.lockymap virus

September 25, 2018

What is lockymap

.lockymap virus is a crypto threat that demands a ransom for the alleged decryption key.

.lockymap virus is a version of well-known PyLocky ransomware that actively encrypts personal data. Ransomware is using AES and RSA encryption methods to make users’ files unusable. These files are marked by .lockymap file appendix indicating that the file is encrypted and only a specific key can unlock it. However, the most important feature helping this virus stand out from other crypto viruses is that it can also append yet another file extension on the same computer – .lockedfile. The ransom note used by Lockymap ransomware is named LOCKY-README.txt and is placed on every folder with encrypted files.

.lockymap virus

Encryption process that .lockymap virus is using helps hackers to change the structure of a file and makes this data unusable. This process can be reversed after entering the special key which is help by hackers on their remote servers. However, you shouldn’t trust the cybercriminals who claim that they are the ones who have this key for decryption. It is possible that the decryption tool doesn’t even exist.

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After this process is done, virus adds .lockymap file extension. Since this is a variant of PyLocky ransomware, you may see another appendix, like .locky or .lockedfile. Nevertheless, no matter which file extension is appended to your photos, videos, music or documents, this is the same cryptovirus that focuses on getting the money from its victims.

After finding out that data is encrypted, you should also notice a ransom note saved in each of your folders or on the desktop. In this ransom message, the hacker behind the threat is stating that you need to pay the demanded ransom if you want to get your files decrypted and make them useful again. However, you shouldn’t contact these people and pay the ransom because this can lead you to permanent data or money loss.

The ransom note for .lockymap file virus reads as follows:

You should remove .lockymap virus from your computer because you cannot be sure that these hackers are going to keep their word and provide the decryption key after you pay the demanded ransom. Also, there is a possibility that they will decide to initiate yet another attack with the same type of virus.

The best solution for .lockymap virus removal is using anti-malware tools like or . This is a great method to get rid of all malicious programs and prevent their negative activity. Besides, these tools are designed to fix virus damage (install missing components, replace files with the new ones, etc.) and prevent malware in the future.

The main issue regarding the data encryption is that there is no decryption tool developed by security experts at the moment of writing. However, you can replace corrupted files with the safe ones from a backup. If you don’t have suck, find a few suggestions for data recovery below the article. Finally, keep in mind that you have to take care of your files in the future by saving the most important data on devices that couldn’t be reached by ransomware.

How does lockymap works

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The main cryptovirus distribution method is a spam. You can get the infection the minute you open a downloaded file with a malicious script. Researchers always advise people not to download every file from the email box. Safe-looking Word or Excel files can contain malicious script directly spreading malware or even the Trojans who can distribute various programs on your computer silently.

You can avoid these cyber infections if you pay attention to what you are downloading on the device. If you are not expecting any email, delete suspicious messages from the spam email box. Always look for typos, grammar mistakes and misconnection between the file and the content on the email. Scan file before downloading and opening it on the device.

How to delete lockymap

You should protect your computer from further damage and remove .lockymap file virus immediately after you notice such a threat on your computer. You can do that by paying attention to altered file extensions and also a ransom note that typically explains the whole situation. To remove this ransomware, scan your computer fully by using the anti-malware program like , or Anti-MalwareNorton Internet Security. This is crucial if you want to restore your files in the future because you cannot do that on the infected system as there is a huge possibility that the virus will repeat its encryption.

Having in mind that .lockymap virus removal does not recover encrypted data, use suggestions below. Ransomware is a persistent infection which is set to swindle the money, so do not send your money to cyber criminals for files’ recovery. You can check data repair methods that we prepared for you down below.

Stage 1: Delete Browser Extension

First of all, we would recommend that you check your browser extensions and remove any that are linked to lockymap. A lot of adware and other unwanted programs use browser extensions in order to hijacker internet applications.

Remove lockymap Extension from Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address bar, type: chrome://extensions/ and press Enter.
  3. Look for lockymap or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Uninstall lockymap Extension from Firefox

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox.
  2. In the address bar, type: about:addons and press Enter.
  3. From the menu on the left, choose Extensions.
  4. Look for lockymap or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Delete lockymap Extension from Safari

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Select Preferences from the list.
  4. Choose the Extensions tab.
  5. Look for lockymap or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Uninstall’.
  6. Additionally, open Safari Settings again and choose Downloads.
  7. If lockymap.safariextz appears on the list, select it and press ‘Clear’.

Remove lockymap Add-ons from Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the menu at the top, select Tools and then press Manage add-ons.
  3. Look for lockymap or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.
  4. Reopen Internet Explorer.In the unlikely scenario that lockymap is still on your browser, follow the additional instructions below.
  5. Press Windows Key + R, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter
  6. The Program and Features window will open where you should be able to find the lockymap program.
  7. Select lockymap or any other recently installed unwanted entry and press ‘Uninstall/Change’.

Alternative method to clear the browser from lockymap

There may be cases when adware or PUPs cannot be removed by simply deleting extensions or codes. In those situations, it is necessary to reset the browser to default configuration. In you notice that even after getting rid of weird extensions the infection is still present, follow the below instructions.

Use Chrome Clean Up Tool to Delete lockymap

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address box, type: chrome://settings/ and press Enter.
  3. Expand Advanced settings, which you can find by scrolling down.
  4. Scroll down until you see Reset and Cleanup.
  5. Press on Clean up computer. Then press Find.

This Google Chrome feature is supposed to clear the computer of any harmful software. If it does not detect lockymap, go back to the Clean up computer and reset settings.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

If you still find lockymap in your Mozilla Firefox browser, you should be able to get rid of it by restoring your Firefox settings to default. While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

Download Removal Toolto remove lockymap
  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox
  2. Into the address box, type: about:support and press Enter.
  3. You will be redirected to a Troubleshooting Information page.
  4. From the menu on the right side, select Refresh Firefox.
  5. Confirm your choice by clicking Refresh Firefox in the new window.
  6. Your browser will close automatically in order to successfully restore the settings.
  7. Press Finish.

Reset Safari Browser to Normal Settings

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Press Reset Safari.
  4. A new window will appear. Select the boxes of what you want to reset or use the screenshot below to guide you. Once you have selected everything, press ‘Reset’.
  5. Restart Safari.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the top menu, press on Tools and then Internet Options.
  3. In the new window that opens, choose the Advanced tab.
  4. At the bottom of the window, below Reset Internet settings, there will be a ‘Reset’ button. Press that.

While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

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