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LockMe Ransomware Description

LockMe Ransomware is a file-encrypting malware program that is out in the wild and was first detected on 2nd Feb, 2018. Security researchers had reported that the threat uses AES-256 and RSA-2048 encryption algorithm to encode files on the attacked PC and appends ‘.lockme‘ extension to the encrypted files.

It is analyzed that the LockMe Ransomware mostly targets English and Russian-speaking users. And is distributed through phishing email campaigns similar like [email protected] Ransomware. Unfortunately, if the user downloads the infected mail attachment that is actually a macro-enabled document containing the payloads of the virus. Upon clicking, the document starts running the script and LockMe Ransomware gets installed on the attacked computer system.

After installed, LockMe Ransomware searches for the important documents, photos, video, audio, databases, PDFs and other local drives. The infection uses AES cipher to transcode the data that are locked by the filename and the‘.lockme’ suffix. For example, blackcat.jpg is renamed to blackcat.jpg.lockme.

After the encryption process been done, then the Ransomware drops a file named as ‘README_FOR_DECRYPT_YOUR_FILES.txt’ on the desktop and the encryption locations.

The ‘README_FOR_DECRYPT_YOUR_FILES.txt’ file reads as:

‘All of your files have been Encrypted with military grade system and impossible to brute force, cracking, or reverse engineering it !
If you want all of your files back send me 0.03 BTC .
[+] Your Unique ID : [RANDOM CHARACTERS]
[+] Send BTC To This Address : 1LockMeEPLr4ZRsoht8Wp6idBsT5TuBXtX
[+] Send BTC : 0.03 BTC
[+] Contact Email : [email protected] | [email protected]
*) Don’t try change the ‘.lockme’ extensions , if you change it , your all files can be broken and can’t be restored forever .
*) If you’ve made a payment contact [email protected] | [email protected] .
*) If you not made a payment all of your private files will be leaked on internet (private photos, documents, videos, and more) .
Question : How to buy Bitcoin ?
Answer : You can buy Bitcoin at this Website : bitcoin.com , coinbase.com , cex.io , paxful.com , coinmama.com , etc .
[+] Your IP : [YOUR REAL IP ADDRESS]
[+] Your ID : [RANDOM CHARACTERS]’

According to the ransom note, the authors demands 0.3 Bitcoin (1815 USD/1461 EUR) as ransom. LockMe Ransomware describes it as the ‘LockMe Decryptor’ software which means after paying the amount amount the user will be provided with the decryption key to decode the locked files.

However, there is no any guarantee that they will decrypt all the files after receiving the payment. Thus, security researchers advise not to pay the ransom to the authors of LockMe and quickly remove the threat from the PC. Also, you can try recovering your data from backups if any or take the help of data recovery software programs.


Methods to remove LockMe from the computer

If you have LockMe dropped inside, then your computer might also be infected with other spyware and potentially unwanted programs. You can try removing those manually, but manual method may not help you out fully to remove all the threats as they can regenerate itself if a single program code remain inside. Also, manual method requires very much proficiency in registry and program details, ant single mistake can put you in big trouble. Your computer may even crash down in the middle.

Thus, Security researchers and virus experts always recommend using powerful and effective anti-spyware scanner and protector tool to completely remove the spyware or other potentially unwanted software from the infected computer system or other device.

Automatic LockMe Removal solution

SpyHunter has got all the feature that can help to remove LockMe from the infected computer and also prevent the other threats to attack the device in future. Once SpyHunter starts to run in the background, it will keep up notified if any threat or PUP tries to enter. Another feature of SpyHunter is that, whenever you install any new program it will Dangerous scan the program and if it is not from any trusted source, it will notify you. Thus you can choose yourself either to go through the next installation step or stop right there.

Scan for LockMe Ransomware virus On the computer.

Important: Before you start any removal process, we highly recommend you to backup rest of your data to cloud to prevent your important files and documents from getting lost, the best recommended option is to store your data over the cloud. Download ZipCloud which is very Successful for both MAC and windows PC based computers. It will keep your data safe as well as secure from cyber threats. ZipCloud also has features of Sync and Backup to Mobile and Tablet apps (Android included).

