Is this a dangerous ransomware
Lokf extension ransomware is a type of malware that locks data and can lead to severe damage. Ransomware is considered to be a serious infection, which could lead to very serious consequences. When you open the infected file, the ransomware instantly starts encrypting specific files. Ransomware has particular files it targets, and those files hold the most worth to victims. Unfortunately, you will have to get a special key in order to unlock files, which the hackers behind this malware will offer you for a price. If the ransomware can be cracked, malware specialists may be able to develop a free decryptor. If you do not have backup for your files and don’t plan on giving into the requests, that free decryption program may be your best option.
In addition to finding files encrypted, you’ll also notice a ransom note placed somewhere on your device. The note will clarify that files have been encrypted and the sole way to get them back is to pay. While we cannot say what you should do as it is your files we’re talking about but we wouldn’t advise paying for a decryption program. A more likely scenario is criminals taking your money but not providing anything in exchange. What’s stopping them from doing just that. A better investment would be backup. In case you have made copies of your files, there is no need to hesitate so just terminate Lokf extension ransomware.
If you recall recently opening a spam email attachment or downloading a program update from a dubious source that is how it gained access into your device. Those methods are the most common among malware makers.
Ransomware distribution ways
We think that you fell for a fake update or opened a file attached to a spam email, and that’s how the ransomware managed to get in. Because malicious spam campaigns are quite frequent, you have to learn what dangerous spam look like. If you get an email from an unexpected sender, carefully check the contents before you open the attached file. So as to make you lower your guard, hackers will use recognizable company names in the email. It is pretty usual for the sender to pretend to be from Amazon or eBay, with the email saying that a receipt for a purchase has been added as an attachment. However, it is easy to examine these emails. All you really need to do is see if the email address matches any that belong to the company. If you’re unsure scan the attachment with a malware scanner, just to be sure.
Falling for a false software update could have also caused this if you do not think you got it through spam emails. Dubious pages are the most likely place where you could have encountered the false update alerts. It is also not uncommon for those bogus update notifications to appear through advertisements or banners. We highly doubt anyone who knows how updates work will ever engage with them, however. Since nothing valid and secure will be offered through such fake alerts, be careful to stick to legitimate download sources. If you have automatic updates turned on, programs will update automatically, but if manual update is required, you’ll be notified via the application itself.
What does this malware do
In case it has not been clear enough, your files are now encrypted. While you may not have necessarily noticed this happening, but the encryption process began soon after you opened the malware file. An added extension to files will pinpoint files that have been encrypted. There is no use in attempting to open affected files since they have been encrypted using a powerful encryption algorithm. You will then find a ransom note, where crooks will tell you that your files have been encrypted, and how you could get them back. Generally, ransom notes follow a specific pattern, they intimidate victims, request payments and threaten to permanently eliminate files. While hackers may be right in saying that file decryption without a decryption utility is not possible, giving into the requests is not suggested. Realistically, how likely is it that hackers, who locked your files in the first place, will feel obligated to restore your files, even after you pay. Furthermore, the crooks may target you specifically in their future ransomware attacks, knowing that you’re inclined to give into the demands.
Before you even consider paying, check storage devices you have such as cloud and social media ones to see maybe some of your files are stored somewhere. Some time in the future, malware specialists may make a decryption utility so keep your locked files stored somewhere. Whatever it is you’ve chosen to do, eliminate Lokf extension ransomware promptly.
No matter if your files are restorable this time, you need to start backing up your files regularly from now on. You might end up in a similar situation again which may result in permanent file loss. Backup prices differ depending in which form of backup you choose, but the purchase is certainly worth it if you have files you do not want to lose.
Ways to delete Lokf extension ransomware
Attempting to erase ransomware manually may end in disaster so it isn’t advised to attempt it. You have to get malware removal program for safe ransomware removal. You will likely need to load your system in Safe Mode for the anti-malware program to work. As soon as your computer has been booted in Safe Mode, scan your device with anti-malware and remove Lokf extension ransomware. Malware removal will not restore files, however.