What is Cryptolocker 1.0.0 Ransomware?
Cryptolocker 1.0.0 Ransomware has nothing in common with ransomware belonging to the Cryptolocker family. It seems that it has just borrowed the name. Of course, it does not mean that it is not harmful at all. As specialists working at anti-spyware-101.com have observed, it does not encrypt any files at the time of writing. It might be using the scare tactics only, it might not be finished yet, or it could have been developed for the purpose of testing only. Either way, keeping Cryptolocker 1.0.0 Ransomware on the system is not recommended because it might be updated soon and then really encrypt your personal files, i.e. documents, images, and media files, judging from the specific filename extensions it searches for once it successfully enters the system. It should be noted that Cryptolocker 1.0.0 Ransomware is, most probably, of a Turkish origin because of the language it uses, but, without a doubt, users who live on the other side of the world can encounter this ransomware infection too. If you are reading this article because you have detected this infection on your computer, go to get rid of it as soon as possible.
What does Cryptolocker 1.0.0 Ransomware do?
Once the malicious file launching Cryptolocker 1.0.0 Ransomware is opened, the ransomware infection immediately displays a window with two messages and two buttons (red and blue) on users’ screens. If a user clicks on the red one, this infection should delete all encrypted files. In case a user chooses the blue button, he/she will be asked to enter a "keyfile" received from cyber criminals. Bad people behind Cryptolocker 1.0.0 Ransomware will, without a doubt, not give you a decryption key for free. You will be asked to transfer an exact amount of money to them. As has already been mentioned, the version our researchers have tested does not encrypt any files at the time of writing even though the message on the window opened by this threat claims that the encryption has been performed with a “unique public key RSA-2048” and now “important files on the computer are encrypted.” Because of this, do not waste your time trying to contact the author of this infection. Of course, it does not mean that it cannot start encrypting users’ files in the future. If you are reading this article because you have found the majority of files locked, do not rush to purchase the decryption key from cyber criminals either. Sending money to them is always a bad idea because there are no guarantees that they will send the decryptor to you after receiving money. Users who find their important files encrypted should go to recover their files from a backup instead. Needless to say, the ransomware infection needs to be erased fully before doing that.
Where does Cryptolocker 1.0.0 Ransomware come from?
Cryptolocker 1.0.0 Ransomware does not spread very actively, so there is not much information about the methods used to distribute it, but specialists are still sure that this ransomware infection enters systems illegally. In their opinion, just like other similar malicious applications are disseminated, it travels in spam emails and ends up on users’ computers when they open attachments from these emails. Many people are already well aware of the fact that spam emails might contain malicious software, but they still open these emails and download their attachments because it seems they have been sent by reputable companies or the people users know. In addition, their attachments might be made to look like important documents. You are lucky that Cryptolocker 1.0.0 Ransomware does not encrypt any files at present, but other ransomware infections might not be so kind, so stay away from all spam emails you receive and go to download and install a reputable security application on your computer so that these other bad threats have no chance of sneaking onto your computer.
How do I delete Cryptolocker 1.0.0 Ransomware?
It does not matter that Cryptolocker 1.0.0 Ransomware does not do anything really harmful at present, cyber criminals might update it at any time, so keeping such a ransomware infection installed would be a foolish decision. Luckily, it is not one of those threats which make changes in the system registry or blocks important system utilities, so, with the help of our manual removal guide, it should not be that hard to erase it. If it happens that you find our step-by-steps instructions too complicated, use an automatic malware remover, such as SpyHunter. It will need a few minutes to perform the system scan, find all active malicious components on your computer, and then delete them all completely for you.
Remove Cryptolocker 1.0.0 Ransomware manually
- Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc simultaneously to open the Task Manager.
- Open the Processes tab.
- Find the suspicious process that might belong to ransomware and kill it (right-click on it and select End Process).
- Close the Task Manager and open the Windows Explorer (press Win+E).
- Check %TEMP%, %USERPROFILE%\Downloads, and %USERPROFILE%\Desktop.
- Delete suspicious recently downloaded files from these directories.
- Empty the Recycle bin.
- Scan your computer with an automatic scanner to check if you have deleted Cryptolocker 1.0.0 Ransomware fully.
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