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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

Screenlocker Hacking18

Screenlocker Hacking18 seems like a dangerous threat on a trial round. This means that although this Trojan screen locker could cause you a lot of harm by, for example, encrypting your most important personal files, it simply locks your screen. Of course, it tries to extort money from you so that you can unlock your computer, we must tell you that it is possible to put an end to this threat and restore you computer. All you need to do is restart your computer and remove Screenlocker Hacking18 from your system as soon as possible. We have included instructions for you at the end but before you jump there, we would like to share with you how this malicious infection can infiltrate your system and how it works so that you can defend your computer in the future from similar dangers.

In order to be able to safeguard your system from malicious threats like this, you need to realize how it is possible that this Trojan has managed to show up like an uninvited guest. User reports indicate that the main channel for this infection to be distributed by is via spam e-mail campaigns. Most users believe that just because their e-mail server is protected by a spam filter it means that they are all secure. However, the sad truth is that such spam mails may be able to avoid detection or even if they end up in your spam folder, you would most likely want to open them. The reason behind their success is no secret: These spam e-mails use deceptive tactics to fool your filter and you as well. It is quite possible that by looking at such a spam mail you would not see that it is fake or malicious. Mostly, because such a mail usually appears to have come from the police or other authorities. The subject of this mail can be anything that could look important to you, for example a flight ticket booking that went wrong, an undelivered parcel, an unsettled fine, and so on. It is quite obvious that most people could not resist this kind of temptation and this is exactly what these criminals rely on to infect you with Screenlocker Hacking18.

As a matter of fact, opening this spam mail is not the worst you can do. Although there are certain infections that can be triggered by clicking on a spam mail, this Trojan screen locker most likely infects you after you download its attachment and try to view it. In order for you to want to open this file, the body of this spam mail tries to convince you that there is an urgent matter you can have details about if you open the attached file. This attachment can be disguised as a normal image, video, or text file. Since it is this simple to infect your computer with such a malicious program, we suggest that you only open mails that are surely related to you. But even if you open a questionable mail, make sure that the attachment was meant for you to get. Another solution for you to protect your system in a more efficient way is to install a reliable malware removal application that not only could delete Screenlocker Hacking18 automatically but your PC would also be fully protected from all existing malware programs.

Once this infection starts up, it creates a Run registry entry so that it can autorun when you reboot your system. This Trojan screen locker also blocks your Task Manager so that you cannot easily end its malicious process, which would obviously unlock your computer. When it is finally ready to strike, this malware locks your screen and on top of all active windows it displays its warning window, which we can also call a ransom note actually. This window has a fake progress bar at the bottom that pretends to show you the progress of the destruction of your files. When all is set up, you can see that the "virus fully activated" and that your "computer destroyed," which are supposed to frighten you. Since you cannot seem to close this window or get it out of the way unless you are using Windows 10, of course, you may believe that the only way for you to recover your system is to pay these cyber criminals.

You also find instructions on this locker screen that inform you that you have to pay 1 Bitcoin, which is approximately 690 US dollars. Once you transfer the money, you have to contact these crooks via e-mail (t@torgourd.tg) and you will supposedly get an unlock code that you can use on this window to unlock your computer. But the good news is that there is a way around. You do not have to pay this money because we can tell you how you can delete Screenlocker Hacking18 from your computer. Fortunately, this Trojan seems to be created for sale or trial purposes; therefore, it does not really destroy your files. We do advise you, though, to take this seriously and consider making regular backup copies to a cloud storage place or a removable drive.

If you are using Windows 10, all you need to do is use the Alt+Tab key combination to change the active window and then, you can simply close this malicious window. Once you get this screen locker out of the way, you can take care of its related files. However, if your system is an earlier version, you need to restart your PC in Safe Mode before you can do anything. Please use our guide below if you feel up to the manual removal of Screenlocker Hacking18. Hopefully, you see how important it is to protect your operating system and the files you store on your hard disk. Anyone can let their guards down from time to time and click on corrupt content even accidentally. This is why we believe that the best way to defend your precious computer is to use a professional anti-malware program.

Restart your PC in Safe Mode

Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7

  1. Reboot your computer and keep tapping F8.
  2. Select Safe Mode and press the Enter key.

Windows 8/Windows 8.1

  1. Press the Windows key to change to the Metro UI screen.
  2. Click on the Power icon.
  3. Press and hold the Shift key and select Restart.
  4. Go to Advanced options in the Troubleshooting menu.
  5. Choose Startup Settings and select Restart.
  6. Press the F4 key to restart in Safe Mode.

Preparing removal in Windows 10

  1. Tap simultaneously Alt+Tab and change the active window.
  2. Close the malicious window.

Remove Screenlocker Hacking18 from Windows

  1. Tap Win+E to open File Explorer.
  2. Delete the random-name malicious executable file. It could be on your desktop, %Temp%, %Downloads% directory, or wherever you saved it.
  3. Tap Win+Q and enter regedit. Press Enter.
  4. Delete “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\Ransomware 2.0” registry value name.
  5. Close the registry editor.
  6. Empty your Recycle Bin and reboot your system in Normal Mode.
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