How to remove WildFire Locker virus (Removal Guide)

Name(s) Detection Threat Level
WildFire Locker, WildFire Locker virus Ransomware 100 / 100  *WARNING – REMOVE IMMEDIATELY!

WildFire Locker

WildFire Locker virus is a copycat of Zyklon ransomware that encrypts the files on your computer and adds a new file extension to the file name, such as .locked or .zyklon. WildFire Locker ransomware will also leave several files in every folder it encrypts files on and a ransom note contained inside a .txt or .html file (depending on the variant).

WildFire Locker

When installed, WildFire Locker ransomware will scan the infected computer for matching files to encrypt and will append them with a new file name and extension. It will add several files and may even display a new .jpg image on Windows desktop background. The ransomware will leave a ransom note that says “All your files have been encrypted by WildFire Locker.” The note will contain more information and instructions that describe how to pay the ransom:

All your files have been encrypted with an unique 32 characters long password AES-256 CBC encryption.

The only way to get your files back is by purchasing the decryption password! The decryption password will cost $/€299.

At this time, there does not appear to be a working decryptor for this ransomware. It is not recommended to pay ransomware authors to decrypt your files. Instead you can try to use programs like Shadow Explorer or Recuva to restore encrypted or deleted files.

How to remove WildFire Locker

  1. Restore your encrypted files with Recuva
  2. Remove WildFire Locker with Malwarebytes
  3. Perform a second-opinion scan with HitmanPro
  4. Cleanup junk and repair your settings with CCleaner

Restore your encrypted files with Recuva

1. Download and Install Recuva by Pirform.

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2. Run the program and start the Recuva Wizard.

3. Select All Files and click Next.

4. Select a file location. Click I’m not sure to search everywhere on your computer.

5. Click Start.

6. Select All Files with your mouse and click the Recover button.

If you cannot restore your files with Recuva we recommend to try using Shadow Explorer to restore your files.

Remove WildFire Locker with Malwarebytes

1. Download and Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

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2. Open Malwarebytes and click the Scan Now button – or go to the Scan tab and click the Start Scan button.

3. Once the Malwarebytes scan is complete click the Remove Selected button.

4. To finish the Malwarebytes scan and remove detected threats click the Finish button and restart your computer if promoted to do so.

Perform a second-opinion scan with HitmanPro

1. Download and Install HitmanPro by Surfright.

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2. Open HitmanPro and click Next to start scanning your computer. *If you are using the free version you may chose to create a copy or perform a one-time scan.

3. Once the HitmanPro scan is complete click the Next button.

4. To activate the free version of HitmanPro: enter your email address twice and click the Activate button.

5. Click the Reboot button.

Cleanup junk and repair your settings with CCleaner

1. Download and Install CCleaner by Piriform.

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2. Open CCleaner and go to the main Cleaner screen. Click the Analyze button. When the process is complete, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

3. Go to Tools > Startup and search for suspicious entries in each tab starting from Windows all the way to Content Menu. If you find anything suspicious click it and click the Delete button to remove it.

4. Go to the Registry window and click the Scan for Issues button. When the scan is complete click the Fix selected issues… button and click Fix All Selected Issues.


How to stay protected against future infections

The key to staying protected against future infections is to follow common online guidelines and take advantage of reputable Antivirus and Anti-Malware security software with real-time protection.

Real-time security software

Security software like Malwarebytes and Norton Security have real-time features that can block malicious files before they spread across your computer. These programs bundled together can establish a wall between your computer and cyber criminals.

Common Online Guidelines

  • Backup your computer and personal files to an external drive or online backup service
  • Create a restore point on your computer in case you need to restore your computer to a date before infection
  • Avoid downloading and installing apps, browser extensions, and programs you are not familiar with
  • Avoid downloading and installing apps, browser extensions, and programs from websites you are not familiar with – some websites use their own download manager to bundle additional programs with the initial download
  • If you plan to download and install freeware, open source software, or shareware make sure to be alert when you install the object and read all the instructions presented by the download manager
  • Avoid torrents and P2P clients
  • Do not open email messages from senders you do not know

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