If you find out that your computer has been hit by Rozalocker Ransomware, your worst nightmare may have come true since all your images and documents could be lost in this malicious attack. As a matter of fact, this vicious ransomware program seems to target Russian speaking countries and is most likely developed by Russian hackers just like most of similar threats. We keep emphasizing the importance of making regular backups on a removable drive so that you can have a clean copy of your most important files if anything like this might happen. Of course, the best way to make sure that your PC is protected from such ugly threats is to install a decent anti-malware program. Although you are offered a way by these cyber criminals for you to recover the files this malware infection has encrypted, we do not advise you to either contact these crooks or transfer the ransom fee to get the unique decryption key. If you do not want to cause further system security problems, we highly recommend that you remove Rozalocker Ransomware right away. Let us tell you some more details about this severe threat so that you understand how you may have infected your PC and what you can do to avoid it again.
Since this new ransomware program is still under tests, we cannot tell you with 100% certainty how it is distributed. Of course, we can share with you two main methods that are most likely applied in this case just like in most of the ransomware cases. First of all, it is quite possible that you let this beast on board by downloading or opening a file attachment in a spam e-mail. This attachment may look like an image or document file but in reality it is a malicious .exe file that will initiate this vicious attack. Obviously, this is why this attachment is in disguise. Cyber criminals can make you feel like this mail and the attached file is of great importance to you, let alone an urgent matter. This trap is carefully set up for you to walk right into.
The sender of such a spam mail can look absolutely authentic and sometimes even one that you would not even dare to question or doubt, such as a local authority like the police. Once you feel like this mail is from someone you can trust or you are better off taking seriously, the subject of this spam will simply make this feeling even stronger. This mail can appear to be about an urgent issue with your credit card or bank account details you may have used wrongly while booking a flight or purchasing something, but it could also claim to be an unpaid fine. Even if you would not feel related at this point, you would definitely want to see this alleged fine or form you are supposed to have filled out wrongly, right? Unfortunately, as we have said, by trying to view this attachment that you believe to be the clue to this issue in question you would activate this attack and lose your precious files to encryption before you could delete Rozalocker Ransomware.
Yet another method might be to spread this ransomware the use of fake update third-party ads as a cover. A lot of unsuspecting users can be fooled this way. You would see a window popping up here and there while you are browsing the web and it would keep reminding you that you must update your software in order to be safe from malware or to see some special content on a page. Of course, most users would feel drawn to this ad and click. However, instead of an official software update they would simply drop this horrible infection. As you may have realized by now, by the time you get to delete Rozalocker Ransomware, your files will be rendered useless. Prevention is the only way for you to protect your machine from such a threat.
This malware infection may use one of the usual encryption algorithms, such as AES and RSA to cipher your files. Each encrypted file gets an ".enc" extension so that you can recognize the hostages and see the scope of devastation on your hard disk. Apart from this, your HOSTS.txt file is also modified to include a list of mainly Russian websites, including vk.com, ok.ru, and playground.ru, which become blocked from you. Also, a ransom note text file called "readme.txt" is dropped in your C:\ root directory. This ransom note is in Russian language, which confirms our assumption that it may target mainly Russian speaking countries, i.e., the countries that were formerly parts of the late Soviet Union. You are asked to pay 10,000 RUB, which is around 173 USD, in Bitcoins to a given Bitcoin wallet if you want to get the decryption key. After you transfer this fee, you are to send an e-mail to email@example.com. Of course, it is always risky to pay or contact such cyber criminals. Even if you get any decryption key, it might be the wrong one that will not work but you may also get further malware threats in a package. We advise you to remove Rozalocker Ransomware ASAP if you want to save your system.
Fortunately for you, it is quite easy to eliminate this severe threat. Virtually, you need to delete the related files and that is all there is to it. We have prepared a guide for you if you would like to do this manually. It is possible though that you would prefer an automated method since you may realize that you cannot protect your PC effectively on your own. Therefore, we suggest that you install an up-to-date malware removal program, such as SpyHunter. Do not forget to keep this tool and all other programs as well always updated for best results.