How to remove Locky- Ransomeware virus demanding Bitcoins to get your data back.

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How to remove Locky- Ransomeware virus demanding Bitcoins to get your data back.

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Locky, as name suggest locks everything ranging from documents to pictures.  Malware pushing aggressively through massive spamming techniques. Once infected, it automatically encrypts all user data into random files ending with extension .locky.  It than asks you to either pay in Bitcoins or provide links to pay them back to retrieve back your data by sending you decryption key. As you might all aware of how ‘Encyrption & Decryption’ techniques works.

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Infection

Locky spreading with different variant trojan names ranging from Trojan.cryptolocker.AF. As reported by most of antivirus platforms it is highly dangerous leaving all data infected and unusable. Spreading vastly through mailers or compromised sites.The prices of getting back your data, we’ve seen vary from BTC 0.5 to BTC 1.00 (BTC is short for “bitcoin,” where one bitcoin is currently worth about $400/£280).

Prevention & Protection

1. Backup regularly on external non networked drive.

2. Keep your antivirus & OS updated, patched.

3. Be cautious about suspicious mails and document files.

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Useful Links & articles

https://blog.malwarebytes.org/threat-analysis/2016/03/look-into-locky/

http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/locky-ransomware-aggressive-hunt-victims

https://blog.avast.com/a-closer-look-at-the-locky-ransomware

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2016/02/17/locky-ransomware-what-you-need-to-know/


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