LockMe Ransomware is a dangerous threat that can lock users’ files and as a result, make them useless. Apparently, the hackers behind this malicious program seek to gain money from their victims as the ransom note, left after the computer gets infected, asks to pay a ransom. As you realize there are no guarantees the malware’s developers have the decryption tool needed to unlock encrypted files and even if they do there is not knowing if they will actually deliver it. What we are trying to say is that dealing with these people could be extremely risky since you might end up losing not just the locked files, but your money too. Of course, we do not recommend trusting the hackers and instead of putting up with any demands advise removing LockMe Ransomware. To get rid of the malware manually, you could follow the provided deletion steps located below. Later on, encrypted files could be restored from backup copies if there are any, so there might be still hope to get back at least some of affected data.
It seems the malicious program is targeted at users worldwide since its ransom note can be provided in 54 different languages. The message’s main idea is to convince the victim there is nothing he can do but to put up with the listed demands. Currently, the price is 0.03 Bitcoin or approximately 350 US dollars. The hackers expect users to transfer the said price to a provided Bitcoin address (1LockMeEPLr4ZRsoht8Wp6idBsT5TuBXtX). Also, LockMe Ransomware‘s developers threaten to leak user’s private data to the Internet if he does not pay. However, the note does not say how much time the victim has to pay the ransom. Consequently, we would advise you not to rush and consider your options carefully. As mentioned earlier paying the ransom is risky, and as for the malicious program’s developers leaking the personal files on the Internet, it could be just an empty threat to convince you to pay. Thus, if you do not want to risk your savings, we strongly recommend not to do so.
The described ransom note should be called README_FOR_DECRYPT_YOUR_FILES.txt, and according to our specialists, it appears only after LockMe Ransomware finishes locking all user’s files. We believe the malware should be after your personal data only, e.g., photos, videos, various documents, etc. It means files belonging to the computer’s operating system or other software might remain unaffected and so the device should run as usual except you should be unable to open any of the encrypted files. After locking them, LockMe Ransomware should mark each file with an additional .lockme extension, e.g., picture.jpg.lockme, text.docx.lockme, and so on. Moreover, our specialists report the malicious program could enter the system through infected email attachments, malicious software installers, and so on. Therefore, to avoid such threats in the future users should watch out for suspicious data downloaded from the Internet or received via email. Additionally, in order to protect personal data, we would recommend doing regular backups.
Those who choose not to risk their money and not to put up with the hackers’ demands should erase LockMe Ransomware at once. One of the ways to achieve this is to remove the malware’s launcher manually. It might be a difficult task even with the deletion instructions located below, so if you think it is too challenging we recommend installing a reliable antimalware tool of your choice instead. In which case, you would only need to set it to scan the system and then press the removal button to eliminate all identified threats at once.