- Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel
- Installs itself without permissions
If a new Russian ransomware called CryptoLockerEU Ransomware slithers onto your computer, you can be sure that all your major files, such as photos, videos, music files, archives, and third-party program files will be taken hostage and become unusable. This horrific attack can take as little as a minute and all your precious files could be gone. Of course, the authors of this vicious program offer you a way out by paying them a certain amount of ransom fee, but you should not really bank on it. Our experience and user reports show that cyber criminals rarely keep their promises as you would normally expect, of course. However, when in such a dire situation, people tend to believe that if they pay, they could get their files back. The sad truth is that we believe that the only way for you to ever recover your files is to have a backup copy on a portable drive, such as a pendrive or an external HDD. We advise you to remove CryptoLockerEU Ransomware as soon as you spot it on your system. This is what you must also do before starting to copy your clean files back, if you have a backup.
You may wonder how this dangerous threat managed to infiltrate your operating system. Well, the truth is that you had to open a spam e-mail and download its file attachment for starters. In most cases, this would not necessarily activate this ransomware even though there are some infections that are dropped right after you click to open the spam itself. For this attack to be activated you need to click to view the saved file. This is why this spam mail tries to convince you that its content is very important for you to see and this is why such infections tend to pose as image or document files instead of shady executables.
Although you may think that you would never open a questionable e-mail, let us tell you that these spams can be really convincing with their relevant-looking topics and authentic-looking senders. Or, could you possibly say “no” to a mail that claims to contain information about an unpaid speeding or parking ticket, an issue with a flight booking, a potential unauthorized use of your credit card warning from your bank, and the like? Well, these criminals know best what the average computer user would be too eager to see without a second thought. However, this can doom your precious files. Because the moment you run the saved file, this vicious program is activated and targets your files right away. By the time you can delete CryptoLockerEU Ransomware from your system, all your files will have been encrypted with a serious encryption algorithm.
This ransomware seems to use the RSA-2048 algorithm that is built in the Windows Operating System. Since it is part of your system, it can finish its dirty job in no time practically; well, depending on the performance of your computer and the number of targeted files. Once a file is encrypted, its name is modified with a new ".send 0.3 BTC crypt" extension. A ransom note text file is also dropped onto your system, which is displayed on your screen after the encryption is over. This file may be named as "ĐŔŃŘČÔĐÎÂŔŇÜ ÔŔÉËŰ.txt” if your local and language settings are not set to Russian. Otherwise, this file is called "РАСШИФРОВАТЬ ФАЙЛЫ.txt", i.e., "decode files.txt" in English.
This file claims wrongly that this infection uses RSA-2045 (instead of 2048-bit), which could be a simple mistake, of course. You have to pay 0.3 BTC (around 274 dollars at the time of writing) to a given Bitcoin address and then send an e-mail to an address from the choice of four: “firstname.lastname@example.org,” “email@example.com,” “firstname.lastname@example.org,” and “email@example.com.” Of course, it is always risky to transfer money to cyber criminals, let alone it is also illegal to support them in any way. It is really a nightmare when you do not have a backup, but, at the same time, this infection should be a warning sign for you that you must be more security-minded and save your important files regularly onto removable media. This comes in handy whenever you get hit by such a beast. If you want to be able to use your computer again, we advise you to delete CryptoLockerEU Ransomware ASAP.
Before you could locate the malicious file and remove it from your system, you need to end the process this ransomware is operating through. This process may have a random name; therefore, it is up to you to find it and kill it via Task Manager. If you need help with the steps, please follow our instructions below. Unfortunately, if this attack could take place, there is a chance that it may happen again. Even if you try to be more cautious, it is still possible that such a dangerous threat manages to slither onto your computer. Therefore, we suggest that you install a reliable anti-malware application, such as SpyHunter. In addition to that, we also recommend that you update your drivers and all of your software regularly to be on the safe side.
Remove CryptoLockerEU Ransomware from Windows