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

Unlock_files_instructions Ransomware

Unlock_files_instructions Ransomware is just one of the ways computer security experts refer to the GNL Locker infection. This malicious program barges into your computer and expects you to pay for the decryption key that is supposed to unlock your files. Unfortunately, there is no way to unlock your files at the time of writing, so quite a few users decide to pay the ransom. However, cyber criminals may not be able to issue the decryption key, too; and you would be left with the infected computer and encrypted files. Your job is to remove Unlock_files_instructions Ransomware from your system, and then look for ways to recover your files, either with a third-party decryptor or with a backup.

A file backup is something that every user should keep because you can never know when or how you could experience a complete system crash or when you could no longer recover your files. Also, as you can obviously see, a file backup is the easiest way to recover your files after a ransomware infection. So you should keep a backup in an external hard drive or at some online cloud storage. Some drives that have direct access to your computer may not be a good idea because Unlock_files_instructions Ransomware and similar infections tend to scan the affected computer first. During this scan, the malicious program locates all the mapped drives, and so even the files on remote drives could end up getting encrypted by this application.

If you are wondering how this ransomware managed to enter your computer, we can tell you at least two potential distribution tangents. First, it is clear that GNL Locker (the program responsible for this notification) is spread via spam email attachments. When you think about it, such distribution method is more dangerous to businesses and corporations than to average home users. It is very often that spam email messages that carry the ransomware installer look like messages from legitimate financial institutions. For example, if a company manager has been expecting a payment or an invoice, the person might be more willingly to open an attachment without checking all the details.

Another way to get infected with this ransomware program is through links to malicious websites. That would mean the criminals behind this program make use of exploits to redirect users to their pages and expose them to corrupted content. Just like with spam email, you would do yourself a favor if you are more cautious about what you click and where. Please bear in mind that the success of ransomware infection rate depends on your own browsing habits, too.

Now, if you have really been infected with this program, you know already that it demands around 250 USD or 250 EUR to be within the given period of time. If you fail to pay the ransom before the deadline, the program says it will triple the amount. Once again, you cannot be sure that Unlock_files_instructions Ransomware will give you the decryption key even if you do pay the money. Thus, your best option right now is to remove this infection and then restore your files, just as it has been mentioned in the previous paragraphs.

Below you will find instructions on how to delete the files associated with this ransomware program. Please note that it may take some time before you locate the file because it will have a random name. It means that in every infected computer, this infection drops files with randomly generated titles. This might present some difficulties in manual removal, but you can always check the date of when the file was created, and if that is the date when your files got encrypted, then you have found the culprit.

When you delete the Unlock_files_instructions Ransomware file from your Desktop as well, you should scan your computer with a security tool of your choice. It is always a good idea to refer to the professionals to ensure that your system has been wiped clean of all the potential threats. Also, if you encounter any problem as you try to get rid of this ransomware program, you can always ask for assistance by leaving a comment below this description.

Finally, to protect your PC from similar intruders in the future, you should get yourself a licensed antispyware tool. This way, you will provide a 24/7 protection for your system, and you will be able to breathe a sigh of relief.

How to Remove Unlock_files_instructions Ransomware

  1. Press the Win+R keys and the Run prompt will open.
  2. Type %AppData% and click OK. Open the Roaming folder.
  3. Find a .bat file with a random name and delete it.
  4. Remove the UNLOCK_FILES_INSTRUCTIONS.txt from your Desktop.
  5. Empty Recycle Bin and scan your PC with the SpyHunter free scanner.
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