How to remove Lucky virus and restore encrypted files

Lucky ransomware virus

Lucky is the undesired program penetrating workstations mostly via Trojans and phishing e-mails. Sometimes fraudsters use zero-day vulnerabilities to take control over the PC, but major software developers quickly fix them. After the infection, ransomware examines the PC memory, defines the quantity of folders to be cyphered and their approximate cost. Nowadays, any modern ransomware knows how to encrypt image, text, audio and video files in all most used formats. Extra attention is paid to businesslike documents, because businessmen are the priority target for hackers. All programs on computer will be safe since hackers are interested only in information. Encryption is carried out via famous encryption algorithms, and it is so complicated that that decipherment of information with no key is impossible. This is the reason for unbelievable efficiency of this kind of viruses in last years: an ordinary user, even if he has a pretty good knowledge of the computer, will never restore the files, and will have to pay the price. The single method to get back files is to hack the scam site and withdraw the encryption keys.

The article is dedicated to Lucky virus which gets onto computers around the world, and corrupts the data. Here you will see full information on what is Lucky, and the uninstalling of Lucky from the PC. Besides, we will teach you how to recover the cyphered data, if possible.

For all kinds of unwanted software, one thing is true: it's way simpler to dodge it than to neutralize its effects. For encrypting viruses it's most relevant, because, in contradistinction to common viruses, after removing ransomware from the PC, the consequences of its actions won't vanish anywhere. To shield your computer, you should keep in mind a three simple principles:

    • Be cautious with the e-mails which contain files. If you don't know the user who send an e-mail and it tells about winning any prize, a lost parcel or anything similar, this might be a fraud message. You also should be careful with business-related e-mails, particularly if the sender and the content is unknown. It is OK to take an interest and open the letter even if it's sent to the incorrect address, but remember that a single click on the attached file may cost you a lot of efforts, money and time.
    • Keep an eye on the status of your computer. It needs much of CPU resources to encode the data. When the virus is starting to work, the CPU performance decreases, and the encryption process emerges in Process Manager. You might anticipate this event and switch off the machine before data will be completely spoiled. This, if the computer is really infected, will protect a lot of your information.
    • Don't accept any changes to the PC, originating from weird software. The most effective method of data recovery is the restoration through Shadow Copies, so the developers of ransomware have included the removal of shadow copies in the basic features of malware. However deleting of shadow copies needs administrator rights and your confirmation. So, not confirming alterations from a unknown software at the proper time, you will keep the way to restore all corrupted files free of charge.

Ransomware elimination isn't the happy end - it's only a first step on the long road before the total data recovery. To recover the files you will have to familiarize with the advices in the below part of this entry. To remove the virus, you need to boot the system at safe mode and check it through antivirus program. High grade ransomware can't be removed even through AV-software, and have other efficient types of protection. Qualitative ransomware are able to totally delete encrypted information, or part of it, when trying to uninstall the program. To neutralize this, follow the instructions 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

Antivirus scanner

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Step 5. Disable Safe mode

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

Deactivate Safe mode

If you fulfilled all conditions, mentioned in previous part of an entry - it's time to restore the files. In fact, this is not about decipherment, since the encryption manners used by swindlers are too complicated. Generally, to get back the data, you should ask for help on specialized communities or from celebrated virus fighters and AV software manufacturers. If you are more interested in the manual file recovery - read this entry, which shows all the easiest ways.

To restore information, follow the article about files decryption.

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