Do you know what Lock93 Ransomware is?
If Lock93 Ransomware manages to slither onto your system, you may have to say goodbye to all your personal files; unless, of course, you have a backup copy somewhere (cloud or portable drive). This ransomware program can arrive unexpectedly and without your knowledge. What you will only notice is that you cannot access your files anymore and that their extensions are modified. However, it is more likely that you will not have time to actually realize these changes before you are shocked by the ransom note that shows up on your screen. The only good bit of news about this malicious attack is that the ransom fee is very low compared to the usual amounts. This could indicate that this is just a trial version and the authors will switch gears soon. But whatever the truth is, our researchers say that it is quite risky to transfer the ransom fee because it may not get your files back. We recommend that you act right now and remove Lock93 Ransomware from your system.
Our research shows that this ransomware sticks to the main distribution channel, which is spam e-mails. More precisely, this infection is spread as a malicious file attachment that poses as an important file for you to see. In fact, the whole spam mail pretends to be something very important or urgent. Even if you may not feel related to it, it is quite likely that you would want to see its content and the attachment out of pure curiosity. This is the biggest mistake, of course, since by downloading the attached file and opening it, you practically initiate Lock93 Ransomware.
You may think that you would never open such a spam mail but let us tell you something. Such a mail can really be misleading. Imagine that it can evade your spam filter and even land in your inbox. Then it is only up to you to protect yourself and your computer. But, if you see a mail with a subject line that claims to be an overdue invoice, an undelivered parcel by FedEx, problem with your credit card details regarding a flight ticket purchase, and so on, do you think you could say no to this and bin this mail right away? Or would you rather go “I just quickly check it even though I do not think this was really meant for me”? If you delete Lock93 Ransomware after you discover it on your computer, unfortunately, you will not be able to save your files because all of them will be already encrypted. This is why prevention is so important. Although, you can try to be more cautious around your e-mails but the best way to defend your virtual world is to install an up-to-date malware removal application, such as SpyHunter.Lock93 Ransomware screenshot
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After this beast is let loose, it targets your documents, photos, music and video files, and your third-party program files as well. The encrypted files get a new extension, “.lock93,” that clearly shows what you are up against. When the damage is done, the ransom note text file is created on your desktop with the name “ИНСТРУКЦИЯ INSTRUCTION.txt” The moment you actually realize what nightmare hit you is when the ransom note appears in a window on top of all your active windows so that you cannot miss it. This note bluntly tells you that your files have been encrypted. This ransom note is actually bilingual and you have a choice to switch between English and Russian.
From this note you learn that you have to send an e-mail to “firstname.lastname@example.org” or “email@example.com” e-mail address with your ID that is revealed in this text. The only piece of information you get from this note is that you are supposed to transfer 1000 Russian Rubels to these criminals, which is indeed $16. Yes, not 50, 100, or 1000 US dollar but 16. This amount is obviously very low and you would not even think twice before sending your e-mail to these crooks just to get further details with regard to the payment. But contacting cyber criminals always holds certain risks. Reports show that there is little chance that you get the necessary code that you are supposed to insert in this ransom note window to decrypt your files. We suggest that you take a deep breath and remove Lock93 Ransomware right away.
We have found that it is not too difficult to eliminate this dangerous threat since it does not really block or lock anything. Please follow our instructions below if you want to manually delete Lock93 Ransomware from your system. Since it is possible that there are other threats hiding on your PC, we suggest that you use a free malware scanner to see your situation. If you do not feel up to the task of protecting your computer from all kinds of malware invasions, we recommend that you install a decent malware removal program, such as SpyHunter. This security tool will automatically detect and eliminate all known malicious attacks. If you still have questions about how to delete Lock93 Ransomware, please leave us a message below.
Remove Lock93 Ransomware from Windows
- Press Win+E.
- Delete the malicious file you saved from the spam. (This file has a random name and could be %TEMP%, %userprofile%\downloads, and %userprofile%\desktop directories.)
- Remove “ИНСТРУКЦИЯ INSTRUCTION.txt”, the ransom note file from your desktop.
- Empty your Recycle Bin and restart your PC.
In non-techie terms:
Lock93 Ransomware is a dangerous malware infection that most probably comes from Russia. This ransomware targets the usual media files and program files and encrypts them so that the criminals behind it can extort money from you in exchange for a code that supposedly can be used then to decrypt your files. Although the demanded ransom fee is rather low as it does not even reach 20 US dollars, we still do not advise you to pay since there is a good chance that you will not get anything in return. The only way to keep your data safe is to regularly make backup copies either to cloud services or better yet onto external hard disks. Of course, you could also protect your system with a proper anti-malware application so that no malicious program could enter your virtual world. We suggest that you remove Lock93 Ransomware from your system if you want to restore your computer.