Remove ProLock ransomware

What kind of threat are you dealing with

ProLock ransomware will try to lock your data, thus the categorization file-encrypting malware. In short, it’s known as ransomware. There is a high likelihood that you recently opened an infected attachment or downloaded from dangerous sources, and that’s how the threat entered. We’ll further discuss this in a further paragraph. Ransomware isn’t thought to be so harmful for nothing, if you want to dodge possibly serious damage, be careful to avoid its infection. It may be especially shocking to find your files encrypted if it is your first time hearing about ransomware, and you have little idea about what it is. When the process is finished, you will notice a ransom note, which will explain that a payment is needed to get a decryptor. If you’ve decided to pay the ransom, take into account that what you’re dealing with is crooks who are unlikely to feel morally obliged to send you a decryptor after they get the payment. We are more prone to believing that they won’t help you decrypt your data. By paying, you’d also be supporting an industry that does damage worth hundreds of millions every year. It’s likely that a free decryption tool has been developed, as people specializing in malicious software sometimes are able to crack the ransomware. Research that before you make any hurried choices. File recovery won’t be an issue if you had made backup prior to the ransomware entering, so simply delete ProLock ransomware and recover files.

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Ransomware spread methods

If you are unsure how the infection managed to slither in, it might have happened in a couple of ways. While it is more likely you got infected via a basic method, file encrypting malware does use more sophisticated ones. Spam email and malware downloads are the popular methods among low-level ransomware authors/distributors as not much skill is needed to implement them. Through spam is likely how you got the malware. Hackers attach a contaminated file to an email that looks somewhat valid, and send it to possible victims, whose email addresses were acquired from other hackers. It isn’t really that surprising that people fall for these emails, if they have little knowledge with such things. Certain signs can give it away, such as the sender having a nonsense email address, or countless mistakes in the text. It would not be unexpected if big company names like Amazon or eBay were used because users would lower their guard when dealing with a known sender. Even if you think you know the sender, always check the email address to ensure it belongs to the company. Check if your name is used anywhere in the email, particularly in the greeting, and if it is not mentioned anywhere, that should raise doubt. If a company with whom you’ve had business before sends you an email, instead of Member or User, they will include your name. For instance, if you get an email from Amazon, they’ll have automatically included your name if you are their customer.

If you wish for the short version, you just have to be more careful about how you deal with emails, mainly, don’t rush to open files added to emails and ensure the sender is who you think it is. And when you visit questionable sites, don’t click on advertisements. If you aren’t cautious, ransomware might end up slipping into your machine. It does not matter what the advertisement might be advertising, just don’t click on it. Using questionable sites as download sources might also bring about an infection. If Torrents are your favored download source, at least only download torrents that were downloaded by other users. Infection is also possible via vulnerabilities that can be discovered in programs, the ransomware could use those flaws to infect a device. Keep your software updated so that malicious software cannot exploit the vulnerabilities. All you need to do is install the fixes that software vendors release.

How does ransomware behave

As soon as the malware file is opened, the ransomware launches and begins searching for certain file types to lock. Do not be surprised to see photos, documents, etc locked because those are likely to be the very valuable files to you. As soon as the data is located, the file-encrypting malware will encrypt them using a powerful encryption algorithm. The locked files will have a file extension attached to them, so you’ll easily see which ones have been locked. If you are still unsure about what happened, a ransom note will explain the situation and ask that you pay a certain amount of money to get a decryptor. You could be requested to pay as little as $20 or as much as a couple of thousand, depending on the ransomware. While we have already explained why we do not advise paying, in the end, the choice is yours. There is possibility that there are other ways achieve file recovery, so look into them beforehand. If it is possible for the ransomware to be decrypted, it’s possible that there is a free decryptor available, developed by people specializing in malware research. Try to remember maybe you have backed up some of your files somewhere. Your computer makes copies of your files, known as Shadow copies, and if the ransomware didn’t remove them, you might restore them through Shadow Explorer. And make sure you invest into backup so that file loss isn’t a possibility. If you just realized that you did make backup before infection, recover files after you erase ProLock ransomware.

