Welcome to our Lockey Virus removal instructions. This article intends to help you remove Lockey Virus from your system and is designed to work for all Windows versions.
Dear reader if you are reading this then unfortunately you are one of the many victims of Lockey Virus. It is no wonder we received many comments asking us about “lockey datei” and “lockey virus entfernen”. This “software” has been identified as a variant of the computer viruses known as Ransomware. Alternatively if you are looking for information on Locky Virus, you can click on the link.
In case you are not quite familiar with this term – this is probably the worst kind of malware you can encounter as an end user. In this article we will try to provide you with some much needed information about Lockey Virus in addition to removal instructions designed to help you get rid of the virus. We will also suggest a possible solution for your encrypted files problem. So read carefully, we are trying to help you with your “lockey datei” and “lockey virus entfernen” inquiries.
Types of Ransomware
There are two major types of Ransomware viruses.
- One variant of Ransomware is solely relying on shock and awe. It would lock away victims’ desktops with unflattering or downright pornographic images, sounds or texts. This was an especially popular scam in Eastern Europe but not only there. Counting on the probability that the affected user will have no idea what to do and how to react to this completely unexpected onslaught, the creators of this type of Ransomware devised a sinister plan how to capitalize on that. Much like the ransom note you have on your desktop, a message informing the victims that they can unlock their screens if they send a text message to a phone number. Of course the phone number was one with premium tax rates so anyone who was fooled into doing as the note said ended up paying a hefty sum of money. It may sound a strange thing to say but unfortunately Lockey Virus is not belonging to this type of Ransomware.
- Instead it belongs to another group of Ransomware that is objectively much worse. It will actually encrypt your files for real. First though Lockey Virus would need a way in. Another form of malware currently residing on your hard drive usually provides the passage beyond your security measures. This type of malware is known as a Trojan horse. Trojans often stay dormant so you should definitely take to rooting it out once you have successfully dealt with Lockey Virus. After the initial infiltration the ransomware application will begin the process of scanning your drives. The goal is to determine which files it is going to encrypt. It is important to note that no system files will be subjected to this encryption. The virus only wants your personal, most often used files. After the scans are completed and the files are determined, the malware will begin the process of encryption. Once that happens there’s very little to be done. You might notice some telltale signs like processes requiring unusually high amount of CPU resources. If you indeed notice something like that it might be worth it a try to immediately close the process in your task manager. If the encryption is completed however, after your next system reboot you will find your files have been replaced with encrypted copies and they cannot be accessed or opened due to the strange extension they have.
Alternatives to buying BitCoins
Or in other words, is there something else besides paying the demanded ransom that might get you your files back? The short answer – there certainly is. We would certainly advise you against initiating any types of transactions with cyber criminals. The whole process of buying bitcoins that you will then send to the perpetrators in exchange for a decryption key is shady at best. And there are no guarantees that it will work.
Completely for free you can try our method, it will not cost you anything and at the very least it will not worsen your immediate situation at all. Continue reading to see what we have in mind!
|High. This is probably the most dangerous computer virus currently.
|Total encryption of your personal files.
Lockey Virus Removal
Reveal Hidden Files. If you don’t know how to do this, ask us in the comments.
=> Search=> Copy/Paste “notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts” => Enter.
If you notice other IPs different from the localhost IPs – you might be in danger!
Ask for additional help in the comments.
Right click on the Taskbar => Start Task Manager.
Navigate to Processes.
Locate any suspicious processes associated with XXX. Right click on the process = > Open File Location => End Process = > Delete the directories with the suspicious files.
=> Search => Type:
Hit Enter after each new search. Check each Folder and delete recent entries.
Get Your Files Back!
The only way you can do that is by backpedaling to a moment when you were not infected. You can achieve this in one of two ways:
- System Restore. => Search field => Type System Restore => Enter.
Choose a Restore Point.
Click Next until the process has been completed.
- Google and Download a Program called ShadowExplorer. Install and open it => Choose the Drive letter (C:, D:, F:, etc.) and date you want to restore information from => Right click on the files you want restored => Export.
If you run into any trouble – ask us for help in the comments section!