What is CryptoLockerEU Ransomware?
Ransomware is a malicious application created to obtain money from people. CryptoLockerEU Ransomware falls into this category too because it has all the features of a typical ransomware infection. First of all, it illegally sneaks onto computers. Second, it starts encrypting users’ files after the successful infiltration, and, third, it leaves a ransom note for users on Desktop after finishing its job. Since CryptoLockerEU Ransomware is a Russian ransomware, people living in other countries might see a jumble of letters rather than the informative message explaining how to decrypt files due to character encoding. Do not worry if you are one of these users who see such a distorted message because it only tells users that they have to pay a certain amount of money in Bitcoins to get a private key and special software for decrypting files. As you might suspect, specialists are strictly against making payment to cyber criminals because getting what they want from people is a stimulus for them to continue their job. Also, unfortunately, there are no guarantees that personal files encrypted by CryptoLockerEU Ransomware could be unlocked after sending money. The developer of malware rarely keeps its word.
What does CryptoLockerEU Ransomware do?
Since CryptoLockerEU Ransomware has been created to encrypt users’ files, it would be naive to expect that it will not do anything to your data if it ever enters your computer. Researchers have found that this file-encrypting threat finds documents, photos, videos, music, and other files on the system and encrypts them all using RSA-2045 encryption right after the entrance. After locking the most valuable data, it creates a .txt file containing a ransom note. If you do not live in Russia, you might see this file having the name ĐŔŃŘČÔĐÎÂŔŇÜ ÔŔÉËŰ.txt instead of РАСШИФРОВАТЬ ФАЙЛЫ.txt. This file is created on victims’ computers to explain them what they have to do to get their files back. As expected, a ransom of 0.3 Bitcoin (~ $295) has to be sent to the provided Bitcoin address. Then, users have to write an email with a unique ID to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Even though paying money might seem to be the easiest way to unlock files having the .send 0.3 BTC crypt filename extension (these files are encrypted by CryptoLockerEU Ransomware), users should not rush to transfer their money to cyber criminals. As has already been mentioned in the first paragraph, users might risk giving their money to bad people for nothing because the decryptor might not be sent to them even though it is said that they will have it in their hands within 2 hours.
At the time of writing, a free decryption tool does not exist, but it might be released soon by specialists, so if you are not going to pay the required money, you should not go to delete those encrypted files immediately from your PC. Actually, you do not even need to go to pay money to cyber crooks if you have copies of your files outside the computer because it means that you can recover the encrypted data easily after the removal of CryptoLockerEU Ransomware.
Where does CryptoLockerEU Ransomware come from?
The last paragraph of this article focuses on the removal of this ransomware infection, but before you go to remove it from your system, you should find out more about its distribution. This knowledge will help you to prevent threats similar to CryptoLockerEU Ransomware from entering the system. Researchers at anti-spyware-101.com say that the majority of ransomware infections, including CryptoLockerEU Ransomware, are spread through spam emails. Specifically speaking, they travel inside them as attachments. Of course, we do not say that ransomware infections might not be disseminated somehow differently too. Since cyber criminals might employ different ransomware distribution methods, it would be smart to go to install a security application on the computer too.
How to delete CryptoLockerEU Ransomware
CryptoLockerEU Ransomware should be erased from the system as soon as possible even though this will not help to unlock those encrypted files. This threat should no longer be active on your PC after you find and delete its malicious file. Find instructions that will guide you through the removal process below this article or perform a full system scan with an automatic malware remover, e.g. SpyHunter to get this infection erased for you quicker.
Remove CryptoLockerEU Ransomware manually
- Press Ctrl+Shift+ESC and open the Processes tab.
- Kill a suspicious process (right-click on it and then click End Process).
- Open the Windows Explorer.
- Check %APPDATA%, %LOCALAPPDATA%, %TEMP%, %USERPROFILE%\Downloads, and %USERPROFILE%\Desktop.
- Delete the malicious file belonging to ransomware.
- Clear the Recycle bin.
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