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Danger level 9
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel
  • Blocks system files from running
  • Connects to the internet without permission

EdgeLocker Ransomware

EdgeLocker Ransomware is a malicious application whose entrance means that it will no longer be possible to access files. No, it does not delete those files. Instead, it encrypts them all. Encrypted files get a new filename extension .edgel, so you will not need much time to find out which of your files have been locked. Just like all other malicious programs that have fallen into the category of ransomware, EdgeLocker Ransomware performs the encryption of files not for fun. Its main goal is to make people pay money. Users should not hurry to do that, in the opinion of specialists working at, because it might be possible to recover files without the special key cyber criminals claim to have. For example, files could be recovered from a backup if it has been created before the entrance of EdgeLocker Ransomware and has been kept all this time outside the computer (e.g. on external hard drive). If such a backup does not exist, users should still not transfer the required money because they might not receive anything. Cyber criminals only seek to extort money from people, so when they get what they want, they often do not see a point of sending the promised decryption key to users. Make sure you fully delete this computer infection from the system no matter if you are going to pay a ransom or not.

Many users decide to pay a ransom after discovering all files in %USERPROFILE% and its subfolders encrypted. Actually, .exe files in the %WINDIR% directory might be touched too, but it does not mean that you should rush to pay a ransom to get files back. As it is clearly stated on the screen-locking window opened after the encryption of personal files, 0.1 Bitcoin has to be transferred to the provided Bitcoin address. When the payment is made, a user has to click the Check Payment button. As has already been told in the first paragraph, users who decide to make a payment risk losing their money too. We can assure you that the refund will not be issued for you if the decryption key is not sent. Therefore, you should go to try to unlock your files using alternative decryption methods or wait until the free decryptor is released.

EdgeLocker Ransomware secretly enters computers, encrypts users’ files, and places a window on Desktop that cannot be easily closed or moved just like other older ransomware infections do, but, luckily, it does not create a point of execution (PoE), meaning that it cannot launch automatically, does not copy itself to different directories, and does not place its files on the computer or apply changes in the system registry. Since it is not a very sophisticated computer infection, it should not be very hard to delete it from the system. Unfortunately, we cannot tell the same about the decryption of files locked by this ransomware infection.

All ransomware infections, no matter if they were developed some time ago or are completely new, tend to enter computers without permission. EdgeLocker Ransomware is no exception. Specialists have decided to find out more about its distribution too. It has become clear that this computer infection enters computers and then immediately starts encrypting users’ files when a user opens a malicious file he/she finds in a spam email. It comes as an attachment. It should be possible to prevent infections that are distributed through spam emails from entering the computer by ignoring all spam emails completely. On top of that, every user needs to have a security tool installed on the computer because the Internet is a dangerous place full of malicious software these days.

Go to fully delete EdgeLocker Ransomware from your system right now because keeping it is bad news. It is a must to do that to ensure the safety of your files in the future. Also, it is a necessary step in order not to see the screen-locking window again. Below are provided our manual removal instructions that will help you to erase this infection. You can go to delete it automatically too if you wish to take care of it quicker. In this case, you need to remove the window from Desktop by killing the malicious process in the Task Manager and then download a reputable malware remover, e.g. SpyHunter from the web.

Remove EdgeLocker Ransomware from your PC

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open the Task Manager.
  2. Click on the Processes tab to see a list of all processes.
  3. Right-click on the malicious process (it has the name of the malicious file launched).
  4. Click End Process.
  5. Delete the malicious file opened (you might be able to find it in %USERPROFILE%\Downloads).
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