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How To Get Rid of OphionLocker — A New Ransomware

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There is a new ransomware out infecting PCs across the country. Find out how to remove OphionLocker.

Just when you thought you were up-to-date with your virus protection software and able to readily defend your computer from all sorts of malware and viruses, some clever hacker and codewriter has developed another piece of code that can easily infect your PC. Named OphionLocker, this piece of ransomware is a nasty bit of work, actually capable of stealing your data from your hard drive and holding it for ransom unless you pay a fee to get it back.

While ransomware is not new, it is not very common either, but OphionLocker has been making the rounds and several unfortunates have themselves at its mercy, for once it has infected your PC, it can be quite difficult to remove it, and of course, you’ll want your data back as well, so you may be forced to pay the ransom in order to get access to your data again.

It should be noted that OphionLocker doesn’t actually erase and steal data from your hard drive—what it does is encrypt it so that you cannot access it. Then you’ll receive a message stating that several of your documents have essentially become useless to you, and if you want them back the way they were, you’ll need to pay up in Bitcoin, (presumably because the digital currency is hard to trace). However, even if you pay, you may still have the ransomware infecting your PC and causing all sorts of havoc as it affects other programs and settings.

So how do you get rid of this ransomware and get your files back without paying the ransom? Is it possible? Thankfully, the answer is yes, though as mentioned above, it is not without some difficulty. For example, it has been discovered that the files that have been encrypted by OphionLocker are not actually deleted, and if you have an application that can be used to access shadow copies that may have been created by your operating system, you can regain the use of your files again. However, most PC users do not have experience or understanding of such matters or applications, and therein lies the difficulty in dealing with OphionLocker.

The first step in getting rid of OphionLocker is, of course, to make sure it can never infect your computer in the first place. This can be achieved by ensuring that you have strong virus protection installed on your computer.

Some of the more popular and effective cloud based protection for windows are Immunet, Panda etc. The reason these are more effective than many other programs is because it can be updated automatically as new updates are released, without you having to manually update the program yourself as you would with other programs.

This is of course a great benefit, because you can have your PC readily defensible against new threats as they are developed, while other such programs or applications that are awaiting an update might let one or two viruses and malware slip through, rendering your PC useless. With new viruses and malware being created by hackers every day, it is more important than ever to make sure that your anti-malware program is always up-to-date as soon as possible, and cloud-based protection applications have this as a major advantage over other applications that rely on you to initiate updates.

In addition to encrypting and holding your files for ransom, OphionLocker can also change preferences on your PC, affecting your browser, security settings, and more, so it is important to make sure you have up to date protection for PC as soon as possible to guard against many other threats.

If OphionLocker does manage to make it past your defenses and is detected, you’ll want to remove it from your PC as soon as possible before it infects all your data and settings. Beware of downloading attachments from what may be spam messages, visiting unauthorized sites and downloading what you thought might be shareware programs, or basically downloading anything you aren’t completely sure about. These are all ways in which this ransomware and other malware can infect your PC.

To remove OphionLocker from your PC, there are several things you might try. Not all methods may work, as the ransomware is equipped with its own techniques designed to resist being removed by various methods. But these techniques are not foolproof, and with trial and error and perseverance, you can get rid of this ransomware. You may try first removing it manually by restarting your PC in Safe Mode, and then going to the Add/Remove Programs Control Panel. You may see a bunch of files that appear to belong to OphionLocker, which can then be removed manually through the application.

If this doesn’t work, there are other things you can try to remove OphionLocker, described in detailed instructions on this ‘informative blog.’ (http://blog.qisupport.com/remove-ophionlocker-ransomware-guide-pc-android-phone/) By following the instructions provided, you should be able to successfully remove all files related to OphionLocker from your PC, but it is then recommended that you install a strong virus protection on your PC in order to ensure that you are well protected from any future threats such as these and others. Do your research today and discover which virus protection suited best as per your needs.

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Bella Watson

Bella Watson is a computer networking and security specialist. She is a CISCO certified professional who loves writing about computer security elements and antivirus program.