How to remove Lokd virus and restore encrypted files

This page is about Lokd virus that gets onto systems in different countries of the world, and corrupts the data. Here we've gathered important info about Lokd's essence, and how to delete Lokd from your computer. In addition, we'll explain how to recover the encrypted data and is it possible.

Lokd ransomware virus

 

Lokd ransomware had penetrated many computers in various countries with help of basic way: scam e-mails with viral attachments. Occasionally web-criminals use zero-day vulnerabilities to penetrate the system, but they are promptly fixed. When infection takes place, Lokd checks the PC memory to find the files to be cyphered and their approximate price. Nowadays, each modern virus knows how to encrypt image, audio, text and video info in all popular extensions. Lokd cyphers all folders, but those that could be business records go first. Ransomware encrypts only files with information, and doesn't spoil the software, so that the user can pay the ransom through an infected PC. The process is carried out with the help of world-known encryption algorithms, and its complexity is so high that decipherment of information without a key is impossible. Such complexity gives foundation for unbelievable efficiency of this type of viruses in recent years: an ordinary customer, even having a fairly good knowledge of the PC, won't ever be able to get back the files, and will have no choice except paying to fraudsters. The only method to restore the information is to find the fraudster's webpage and obtain the encryption keys. Also there's a way to obtain encryption keys through faults in viruse's program code.

The computer knowledge is quite substantial in modern world, as it helps you to defend the system from computer viruses. For encrypting software this is most relevant, because, in contradistinction to regular suspicious programs, when you uninstall ransomware from the computer, the fruits of its doings will stay. To protect your laptop, you should keep in mind a few simple regulations:

    • Be careful with the e-mails which contain something more than a message. The #1 pattern of scam letters is the notification about prize gaining or parcel receiving. You also should keep an eye on business-related letters, especially if the sender and the content is unknown. Invoices for services and goods, lawsuits, summaries, claims and similar specific documents cannot come without warning, and you, as a minimum, should know the person who sent it. Otherwise, it is a scam.
    • Monitor the state of your workstation. File encryption is a intricate process that requires a high amount of PC resources. In the first seconds of infection, the system slows down, and the encrypting process appears in Process Manager. You can catch this moment and unplug the system before files will be totally damaged. Surely, the certain amount of files will be corrupted, but you will have the other part.
    • Take notice to the pop-up windows. If the laptop is infected by Lokd, it will try to eliminate all copies of your data, to make the recovery impossible. However deleting of shadow copies needs administrator rights and operator's acceptance. The second of thought before verifying the changes can save your data and your efforts.

Malware uninstalling is not the happy end - it's only a first step from many until the full file restoration. To recover the files you will have to read the instructions in the next paragraph of our article. In case of encrypting virus we do not publish the by-hand deletion tips, because its complexity and the likeliness of errors is too high for regular customer. We do not recommend trying to delete the virus in manual mode, because it has numerous defensive features that will interfere you. Many viruses can totally delete corrupted data, or part of it, if somebody attempts to delete the virus. To neutralize this, follow the tips below.

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

Startup

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

After erasing the malware from the workstation, you should get back the corrupted files. It's impossible to decrypt the information, but we'll get them back using OS features and the additional software. There are the certain chances, but generally data recovery needs lots of time and efforts. If you are really interested in the manual information recovery - read our article, which shows all the easiest manners.

To restore information, follow the article about files decryption.

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