VirLock Virus – Removal Instructions
VirLock is a more recent variant of ransomware viruses. At this time, there are several different ways in which VirLock can make its way onto a victim computer. For example, many users accidentally download the infection onto their computers by opening attachments from spam emails. Spam emails might come in the form of postal or shipping notifications that urge response or action. Once the attachment or file has been executed, the malware installs itself onto the computer. VirLock proceeds to encrypt the user’s data so that it can no longer be opened. Cyber criminals then attempt to extort money from the user by offering a decryption key in exchange for a large sum of money.
Not only will VirLock likely slow down a computer’s system performance, but it also has the potential to open system back doors. This can enable hackers to easily hijack and take over the computer. Data, privacy, and confidentiality are all at stake when VirLock infects a victim computer. Being careful about downloading applications from unknown sources is a must. Infections like VirLock can also be avoided by using caution when opening or downloading attachments from emails.
An infection begins once VirLock is fully installed onto a victim computer. VirLock communicates with a remote criminal server while it encrypts all of a user’s pertinent files and data. Once encryption completes, the virus will then display large messages on the user’s computer that demand payment for decryption of the data. If payment is not made within a certain amount of time, VirLock threatens to destroy all encrypted data. The software that the virus claims to encrypt files with is referred to as “CryptoDefense Software.” At this time, it is believed that VirLock can only infect Windows variants of operating systems.
These include Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP. Apple computers and smartphones are determined to currently be safe from the VirLock virus. It is strongly advised that you do not agree to do business or wire money to the cyber criminals in demand of compensation. Not only are there alternative methods for removing the VirLock malware and retrieving the lost data, but payment to the criminals only encourages and enables their malicious behavior.
Step-by-Step VirLock Virus Removal Instructions
The Virus Help Center has carefully created these instructions in order to make the removal of the VirLock virus as easy as possible.
**PLEASE REMEMBER** – If the computer that is infected with the VirLock virus is running Microsoft’s “Windows 8” operating system, please use this Windows 8 Virus Removal Instructions page.
1. Restart the Computer into Safe Mode with Networking
The VirLock virus is usually a lot less active in Safe Mode with Networking. This will allow you to bypass the virus and install the VirLock Virus Removal software.
How to boot into Safe Mode with Networking:
a. Turn off the computer and wait 1 minute
b. Turn on the computer and immediately begin pressing the “F8” button multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced options menu
c. When the Windows Advanced options menu appears, select “Safe Mode with Networking” and press “ENTER”
2. Install Spyhunter 4
The software we recommend to remove VirLock has received awards for its virus removal capabilities and is used by millions worldwide.
Install Spyhunter 4:
a. Click the “Windows” key and the “R” key to open the Run box (See Image below)
b. Type the following into the Run Command box: iexplore http://virushelpcenter.com/fix and press “ENTER”
c. After pressing “OK” the installation will begin and you will be asked to “Run” or “Save”- Select “RUN”
3. Complete the Scan and Remove the VirLock Virus
The software will automatically begin the scanning process and once completed will show the results of all the infections found. Please Note: the scan results will show the files names and not the actual name of the particular virus.
Fully remove VirLock:
a. Click “Fix” when the virus scan is complete.
b. Register Spyhunter to completely remove the VirLock virus.
c. Spyhunter will remove the VirLock virus and protect you from future threats.