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

ShinigamiLocker Ransomware

If ShinigamiLocker Ransomware manages to slither onto your system, it is quite likely that you will lose your most important files in this vicious attack. Of course, if you have a recent backup saved in cloud storage or on a removable hard disk, you can easily restore your files. Otherwise, they will all remain inaccessible and unusable due to encryption. Unfortunately, we have not found any free tool on the web that could help you recover your files after this dangerous attack. This does not mean that such a tool will not appear on the web in the near future but we cannot rely on that either. Although you are offered a ransom fee to get your files decrypted, we do not advise you to trust your attackers. In fact, experience shows that it is very rare that such crooks actually decrypt victims’ files or send them the decryption key. It is more likely that instead of a working key they send another dangerous threat to extort more money from you once you proved that you are ready to pay for your lost files. All in all, we recommend that you remove ShinigamiLocker Ransomware from your system if you want to restore your system security.

We have found that this dangerous malware infection can be distributed the usual ways. The most likely of these is spamming campaigns since this way cyber criminals can reach a lot of potential victims in a very short time. This spam has an attached file that you should not open in under any circumstances. Obviously, if you are infected with this dangerous threat, chances are we are too late with this warning; however, it may help you avoid the next attack. This spam could look like something very important to you. This effect is reached by the authentic-looking sender name and e-mail address pairs as well as the subject, which is usually something that would draw your attention right away. These subjects include unsettled invoices, unpaid speeding ticket or other fines, and issues with your credit card details. Unfortunately, we are a very curious type as humans and we would like to see such a mail even when we cannot related to it right then. We may believe that opening this mail can clear up the clouds and we would see the whys and hows. The problem is that you would only know any better if you downloaded the attached file; at least, this is what you are led to believe by this mail. However, once you try to open this file attachment, you simply initiate this dangerous attack and you will not be able to delete ShinigamiLocker Ransomware in time to save your files.

But there are other ways for this infection to sneak onto your system and most likely behind your back. For example, if your browsers and drivers (Java and Adobe Flash) are not updated regularly, you could be infected by Exploit Kits. These kits are used by cyber crooks on webpage especially created to drop such an infection as soon as the page loads in your browser. You can easily land on such a page after clicking on a corrupt link or third-party advertisement on a shady website or you could also be redirected there by malware programs hiding on your computer. Therefore, we advise you to keep all your browsers and drivers up-to-date and to run a reliable malware scanner after you remove ShinigamiLocker Ransomware.

Once this threat is activated, it targets your most important files (photos, videos, documents, and archives) and encrypts them. Every encrypted file gets an encoded name that has 8 alphanumeric characters as well as a “.shinigami” extension. When the damage is done, this ransomware locks your screen with its ransom note image that contains a well-known anime character in the middle. This ransom note demands you to pay 50 US dollars worth of Bitcoins (around 0.01 BTC) to a given Bitcoin address in order for you to be able to unlock your files and computer. Such a lock screen can be very misleading as you may really believe that there is no other way out. Even more so, as this note warns you not to restart your computer or quit this screen any other ways. However, sending money to these criminals may not guarantee the decryption of your files. On the other hand, you would simply assist cyber criminals to commit further crimes on the net. Therefore, we recommend that you remove ShinigamiLocker Ransomware as soon as possible even if this would possibly mean the loss of your files.

Hopefully, you see now why it is important to keep a backup somewhere safe. If you are lucky enough to have one, you should delete ShinigamiLocker Ransomware before you start transferring the clean files. In order for you to be able to do so, you need to restart you computer first. Fortunately, this ransomware does not start up automatically with Windows, so this is the best way for you to end the screen lock. Then, you can delete all related files. Please follow our guide below if you feel skilled enough for the task and if you can possibly identify the malicious executable. If you want to find the best way to safeguard your PC against all malicious attacks, we suggest that you employ a trustworthy malware removal program, such as SpyHunter.

How to ShinigamiLocker Ransomware from Windows

  1. Restart your computer.
  2. Press Win+E.
  3. Locate and delete recently downloaded suspicious .exe files.
  4. Empty your Recycle Bin.
  5. Restart your PC.
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