How to remove Lukitus virus and restore encrypted files

Lukitus ransomware virus

That entry is about Lukitus ransomware which penetrates PC in diverse countries of the world, and encrypts the files. Here you will find full information about what is Lukitus, and the deletion of Lukitus from the machine. Furthermore, we'll explain how to get back the corrupted data, if possible.

Lukitus is the unwanted software infecting machines mostly through e-mail spam and Trojans. This isn't an independent virus - it belongs to Locky family and is an almost accurate copy of previous one - Diablo6. There are minor distinctions between them, but in general they are almost the same, except the extension of encrypted files.

Occasionally fraudsters use zero-day vulnerabilities to infect the PC, but they are speedily corrected. After the infection, the virus checks the PC memory to find the files to be encrypted and their rough cost. Nowadays, each new virus can cypher video, text, image and audio info in all known extensions. Lukitus corrupts all files, but the ones that look like business records go first. All programs on hard drive will be untouched because scammers are interested only in information. The operation is performed with the help of well-known encryption algorithms, and its complexity is so above the average level that decipherment of data without a key is impossible. Such complexity creates base for unbelievable efficiency of this sort of viruses in last years: common customer, even having a fairly good experience in suchlike things, will never get back the files, and will need to pay ransom. The only method to decrypt the information is to find the scam webpage and obtain the encryption keys. Also there's a way to get the keys through flaws in viruse's program code. The encrypted files get .lukitus extension, and the amount of ransom is 0,5 BTC.

Luckitus ransomware virus

The knowledge of computers is very substantial in our century, since it helps you to protect the system from computer viruses. Unfortunately, most people see the significance of computer knowledge only when ransomware infects their computers. You easily can reduce the chances to get ransomware if you'll follow these regulations:

    • Don't ignore the red flags that your laptop shows. It needs much of CPU power to encrypt the information. If you detect a sudden fall in system power or detect a strange string in the Process Manager, you should switch off the machine, start it in safe mode, and scan for malware. This, in case of penetration, will save some of your information.
    • Pay attention to the pop-ups. If the system is penetrated by malware, it will seek to remove the shadow copies of your files, to lower the chances of recovery. The removal of copies needs administrator rights and acceptance from the operator. So, not confirming changes from a weird program at the right time, you will reserve the way to recover all corrupted files for free.
    • Attentively study your mailbox, particularly those messages that have attached files. The #1 pattern of scam messages is the notification about prize gaining or parcel receiving. The second most effective type of these letters is a forgery for business correspondence. summaries, claims, Invoices for goods or services, lawsuits and similar sensitive files don't come accidentally, and you, as a minimum, should know the sender. Otherwise, it is a scam.

We draw your attention to the fact that the elimination of Lukitus is just a first and obligatory step for the safe operation of the system. If you delete malware, you will not get back the files instantly, it will need additional actions described in the following paragraph. To get rid of Lukitus, user needs to start the workstation at safe mode and run the scanning with antivirus program. High grade viruses can't be eliminated even via AV-tool, and have lots of serious mechanisms of defense. The most common ransomware defensive technique is the deletion of data in event of data recovery or virus deletion attempt. To avoid this, abide to the tips under this paragraph.

Removal instruction

Step 1. Boot into Safe mode

Safe mode

Start -> Msconfig.exe

Safe mode. Step 1

On the tab Boot select Safe boot

Safe mode. Step 2

Step 2. Check Startup folder

Start -> Msconfig.exe ->Disable unknown programs in the Startup tab


Step 3. Check hosts file

Modify hosts file, that located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ .

Hosts file.Step 1

Open the file with Notepad and delete suspicious strings.

Hosts file.Step 2

It has to look like this:

Hosts file.Step 3

Step 4. Scan the system with antiviral scanner


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Step 5. Disable Safe mode

Start -> Msconfig.exe ->Disable Safe boot in the Boot tab

Deactivate Safe mode

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If you made all steps, described in previous part of an article - it's time to recover the files. Actually, this is not about decipherment, as the encrypting manners used by web-criminals are too complex. Generally, to get back the information, the customer has to ask for support on targeted communities or from renowned malware researchers and antivirus program manufacturers. If you don't want to wait and are ready to get back the information in manual mode - here's the complete article on that topic. Alternative article about Lukitus virus and file restoration: Lukitus removal tips.

To restore information, follow the article about files decryption.

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