Ransomware is today’s the biggest threats to Windows computer user. We all recently seen impacts of WannaCry Ransomware on computer user that affected more than 1 Lac computer user across 150 countries. On regular basis types of ransomware are discovered by security researchers. No wonder in fact that some of them are most dangerous while some are just to scare computer users while some of them are to teach lessons how to protect PCs from ransom-virus. Recently, malware researchers found a new ransom-virus namely Lockout Ransomware that come up with a new features something that we haven’t seen before and that is “INTRODUCING A LEGAL NOTICE TO ITS VICTIMS”. Yes, Lockout ransom-virus is yet another new ransomware that something interesting, but have same the sole mission to cheat huge amount of money from victims via taking their file hostage.
Lockout Ransomware is nasty ransom-virus that is primarily spread through fake internal company emails, invoices, pending bills come up with spam email and media releases. Spam email campaign is successful way of distributing malicious payloads of this ransomware to your PC. On deep analysis security researchers found that Lockout ranked among threats alike SecretSystem Ransomware and DeadSec-Crypto Ransomware. It follows secure encryption standards like RSA and AES encryption algorithm so that victims are unable to rebuild their data without proper decryption key.
Lockout Ransomware is able to affect all computer files including spreadsheets, presentations, doc files, text files, media files, as well as target databases. Affected computer files can be easily identified as ‘.lockout’ suffix placed on the corrupted files and now you are unable to open them. Analyst on deep research found Lockout ransom-virus run as ‘c.exe’ on compromised computers that restrict victims of loading content in data containers especially computer files with following extension:-
Following successful encryption process Lockout Ransomware edit the default image displayed as welcome screen on Windows. Instead of that it add a text to picture shown in the background while you log into your account on Windows and that is the “LEGAL NOTICE TO ITS VICTIMS” as said earlier. It is presented as the ‘Payment-isntructions.txt’ loaded in Microsoft’s Notepad that read as follows:-
‘Your Payment ID: [9 RANDOM CHARACTERS]
Contact email@example.com with your Payment ID from above to get price and payment details for unique decryption software. Files are encrypted with RSA-2048 encryption, so the only way to recover your data is using our software. we will decrypt 1 file for you to show you will get all data back using our unlocker. Price will double in 3 days so don’t delay!’
Whole of the PC performance gets disrupted after Lockout Ransomware invasion. You are unable to access your own computer files as well as are unable to browse Internet. Speaking about the Bitcoin ransom, then till dated it is not fixed as this all information found in the official payment instructions file. But it depend upon the volume of data been encrypted. We strongly suggested you not to pay cyber criminals as well as avoid contacting to them via the provide email address ie ‘firstname.lastname@example.org.’ Inspite of them you are recommended to make use of Free Scanner that’s the ultimate and proper guidance to remove Lockout Ransomware from Windows computer system.
Manual Step to Remove Lockout Ransomware From PC
Step I: Remove Lockout Ransomware From Task Manager
- Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys
- Under Windows Task Manager
- Click on Processes Tab.
- Search for the suspicious process running
- Click on End Process.
Step II: Remove Lockout Ransomware From Control Panel
- Click on start button
- Go to the Control Panel
- Select Add/Remove programs
- Locate Lockout Ransomware from program
- Uninstall them.
Step III: Remove Malicious Entries From Windows Registry
- Click on Windows + R key together, to open your Run Box.
- Type “regedit” to open Windows registry
- Search for entries related with Lockout ransom-virus.
- Click on Disable option.
Step IV: Show Hidden Files
- Click on “Organize” on Windows Explorer
- Select “Folder and Search Options”
- Select the “View” option
- Go under the “Hidden files and folders”
- Select “Show hidden files and folders” option
From windows 10/8
- Open the “View” tab on Windows 10/8
- Check on the option “hidden elements”
- Now Click “Apply” >> Click “OK”
Hope you have successfully deleted Lockout ransom-virus from Windows computer but still if situation continues then you are advised to make use of Free Scanner to eliminate Lockout Ransomware from PC immediately.