The Encryptolock virus (also known as Cryptolocker virus, Encrypto Lock, Encryptolocker) is a very dangerous variant of ransomware and an encryption virus that we are the first to research. The virus has been spreading through Europe and the United States, and will likely spread across other countries. The Encryptolock virus runs and generates a unique public RSA key and a private RSA key. The virus encrypts computer files that match the .xls, .doc, .pdf, .rtf, .psd, .dwg, .cdr, .cd, .mdb, .1cd, .dbf, .sqlite, .jpg, and .zip file extensions, holds the encrypted files hostage, and demands a payment to restore encrypted files.
The Encryptolock virus takes control of an infected computer system and encrypts personal files. It restricts access to a computer system and will leave a message on the infected computer’s desktop, open a webpage with a message, or leave a text file demanding the computer owner pay a ransom or purchase encryptolock decryption software using Bitcoins or other online credit system.
The alert message displayed by Encryptolock ransomware might say something similar to “Your files have been safely encrypted on this PC: photos, videos, documents, etc. Click “Show encrypted files” Button to view a complete list of encrypted files and you can personally verify this.” The message will be delivered in a new window, webpage, or text file found on Windows desktop.
Victims of the virus who pay the fine and follow the instructions on the message might be able to restore 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 Encryptolock virus and similar ransomware. Paying the ransom may actually cause further issues for some computer users.
How to remove Encryptolock (Removal Instructions)
1. Download and install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.
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2. Open the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware program.
3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.
4. Once the malware scan is complete, click the Remove Selected button and reboot your computer.
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.
Safe Mode With Networking can be used to access the Internet for updates, drivers, removal software, or other files if internet and network connectivity is compromised.