How to Remove KillerLocker Ransomware from Your Computer

The KillerLocker ransomware is a new ransomware strain that has been identified to target a variety of file name extensions. It has the typical features of this type of malware – encryption of victim files and blackmail for the payment of the ransom fee.


Name
KillerLocker Ransomware

File Extensions
.rip

Ransom
Varies

Solution #1
KillerLocker ransomware can be removed easily with the help of an anti-malware tool, a program that will clean your computer from the virus, remove any additional cyber-security threats, and protect you in the future.

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

Distribution
KillerLocker is distributed via the typical means – spam email messages with malicious links or attachments serving the ransomware to the computer victim.

KillerLocker Ransomware Description

KillerLocker is a new ransomware strain that showcases typical functions by encrypting different types of victim files and extorts the computer user into paying a ransom fee to recover the files. The ransomware is contained in an executable binary file. The threat is packed in a single file that is distributed via different methods.

KillerLocker Ransomware – Distribution

KillerLocker is distributed via the typical means – spam email messages with malicious links or attachments serving the ransomware to the computer victim. Other means of propagation is through adware bundles or payload scripts. At the current moment, there are no known attack campaigns using the KillerLocker ransomware as payload.

KillerLocker Ransomware – More Details

Upon execution, KillerLocker starts its own singe process without displaying any windows to the user. It manipulates the Windows system registry and encrypts a variety of user file name extensions, including the most popular ones with the AES-256 cipher. When the encryption is complete, the victim files are renamed with the .rip extension. The ransomware instructions are placed in a text file copied to the Windows desktop and other locations on the hard drive, and they are displayed to the user.
The instructions are written in Portuguese and the victim has 48 hours into paying the ransom fee otherwise their files will remain unrecoverable. The hackers have also added a time counter to further convince the users into paying the sum.

KillerLocker Ransomware Removal

For a faster solution, you can run a scan with an advanced malware removal tool and delete KillerLocker 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

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    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 KillerLocker Ransomware Using SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

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

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Author : 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.


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