “Search programs and files” box, Search for and delete these files created by Crypt0L0cker:

C:\Program Files
C:\Documents and Settings

Step 4: Open Registry Editor by pressing Windows+R keys, type regedit in Run box and click “OK” to proceed. When Registry Editor is open, search and get rid of all the malicious registry entries:

Thirdly, reboot the computer normally to check whether the virus is completely removed or not.

Method 3: Automatically Remove with SpyHunter Anti-Malware

 SpyHunter has the ability to detect and remove rootkits, which are used to stealth install rogue anti-spyware programs and other trojans. It is designed to assist the average computer user in protecting their PC from malicious threats. Maybe the inexperience users can get help from it. If you find it hard to remove with the manual removal instruction, you can also use this automatic removal tool.

Click the icon below to get SpyHunter.

Step 1: After finishing downloading, click Run to install SpyHunter step by step.
Step 2: After finishing installing, SpyHunter will scan and diagnose your entire system automatically.
Step 3: As the scanning is complete, all detected threats will be listed out. Then, you can click on “Fix Threats” to remove all of the threats found in your system.

Optimize and Speed up Your PC - Help You Restore Corrupted files and Data

Any mistake in your manual removal may lead to your PC inoperative. You can download and install RegCure Pro to scan and optimize your PC. It is packed with the tools you need to boost your PC's speed and performance.
  1. Cleans away Windows registry errors
  2. Ejects active viruses, spyware and other malware
  3. Stops unneeded processes and startup items
  4. Deletes privacy files that could contain confidential info
  5. Find software to open files
Click the icon to download RegCure Pro.

1. Click "Yes" to run the profile.
2. After installation, you can scan your computer for errors by making a system scan.
3. After scanning, choose the items you want to clean and fix.

Good to know:

SpyHunter responds with advanced technology to stay one step ahead of today’s malware threats. It offers additional customization capabilities to ensure every user is able to custom tailor this anti-malware application to fit their specific needs. It is great if you remove the threats on your own. If you cannot make it yourself, SpyHunter will be another choice for you.

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