Cryptolocker Virus Removal & Restore Encrypted Files Guide

Cryptolocker virus (“Troj/Ransom-ACP”, “Trojan.Ransomcrypt.F”) is actually a Ransomware software and whenever  it infects your PC, it encrypts your important files and it is practically hard to be decrypted. 

 

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Once your computer is infected with Cryptolocker virus, then a message appears on your screen that demands a payment in order to decrypt them. But many users on the Internet complained that the files remained encrypted even after having paid the ransom. So it’s your own decision (and risk) to pay (or not) the ransom.

In this article you can find instructions on how to remove the Cryptolocker virus from your computer and restore the encrypted files in their previous versions by taking advantage of the Windows 7 System Restore feature (if it was previously enabled on your computer).

 

How to clean Cryptolocker “Your personal files are encrypted” virus.

Step 1. Start your computer using “Safe Mode with Networking” option.

First of all you have to boot your computer into safe mode to prevent “Cryptolocker” virus from running. To do that:

  • Restart your computer and hit the “F8” key while your computer is starting up (before the appearance of Windows Logo).
  • When “Advanced options” menu appears on your screen, navigate to “Safe Mode With Networking” option (using your keyboard arrow keys) option and hit Enter.

 

Step 2. Check and Terminate all malicious running processes:

  • Download and run RogueKiller.
  • Press the “Scan” button (when pre-scan operation is complete).
  • Be patient until Rogue Killer  scans your system.
  • Finally review its findings and press the “Delete” button to clean all malicious entries.

 

Step 3: Remove remaining malicious registry entries and files.

  • Download and install “Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free“. (Beware: at the last screen of installation, uncheck the box next to “Enable free Trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO” in order to use the free version of this GREAT software).
  • Run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and at the “Scanner” tab, select the “Quick Scan” option and press the “Scan” button.
  • Wait until this process is finished. Then click the “Show Results” button to review its findings.
  • Right-click to “Select All” items found and press the “Remove Selected” button.
  • Restart your computer if needed and you ‘re done.

 

Hot to Restore Cryptolocker Encrypted Files using Windows System Restore feature

  1. Open Windows Explorer and select the encrypted folder or file that you want to restore in a previous version.
  2. Press your mouse’s “Right-Click” on it.
  3. From the menu that appears, choose the “Restore Previous Versions” option.
  4. Select the previous version (Date Modified) that you want and then press the “Open” button to view the contents of the selected file (or folder)
  5. If you can successfully open the encrypted file and view its contents, then press the “Copy” button. (Otherwise select an older modified version (of your file) until you find a version that you can open (without encryption).
  6. At the “Copy Items” window specify a DIFFERENT destination -than the original-, to copy (save) the restored file and press the “Copy” button.
  7. Follow the same procedure for all your encrypted files.
  8. When you are done, then your can transfer the restored files at their original location.

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