What is Pabluk Locker Ransomware?
Pabluk Locker Ransomware is a seemingly dangerous malware infection that seems to mostly target Polish computer users. Generally, ransomware programs are considered to be one of the most dangerous threats that can hit your computer; however, this particular infection is similar to Ransoc Screenlocker and TowerWeb Ransomware in the sense that it only locks your screen. In other words, this malicious program does not actually encrypt your important files to demand a ransom fee for the decryption key or software. Instead, these criminals ask money for a code that you could use to unlock your computer; well, if you were to get one at all for your money. Our malware specialists at Anti-Spyware-101.com say that you should not even bother to think about paying this fee this time since we have found a way to remove Pabluk Locker Ransomware from your PC without any collateral damage.
Where does Pabluk Locker Ransomware come from?
In order for you to let this malicious program on board you need to get a spam mail that you open and view its attached file. This is how most ransomware programs actually spread on the web. Unfortunately, even your spam filter can be tricked and it never means 100% protection. So, you should always be alert when you scan through either your inbox or your spam folder. Some malicious mails can drop their payload simply by your opening them. But this infection is mainly activated after you save and open the attached file. This attachment can pose as a document (.pdf or .docm), a video, or an image. Of course, it is an .exe file in fact but unsuspecting users overlook this as this file also has the usual icon indicating its false file type.
The worst news about ransomware infection is usually the fact that by the time you delete them from your system, your files will have been all encrypted and you will only be able to restore them if you get the decryption key, you find a free decryption tool on the net, or you have a backup. This case is different fortunately, and you can relatively easily delete Pabluk Locker Ransomware from your PC.
We also need to mention another potential way for this malware to appear on your machine without your knowledge, although we cannot confirm that it is spread in this way. It is important that you be aware of so-called Exploit Kits that take advantage of outdated browsers and drivers (Java and Adobe Flash Player). You do not even need to click anywhere on a page created with such kits; it is just enough for it to load in your browser. If your computer is infected with adware programs and browser hijackers or you end up on suspicious websites with a lot of questionable third-party ads, it is quite simple to get redirected to such a malicious page after one single click. Therefore, we suggest that you always keep your browsers and your drivers up-to-date.
How does Pabluk Locker Ransomware work?
This malware infection does not encrypt your files; therefore, it locks your screen right after you run the malicious .exe file, which should have a random name. This ransomware replaces your desktop background with its full-screen ransom note window and blocks your basic system executables, too, including your Registry Editor, Task Manager, and Windows File Explorer as well. This ransom note is in Polish language and informs you that your computer has been block and in order for you to unblock it, you have to send an e-mail to one of two addresses (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) revealed to you when you click on a button.
If you send an e-mail to these criminals, you should get further instructions regarding the payment of the ransom fee. This fee could range from 0.1 BTC up to 1 BTC, which is around 104 USD to 1043 USD. We cannot confirm the amount these criminals demand but we can definitely tell you that it would be money down the drain since we can help you remove Pabluk Locker Ransomware without any unfortunate aftermath.
How do I delete Pabluk Locker Ransomware?
The only thing that makes the removal of Pabluk Locker Ransomware a tiny bit complicated is that this threat blocks your system programs and for this reason you need to reboot your system in Safe Mode first. Once you are logged in using Safe Mode, you can delete the related file and restart your machine in Normal Mode. Even if you are not an expert, you could easily tackle this issue if you follow our guide below. But do you think that this is the only malware infection on your system? Because we believe that if this ransomware has managed to slither on without your noticing it, chances are there could be other malware infections hiding on your computer, too. If you want to use a secure computer, we suggest that you take care of its defense by installing a trustworthy anti-malware program like SpyHunter.
Restart in Safe Mode
Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10
- Change to the Metro UI screen and click the Power icon.
- Press and hold the Shift key while clicking on the Restart option.
- Pick Advanced options from the Troubleshooting menu.
- Choose Startup Settings and click Restart.
- Press the F4 key to restart in Safe Mode.
Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7
- Restart your PC and keep tapping the F8 key to launch the boot menu.
- Choose Safe Mode and press the Enter key.
How to remove Pabluk Locker Ransomware from Windows
- Tap Win+E to open File Explorer.
- Bin the malicious .exe file (should have a random name) you saved from the spam.
- Empty your Recycle Bin and reboot your system in Normal Mode.
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