Scorpionlocker Ransomware is a few weeks old Indonesian malware threat that is also known as H34rtbl33d Ransomware. It seems that the same cyber criminals are behind this dangerous threat who created Halloware Ransomware. Why would this malware infection have two names? Well, the truth is, malware researchers may refer to it differently because of certain technical details, but we are still talking about the very same infection. This ransomware can encrypt most of your files and render them useless by making them inaccessible. You are offered to get the decryption key after paying a high price for it. However, our latest research shows that you cannot even go for that option anymore since the website containing vital information about the payment has been shut down. This means that your only way to restore your files is to use your backup, if you have any saved in cloud or on a portable drive. We strongly recommend that you remove Scorpionlocker Ransomware from your PC immediately.
When such a severe threat appears on your computer, it is unfortunately quite possible that you yourself allow it to infiltrate your system. How is this possible when you cannot recall doing so? Well, very easily. For example, you may get a spam email that you may consider important to open. This is possible because this spam makes you believe that it is urgent. The cyber criminals of today's world are way more sophisticated and tricky than they used to be 10 or 15 years ago. This spam, for instance, can claim that it is about wrong credit card information you allegedly entered while shopping online or booking a flight, a hotel room, but it can also regard an unpaid invoice or fine. Most people would be curious enough to want to know more because your mind simply works that way. Once you are exposed to such a subject line, even if it certainly does not relate to you, you would want closure, to solve the "riddle." This is why you would also click on the attachment to view it. However, this would start up the whole encryption process, which also means that you cannot delete Scorpionlocker Ransomware without losing your files to encryption.
Another way to infect your computer with this dangerous ransomware program is to forget about updating your browsers and drivers. If you are one of those inexperienced users who may think that the constant updating of any software is annoying or not really needed, you may expose yourself and your system to cyber criminals. There are malicious websites on the web, which can infect you simply by loading them in your outdated browser. Or, when you download and execute free programs or cracks after visiting a suspicious torrent site, you can also infect your system with this ransomware or several more threats as well bundled together. As you can see, you can actually prevent such a serious threat from sneaking onto your system and you would not have to remove Scorpionlocker Ransomware now.
The main reason for this malware infection to have this other name is, for example, the domain name of the Command and Control server, which is "h34rtbl33d.scorpionlocker.xyz." This ransomware program adds either ".H34rtBl33d" or ".d3g1d5" extension to the original extension of the files it encrypts. Unfortunately, this beast also deletes shadow copies, which simply means that you will have no way to restore earlier versions using built-in Windows functions. This infection creates a Run registry entry to autostart with Windows and a couple of other keys, too. I also creates a couple of copies of itself and places them on your system, for example, in the "%LOCALAPPDATA%\H34rtBl33d" folder, which is made hidden and contains "H34rtBl33d.bmp" as well, the ransom note desktop background image. Apart from this image, there are two other ransom notes placed on your desktop: "H34rtBl33d.txt" and "H34rtBl33d.html."
So, when the encryption is accomplished, your desktop background is replaced and you see this red warning on black background that claims that your files have been encrypted and you have to visit a secret webpage on the dark web for further details. However, our research indicates that this Tor link does not work anymore. Which also implies that there is no way for you to contact these criminals or to pay the ransom fee, which is thought to be 0.1337 Bitcoins (approximately 1,100 USD) based on user reports. We advise you to act immediately and remove Scorpionlocker Ransomware from your computer.
Finally, we can share with you how you can eliminate this ransomware from your computer. Please follow our instructions below this report if you are ready to take manual action. Of course, it is always sort of risky to do so when it comes to such a dangerous infection. So, please do it at your own risk. Please note that there could be other malicious and potential threats, too, on your computer right now. Even if this attack is probably the worst and most severe of them all, you cannot ignore this possibility. If you want to restore your virtual security and eliminate all possible threat, not to mention protect your PC from future threats, we recommend that you install a reputable malware removal program like SpyHunter.