What is Lokas ransomware? And how does it implement its attack?
Lokas ransomware is a new data-encoding malware discovered recently that belongs to the infamous Djvu/STOPransomware family. Its primary goal, like its predecessors, is to encrypt certain files in an infected computer to extort money from victims. This crypto-virus was first released on 2016 and was once again seen out in the wild as of late. It uses a sophisticated encryption algorithms in locking its targeted files and adds the “.lokas” extension to the files it manages to encrypt.
Once its malicious payload is executed, Lokas ransomware will start to implement its attack by adding more malicious files to stop any programs installed in the system from interfering with its attack. It also creates and modifies Registry entries so it can run on every system boot. After these changes are made, it will begin the encryption process which might affect files
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How does Lokas ransomware spread online?
Lokas ransomware might spread online with the help of spam emails. This distribution method is commonly used by cyber crooks as it always succeeds in infecting computers of users. Lokas ransomware comes from a malicious payload attached in emails. The malicious payload may be a document with macro scripts. And if this macro-enabled document is opened, it also automatically runs Lokas ransomware into the system.
Kill Lokas ransomware from your compromised computer effectively with the help of the following removal guide.
Step 1: First, tap the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys in your keyboard to open the Task Manager.
Step 2: After opening the Task Manager, go to the Processes tab and look for any suspicious-looking process that takes up most of your CPU’s resources and is most likely related to Lokas ransomware.
Step 3: After that, close the Task Manager.
Step 4: Tap Win + R, type in appwiz.cpl and click OK or tap Enter to open Programs and Features under Control Panel.
Step 5: Under the list of installed programs, look for Lokas ransomware or anything similar and then uninstall it.
Step 6: Next, close Control Panel and tap Win + E keys to launch File Explorer.
Step 7: Navigate to the following locations below and look for the malicious components of such as _readme.txt and [random].exe, as well as other suspicious files and then delete all of them.
Step 8: Close the File Explorer.
Before you proceed to the next steps below, make sure that you are tech savvy enough to the point where you know exactly how to use and navigate your computer’s Registry. Keep in mind that any changes you make will highly impact your computer. To save you the trouble and time, you can just use [product-name], this system tool is proven to be safe and excellent enough that hackers won’t be able to hack into it. But if you can manage Windows Registry well, then by all means go on to the next steps.
Step 9: Tap Win + R to open Run and then type in regedit in the field and tap enter to pull up Windows Registry.
Step 10: Navigate to the following path:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\
- HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop\
Step 11: Delete the registry keys and sub-keys created by Lokas ransomware.
Step 12: Close the Registry Editor and empty the Recycle Bin.
Try to recover your encrypted files using the Shadow Volume copies
Restoring your encrypted files marked with the “.Lokas” extension using Windows’ Previous Versions feature will only be effective if Lokas ransomware hasn’t deleted the shadow copies of your files. But still, this is one of the best and free methods there is, so it’s definitely worth a shot.
To restore the encrypted file, right-click on it and select Properties, a new window will pop-up, then proceed to Previous Versions. It will load the file’s previous version before it was modified. After it loads, select any of the previous versions displayed on the list like the one in the illustration below. And then click the Restore button.
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- Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot it.
- After that, the BIOS screen will be displayed, but if Windows pops up instead, reboot your computer and try again. Once you’re on the BIOS screen, repeat pressing F8, by doing so the Advanced Option shows up.
- To navigate the Advanced Option use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit
- Windows will now load the Safe Mode with Networking.
- Press and hold both R key and Windows key.
- If done correctly, the Windows Run Box will show up.
- Type in the URL address, [product-url] in the Run dialog box and then tap Enter or click OK.
- After that, it will download the program. Wait for the download to finish and then open the launcher to install the program.
- Once the installation process is completed, run [product-code] to perform a full system scan.
- After the scan is completed click the “Fix, Clean & Optimize Now” button.