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Edgelocker Ransomware Virus (Removal Steps and Protection Updates)

The EdgeLocker ransomware is a new encryption malware that is used to encrypt popular user data and then extort the victims for a ransomware payment. To learn more about the virus read our removal guide.


Name
EdgeLocker

File Extensions
.edgel

Ransom
0.1 Bitcoins

Solution #1
You can skip all steps and remove EdgeLocker with the help of an anti-malware tool.

Solution #2
EdgeLocker ransomware can be removed manually, though it can be very hard for most home users. See the detailed tutorial below.

Distribution
Spam Email Campaigns, malicious ads & etc.

EdgeLocker Ransomware Description

EdgeLocker ransomware is a malware threat that is possibly an independent creation and not a part of a virus family, well according to the initial security analysis. The research experts note that it uses an RSA encryption module which affects the most popular file types.

The compromised files receive the .edgel file extension. The ransomware targets the most widely used user file types including all popular multimedia photos, audio and video files, documents, databases and etc.

When the encryption module is finished with the file operatons a ransomware not is displayed on the screen which shows the following message to the computer victims:

>>> Your files are encrypted by the EdgeLocker ransomware!
>>> Nobody can decrypt your files without a special RSA private key.
>>> YOU can obtain this key by purchasing it for 0.1 Bitcoin from us.
>>> Pay 0.1 BTC on the address 1LVFaPgwCFBnn5BQsSxRmEZ94nKj7tDDVA and then press “Check Payment”
>>> The payment is not recieved instantly; don’t worry.
>>> Key
button “Decrypt”
button “Check Payment”
>>> Warning: do not try to kill this application or the key will be lost!
C:\Users\User\Desktop\test\49.png.edgel
С :\Users\User\Desktop\test\5.doc.edgel
С :\Users\User\Desktop\test\5.jpg.edgel
С :\Users\User\Desktop\test\5.png.edgel
С :\Users\User\Desktop\test\50.doc.edgel
>>> A total of 3905 files encrypted.

EdgeLocker Ransomware Distribution

EdgeLocker Ransomware was first identified in the last days of December 2016. The virus is carried mainly by email spam messages that are distributed by various botnets and hacked web accounts and servers. Other ways of getting infected with the virus is by downloading infected software installers and counterfeit updates from untrusted download sites and BitTorrent trackers.

EdgeLocker Ransomware Removal

For a faster solution, you can run a scan with an advanced malware removal tool and delete EdgeLocker completely with a few mouse clicks.

STEP I: Start the PC in Safe Mode with Network
This will isolate all files and objects created by the ransomware so they will be removed efficiently.

    1) Hit WIN Key + R

Windows-key-plus-R-button-launch-Run-Box-in-Windows-illustrated

    2) A Run window will appear. In it, write “msconfig” and then press Enter
    3) A Configuration box shall appear. In it Choose the tab named “Boot
    4) Mark “Safe Boot” option and then go to “Network” under it to tick it too
    5) Apply -> OK

Or check our video guide – “How to start PC in Safe Mode with Networking

STEP II: Show Hidden Files

    1) Open My Computer/This PC
    2) Windows 7

      – Click on “Organize” button
      – Select “Folder and search options
      – Select the “View” tab
      – Go under “Hidden files and folders” and mark “Show hidden files and folders” option

    3) Windows 8/ 10

      – Open “View” tab
      – Mark “Hidden items” option

    show-hidden-files-win8-10

    4) Click “Apply” and then “OK” button

STEP III: Enter Windows Task Manager and Stop Malicious Processes

    1) Hit the following key combination: CTRL+SHIFT+ESC
    2) Get over to “Processes
    3) When you find suspicious process right click on it and select “Open File Location
    4) Go back to Task Manager and end the malicious process. Right click on it again and choose “End Process
    5) Next you should go folder where the malicious file is located and delete it

STEP IV: Remove Completely EdgeLocker Ransomware Using SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

Manual removal of EdgeLocker requires being familiar with system files and registries. Removal of any important data can lead to permanent system damage. Prevent this troublesome effect – delete EdgeLocker ransomware with SpyHunter malware removal tool.

SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter

STEP V: Repair Windows Registry

    1) Again type simultaneously the Windows Button + R key combination
    2) In the box, write “regedit”(without the inverted commas) and hit Enter
    3) Type the CTRL+F and then write the malicious name in the search type field to locate the malicious executable
    4) In case you have discovered registry keys and values related to the name, you should delete them, but be careful not to delete legitimate keys

Further help for Windows Registry repair

STEP VI: Recover Encrypted Files

    1) Use present backups
    2) Restore your personal files using File History

      – Hit WIN Key
      – Type “restore your files” in the search box
      – Select “Restore your files with File History
      – Choose a folder or type the name of the file in the search bar

    restore-your-personal-files-using-File-History-bestecuritysearch

      – Hit the “Restore” button

    3) Using System Restore Point

      – Hit WIN Key
      – Select “Open System Restore” and follow the steps

restore-files-using-system-restore-point

STEP VII: Preventive Security Measures

    1) Enable and properly configure your Firewall.
    2) Install and maintain reliable anti-malware software.
    3) Secure your web browser.
    4) Check regularly for available software updates and apply them.
    5) Disable macros in Office documents.
    6) Use strong passwords.
    7) Don’t open attachments or click on links unless you’re certain they’re safe.
    8) Backup regularly your data.

SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter

Martin Beltov

Martin graduated with a degree in Publishing from Sofia University. As a cyber security enthusiast he enjoys writing about the latest threats and mechanisms of intrusion.