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Danger level 10
Type: Malware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • System crashes
  • Slow Computer

Cryptographic Locker

Computer security experts always emphasize how important it is to keep a file back-up, either on an external hard drive or somewhere online (like cloud server, for example). File back-up is necessary because there are such infections like Cryptographic Locker out there that can encrypt all of the most important files without any hope of getting them back. It means that even if you remove Cryptographic Locker from system, you will have to deal with unavoidable consequences of this infection, namely – the loss of your personal files.

The most important thing is not to pay a single cent to Cryptographic Locker because it cannot bring anything back. This infection is a ransomware program, but unlike the usual ransomware applications that lock you out of your computer, Cryptographic Locker just displays a notification that your files have been encrypted. It also does not try to convince you that you have been involved in criminal activity. This infection just blatantly states that your files have been encrypted, and you have 24 hours to pay the required fee in Bitcoins; otherwise you will lose the chance to restore your files for good.

Unfortunately, the chance most probably has been lost already, and this application does its best to prevent you from changing its files as well. In that aspect, Cryptographic Locker is very similar to Cryptolocker ransomware because it blocks you from accessing Registry Editor and Windows Task Manager. It does not block any browsers and Cryptographic Locker also changes your wallpaper into the one that says your files are encrypted.

It is disturbing that users often download Cryptographic Locker onto their computers willingly albeit unwittingly. They simply do not understand or do not know what they are downloading. It happens because this ransomware application gets distributed through third-party file hosting websites or pop-up ads. It just proves that if you want to avoid the likes of Cryptographic Locker, you have to download applications and program updates only from the official vendor websites.

Although it is not possible to recover encrypted files, you still have to get rid of Cryptographic Locker. If you are an average computer user, you should not try removing the application on your own. Please follow the instructions below to download SpyHunter free scanner and terminate Cryptographic Locker automatically. It would be for the best to install in a licensed antispyware tool that would help you protect your computer from various infections in the future.

Do not hesitate to leave us a comment if you have any questions about Cryptographic Locker or computer security in general. We will reply as soon as possible.

How to remove Cryptographic Locker

Windows 8

  1. Press Windows key and C key at the same time.
  2. Go to Settings and click Power button.
  3. Go to Troubleshoot and select Advanced options.
  4. Open Startup settings and click Restart button.
  5. Press F5 to select Safe Mode with Networking.
  6. When system loads, open your browser.
  7. Access http://www.pcthreat.com/download-sph and download SpyHunter.
  8. Install the program and scan your PC.

Windows Vista & Windows 7

  1. Restart the PC and tap F8 key repeatedly.
  2. Select Safe mode with Networking and press Enter.
  3. Go to http://www.pcthreat.com/download-sph.
  4. Download SpyHunter and run a full system scan.

Windows XP

  1. Reboot your computer and press F8 several times.
  2. Use arrow keys to navigate and select Safe mode with Networking. Press Enter.
  3. Click Yes on the confirmation box.
  4. Download SpyHunter.
  5. Open Start menu and launch Run.
  6. Enter msconfig into Open box and click OK.
  7. Select Startup tab on System Configuration Utility.
  8. Press Disable all button and click OK.
  9. Restart the PC in Normal mode.
  10. Install SpyHunter and perform a full system scan.
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