Ocelot Locker Ransomware - How to remove?
Ocelot Locker Ransomware is a very dangerous virus that can cause you a lot of cyber security problems. It is a brand new virus – cyber security experts have noticed it on the 9th of January, 2017. Moreover, it is not like other ransomware infections because it has no advanced features or encryption engine.
If you have discovered that your files are locked by Ocelot Locker Ransomware, you have come into the right place. In this post we will tell you how to eliminate infection and retrieve your encrypted files. First of all you need to eliminate the virus from your system. To do that, some help of powerful anti-malware software will be needed. If you don’t have such program installed yet, we recommend to get either Reimage or SpyHunter. Simply download and scan your computer with one of these programs and it should detect and remove the virus automatically. It will also protect your computer from similar infections in the future, thus it’s worth to keep it installed. You can use other anti-malware software as well.
If you want to perform this removal manually – scroll down below this article and take a look at our step-by-step Ocelot Locker Ransomware manual removal guide. We have developed it to assist you through this complicated process of virus removal.
In case you have some questions regarding removal process or virus itself, feel free to ask them in the comments section below and we will do our best to answer them all. To learn more about specific features of Ocelot Locker Ransomware, please continue reading this article.
About Ocelot Locker Ransomware
Once inside of your computer, Ocelot Locker Ransomware will scan your system for files that it could lock. And basically, this ransomware can lock almost any file that you use – photos, videos, music files, text documents, .exe files and so on. Once the scan is over, this sneaky virus will lock all of them and put a specific extension on all of them. The extension is not known yet, we will keep you updated on that. Once the extension is on, you will not be able to open or use the file in any other way.
Right after that, a message on your desktop will appear. It looks like this:
All your personal documents, videos, mp3 files, images,
or any other files have been encrypted with a military
grade encryption key. The key has been stored on our
server. For you to get this key you will have to pay 00.3 BTC (25 USD) and the key will be given to you’The Small Ransom Payment is Intended to Serve as an Incentive for Users to Pay
As you can see, they suggest users to pay the ransom in order to retrieve unlocked files. And even though it is relevantly small amount of money (about 25 USD at the current BTC rate), you should not do it. First of all, there are no guarantees that you will retrieve your files even if you pay the ransom and you can never trust cyber criminals. Secondly, this way you would support scammers and that’s not something you would want to do.
Now, in order to retrieve files locked by Ocelot Locker Ransomware you should use special software, also known as decrypter. Unfortunately, this software is not developed yet. However, there is another way to get back your files – perform system recover. To put it into other words, restore previous version of your files, back to the date they were not encrypted. In order to be able to perform this restore, you have to have a valid copy of your hard drive. Here’s a tutorial how to do that: http://www.2-viruses.com/how-to-do-a-system-restore
How to recover Ocelot Locker Ransomware encrypted files and remove the virus
Using System Restore to restore PC to previous state
1. Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt
for Windows 7 / Vista/ XP
- Start → Shutdown → Restart → OK.
- Press F8 key repeatedly until Advanced Boot Options window appears.
- Choose Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
for Windows 8 / 10
- Press Power at Windows login screen. Then press and hold Shift key and click Restart.
- Choose Troubleshoot → Advanced Options → Startup Settings and click Restart.
- When it loads, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list of Startup Settings.
2. Restore System files and settings.
- When Command Prompt mode loads, enter cd restore and press Enter.
- Then enter rstrui.exe and press Enter again.
- Click “Next” in the windows that appeared.
- Select one of the Restore Points that are available before Ocelot Locker Ransomware has infiltrated to your system and then click “Next”.
- To start System restore click “Yes”.
3. Complete removal of Ocelot Locker Ransomware
4. Restore Ocelot Locker Ransomware affected files using Shadow Volume Copies
If you do not use System Restore option on your operating system, there is a chance to use shadow copy snapshots. They store copies of your files that point of time when the system restore snapshot was created. Usually Ocelot Locker Ransomware tries to delete all possible Shadow Volume Copies, so this methods may not work on all computers. However, it may fail to do so.
Shadow Volume Copies are only available with Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. There are two ways to retrieve your files via Shadow Volume Copy. You can do it using native Windows Previous Versions or via Shadow Explorer.
a) Native Windows Previous Versions
Right-click on an encrypted file and select Properties>Previous versions tab. Now you will see all available copies of that particular file and the time when it was stored in a Shadow Volume Copy. Choose the version of the file you want to retrieve and click Copy if you want to save it to some directory of your own, or Restore if you want to replace existing, encrypted file. If you want to see the content of file first, just click Open.
b) Shadow Explorer
It is a program that can be found online for free. You can download either a full or a portable version of Shadow Explorer. Open the program. On the left top corner select the drive where the file you are looking for is a stored. You will see all folders on that drive. To retrieve a whole folder, right-click on it and select “Export”. Then choose where you want it to be stored.
5. Use Data Recovery programs to recover Ocelot Locker Ransomware encrypted files
There are several data recovery programs that might recover encrypted files as well. This does not work in all cases but you can try this:
- We suggest using another PC and connect the infected hard drive as slave. It is still possible to do this on infected PC though.
- Download Data Recovery Pro (commercial)
- Install and scan for recently deleted files.
Note: In many cases it is impossible to restore data files affected by modern ransomware. Thus I recommend using decent cloud backup software as precaution. We recommend checking out Carbonite, BackBlaze, CrashPlan or Mozy Home.