RandomLocker Ransomware Removal Guide

Do you know what RandomLocker Ransomware is?

RandomLocker Ransomware is a devious threat. There is no doubt about that. It is designed to slither into an operating system, encrypt personal files, and then drop a few original ones to introduce the victim to the demands. These demands, unfortunately, are not clear at this moment because the infection has not been completed fully. That being said, it exists, and it would be a mistake to ignore it. Our research team is carefully looking at this malware to see if it evolves and gets an upgrade, or if it starts spreading actively. At this point, the infection is pretty much dormant, but that does not mean that it cannot or will not cause problems. If you want to learn how to protect your operating system or delete RandomLocker Ransomware in case it attacks, please continue reading. A removal guide is available below.

In case you have fallen victim to RandomLocker Ransomware, do you remember doing anything out of the ordinary before it revealed itself to you? Maybe you downloaded a new program? Maybe you clicked a suspicious link? Maybe you opened a spam email attachment? If this malware has found its way in, it is most likely that you were tricked into letting it in. Also, it is pretty clear that your operating system is not protected adequately. Keep in mind that if you continue running your operating system without protection, you are bound to face malicious infections in the future. Unfortunately, you are unlikely to notice RandomLocker Ransomware as soon as it slithers in. The infection should remain silent as long as files are being encrypted and new files are being created. At this moment, the victim would have to click the “encrypt” button themselves, but that is because the infection is still in development.

When RandomLocker Ransomware encrypts files, a unique extension should be added to their names. At the time of research, the extension used by the infection was “.rand,” and it is likely to be modified. When files are encrypted, they are locked up, and you cannot recover them even if you remove RandomLocker Ransomware. The only thing that can help is a decryption key, and cyber criminals will not give it to you. They might try to trick you into paying a ransom in return, but you should not be fooled. While researching the infection, it was set to download a JPG file with a random name, and this file was meant to change the Desktop wallpaper image. The file displays an image with a message informing about file encryption and pointing to an instructions file. At the time of research, it was not created, but if it is, it requires removal. The same goes for the JPG file that should be deleted as well.RandomLocker Ransomware Removal GuideRandomLocker Ransomware screenshot
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There is no question whether or not you should remove RandomLocker Ransomware. The only question is how you should do it. We advise using an anti-malware program that is programmed to find and delete the ransomware automatically. This is the best option because if other threats exist, they would be eliminated too. Also, the system would gain reliable full-time protection, which you need to evade threats in the future. If you use this software and ensure that it and your operating system are updated in time, you should be safe. What about manual removal? You can delete RandomLocker Ransomware yourself only if you can find the .exe file that launched it. Its location can be unique for every victim.

Delete RandomLocker Ransomware

  1. Tap Win+E to launch Explorer.
  2. Enter the path from the list below into the bar at the top:
    • %USERPROFILE%\Desktop
    • %USERPROFILE%\Downloads
    • %TEMP%
  3. If you find the launcher of the ransomware, right-click and Delete it. If you cannot find the file, it must be located someplace else.
  4. Delete the {unknown name}.jpg file that replaced the Desktop wallpaper.
  5. Delete the {unknown name} file that represents the ransom demands.
  6. Empty Recycle Bin and then quickly check your system for leftovers using malware scanner.

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It is important to ask how RandomLocker Ransomware got into your operating system because the same security vulnerabilities could be used by cyber criminals and malware distributors again. If you want to strengthen your virtual security, you should install reliable anti-malware software, but that is not all you should do. You also need to ensure that your operating system is updated timely. We also recommend backing up all important and valued files to ensure that you have copies in case the original files are corrupted. Removing RandomLocker Ransomware can be very easy if you employ anti-malware software, or it can be complicated if you choose to erase this malware yourself. If you are struggling in either case, post a comment below.