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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Princess Locker Ransomware

One of the most malicious threats that could enter your operating system is Princess Locker Ransomware. This infection is very clandestine when entering your operating system, and it can stay hidden for the period necessary for file encryption. If you knew about the infection before it did anything, you would have a chance to delete it, and that is what the creator of the ransomware avoids by keeping it hidden. Even the infiltration of this ransomware might be silent. Obviously, you would never execute a file named “maliciousthreat.exe”, which is why the launcher might be concealed. For example, it might look like a normal Word Document file containing fake flight itinerary information. This file could be attached to a spam email, and that is why you have to be exceptionally cautious when you interact with suspicious emails sent by unfamiliar parties. Needless to say, you need to remove Princess Locker Ransomware if it has slithered in already, but, first, there are a few things you need to learn.

When the devious Princess Locker Ransomware is executed, it immediately encrypts your personal files. It is not yet known which specific files this threat targets, but we are sure that it is set to lock up such irreplaceable files as Word documents, photos, and media files. Of course, they are irreplaceable only if you have not backed them up previously. If you use cloud storage or external drives to back up your files, the malicious Princess Locker Ransomware might not seem so scary. Obviously, if the ransomware has encrypted the only copies of your precious files, you are in trouble. The ransomware can mess with your files in such a way that it will be impossible for you to read them without a special decryption key. Needless to say, cyber criminals would not go through the big ordeal of infiltrating malware and corrupting your files just to give you the key. Their goal is to force you into paying for this decryption key, and the sum requested for it might be very big.

Our researchers have found that Princess Locker Ransomware can create two files to provide you with more information, including !_HOW_TO_RESTORE_[extension].TXT and !_HOW_TO_RESTORE_[extension].html. Note that the “extension” part in the name of these files represents the unique extension the ransomware can append to the encrypted files. The HTML and TXT files are both used to inform that you need to pay money to receive the decryption tool or decryption key. It was found that the ransomware might request up to 3 BTC, which is a huge sum that converts to nearly $1900 or €1700. On top of that, the ransomware might threaten to double the sum up to 6 BTC if you do not pay in time. Do you have that kind of money? Even if you do, you should not mindlessly follow the demands of cyber criminals. Who’s to guarantee that you will get the decryptor by paying the ransom? We certainly cannot guarantee that, considering that we have seen plenty of ransomware victims who lose their files and their money at the same time.

Unfortunately, we do not have good news about the corrupted files. It is most likely that you will never get the decryption key, even when you pay the ransom, and that, of course, means that your files might be lost. If you are willing to take the risk, make sure you understand that you might lose your money in the process. Needless to say, if your files are backed up, you need to delete Princess Locker Ransomware right away. After that, you will be able to replace corrupted files. Of course, do so only after you are completely sure that your operating system is clean. We recommend using an automated malware scanner to see if your PC is free from malware. You can even use this tool if you want to erase the ransomware manually, but you have trouble identifying malicious components. Obviously, we believe that the best choice, in this situation, is to install an anti-malware tool that will erase all infections automatically and prevent them from entering in the future.

Princess Locker Ransomware Removal

  1. Right-click the malicious launcher (e.g., the spam email attachment file) and select Delete.
  2. Right-click and Delete the file named !_HOW_TO_RESTORE_[extension].txt.
  3. Right-click and Delete the file named !_HOW_TO_RESTORE_[extension].html.
  4. Restart the computer and immediately scan your PC to check for leftovers.

N.B. The TXT and HTML files might be located in multiple different folders.

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