My computer has been is infected by LightningCrypt ransomware. It pop up on the desktop screen and damages my files. The text read like the following:
‘YOU BECAME A VICTIM OF THE LIGHTNINGCRYPT RANSOMWARE!
ALL YOUR FILES HAVE BEEN ENCRYPTED
FOR EACH TRY TO FO ANYTHING I WILL DELETE FILES
PAY 0.17 BITCOINS TO THIS ADDRESS: 1LSgvYFY7SDNje2Mhsm51FxhqPsbvXB
YOU CAN BUY BITCOINS ON “BLOCKCHAIN.INFO”
SEND YOUR UNIQUE ID IN THE DESCRIPTION OF THE BITCOIN PAYMENT
YOU CAN FIND THEM IN YOUR DESKTOP IN “LIGHTNINGCRYPT_UNIQUEID.TXT”
AFTER THE PAYMENT YOUR FILES WILL BE DECRYPTED!
PAY 0.17 Bitcoins to: 1LSgvYFY7SDNje2Mhsm51FxhqPsbvXB ‘
Please help me fix this; I don’t know how to do? Can I restore my files back?
How Did My Pc Infected with LightningCrypt ransomware? Is it Dangerous?
LightningCrypt ransomware is an encryption Trojan that is programmed to encrypt data on compromised machines and welcome the affected users to transfer USD worth of 0.17Bitcoins to a particular wallet address if they want to recover their data. The small price for decryption might be intended to serve as an incentive to pay the “decryption fee” and avoid further implications. However, there are no reports from users suggesting that paying is the best bet. The cyber crooks behind the Ransomware might not cooperate, and you might lose a small fortune and your data. The operators of the LightningCrypt Ransomware are not reliable service providers, and you may want to avoid funding the continuous development of crypto-threats. You can rebuild your data structure using backups and archives as opposed to paying the ransom.
Except encrypting the files, this virus can make chaos to the system. Many system related files can be modified arbitrary. With this situation, computer can crash frequently and many specific programs cannot be launched. It may take much time to turn on the infected computer or run programs. This Virus is able to access the privacy of the PC user during the encryption scan. Once it collects the financial details and sensitive information from the infected computer, it will send the personal contents to the hackers who create this virus. With this information people will suffer from more losses.
How did I have this Ransomware on my computer?
There are many ways for cyber hackers to spread this warning virus to innocent people. It is comes to you unconsciously when you click some links on the website, opened unknown e-mail attachments, or download unknown “free” software and so on. Freeware download websites encourage users to use small download programs (called ‘installers’, ‘download managers’, ‘download tools’, ‘download clients’, and so on) to download the chosen software. Download apps supposedly ease the download process. However, they offer installation of third party applications with the chosen software. When you download some documents or apps which you are interesting, this virus program will also be attached to download, and run as document application. There are also set up that contain the hijacker and users are directed to those sites from links within email messages that are sent out. Some of the emails will not contain the link, but they will instead have an attachment that they will be asked to click on. Once the virus goes into the target device, it may be trying to hijack your android and lock your apps began to generate advertising revenue. We strongly recommend that you don’t do that above behavior, because they are likely to be false. No matter whatever how you get the virus, it is necessary to remove it from your computer before the arrival of more dangerous.
Warm prompt: To safe your computer and data, we kindly suggest you remove the virus as soon as possible. If you have any problems, welcome to click on the Live Chat button and tell us your question. We will provide you with 24 hours online service. But please note that our computer technology team provides real-time online service to remove the virus, but we do not provide services to decrypt files.
What is the Bitcoin? Is it risk to Use?
Bitcoin is not a currency. It is a Ponzi scheme and a good conductor for criminal or illegal activities. The central bank shows that using virtual currency schemes as an alternative payment is potentially risky to the financial system because of lack regulation and supervision, money laundering, terrorism financing, price volatility and lack adequate security. Unlike national currencies issued by central banks, bitcoin is generated by a complex chain of interactions between huge network of computers worldwide. The coin has been criticized for its anonymous character and absence of regulation, there is concern about the possible use of it for financing terrorist activities or organized crime. Chair of FED, Janet Yellen, said the institution she leads can not control a virtual currency, while countries like Russia and China have strongly restricted the use of bitcoin. we can say that the future of bitcoin is uncertain because it exists only in virtual environment and has a decentralized character. Commercial banks see a perspective in bitcoin, but do not rush to accept the payment instrument and analyze trends. But central banks have taken a tough stance against bitcoin, because the currency has a decentralized character and risks, such as money laundering, terrorist financing and anonymity.
For Bitcoin, the identity of the holder is only a code and the buyers and sellers can fully guarantee the anonymity like the following picture:
So even if you pay the bicoin to the hackers, they can’t pick out your payment or other victims. They were infected with so many computers, and how to find your computer to help you restore the file？That is the risk what you need to consider.
Can I get my encrypted files back? How to restore them?
As you know that our computer technology team provides real-time online service to remove the virus, but we do not provide services to decrypt files. We also can give you two methods to restore your encrypted files, if they won’t work; there is no good idea to get your files back. Anyway, you can try to do the following t methods first:
Open Windows Explorer and locate the file or folder for which you want to restore a previous version. Right-click on a file or folder, select Properties and hit the tab named Previous Versions. Within the versions area, you will see the list of backed up copies of the file / folder, with the respective time and date indication. Select the latest entry and click Copy if you wish to restore the object to a new location that you can specify. If you click the Restore button, the item will be restored to its original location.
Download and install the Shadow Explorer application. After you run it, select the drive name and the date that the file versions were created. Right-click on the folder or file, select the Export option. Then simply specify the location to which the data should be restored.
Manual Guides to Remove This LightningCrypt Ransomware
Maybe you still can’t get your encrypted files back with the above methods, but it is necessary to remove the virus in your system to avoid more files encrypted.
Step 1: Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys at the same time, and then click Star Task Manager. One-click “Processes” tab on top, then find relevant process and click “end process”.
Step 2: Double-click “my computer”, then click “Organize button”. Click folder and search options. Click “View” button. And choose Show hidden files, folders and drives .then click “OK”.
Step 3: Click “Start” button, then click “Control Panel”. Click “Uninstall a program” (on the Programs section), select the suspicious program and uninstall it.
Step 4: Open Registry by Typing in the Run box and Hit Enter Key.
Published by James B. Gonzalez on May 27, 2017