FileLocker Ransomware which is also known as Czech Ransomware was detected on our malware radars by the end of February of 2017. Since that time it has slowly crawled its way to the malware scene infecting unsuspecting users and seeking to obtain money from them. Today it is not largely represented and mostly attacks residents of Czech Republic. However, we assume that it is just a testing playground for hackers and soon enough it will spread across Europe.
This ransomware utilizes the RSA-2048 cipher and AES-256 as well to make valuable files on your computer unreadable by the OS. Or least says it does. The thing is that even users do see a sinister notification opened in a separate window on the desktop their files are intact. This alone allows experts to say that FileLocker Ransomware is merely a testing tool which is possibly a platform for future malware applications.
Nevertheless, there are no guarantees that this malicious program won’t cause any harm to your system, so you need to know how to delete FileLocker Ransomware from your computer. Keeping a malware on your workstation is a bad idea especially when it might open a loophole for other threats to sneak in.
However, there is a possibility that you might encounter a working version of Czech Ransomware that actually corrupts valuable files on your drives by adding an abnormal extension and asking for ransom. Malicious programs like FileLocker Ransomware often suggest using Bitcoin wallets to pay for the decryption key which is needed to restore your files. Hackers promise to fix your files for 0.8 Bitcoin implying that there is no other way to decrypt the data without a key. Despite this fact, we suggest you never attempt to contact the developers of the ransomware or trying to pay for the key. There is a high risk that you will be ignored once money is transferred. No one is actually going to unblock your files and restore the data. Plus, you will become a sponsor for next attacks contributing to the development of newer viruses and malicious software like this one. Files damaged by locker’s actions can be restored from a backup, so it is advisable to have one. If you don’t have a backup, then you should try to decrypt damaged files with third-party decryption tools.
We still don’t have a full list of the main spreading techniques for this ransomware, but it is safe to say that most common strategies are in use. We’re talking about typical stuff like:
– Software installers: malware programs often come bundled with other software you might need. Unchecking all unneeded boxes during the installation is a must. Be careful with the programs that come from untrusted sources.
– Malware spam: emails are still one of the most popular methods of distributing malicious software like this one. Suspicious attachments, unknown links, executable files, etc. in emails should not be opened. It is always a risk to get infected in one click.
– Redirects: sites are getting hacked each day, and malicious ads and hijackers are there for unsuspecting users ready to infect users with viruses and other malware.
And now let’s clarify the process of FileLocker Ransomware removal. You should do this immediately as there are no guarantees that it won’t damage your OS and files later on. Since Czech Ransomware does zero alternations in Windows Registry and does not corrupt files, you just need to get rid of the malicious file which has become a portal for the virus. It might take time, though. That is why we recommend using a reputable anti-malware program to detect and clear the threat. Try using programs like Plumbytes Anti-Malware, SpyHunter, or Reimage.
Symptoms of FileLocker Ransomware infection on your computer can be: computer crashes, unusual homepage or search engine on your browser, unwanted pop-up ads and advertising banners. We recommend to download our automatic removal tool. This removal tool has been tested for FileLocker Ransomware threat removal and it is easy to use.
After performing all of the steps above you should have all of your web browsers clean of the FILELOCKER RANSOMWARE and other suspicious add-ons and extensions. However to complete the removal procedure we strongly advise to scan your computer with antivirus and anti-malware tools like SpyHunter, HitmanPro 32-bit, HitmanPro 64-bit or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Those programs might help to you find registry entries of malware and remove them safely.