If you think that cyber criminals are always extremely good at what they do, you should seriously reconsider that because Alma Locker Ransomware is a clear indication of the opposite. This ransomware program enters your computer surreptitiously and then locks your files. It requires you to pay ransom in order to restore your files, but that will not be possible because the program does not work properly. In this situation, the thing you really have to do is remove Alma Locker Ransomware from the system as soon as possible. As far as your files are concerned, you should consider restoring them from a backup.
Now, why do we say that this program does not work properly? Usually, when a ransomware infection affects a target computer, the infected user is given some sort of a method to restore their files. This requires communication between the infected computer and the command and control center that is responsible for ransomware distribution. If the connection cannot be established, the decryption key cannot be issued. More often than not, ransomware programs employ third-party servers that are too shaky to ensure a reliable connection. The same applies to Alma Locker Ransomware, too. The website that should be the medium between you and the criminals is down. Hence, there is no way to contact the malware creators, and they cannot supply you with the decryption tool.
Luckily, not all files will be affected by this program. The infection skips files in the %APPDATA%, %ALLUSERSPROFILE%, %PROGRAMFILES(x86), and %PROGRAMFILES% directories. In theory, you still need to establish the connection with the people who infected you, so Alma Locker Ransomware cannot encrypt every single file on your PC because it still needs your system to work. Hence, a list of directories that escape the encryption. Nevertheless, there are still a lot of document and pictures files that get affected by this program.
Of course, it is possible to avoid getting infected with Alma Locker Ransomware altogether. It is just that users often do not understand how such infections manage to enter their systems. Ransomware programs usually have two major methods of distribution: spam email campaigns and web exploit kits. This program in question uses spam emails to spread around. The email message that carries Alma Locker Ransomware’s installation file often looks like a message from a legal institution or an online store or some social networking website. Users think that the attached documents are important, and they have to open them immediately.
Alas, opening the attachment file from ransomware spam campaign results in a malicious infection. And you already know that Alma Locker Ransomware and similar programs encrypt target files to terrorize users into paying money to get them back.
Of course, since there is no way to communicate with the program’s website, you cannot get a decryption key from Alma Locker Ransomware. Instead, you should remove the file you have opened right before the encryption. Then scan your system with a computer security tool of your choice to make sure that no other malicious files remain on your system. Finally, when your PC is safe and clean, you can restore your files from a backup. It might be cloud storage online or an external hard drive. Depends on where you keep them.