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Is ransomware really that dangerous

Locket ransomware is a piece of damaging software that will encrypt  your files, it’s also known as ransomware. Ransomware commonly enters systems through spam emails or fake downloads, and this one possibly used those very methods. File-encrypting malware is a very dangerous piece of malware because it encrypts data, and demands that you pay to get them back. If back up is something you routinely do, or if malware specialists make a free decryptor, file-recovery should not be hard. By not backing up your files frequently, you may end up losing your data permanently as file recovery using other methods is not always achievable. You may feel paying the ransom is a decent option, but we must alert you that it may not lead to file recovery. Crooks already encoded your data, what is stopping them from being even more nasty by not decoding your data after you pay. Instead of giving into the demands, you need to eliminate Locket ransomware from your operating system.

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How does file-encrypting malware behave

The most probable way you obtained the file-encrypting malware was by opening a spam email. Malicious software developers adjoin contaminated files to an email and send it to to hundreds or even thousands of users. As soon as you open the email attachment, the file-encoding malware will download onto the computer. If you open all emails and attachments you get, you might be putting your device at risk. You ought to be able to differentiate an infected email from a secure one without difficulty, you simply need to learn the signs. The sender strongly pressing you to open the attachment is a big red flag. In general, be careful since any email attachment you get may be damaging software. Downloads from not credible websites are also a good method to infect your machine with ransomware. Only rely on dependable sites with secure downloads.

As would the majority of ransomware do, this one will start encrypting your data as soon as it manages to get into your computer. Your images, documents and other data will no longer be openable. The ransomware will leave a ransom note, which will explain what is going on. If you have heard of ransomware before, you will realize that the hackers will ask for payment to decode your files. Criminals’ actions is erratic therefore dealing with them could become rather troublesome. This is why paying is not suggested. Take into account that even after payment, you can not get the decryption utility. It wouldn’t be surprising if hackers took your money and gave nothing in return. If backing up files was something you did routinely, you could just delete Locket ransomware and then restore the files. Whether you have backup or not, we recommend you uninstall Locket ransomware.

Locket ransomware elimination

You’re suggested to get anti-malware software and have it delete Locket ransomware for you. If you are an inexperienced user, by hand Locket ransomware elimination can be too difficult for you. We need to note, however, that the security software will not decrypt your files, it will only eliminate Locket ransomware

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Learn how to remove Locket ransomware from your computer

Step 1. Remove Locket ransomware using Safe Mode with Networking.

a) Step 1. Access Safe Mode with Networking.

For Windows 7/Vista/XP
  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart → OK. win-xp-restart Delete Locket ransomware
  2. Press and keep pressing F8 until Advanced Boot Options appears.
  3. Choose Safe Mode with Networking win-xp-safe-mode Delete Locket ransomware
For Windows 8/10 users
  1. Press the power button that appears at the Windows login screen. Press and hold Shift. Click Restart. win-10-restart Delete Locket ransomware
  2. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings → Restart. win-10-options Delete Locket ransomware
  3. Choose Enable Safe Mode with Networking. win-10-boot-menu Delete Locket ransomware

b) Step 2. Remove Locket ransomware.

You will now need to open your browser and download some kind of anti-malware software. Choose a trustworthy one, install it and have it scan your computer for malicious threats. When the ransomware is found, remove it. If, for some reason, you can't access Safe Mode with Networking, go with another option.

Step 2. Remove Locket ransomware using System Restore

a) Step 1. Access Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

For Windows 7/Vista/XP
  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart → OK. win-xp-restart Delete Locket ransomware
  2. Press and keep pressing F8 until Advanced Boot Options appears.
  3. Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win-xp-safe-mode Delete Locket ransomware
For Windows 8/10 users
  1. Press the power button that appears at the Windows login screen. Press and hold Shift. Click Restart. win-10-restart Delete Locket ransomware
  2. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings → Restart. win-10-options Delete Locket ransomware
  3. Choose Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win-10-boot-menu Delete Locket ransomware

b) Step 2. Restore files and settings.

  1. You will need to type in cd restore in the window that appears. Press Enter.
  2. Type in rstrui.exe and again, press Enter. command-promt-restore Delete Locket ransomware
  3. A window will pop-up and you should press Next. Choose a restore point and press Next again. windows-restore-point Delete Locket ransomware
  4. Press Yes.
While this should have taken care of the ransomware, you might want to download anti-malware just to be sure no other threats are lurking.  

Step 3. Recover your data

While backup is essential, there is still quite a few users who do not have it. If you are one of them, you can try the below provided methods and you just might be able to recover files.

a) Using Data Recovery Pro to recover encrypted files.

  1. Download Data Recovery Pro, preferably from a trustworthy website.
  2. Scan your device for recoverable files. data-recovery-pro Delete Locket ransomware
  3. Recover them.

b) Restore files through Windows Previous Versions

If you had System Restore enabled, you can recover files through Windows Previous Versions.
  1. Find a file you want to recover.
  2. Right-click on it.
  3. Select Properties and then Previous versions. windows-previous-version Delete Locket ransomware
  4. Pick the version of the file you want to recover and press Restore.

c) Using Shadow Explorer to recover files

If you are lucky, the ransomware did not delete your shadow copies. They are made by your system automatically for when system crashes.
  1. Go to the official website (shadowexplorer.com) and acquire the Shadow Explorer application.
  2. Set up and open it.
  3. Press on the drop down menu and pick the disk you want. shadow-explorer Delete Locket ransomware
  4. If folders are recoverable, they will appear there. Press on the folder and then Export.

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