There are ransomware infections that might be region-specific, but the thing with malware is that there are no regional borders on the Internet. However, it is clear that KoreanLocker Ransomware mostly targets computer users in South Korea. Other than that, the infection is your regular ransomware infection that comes with the intention to steal everybody’s money. As usual, one needs to remove KoreanLocker Ransomware as soon as possible and then focus on restoring the encrypted files using all the means possible. And this description here will tell you more about these types of infections if it is your first time dealing with it.
This program is based on the HiddenTear ransomware. That is an open source program, and its code is available in public for anyone who knows where to find it. There are a lot of infections out there based on HiddenTear, like Goofed Ransomware, Magic Ransomware, Teamo Ransomware, and many others. When programs are all based on the same code, it gives us a few tips on how such applications should behave. However, since the code gets independently customized, there is no single remedy for each infection that comes from the HiddenTear family. Hence, each has to be treated as a separate intruder with separate removal instructions.
On the other hand, KoreanLocker Ransomware probably employs the same distribution method as most of the ransomware infections. Meaning, they travel by spam email. Reports claim that the installer file for this infection looks like a PDF document, and so users may open it without even realizing the danger behind it. Spam messages that distribute ransomware often look like official notifications from reliable organizations, and users feel compelled to open them. However, you would save yourself a lot of trouble if you scanned unfamiliar documents with a security application before opening them.
Perhaps the unique thing about KoreanLocker Ransomware is that it displays its ransom note in Korean. It says that your personal files, like photos, documents, videos, and others were encrypted using the RSA-2048 algorithm, and you have twenty-four hours to pay 1 bitcoin to receive the decryption tool. The demands are most definitely preposterous because, at the time writing, 1 Bitcoin approximately equals 14,000 USD. So if you are an individual user and not a corporation that can rake in a large sum of money over a short time, there is virtually no way you could pay this fee.
Please note that security experts always strongly discourage users from paying the fee because it does not guarantee that you would retrieve your files. What’s more, you can decrypt your files without paying the ransom. There is a public decryption tool available for the Hidden Tear ransomware, and you can find it online. Hence, you need to remove KoreanLocker Ransomware right now, and then look for the decryption tool that will help you restore your files.
Also, if you have all your files saved to a backup drive, you can delete the infected data and simply transfer the healthy files back into your computer. But do not forget to delete the ransomware before you do it.