I wrote this article to help you remove CVLocker Ransomware. This CVLocker Ransomware removal guide works for all Windows versions.
The CVLocker infection pretends to be a ransomware. Luckily for you, it is not a real one. The Web is full of fake scammy viruses and CVLocker is one of them. If you are infected with it, don’t panic. Yes, the infection looks legitimate but it doesn’t hurt your files. What is does is lock your PC screen and then display a fake ransom note. According to this note, all of your files have been encrypted and unless you pay a ransom within an hour, they will be deleted. This is also a lie. Malware experts have tested this pest and they have confirmed that CVLocker is not able to delete any of your files. Check them to be sure that they are fine. You are perfectly able to open any of them or edit them etc.
Also, your data doesn’t have a brand new extension appended to it which is a classic sign of actual encryption. All of this is a scam. Don’t fall for it. However, you do have a parasite on board. CVLocker actually locks your computer screen thus preventing you from using your device normally. Needless to say, no matter what kind of infection you are hosting, it has to go. Immediately. No virus has a place on your machine. And the fact that this fake ransomware entered is a sign. A sign that you have to improve your security and be more careful while online. This time you got lucky as CVLocker cannot actually harm you. But next time you can get a real ransomware infection and then things would be different. Keep on reading this article in order to understand how to get rid of CVLocker and how to prevent future infections.
The CVLocker “Ransomware” relies on your panic. If you panic, you will act impulsively. Again, this time the situation is not that bad as you cannot actually lose money. The ransomware says that you have one hour to pay but it doesn’t provide any payment instruction. However, you may not lose money but you lose time. The pest is going on your nerves. You panicked for absolutely nothing. If you think about it, though, this is a good practice.
If you ever get infected with a real ransomware, don’t act impulsively and don’t trust anything crooks say. They are only interested in your money and they will so and day anything to make you pay. But you always have other options. It looks like that CVLocker is not completely finished yet. But this doesn’t mean that its developers won`t go all the way and turn it into a full on dreaded ransomware. What you need to do now is remove this imposter from your machine ASAP and once you do, make sure that it or any other real parasite won’t infect you again. To get rid of CVLocker manually, follow our removal guide at the end of this article.
How to protect yourself in the future? The number one technique all ransomware infections use is spam email messages. Of course, they can travel with freeware, corrupted links/pages, fake program updates, unverified download sources, but it appears that spam emails are the most preferred tactic when it comes to ransomware. Do not blindly trust any message you receive. Crooks often distribute their malware via seemingly legitimate emails. They disguise them to look like real ones and often use the name and logo of a well-known organization. They do all of this in order to trick you into believing the message is legit. But here`s what you can do.
You can always enter the email address of the sender into a search engine and go over the results. If it is used for shady business someone would have complained. Or, if the message is from a company, you can visit its official website and see if the addresses match. Don’t give into carelessness and distraction. They lead to infections and, as we said, next time you may get stuck with a real, dangerous and destructive parasite. Be vigilant and protect your machine. Don’t make hackers` job easier by being negligent.
CVLocker Ransomware Removal
Method 1: Restore your encrypted files using ShadowExplorer
Usually, CVLocker Ransomware deletes all shadow copies, stored in your computer. Luckily, the ransomware is not always able to delete the shadow copies. So your first try should be restoring the original files from shadow copies.
- Download ShadowExplorer from this link: http://www.shadowexplorer.com/downloads.html.
- Install ShadowExplorer
- Open ShadowExplorer and select C: drive on the left panel
- Choose at least a month ago date from the date field
- Navigate to the folder with encrypted files
- Right-click on the encrypted file
- Select “Export” and choose a destination for the original file
Method 2: Restore your encrypted files by using System Restore
- Go to Start –> All programs –> Accessories –> System tools –> System restore
- Click “Next“
- Choose a restore point, at least a month ago
- Click “Next“
- Choose Disk C: (should be selected by default)
- Click “Next“. Wait for a few minutes and the restore should be done.
Method 3: Restore your files using File Recovery Software
If none of the above method works, you should try to recover encrypted files by using File Recovery Software. Since CVLocker Ransomware first makes a copy of the original file, then encrypts it and deletes the original one, you can successfully restore the original, using a File Recovery Software. Here are a few free File Recovery Software programs: