How to Remove lovewindows Virus (Ransomware)

What is lovewindows?

.lovewindows is a file extension and file type appended to files infected with a variant of Globe ransomware. lovewindows virus encrypts personal files, appends .lovewindows to the end of the file, and downloads a ransom note on the computer, and demands a ransom payment in order to decrypt files.

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Overview

Names Distribution
lovewindows virus, lovewindows ransomware Email, Exploit Kit, Social Media

lovewindows virus is predominantly distributed by malicious email messages that contain malicious links and attachments. The email attachments will usually be a .zip file or fake Microsoft Word document file. If contents from the .zip file are manually extracted it will unpack another file that is usually a JavaScript file, JScript Encoded file, or VBScript Script file. When the file is manually executed by the user it will cause the malware to spread across the machine and begin the file encryption process.

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.lovewindows virus

lovewindows ransomware encrypts files that match certain file extensions with RSA and AES encryption ciphers. Once the encryption process is finalized it will render the files inaccessible to the user. The files are appended a new file extension at the end of the file name and given a new file type. The file name will become randomized or be appended a pattern such as [unique_id][identifier].lovewindows.  A ransom note (or series of ransom notes) in .html and text formats will be placed in every folder the virus encrypted files in and on Windows desktop. In addition, Windows desktop might also change to an image of the ransom note and an image file of the ransom note will also be left in every folder the virus encrypted files in.

To further complications, a lock-screen may also be used to restrict access to the infected machine. A lock-screen is typically used to display a message from the malware author or distributor to the victim. The lock-screen acts as a ransom note or deceptive entity and contains steps to make a payment.

It is suggested to avoid paying ransomware authors to decrypt your files. Luckily, this ransomware has free removal and decryption programs listed below. Third-party programs Shadow Explorer, PhotoRec, or Recuva can also be used to potentially recover files encrypted by this virus. A user may also be able to retrieve encrypted files by performing a system restore to a date and time before the infection occurred.

Removal Software

Name Detection Download
Malwarebytes 3.0 Premium Ransomware.Globe Buy
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free Ransomware.Globe Download (Free)
HitmanPro by Surfright [Threat_Name] Download (Free)

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Decryption Software

Decryption Software

File Recovery Software

Name Description Download
Shadow Explorer Restores lost or damaged files from Shadow Copies Download (Free)
Photorec Recovers lost files Download (Free)
Recuva Recovers lost files Download (Free) | Buy

Troubleshoot

Alternative methods are suggested if there are issues removing lovewindows ransomware from an infected computer.

How to Restore your computer

If a restore point has previously been established on your machine you will be able to perform a system restore in order to restore your machine to a date and time before it was infected. You will lose files on your computer that were obtained prior to the restore point.

There are several options to restore your computer. Most computers have their own restore software that can be found by performing a search. Additionally, computers that run the Windows Operating System have a default restore program that can also be found by performing a search.

A boot screen that can be used to access options to restore your computer can be reached by rebooting your computer and pressing the F8 key once the manufacture screen is displayed.

How to Recover your computer to factory settings

A system recovery (or reset) will recover your computer to factory settings. You will lose the current programs and files on your computer.

There are several options to recover your computer to factory settings. Most computers have their own recovery software that can be found by performing a search. Additionally, computers that run the Windows Operating System have a default recovery program that can also be found by performing a search.

A boot screen that can be used to access options to restore your computer can be reached by rebooting your computer and pressing the F8 key once the manufacture screen is displayed.