What is CryptoLocker?
CryptoLocker is an extremely malicious program that can enter the system without your consent and encrypt your data. It is sometimes referred to as ransomware, because it demands that you make a payment in order to regain access to your files. As soon as it is done with the encryption, it presents you with a message that provides instructions on how to restore your data. These instructions come from cyber criminals and trusting them is never a good idea. There are no guarantees that paying the so-called ransom will bring any positive results. We suggest that you terminate CryptoLocker yourself as soon as you can.
How does CryptoLocker work?
CryptoLocker does not attempt to convince you that it is related to a government facility or that you have committed a crime and must pay a fine for it. In fact, it is completely straightforward. It states that your personal files including photos, videos, documents and so on were encrypted and that in order to access them you need to purchase a private key, which costs 100 EUR or 100 USD. The payment must be made using MoneyPak or Ukash money transfer system. You are also given a deadline: 72 hours. We advise against following these instructions, because even if you make the payment, it does not mean that you will regain access to your files. Moreover, it will not eliminate CryptoLocker from your system, which is exactly what you should do.
Before you get rid of CryptoLocker, you may want to know how you ended up with this threat in the first place. The malicious application gets distributed by Trojan:Win32/Crilock.A. You can infect your PC with the Trojan by clicking on fake ads, opening fake email attachments, following corrupted links and so on. We urge you to be more careful while browsing online and to make sure that you have reliable anti-malware installed and updated.
How to remove CryptoLocker?
There is no question that you need to delete CryptoLocker from your system. This can be done using the malware removal tool presented on our page. The security software will run a full system scan after you install it and detect all malicious files and programs stored on your PC. It will then terminate CryptoLocker and other threats. As for your files, you can search the Web for software decryption tools or use back-up to restore them. In order to access the Internet, you will have to restart your computer in Safe Mode with Networking. Instructions are presented below.
- Restart your system
- When BIOS loads, hold Shift and repeatedly tap F8
- Click See Advanced Repair Options
- Go to Troubleshoot and open Advanced Options
- Move to Startup Settings
- Restart the computer again
- Select Safe Mode with Networking and tap Enter
- Open your browser and download the anti-malware
Windows 7 and Windows Vista
- Restart your computer
- Start tapping F8 once BIOS screen disappears
- Select Safe mode with Networking and hit Enter
- Go online and download the malware remover
- Reboot your PC
- Start tapping F8 after BIOS screen loads
- Choose Safe mode with Networking
- Press Enter and click YES
- Click on Start and select Run
- Type in msconfig and click OK
- On the Startup tab check Disable all
- Click OK and restart your PC
- Open your web browser
- Download the anti-malware tool
* SpyHunter scanner, published on this site, is intended to be used only as a detection tool. More info on SpyHunter. To use the removal functionality, you will need to purchase the full version of SpyHunter. If you wish to uninstall SpyHunter, click here.