Get Rid of VenusLocker and Unlock Your PC

Posted by John Larkin - August 4, 2016

VenusLocker Ransomware Virus is Dangerous

VenusLocker is a new troublesome ransomware which is capable of locking the computer users’ files. The cyber criminals behind the ransomware want you to pay. Unfortunately, to unlock the files, some users pay the ransom but still cannot get the unlock key. Because these cyber criminals just want more and more money. You should calm down and not easily be tricked by the cyber criminals. Also, you need to remove the malicious VenusLocker ransomware as soon as possible.

VenusLocker
It is spread through spam e-mail attachments. When you click to open an attachment or link in the spam email, it gets into the computer system and locks your files quickly. This malicious software is able to lock the new files you just put into the computer system. In addition, you will find a blackmail image with text shown by VenusLocker which says something like “All the precious files in your computer are locked” and requires you to pay money. There is a clear expiration date that can be different for each computer user. There is also some information about how to process the payment. A button or a link that can redirect you to a domain about how to pay the ransom and get the decryption key is offered, but we have not heard any successful attempt to get the key. At this point, what you should do is to remove VenusLocker.

Guide to Remove VenusLocker Ransomware Virus

Step 1: End the Malicious Processes
Step 2: Show Hidden Files in the System
Step 3: Find out Malicious Files and Remove Them
Step 4: Decrypt Encrypted Files


Step 1: End malicious process via Windows Task Manager

1. Right click on the Task bar and select Start Task Manager (click Task Manager for Windows 8, 8.1 and 10).
Taskbar-Start-Task-Manager

2. In Processes tab, find out the processes of VenusLocker ransomware virus and right click on it. (For Windows 8, 8.1 10 users, click Details tab). Usually, their processes are named randomly. After that, select Open File Location.
open-file-location

3. Go back to Task Manager and click End Process button (For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 users, click End task). After that, delete all suspicious files in the folder.
End-Process


Step 2: Show hidden files and folders

For Windows Vista and 7 users,

1. Click Start button to open Start Menu.

2. Open Control Panel and click Appearance and Personalization.
Control-Panel

3. Click Folder Options.
folder-option

4. In the View tab, click Show hidden files, folders and drives and click OK.
show all hidden files

For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 users,

1. Open any folder in your computer.

2. Click View tab and then tick Hidden items to show all hidden files.
hidden-items-windows-8


Step 3: Locate the files of VenusLocker and remove them

1. Hit Win and R keys on the keyboard to open Run box.
keyboard-windows-r

2. Type regedit and click OK.

3. Navigate to the location as below and remove the file displayed [RANDOM]

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREWow6432NodeMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun

4. Run this malware detect tool to find out malicious files in the system and delete them completely so that VenusLocker ransomware virus will not come back again.


Step 4: Restore the system data from a recent backup to decrypt encrypted files

You can try the following recovery methods, but we cannot promise that they will help you recover your files, as VenusLocker ransomware virus uses AES-265 and RSA encryption method.

Method 1: Use System Restore.

1. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys simultaneously to open Task Manager.

2. At the top left corner, click File and then click New task (Run…).
file-new-task-windows-7

3. Type in rstrui in the box and click OK.
open-rstrui

4. Click Next.
system-restore-start

5. Select the restore point and click Next button.
select-restore-point

6. Click Finish button to confirm your restore point.
confirm-restore-point

7. Click Yes once you decide to restore your system.
last-confirm

Method 2: Use Shadow Volume Copies.

Shadow Copy (also referred as Volume Snapshot Service) is a technology in Windows that automatically backup copies or snapshots of computer files or volumes, even when they are being used. To recover your files, you can use Shadow Explorer that is for free.

1. Download Shadow Explorer from its official website and run it.
2. Select the drive and date of the backup files.
3. Right click the file or folder and click Export to save it.
shadow-explorer-export-file



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