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MrLocker Ransomware

By GoldSparrow in Ransomware

The MrLocker Ransomware is is a category of ransomware Trojans that trick computer users into believing that their files have been encrypted to extract a ransom payment from them. Ransomware Trojans like the MrLocker Ransomware mimic encryption ransomware infections, which are capable of encrypting the victims' files and take them hostage. The MrLocker Ransomware, like these, delivers a ransom note but does not encrypt the victim's files. There are two variants of the MrLocker Ransomware being used to carry out this tactic currently. Both versions of the tactic are identical and demand the payment of $250 USD to be paid in BitCoins. It is insistently advised not follow the MrLocker Ransomware's instructions since this threat does not take your files hostage, meaning that there is no need to pay the ransom amount since there are no files to recover. The MrLocker Ransomware and its variants are being distributed to victims through the use of spam email messages that may be sent as corrupted file attachments currently.

Don't Let the MrLocker Ransomware Reach Your Files

Malware analysts have pointed two variants of the MrLocker Ransomware, labeled as the MrLocker Ransomware (A) and the MrLocker Ransomware (B). The MrLocker Ransomware (A) is designed to trick the victim into believing that the files were locked as a 'punishment' for downloading illicit online content. The MrLocker Ransomware, in both variants, will display a program window that prevents computer users from accessing their files. The MrLocker Ransomware also will block access to the Windows Task Manager, the Command Prompt, and the keyboard shortcuts that could be used to bypass the MrLocker Ransomware lock screen. The following is the message that the MrLocker Ransomware displays on the victim's computer:

'Your Computer is locked!
You have been downloading something illegal
as a punishment this computer will be locked'
don't worry your files are still safe BUT you
must enter the code to unlock your computer the
right code will unlock this computer, closes this application
after that this message won't annoy you anymore'

The MrLocker Ransomware's attack is not sophisticated particularly, and it's easy to unlock the MrLocker Ransomware (A) since its password is embedded in the MrLocker Ransomware's code itself. The MrLocker Ransomware (A) lock screen will be removed by entering the password '6269521,' which will allow computer users to recover access to their computers. However, if the password does not work, computer users can bypass the MrLocker Ransomware message by simply restarting the infected computer using Safe Mode. Once access is regained to their data, it is easy to remove the MrLocker Ransomware with the help of a reliable security program.

The MrLocker Ransomware (B), the second variant, is even less sophisticated than variant A, fortunately. This is because the MrLocker Ransomware (B) lock screen cannot even be regarded as a proper lock screen since it can be closed by simply clicking on the close button, which in this case functions properly. The message displayed by the MrLocker Ransomware (B) reads:

Ooops, you have just downloaded malware What you were doing is unknown Well your files are not encrypted, but they will be deleted if you do not pay $250 in bitcoin your files will be deleted.
-Thank you, Mr Locker
Send $250 of Bitcoin to the address
You have 10 days...
Enjoy ;)'

Dealing with the MrLocker Ransomware

Disregard the contents of the MrLocker Ransomware ransom note. Computer users are counseled to take steps to prevent the MrLocker Ransomware and other ransomware attacks. Handling spam email messages and potentially threatening online content cautiously can help computer users prevent this and other ransomware infections. A skilled and updated security program can prevent the MrLocker Ransomware and similar threats.

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