OzozaLocker ransomware is a new malware strain encrypts target user files with the AES cipher and blackmails the victims for a ransom sum. Learn more about it in our removal guide.
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|OzozaLocker ransomware can be removed manually, though it can be very hard for most home users. See the detailed tutorial below.|
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OzozaLocker Ransomware Description
Malware researchers have uncovered a new dangerous virus known as OzozaLocker ransomware. This virus encrypts target user files with the AES cipher and then extort a ransom sum payment of 1 Bitcoin from the victim users.
The compromised files are renamed using the .locked extension.
The ransom message reads the following:
Files has been encrypted.
If you want to decrypt, please, send 1 bitcoin to address
136X2LzDrLyR9EoEDV3zogwW5esq5DyHRB and write me to e-mail:
You key: ***
Security experts from Emsisoft have created a decryptor utility for this threat. You can download it from here.
OzozaLocker Ransomware Distribution
The first OzozaLocker Ransomware samples were detected in November 2016 primarily targeting English-speaking users. It is distributed via email spam messages, exploit kits, counterfeit software updates and infected installation binaries.
A notable infection vector is through a counterfeit application known as CryptoSolution signed by a developer identified as “vadim”.
OzozaLocker Ransomware Removal
For a faster solution, you can run a scan with an advanced malware removal tool and delete OzozaLocker 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
- 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
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 OzozaLocker Ransomware Using SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
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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
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
- – Hit the “Restore” button
3) Using System Restore Point
- – Hit WIN Key
– Select “Open System Restore” and follow the steps
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.