Wicked Locker HT Ransomware Virus (Removal Steps and Protection Updates)

The WickedLocker HT Ransomware is yet another modification of the open-source Hidden Tear code that encrypts target user data and extorts a ransom fee from the victims. Learn how to remove it by following our guide.

Wicked Locker HT

File Extensions

1 Bitcoin

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

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

Spam Email Campaigns, Exploit kits, malicious ads & etc.

WickedLocker HT Ransomware Description

WickedLocker HT Ransomware is a new variant of the infamous Hidden Tear open-source code that has spawned numerous viruses attacking countries and direct targets worldwide. Upon infection the malicious program targets specific file types and encrypts them using a strong AES cipher. The .locked extension is added to the compromised files.

To restore their files the victims are blackmailed to send the sum of 1 Bitcoin to the criminal operators.

The ransomware notes that are crafted are named using the following names – READ_IT_0.txt, READ_IT_1.txt and READ_IT_24.txt :

Your personal files are locked.

To unlock your files and work as normal you have to send 1 bitcoin to our wallet.

Send 1 BTC to address
14wV6DktpJEzY5U2BiJwRpdaFFPn8vkVn7S and send the transaction id to [email protected]

WickedLocker HT Ransomware Distribution

The WickedLocker HT ransomware is distributed mainly via spam email campaigns that are used with various social engineering tricks. Other ways to get infected is through exploit kits that target software vulnerabilities and payload delivery via Trojans, malicious ads and spyware bundles.

Wicked Locker HT Ransomware Removal

For a faster solution, you can run a scan with an advanced malware removal tool and delete Wicked Locker HT 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 Wicked Locker HT Ransomware Using SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

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


      – 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.

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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