How to remove Coin Locker (Virus Removal Guide)
The Coin Locker virus (also found as CoinLocker virus) is dangerous malware in the ransomware category of computer infections that enters a computer or other device through email attachments, advertisements, and downloads, such as torrents and deceptive freeware. The virus hijacks a computer system or other device, restricts access to the operating system, encrypts personal files, and demands a ransom in exchange for control of the operating system and a key used to decrypt and retrieve personal files back. The Coin Locker virus is similar to many other ransomware infections, including CTB Locker and the FBI virus.
When a computer system becomes infected with Coin Locker ransomware, the computer will become restricted and a message on the computer will appear from the cyber criminals. The message will state that personal files on the the computer system have been encrypted. It will detail instructions on how to pay the ransom to decrypt files; usually by using bitcoins or other online currencies.
Users who pay the fine and follow the instructions on the message might be able to retrieve their personal files and remove the ransomware, but it is not suggested to do so. Instead, malware analysts suggest to first use various procedures and third-party computer security software to remove the Coin Locker virus and similar ransomware. Paying the ransom may actually cause further issues for some computer users.
How to remove Coin Locker
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2. Download and install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
3. Open the program.
4. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to initiate a scan.
5. Once the scan is complete, click the Quarantine All button to remove the files.
6. You may also chose to visit the History tab and click Delete All to remove these files from the Quarantine log, although these files are no longer a threat.
Ransomware usually infects 1 user account on Windows systems at a time. Here are some tips to remove ransomware by using different user accounts.
- Log into an account not affected by malware (with administrative rights) and perform a scan with reputable software to detect and remove malware.
- You can also delete the infected account.
- Other options include creating a new user account to remove malware if only 1 Window’s user account is present on the computer system.
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