Welcome to our page regarding .Lukitus Virus! You are reading the following article now because maybe you have been either infected with this obnoxious virus, or you simply want to get true information about this type of malware and its typical characteristic features and behavior. In either case, we hope that you will find the following information beneficial and interesting. Something more, a removal guide has been assembled, which may be able to help you save your computer from .Lukitus Virus.
Nature of .Lukitus Virus
Perhaps you already know, but your PC has become a victim of one of the bad guys on the Internet – Ransomware. This particular piece has been identified and regarded as Ransomware cryptovirus, which essentially means that it encrypts the files on the infected computer and then demands the user pay a lot of money in exchange for granting them a decryption key to free their files. They actually create a list with all the files you usually use by scanning your drives, after which they proceed with the encryption of all those files one by one. In this way, eventually, some of your files end up inaccessible and you end up reading the ransom notification .Lukitus Virus normally generates when it has contaminated any system.
You could find even more distrustful and unfair the fact that viruses like this don’t always come to your computer alone. As a matter of fact, it is often accompanied by a Trojan horse virus. It explores your system for any weaknesses and vulnerabilities and then finds a way for the Ransomware to just enter your machine. Both viruses can get distributed in various ways: inside torrents, on infected websites, on shareware and program bundles. But they also prefer travelling inside contaminated emails and their attachments. That’s the most common distribution method. However, these are by far not the only ones and hackers are constantly coming up with new and more cunning methods of dsitrubution.
Is paying the demanded money a good idea?
We can’t tell you what you ought to do for sure. In spite of that, we will just remind you that you are dealing with hackers who have infected your computer with possibly two dangerous types of malware. Do you think that you can trust people like this to give you back the access to your files? It is true that if you refuse to pay, you may not ever access your locked up data again. However, even if you do pay the ransom there is still no guarantee that these cyber criminals will stop harassing you and will just give you the key to your files. Whatever you consider doing, you should be the one to make this difficult decision because you are the person who is risking their important data. We have assembled an efficient removal guide for you in case you decide to deal with the infection and not to accept the hackers’ demands. It’s not a guarantee that it will recover of your data, but it at least represents a way to remove .Lukitus Virus from your PC and potentially also recover your encrypted data.
Prevention is always the best way
After you are infected, no tool and no expert may be able to help you take over your system again. Learning how to stay away from trouble, you will always be safe from any malware, including .Lukitus Virus. We strongly recommend that you:
- Never neglect the safety and health of your PC by keeping no anti-virus tool. Purchase a good one and update it on a regular basis.
- Remember to ALWAYS have your Firewall on. This is a more general prevention tip, but on the other hand, it could stop you from accessing possibly dangerous websites.
- Learn how to avoid and ignore any emails from unknown and/or suspicious senders. Any letter both in your INBOX or SPAM folder may contain .Lukitus Virus or a similar virus. Also, DON’T download any attachments.
- Be really careful with the sources of the software you install and download on your computer, as .Lukitus Virus may also come in software bundles. Trust only websites with a good reputation.
- Often check (scan) your PC for Trojans and get rid of them. They are the ones who sneak Ransomware inside your machine.
- If you are being harassed, contact experts and the authorities that may give their help. DON’T do business with any criminals, including the cyber ones.
.Lukitus Virus Ransomware Removal
Prior to starting to execute the steps from the guide, we advise you to either bookmark this page or open it on a separate device since throughout the process of completing the guide, you might need to exit your browser.
1: Using Safe Mode
Before beginning to troubleshoot the issue, you are advised to enter Safe Mode on your PC. If you do not know how to do that, use this guide on how to enter Safe Mode.
2: Spotting the process
Open your Task Manager using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc key combination. Next, go to the processes tab and carefully look through the list for any shady entries. Usually, malicious processes will be consuming large amounts of CPU and RAM and will either have no description or will have a suspicious-looking one.
Once you identify the virus’ process, right-click on it and select Open File Location. Delete everything in the folder that opens if you are sure that the process was malicious. If you are not sure, contact us in the comments.
Go back to the Task Manager and end the potentially harmful process.
3: Hosts file IP’s
Go to your start menu and in the search field, paste the following address: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts. Select the first result and look at the bottom of the newly opened notepad file. See if there are any IP’s below “Localhost” and tell us in the comments if there were any IP addresses.
4: System Configuration Startup Programs
Type System Configuration in the Windows search bar and open the first result. Go to the Startup tab and take a look at the list of startup programs (on Windows 10, the Startup programs can be seen in the Startup Section of the Task Manager). If any of them look shady or have unknown manufacturer or a manufacturer with a sketchy name, uncheck those entries and click on OK.
Open the Run window (WinKey + R), type regedit and press Enter. Once the Registry Editor opens, press Ctrl + F and type the name of the virus. Select Find Next and delete whatever gets found that has the virus’ name. Do that with all search results.
6: Deleting potential virus files
Open the Start Menu and separately type each of the following locations: %AppData% %LocalAppData% %ProgramData% %WinDir% %Temp% . Open each of those folders and sort their contents by date. Delete the most recent files and folders. When you open the Temp folder, delete everything in it.