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

Shurl0ckr Ransomware

If Shurl0ckr Ransomware finds a way to infiltrate your system, you may have to pay a steep price for getting your files back. This vicious program can demand different amounts of ransom since it is actually sold as a Ransomware as a Service or RaaS. This means that cyber criminals can buy this infection on the dark net and download a customized version depending on what amount they choose. Hopefully, you have a backup stored on a removable drive or in cloud because you may not have other choice to recover your encrypted files. We do not believe that these criminals will release the decryption tool since this is not what their usual reaction to victims' payment is. It is more likely for them to either disappear right away, or send you further dangerous infections instead. This is why we advise you to remove Shurl0ckr Ransomware from your PC as soon as possible.

If you have visited suspicious websites lately, it is quite possible that this is how you infected your computer with this dangerous threat. One of the main distribution methods used in this case is actually so-called drive-by downloads. This malicious attacks happens when you end up on a webpage accidentally, i.e., not as a targeted visit on purpose, and this page run malicious scripts (Java or Flash) that drops this dangerous threat onto your system behind you back. In other words, you will not see this beast coming because you may only realize that you get redirected to a suspicious site on a new tab. By the time you close this tab or the whole browser window, it will be too late as this ransomware will already be operating in the background.

In order for you to end up on such a dangerous page, you either need to click on a corrupt third-party ad on a shady website (torrent, freeware, gaming, or gambling) or your computer has to be infected with malware like adware, which is capable of such a redirection or showing you content that will take you there. In any case, it is quite possible that there are other malware threats on your system right now; even though, this could be the most dangerous one. As you can assume, you cannot delete Shurl0ckr Ransomware from your computer without having your files encrypted. And, this is also why you also should be careful with opening e-mails since this ransomware may also be spread via phishing mails. One click on the wrong mail or malicious attachment could end very badly for you.

It is not yet known what kind of encryption algorithm this new ransomware program applies to take your most important files hostage. One is sure though: If you do not have a backup saved somewhere safe, you may lose all of your encrypted files in this cyber attack. This malware infection adds a new ".cypher" extension to the existing original extension of every affected file. It also drops a ransom note file called "HOW_TO_DECRYPT_FILES.html" on the desktop.

This file contains information about how to proceed now so that you can theoretically recover your encrypted files. Since this ransomware program is sold on the dark net as a service, the cyber criminals who buy it can choose between 0.01 BTC to 1 BTC as ransom fee. This means that what you have to pay for the decryption tool depends greatly on the greed of your attacker as it can cost you from around 98 to 9,800 dollars in Bitcoins depending on the current rate. The authors of this ransomware take a 10% commission after every ransom paid. Still, it could be a lucrative business if victims keep paying up. We do not want to encourage anyone to do so. Instead, we say that you should remove Shurl0ckr Ransomware right away.

It is not too complicated to erase this threat if you can identify the malicious .exe file that was dropped onto your system. Please use our guide below as a reference if you were to hunt down this dangerous ransomware program manually. Please note that your system could be compromised by other malware infections as well. Unless you make sure that your system is completely free of threats, it will not be safe for you to use your computer. This is why we advise you to employ a reputable anti-malware program, such as SpyHunter. Also, remember to keep all your programs updated to be prepared against cyber attacks exploiting older vulnerabilities through outdated software.

How to remove Shurl0ckr Ransomware from Windows

  1. Tap Win+E.
  2. Find and delete the malicious executable you have downloaded or dropped recently.
  3. Delete "HOW_TO_DECRYPT_FILES.html" from your desktop.
  4. Empty the Recycle Bin.
  5. Reboot your PC.
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