I wrote this article to help you remove Deria Lock Ransomware. This Deria Lock Ransomware removal guide works for all Windows versions.
Deria Lock is a part of the most dreaded cyber infection family – ransomware. Hackers are developing newer and newer pieces of these file-locking programs every day and their numbers have grown significantly. Deria Lock has several versions and if you are stuck with either one, you are in big trouble. The ransomware will wreck your system completely either way.
For instance, there are variants of Deria Lock which only lock your PC screen. However, the newest version features file-encrypting capabilities as well. But regardless of the features, all versions have the same goal and it is your money. Ransomware is nothing more than a cyber scam so crooks can rip their victims off and main illegitimate profits. Deria Lock is no different. If you have been particularly unlucky to have been infected, you should prepare for a ton of issues.
Immediately after its silent installment on your machine, the ransomware performs a quick scan on your machine. It searches for all of your private files and it doesn’t take it long to find everything. Then, if you are stuck with a variant with file-locking capabilities, the parasite does exactly that. It encrypts everything on your PC with a strong encryption algorithm. All of your data becomes inaccessible to you. The ransomware adds the pesky “.deria” extension at the end of each locked file. Seeing this extension means that the encryption process is over and that you no longer have access to your own files. Pictures, videos, documents, files, etc. Everything is locked. And even if you rename them or move them into another folder, they are still unreadable. The crooks have turned everything into useless gibberish. And then, these same crooks are the ones to “come to the rescue”.
Once the file-locking part is done, they send you’re a ransom note with explanation how to get your files back. This ransom note is usually a text file which the ransomware drops on your desktop as well as in each folder containing encrypted data. According to the note, the only way of recovering your files is by obtaining a special Key which, of course, doesn’t come for free. The hackers demand a ransom sum of 30USD and you are asked to get in touch with them via Skype.
When you think about it, 30USD is not that much but this is so not the point. The point is that these people are going to take your money but they won`t give you anything in return. You have no guarantee that they will keep their end of the deal and most of the times, they don’t. However, if you pay you will encourage them and help them expand their illegitimate business. Do you want that? Not to mention that you are putting your privacy on the line for nothing. Even if they send you the key and it works, the ransomware remains on your machine ready to hit you again. How many time are you willing to pay up? Don’t to it even once. Don’t let cybercriminals fool you. Instead, use our removal guide below which is completely free and will help you delete the ransomware as well as unlock your files.
But do you know how you got infected in the first time? Well, one of the tactics that Deria Lock uses is spam. The crooks attach the ransomware in an email that poses as a legitimate one and then you do the rest by being careless. Don’t open messages that look suspicious or that are from unknown senders. Delete them right away as most of the times they are corrupted. Other infiltration methods include shady sites and pages, software bundles, third party ads, Trojan horses, etc. What is important here is that you always have to be extra careful online. These infections rely on your negligence to trick you into allowing them to enter. Don’t let them. And last but not least, get a reliable anti-malware program to help you protect your PC. Update it regularly and perform frequent scans on your machine to be sure it is infection free.
Deria Lock Ransomware Removal
Method 1: Restore your encrypted files using ShadowExplorer
Usually, Deria Lock 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 Deria Lock 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: