Remove ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware
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Remove ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware

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What is ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware?

‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware (virus) is a off-set malware threat in that it utilizes a file extension for all of the files that it encrypts on an infected computer. The file extension, .locky, is used on files that ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware encrypts and holds a system for a significant ransom fee. Computer users are offered a decryption key at a price that is supposed to restore all encrypted files by decrypting them. A threat like ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware is very similar to other well-known encryption type ransomware threats like CryptoLocker.

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‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware Technical Details

The ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware threat is somewhat complicated in its design and implementation. The ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware threat and its components include a text read-me file where it gives you recovery instructions and such. Additionally, the ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware threat may load an icon on your desktop were it loads the text file to relay information on decrypting files and how to get the decryption key through payment. Computer usres who look to find methods to decrypt files that ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware has encrypted may never find a solution as it utilizes AES-128 encryption, which is extremely difficult to decipher.

The following image is from Palo Alto Networks showing a payment page for obtaining a Locky decryptor (a method to decrypt your files).
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How did ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware install on my computer?

Ransomware or computer viruses like the ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware threat are known to come from spam email attachments and rarely Trojan horse threats that install add-on malware on an infected computer. Avoiding such messages is wise as it will reduce your chances of installing the ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware threat. Additionally, we found cases where the locky threat was spread through Microsoft Word files – fake or mimicked MS Word documents with a payload.

How to protect your computer and avoid installation of ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware in the future.

Computer users should realize that the longer ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware is installed the more chances it has to encrypt additional files, which may render an infected computer useless. Computer users must stay clear of spam emails and their attachments to limit the likelihood of installing the ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware threat.


Computer expert manual removal of ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware or ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware

The appearance of popups from ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware are an indication of your computer having additional software installed on it that may be uninstalled through the control panel. In some instances software like ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware may not be completely removed through uninstalling it via the Windows control panel. However, an essential step to removing ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware is uninstalling its core application by going to your control panel, going to the “programs” feature option, and then finding ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware and choosing to uninstall it.

Steps to remove ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware from your PC running Windows

Step 1. Remove ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware from Windows 10.

Right-click the lower left corner or your desktop. In the Quick Access menu select the Control Panel (normal left-click). Once in the Control Panel, find and select Programs and Features. Once in the Programs and Features option, find ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware and select to Uninstall it if this option is available. In the case that you cannot uninstall ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware, you may need to utilize another method to eliminate ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware, such as using an antispyware or antivirus program.

Step 2. Remove or uninstall ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware from Windows 7 or older Windows versions.

Go to the Start menu by pressing the Windows Key or clicking Start > go to Control Panel > choose the Programs ‘Uninstall a program’ option > find the ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware program and then click on it > select the Uninstall button.

Step 3. Remove or uninstall ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware from Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.

Press the Windows Key on your keyboard > Search and enter Control Panel > choose the Programs ‘Uninstall a program’ option > find the ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware program and then click on it > select the Uninstall button.

Step 4. Remove or uninstall ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware manually by finding and deleting specific files, registry entries or application entries within the Windows Control Panel.

Steps on how to remove ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware from your web browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer or Google Chrome):

Remove ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware from Mozilla Firefox:

Step 1. Launch the browser and click the icon on the Firefox search box.
Step 2. Select Manage Search Engines
Step 3. Remove the undesirable search provider and select OK.
Step 4. Simultaneously press Alt+T and in the Tools menu select Options.
Step 5. Select the General tab and go to the Home Page.
Step 6. Remove the URL and select OK.
Step 7. Simultaneously tap Ctrl+Shift+A for the Add-ons Manager.
Step 8. Select Extensions and remove the undesirable plugins.

Remove ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware from Internet Explorer:

Step 1. Launch the browser and simultaneously press Alt+T.
Step 2. In the Tools menu select Manage Add-ons.
Step 3. Go to Toolbars and Extensions and Disable the plugin.
Step 4. Go to Search Providers and remove the search tool.
Step 5. Select Close and simultaneously press Alt+T to open the Tools menu again.
Step 6. Select Internet Options and select the General tab.
Step 7. Overwrite/ remove the Home Page URL and select OK.

Remove ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware from Google Chrome:

Step 1. Launch the browser and simultaneously press Alt+F.
Step 2. Select Settings and you will be routed to chrome://settings/
Step 3. Under On Startup, mark Open a specific page or set of pages.
Step 4. Select Set pages to find the available options.
Step 5. Remove/overwrite the URL of the search tool and select OK.
Step 6. Under Appearance, mark Show Home button.
Step 7. Select Change and repeat step 5 to get rid of the option.
Step 8. Under Search click the Manage search engines.
Step 9. Select X on the URL of ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware to remove it from the list.
Step 10. Simultaneously press Alt+T again, select Tools and then Extensions.
Step 11. Remove the plugin.

Other manual removal methods to uninstall ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware may involve finding any related files or programs that could be lurking in other folders on your hard drive. These steps are usually left to computer experts as removing essential system files by accident while attempting to remove ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware files could cause serious damage to your system or even prevent it from booting up the next time it is restarted.

  1. Find all files related to ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware by doing a system search – Click the Start menu or go to the Quick Access menu and type in ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware to find it.
  2. Delete the ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware files.
  3. Delete any related registry entries related to ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware by finding entries within the regedit application.
  4. Uninstall the ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware application through the Windows Control Panel.
  5. Restart your computer after all instances of ‘.locky File Extension’ Ransomware have been removed.


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