Can’t Remove .Losers Virus Ransomware? This page includes detailed instructions to remove .Losers Virus Ransomware. They are a serious software threat that everybody should be aware of if they wish to keep their personal files safe and also to avoid becoming the victim of a shady blackmailing scheme. Normally, a Ransomware virus would either try to block the access to your personal data documents or attempt to lock your whole PC. Either way, the idea would be the same – the hacker who is in control of the malware would demand a ransom payment from you or else the access to your files/PC would not get restored.
The main reason why we are writing this current article is a recently released Ransomware cryptovirus which employs the method of encryption for the purpose of rendering its victim’s files inaccessible. The name of this new member of the Ransomware family is .Losers Virus and down below we will try to provide you with some important information about this threat so that you know how to protect your system against it. Also, we have included a guide for removing .Losers Virus – give it a go if your machine has already gotten attacked by this nasty malware piece as the instructions there might help you remove it.
Update: According to what security experts and researchers have reported, the Losers Ransomware cryptovirus is a member of the infamous Cry36 family of Ransomware viruses.
What you need to know about Ransomware
Ransomware viruses are actually rather unique when compared to most other sorts of malware. For starters, a typical Ransomware virus would not actually try to inflict damage or corrupt anything stored on your PC – your system and personal data need to be kept safe and intact so that the hacker would have leverage upon which they could later blackmail you.
Due to this relatively “harmless” behavior of Ransomware, infections by this sort of malware are very difficult to detect and stop in time. A lot of popular antivirus tools struggle against Ransomware programs like .Losers Virus and oftentimes fail to spot them because nothing actually damaging or malicious gets detected.
This is especially true for cryptoviruses such as .Losers Virus that implement the so-called encryption method in order to render the user’s files inaccessible. An important thing that must be mentioned regarding encryption processes is that they aren’t originally meant to be used in an illegal way. An encryption is usually utilized for the purposes of advanced file protection. Once a file gets encrypted, usually the only way to access it is to have a special key that can unlock the code used to seal it. This is useful if you want to prevent anyone else from accessing your private data. However, a Ransomware virus can turn this otherwise harmless process against you. Naturally, once .Losers Virus locks your files using the encryption code, the key that can open the documents would not be accessible to you unless you make the ransom payment or at least that is what the hacker would tell you anyway. Unfortunately, since encryption isn’t inherently something harmful or damaging, it is rather unlikely that your antivirus program would be able to spot it and intercept it before it gets too late.
The Ransom Request
Once the virus has finished its business with encrypting your data, it would change the wallpaper of your PC’s desktop and would also generate HTML file on the desktop within which the ransom-demanding message is contained. Inside the ransom note, users are urged to download the Tor browser and use it to visit a certain hidden website where they are supposed to enter a personal ID provided by the virus itself. This would enable the mawlare’s victims to enter a live chat with the creators of .losers where they’d receive further instructions regarding the ransom payment. We have acquired information that suggests that the demanded money is about 500 USD worth of BitCoin (approximately 0.08 BitCoin).
The main reason why the money is demanded in the BitCoin currency has to do with the fact that bitcoins are rather difficult to trace and demanding that the payment is made using this cyber-currency would ensure that the hacker behind the attack stays anonymous without any chance of getting caught for their crime. Aside from that, know that it is pretty much certain that if you transfer the money, you wouldn’t ever get them back because of how difficult it is to trace a BitCoin transaction.
Symptoms of a Ransomware
There aren’t many indications that can give away a Ransomware infection. In some cases, however, one might notice the presence of such a virus if they pay attention to the amounts of RAM and CPU that are being used. If there’s a unusual increase of the system resources’ usage and the whole computer seems to be slowed-down, then there might indeed be a Ransomware or some other form of malware on the machine. Of course, such unexpected CPU and RAM usage increase can also be caused by a number of other things, yet it is essential to always investigate what causes it using the Task Manger’s processes tab and if there is some shady and unknown process there, it’s best to shut down the PC and contact an IT specialist to help you resolve the issue.
When talking about Ransomware symptoms, another sign that your PC has been infected and that your files have been locked by the Losers Ransomware and not by some other similar cryptovirus is if the extensions of your encrypted files have been changed either to .losers or to .damoclis. Damoclis Gladius Ransomware is actually another name for the same virus. Therefore, if your data has been taken hostage by the Damoclis Gladius Ransomware, then you are dealing with the same piece of malware (the Losers Ransomware).