Ways to erase ProLock ransomware

It isn’t recommended to attempt to erase the threat in a manual way. If you aren’t sure about what you’re doing, your machine could be put in danger. It would be safer if you used a malicious software removal program for such threat termination. These security utilities are created to keep your device safe, and eliminate ProLock ransomware or similar malicious threats, so you should not encounter any trouble. As this utility will not assist you in decrypting files, do not expect to find your files recovered after the infection is gone. This means you’ll need to research data recovery yourself.

Download Removal Toolto remove ProLock ransomware

* WiperSoft scanner, published on this site, is intended to be used only as a detection tool. More info on WiperSoft. To use the removal functionality, you will need to purchase the full version of WiperSoft. If you wish to uninstall WiperSoft, click here.


Learn how to remove ProLock ransomware from your computer

Step 1. Remove ProLock ransomware using Safe Mode with Networking

1.1) Reboot your computer with Safe Mode with Networking.

Windows 7/Vista/XP
1. Start → Shutdown → Restart → OK. 2. When the restart occurs, press F8. Keep pressing until you see the Advanced Boot Options window appear. winxp-safemode Remove ProLock ransomware 3. Pick Safe Mode with Networking.
Windows 8/10
1. On the Windows login screen, press the Power button. Press and hold the Shift key. Click Restart. 2. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings → Restart. win10-safemode Remove ProLock ransomware 3. Select Enable Safe Mode with Networking.

1.2) Remove ProLock ransomware.

Once the computer is launched in Safe Mode, open your browser and download anti-malware software of your preference. Scan your computer so that the anti-malware can locate the malicious files. Allow it to delete them. If you are unable to access Safe Mode with Networking, proceed to the instructions below.

Step 2. Remove ProLock ransomware using System Restore

2.1) Reboot your computer with Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

Windows 7/Vista/XP
1. Start → Shutdown → Restart → OK. 2. When the restart occurs, press F8. Keep pressing until you see the Advanced Boot Options window appear. winxp-safemode Remove ProLock ransomware 3. Pick Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
Windows 8/10
1. On the Windows login screen, press the Power button. Press and hold the Shift key. Click Restart. 2. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings → Restart. win10-safemode2 Remove ProLock ransomware 3. Select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

2.2) Restore system files and settings.

1. Enter cd restore when the Command Prompt window appears. Press Enter. 2. Type rstrui.exe and press Enter. 3. When the System Restore Window pop-ups, click Next. 4. Select the restore point and click Next. windows-system-restore Remove ProLock ransomware 5. Click Yes on the warning window that appears. When the system restore is complete, it is recommended that you obtain anti-malware software and scan your computer for the ransomware just to be sure that it is gone.

Step 3. Recover your data

If the ransomware has encrypted your files and you did not have backup prior to the infection, some of the below provided methods might be able to help you recover them.

3.1) Using Data Recovery Pro to recover files

  1. Download the program from a reliable source and install it.
  2. Run the program and scan your computer for recoverable files. datarecoverypro Remove ProLock ransomware
  3. Restore them.

3.2) Restore files via Windows Previous Versions feature

If you had System Restore feature enabled on your system, you should be able to recover the files via Windows Previous Versions feature.
  1. Right-click on an encrypted file that you want to restore.
  2. Properties → Previous Versions Windows-previous-version Remove ProLock ransomware
  3. Select the version of the file you want to recover and click Restore.

3.3) Shadow Explorer to decrypt files

Your operating system automatically creates shadow copies of your files in case of a crash but some ransomware manages to delete them. Nevertheless, it is still worth a try.
  1. Download Shadow Explorer. Preferably from the official website (http://shadowexplorer.com/), install and open the program.
  2. On the top left corner there will be a drop menu. Search for the disk that contains the encrypted files. shadow-explorer Remove ProLock ransomware
  3. If you do find some folders, right-click on them and select Export.

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