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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine

Thtlocker Ransomware

Ransomware is known to be built not only by high-ranking hackers but by some unskilled novices interested in coding. The Thtlocker ransomware, also known as THT Locker, is one of the latest threats that only the screen of the PC just because of poor coding. A typical ransomware infection of the past year displays a ransom warning, which very often presented in a program window in a .txt or .html file after having encrypted all the files or files with certain extensions. In comparison, the Thtlocker ransomware does not have neither of the two, but it does lock the screen, which used to be a common feature of ransomware. If you have the Thtlocker ransowmare on your computer, you should close the full screen warning of the infection and remove the infection from the computer. Our removal guide below should help you get rid of the malicious software if you want to do that manually.

The Thtlocker Ransomware is coded using the .NET framework, which is used for a variety of applications, including both desktop and mobile apps for Windows. The infection displays a full screen warning in a red background without any demand for a ransom or explanation of why and how the system has been infected. The victim is informed that the computer is locked and that the files are encrypted. However, the infection does not affect files. Moreover, it does not copy itself, neither does it create its point of execution in the Windows Registry or any other location to load at very system startup. All these features suggest that the Thtlocker ransomware is not profit-oriented threat but only a test version. It is unclear whether it will be developed into something more disturbing and destructive, but for now you should bear in mind that the Thtlocker threat should be removed from the computer as soon as possible.

However, the attacker, or attackers, seems to show its belief that potential victims might be malware literate. The malicious executable file of the infection comes as cryptolocker.exe, fortunately, with no direct link to the notorious strain of ransomware dubbed CrytoLocker. The odds are that victims are supposed to do some search on the executable, and the deceptive name is supposed to scare people into thinking that Thtlocker is a serious threat. This strategy might have been used with an intention to develop Thtlocker into a data damaging threat, but there are no clues as to how the developers of the threat are going to proceed with the threat.

Another interesting fact about Thtlocker is that the first line in the warning is written in Russian. It again shows that some Russian speaking, or even Russian-based, hackers are interested in coding are attempting to make use of inexperienced computer users. Russia as a center for criminal hackers because of the financial damaged caused by Russian hacker groups working in the underground.

The origin of the infection aside, not only should you remove the Thtlocker ransomware but also considering changing some Internet use-related habits that must have caused your falling victim to the so-called screenlocker. So far it is not clear how the infection spreads, but for the sake of your own safety, you should be careful with unrecognized emails and questionable websites promoting freeware. Moreover, you should not trust pop-up inviting you to download a questionable program or register for some online programs where highly personal information might be required. Without a doubt, it is crucial to keep the operating system updated and secured against malware and spyware threats. An unprotected operating system can be easily compromised without you suspecting it.

When it come to malware removal, you will be always encouraged to rely on antimalware software because of its capability to identify different types of files that can have negative effect on the operating system. The Internet is full of complex and destructive threats that can delete your files or steal sensitive information, such as login details, in no time. But if you feel the need to remove the Thtlocker ransomware manually, use the removal guide provided below.

Remove Thtlocker

  1. Press the Alt and F4 keys simultaneously to close the full screen of the warning.
  2. Right-click on the taskbar and select Task Manager.
  3. Find the malicious process and right-click on it.
  4. Open its file in the folder and remove the file.
  5. Kill the process.
  6. Empty the Recycle Bin.



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