Tips for protecting against Ransomware
Our first suggestion if you have landed .Losers Virus and it has already locked your data is to avoid paying the ransom right away. Instead, seek other methods and solutions for your Ransomware-related problem. As we already mentioned, you can try out our removal guide which might be able to help you if you are lucky. Keep in mind that even if you DO pay the money, this won’t guarantee that your data would get restored. After all, the hacker wouldn’t really care if you get your files back or not.
Next, you need to make sure that your computer and data stay safe in future so that you don’t need to deal with similar viruses ever again. Therefore, we advise you to always be vigilant when browsing the Internet – never go to sites that might turn out to be illegal or hazardous and never open links and file attachments added to e-mails that look like spam. The same also applies for suspicious-looking Facebook and other social media messages.
One other good advice is to install a high-quality security program to help you fight off backdoor viruses that can also infect your PC with .Losers Virus or some other malware. One very common example is when Trojan Horse malware is used to spread Ransomware viruses.
Lastly, make sure that all your valuable data files have been copied and kept safe on a separate device or location such as a flash drive or a cloud service. A backup is one of the best ways to protect against Ransomware so get yourself on ASAP if you haven’t already done so.
This concludes our brief outline of the .Losers Virus program and of the Ransomware virus type as a whole. Make sure to stay safe in future and use our removal guide below if you are trying to remove the nasty malware from your machine.
Remove .Losers Virus Ransomware Guide
Note: Before you go any further, we advise you to bookmark this page or have it open on a separate device such as your smartphone or another PC. Some of the steps might require you to exit your browser on this PC.
2: Task Manager
Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to enter the Task Manager. Go to the Tab labeled Processes (Details for Win 8/10). Carefully look through the list of processes that are currently active on you PC.
If any of them seems shady, consumes too much RAM/CPU or has some strange description or no description at all, right-click on it, select Open File Location and delete everything there.
You can find a list with the most common malicious processes in the link here. (Opens in new window)
Also, even if you do not delete the files, be sure to stop the process by right-clicking on it and selecting End Process.
3: The Hosts file
Go to c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts. Open the hosts file with notepad.
Find where it says Localhost and take a look below that.
If you see any IP addresses there (below Localhost) send them to us here, in the comments since they might be coming from the virus.
4: Disable Startup programs
Re-open the Start Menu and type msconfig.
Click on the first search result. In the next window, go to the Startup tab. If you are on Win 10, it will send you to the Startup part of the task manager instead, as in the picture:
If you see any sketchy/shady looking entries in the list with an unknown manufacturer or a manufacturer name that looks suspicious, disable those programs and select OK.
5: Registry Editor
Press Windows key + R and in the resulting window type regedit.
Now, press Ctrl + F and type the name of the virus.
Delete everything that gets found. If you are not sure about whether to delete something, do not hesitate to ask us in the comments. Keep in mind that if you delete the wrong thing, you might cause all sorts of issues to your PC.
6: Deleting potentially malicious data
Type each of the following locations in the Windows search box and hit enter to open the locations:
Delete everything you see in Temp. About the other folders, sort their contents by date and delete only the most recent entries. As always, if you are not sure about something, write to us in the comment section.
The previous steps were all aimed at removing the Ransomware from your PC. However, in order to regain access to your files, you will also need to decrypt them or restore them. One way you can do that is by using a free decryptor tool developed by Trend Micro. I has the ability to unlock files that have been sealed by a number o Ransomware viruses. The program receives frequent updates so that it can handle encryptions by more and more Ransomware variants. Here, in this step, we will show you how you can use it:
- Download the program from here and save the .zip file on your PC (preferable the Desktop for easier access).
- Unzip the downloaded file and then run the newly-created .exe file.
- Once the tool gets to its main screen, choose the Select option – a list of all Ransowmare viruses that the program can currently handle will be displayed. Choose from the list the Ransomware that you are currently trying to deal with.
- If you do not know the name of the virus, check the ransom note that it has probably generated after the encryption. In case you still cannot figure out the name of the virus, choose the I don’t know the ransomware name option and then select an encrypted file – the tool will try to automatically figure out which Ransowmare version has encrypted it.
- After that, from the main window of the program, click on the second option – Select and Decrypt. Here, navigate to a file or a folder that contains files that you want to have decrypted. Select the folder/file and click on OK.
- There are several forms of Ransowmare for which the decryptor tool requires a file pair – two identical files, one of which is encrytped and one that is not. Unless you provide such a pair, the tool might not be able to decipher the code that has used to lock the data. So far, the viruses that require a file pair are CyptXXX V1, XORIST, XORBAT, NEMUCOD andTeleCrypt.
- You will now have to wait for the decryption process to finish – it really depends on the specific virus encryption and on the number and size of the files how long this is going to take, just be patient.