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Ransomware | 04/16/2018

How to remove ScorpionLocker Ransomware & restore your data?

About: The ScorpionLocker Ransomware is a notorious malware infection which is prone to infect your system and encrypt all your data files. That is why it is important to pay attention and know everything about such malware programs to save y...  Read More  

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What is ScorpionLocker Ransomware?

The ScorpionLocker Ransomware is a malicious ransomware infection which is prone to infringe your system security and encrypt all your important data files. This ransomware virus is also associated with the H34rtBl33d ransomware virus. After encrypting all your important data, this ransomware leaves a ransom note which asks the user to pay a ransom of one bit coin in order to unlock the encrypted data.

Ransom note

Threat Summary

  • Name: ScorpionLocker Ransomware
  • Targeted Operating System: Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 8/10
  • Category: Ransomware
  • Symptoms: Encrypts system files and slow system performance

Why is ScorpionLocker Ransomware dangerous for your computer system?

The ScorpionLocker Ransomware is a malware program which can gain an unauthorized access to the user’s system. It infiltrates the user system by using various malicious tactics implemented by cyber crooks. This ransomware is a major threat for your computer system because it is capable to lock all your data files and will make it impossible for you to recover them. This is so because the locked data files can only be recovered through a decryption key. Once the data files are encrypted, this ransomware leaves a ransom note on the user’s system which asks the user to pay a hefty amount of ransom in order to deliver the decryption key.

In most cases, the cyber criminals ask the user to contact them directly, but in this case the cyber criminals directly ask the user to pay for the decryption key.  This ransomware adds a .ScorpionLocker extension to all the data files. For eg. all the data files with Doc.jpg are renamed to Doc.jpg.scorpionLocker.

We highly recommend you not to contact the cyber criminals because in most cases they don’t deliver the decryption key even when the user pays the ransom amount.  So, it is better to invest your hard earned money in an effective back up and internet security software which can guard you against such hazards situations in future.

How did Scorpion Locker installed on your PC?

The cybercriminals use various strategies for malware distribution which include –

  1. Software Bundling: Software bundling is the process in which a malicious program is distributed with other free software, to get an unnoticed entry into your computer system. When a user installs a free application, the malicious programs gains a front door entry with the free application, the user has downloaded. Thus, it is a good idea to keep an eye on the installation screens while installing these free applications.
  2. Infected Storage Devices: Your system can also get infected by using removable media such as USB hard drives and jump drives without scanning them with an anti-virus.
  3. Spam Emails – Spamming is the most economic and common method used for the distribution of such malware. The targeted users get genuine looking emails which contain .doc, .txt, and other similar attachments. These attachments can be named as anything which can grab the user’s attention and triggers him/her to open the attachment. As soon as the user opens this attachment, the malware infects the user’s computer system.
  4. Malicious Websites or Malevolent Advertisements: The malicious websites are the ones which are created just for promoting the malware infections. Such websites include but are not limited to porn sites, torrent sites and other free downloading platforms. By visiting such websites, the adware infects the user’s computer without permission. Fake advertisements and updates like Flash player and windows updates which ask the user to update to the latest version are a few examples. When the users click on such links, their computer system gets infected. That is why, it is highly recommended to resist clicking on such links. Also avoid clicking on advertisements offering free stuff such as Win an iPhones, cars or free overseas trips etc.

How to remove ScorpionLocker Ransomware?    

There are many online platforms which will suggest you way to remove ScorpionLocker ransomware. Unfortunately none of these removal guides can help in decrypting the locked data. That is why, we highly recommend you not to waste your time on such ransomware removal guides. The best you can do is to restore your encrypted data through the windows previous version.

Restore the encrypted data via Windows previous version

If the system restore was enabled for both, system and user files, then you can recover your personal data through Windows Previous Version, provided the ransomware has not damaged the backup files. To restore your data follow the instructions given below –

  1. Open My Computer and search for the folder you want to restore.
  2. As soon as you find it, right click on it and choose the restore previous version option from the new window.restore windows previous version
  3. This option will display all the previous copies of the folder.restore windows previous version
  4. Now select restore data and through the options i.e. Open – Copy – Restore. 

Tips to prevent malware from infecting your system

Tips to prevent your computer system from getting infected –

  1. Keeping the Operating System Updated- In order to remain protected and avoid such infections, it is recommended to keep your Operating System updated by enabling the automatic update on your system. The systems with outdated or older versions of Operating System become an easy target for the attackers.
  2. Resist clicking on spam emails – One of the major techniques used for malware distribution is forwarding spam emails to the user. The system gets infected as soon as the user clicks on the attachment. These mails appear to be genuine, so be aware and resist falling for these tricks.
  3. Keep an eye on third party installations- It is quite important that you take due care while installing any third party applications for they are major source of such infections. Such malware programs come bundled with the free applications thereby requiring the user to remain cautious.
  4. Regular periodical backup- In order to keep your data and files safe, it is recommended to take regular back up of all your data and files either on an external drive or cloud.
  5. Use Anti-Virus Protection- We strongly recommend the use of antivirus protection/internet security in your PC like Sophos and Hitman Pro so that it remains safe.
  6. Enable the Ad Blocker/Popup Blocker in your browser- Enabling the popup blocker/ ad blocker in your chosen browser will help you to stay protected from annoying adware.

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