This is a fresh addition to the large family of ransomware cyber threats which is nothing new but a piece of malware that messes up your files. The general behavior of Lock2017 Ransomware is common to other ransomware programs: it targets most valuable files on the PC and adds a unique extension which cannot be read by the system.
It is easy to miss that something is wrong and your security along with the data is compromised if you don’t have any anti-malware protection. When you realize that you have been hacked it already too late. In this particular case, all infected files get a new extremely long extension which contains hackers’ emails. The emails provided are email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
This malware also creates a ransom note named simple README.TXT which explains what has just happened to the unsuspecting user. The victim has 72 hours to contact scammers, or the initial price will be doubled. 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 Lock2017’s actions can be restored from a backup, so it is advisable to have one.
Lock2017 Ransomware uses the RSA-2048 encryption method. This means that encryption and decryption keys are created during the encryption procedure. Those keys are stored on remote servers, so it is not possible to reverse the hack without your personal key. Files damaged by Lock2017’s actions can be restored from a backup, so it is advisable to have one. Even if you succeed with that, you still have to remove Lock2017 Ransomware from your PC. You will find more useful tips in the paragraphs below.
According to latest reports this locker infiltrates your computer via spam emails. It comes in the form of suspicious attachment (it can be a text file, video, picture and so on). If you receive an email from the unknown source with a strange message and suspicious attachment, don’t rush to open it. Do not download and run executable files or applications from your inbox. There is a high chance of catching a virus, worm, Trojan, etc. by simply clicking infectious links.
As always there are different methods to deal with the threat. However, if you want Lock2017 Ransomware removal to be done in the easiest way, we recommend using an anti-malware program such as Plumbytes or SpyHunter. A big bonus for using one of those that they can also detect other threats on your computer and cure them as well. You can also delete Lock2017 Ransomware manually but it takes good computer knowledge otherwise, you can make it even worth by deleting wrong files. For additional details, please read our Lock2017 removal tips first.
Symptoms of Lock2017 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 Lock2017 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 LOCK2017 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.