ShellLocker Ransomware

What is ShellLocker Ransomware?

ShellLocker Ransomware, according to malware researchers, was created using the .NET framework, which makes it similar to VenusLocker Ransomware and Flyper Ransomware. Just like many ransomware threats that we have analyzed in the past, this infection, unsurprisingly, hides in spam emails. Have you recently opened a suspicious spam email and opened an attachment represented via it? If you have, you have the answer as to where the ransomware has come from. Hopefully, you know where the file is because you need to delete it from your operating system. We are sure that you want to remove ShellLocker Ransomware from your computer as soon as possible, but we suggest reading this report first. We have a few tips and advice for you regarding your personal files – which are likely to have been encrypted by the ransomware – and your virtual security. Of course, you should not delay the elimination process after you are done reading and analyzing the threat.test

How does ShellLocker Ransomware work?

If the malicious ShellLocker Ransomware has encrypted your personal files, all of them have the “.L0cked” file extension attached to them. Of course, it is unlikely that you have noticed this because the devious ransomware is capable of locking your Desktop. When the malicious file is executed, a file called “svchost.exe” – which is a misleading name, considering that legitimate Windows components with the same name can be found on your computer – is placed in the %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup folder. This file blocks the Task Manager to stop you from killing the malicious file, because of which you cannot circumvent the screen-locking warning. According to this warning, you have 48 hours to pay a ransom of 100 US Dollars. You are requested to pay the sum in Bitcoins, and the address to which you are supposed to transfer the money to is 1Fpaccdfb16rgVnWPL2CGJkHH2VEmgxnor. Unfortunately, this screen-locking message will not disappear even if you restart the computer, and this is one of the reasons why some users choose to follow the demands of ShellLocker Ransomware

It might be a very bad idea to follow the instructions represented by ShellLocker Ransomware. The cyber criminals who have created this threat want nothing else but your money, and they have no concern for your files. There is a great possibility that they will lose all interest to help you out as soon as they get the money. Although the ransom note says that your files will be unlocked within 30 minutes after you pay the sum, do you expect them to say anything else? Would you pay the ransom if cyber criminals told you that there might be a possibility that your files will be unlocked? Probably not, and so they promise what you want to hear, which is that your files will be unlocked. Are you willing to risk your savings? If you are, your files must be really valuable to you. Well, if they are so valuable, why have you not backed them up? That is something you must not forget after you delete ShellLocker Ransomware from your PC. Whether or not you manage to retrieve your files, remember to set up a file backup system.

How to eliminate ShellLocker Ransomware

You do not have many choices once the malicious ShellLocker Ransomware enters your operating system, encrypts your files, and locks your screen. If you do not want to pay the ransom fee – and we do not advise paying it – all you can do is delete the ransomware. Hopefully, your photos, documents, and other valuable files are backed up, and you do not have any doubts or worries about eliminating this infection. When it comes to the removal, you have to reboot your PC in Safe Mode with Networking first. If you do that successfully, you will be able to eliminate the malicious components manually or employ anti-malware software to delete ShellLocker Ransomware automatically. The instructions below are pretty clear and straightforward, but you can ask us any questions via the comments section below. Our goal is to help you get your operating system clear of malware, and so we are here to answer all questions.

Step I: Reboot in Safe Mode With Networking

Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7:

  1. Restart your computer (you can click the power button on the machine).
  2. Wait for the BIOS screen to load and immediately start tapping the F8 key.
  3. Using arrow keys select Safe Mode with Networking and tap Enter.
  4. Wait for the PC to boot up and then delete the ransomware.

Reboot Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10:

  1. Windows 8/8.1 users open the Charm bar and click the Power Options button. Windows 10 users click the Windows logo on the Taskbar and select Power.
  2. Click Restart while holding down the Shift key on the keyboard.
  3. Open the Troubleshooting menu.
  4. Click Advanced options and then move to Startup Settings.
  5. Now, click the Restart button and then choose F5 for Safe Mode with Networking.
  6. Wait for the PC to boot up and then delete the ransomware.

Step II: Remove the Ransomware

  1. Delete the malicious launcher file (e.g., the file attached to the spam email).
  2. Tap Win+E keys to launch Windows Explorer.
  3. Enter %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup into the bar at the top.
  4. Delete the malicious file called svchost.exe (could have a different name).
  5. Reboot your PC back to normal mode and scan it to check if all traces of the infection were removed.
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