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Step:1 (Recommended) LockMe virus may not allow you to download and Install any security program so “Dangerous Reboot your PC in the Safe mode” and then try downloading the Spyhunter.exe program from the download button below:

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Spyhunter System Guards will identify and block any malicious processes in real-time. Besides it allow to take full control of all processes that run on your computer.Scanning-SpyHunter

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The brand new advantage of the software is this feature providing the list of even the most malicious malware. After a complete and advanced system scan is conducted, the user can quickly have all system threats removed – even the ones which were not found by other anti-spyware programs.Spyware-HelpDesk

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It is important to emphasize that the systems having Spyhunter installed are protected from all types of existing malware. The program traces and completely deletes adware, spyware, keyloggers, rootkits and other threats including trojans and worms. None of the malware is now able to steal your personal data and use it against you.

It is very important to protect your system from future attacks. You can do it by Downloading Ransomware Defender that deals with known ransomware in a way no other solution can. Specially designed for detecting and blocking ransomware prior to any damage, Ransomware Defender blacklists and stops both common and unique ransomware. Once installed, Ransomware Defender stands guard 24/7 utilizing active protection algorithms enhanced with user-friendly alerts and notifications system.
Ransomware Defender is fully automated, taking care of all threats via an advanced Scan > Detect > Lock Down mechanism that proactively stands guard to detected threats, and works alongside all main anti viruses and anti-malware products!

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Ransomware Defender also features a scheduled automatic scan, secured file eraser, lifetime updates and support!

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Manually Remove LockMe using System Restore

Step:-1 Reboot your computer in “Safe Mode with Command Prompt”

windows-xpWindows 7 / Vista / XP

  • Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
  • When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window
  • Select Command Prompt from the list
  • Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter “cd restore and click Enter.
  • Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again..

 

windows-8Windows 8 / Windows 10

  • Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
  • Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
  • Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window.
  • Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter “cd restore and click Enter.
  • Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again..

Step2 (Manual Way):-After that a new window will open up, now you have to click Next and select your restore point. Note the restore point should be the date before the attack of LockMe. After that click Next.

  • Select the Restore point and click “Next”
  • Now click Yes to start system restore.

Now Reboot the computer and run the scanner to detect any threat or suspicious program remaining inside. If you are not satisfied with the results and still see the issues, We recommend using the automatic LockMe Removal Tool for complete removal.

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Step2 (Automatic Clean up of Registry):- 3 Remove all Registry Entries added by LockMe

We Recommend you the Regcure which features a complete suite of easy-to-use fixing, cleaning and optimizing tools that can increase speed and peak performance.

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How to Recover Encrypted files

Step:-4 The most important one is to recover the encrypted files.

However you can do it manually, if you have any backup or from previous versions of windows called shadow copies. If don’t have any of them then try recovering your important files from Advanced Stellar Windows Recovery Tool.

Click here to Download the Recover the encrypted files with Data Recovery tool

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Now Reboot the computer and run the scanner to detect any threat or suspicious program remaining inside. If you are not satisfied with the results and still see the issues, We recommend using the automatic LockMe Removal Tool for complete removal.

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Just follow 3 steps to Remove all unwanted programs from your PC along with optimizing Your MAC OS.

  • Download MacKeeper to your Mac.downloadmac
  • Follow two easy steps to install MacKeeper.downloadscreen_9_2_en
  • Drag the MacKeeper icon from the Applications folder to your Dock.

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Experts Guide To Prevent Future Attacks

The following steps will guide you to reduce the risk of infection further.

  • Scan all files with an Internet Security solution before transferring them to your system.
  • Only transfer files from a well known source.
  • Always read carefully the End User License agreement at Install time and cancel if other “programs” are being installed as part of the desired program.
  • When visiting a website, type the address directly into the browser rather than following a link.
  • Do not provide personal information to any unsolicited requests for information.
  • Don’t open attachments or click on Web links sent by someone you don’t know.
  • Keep web browser up to date and computer is configured securely.

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LockMe Overview

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