india2lock ransomware removal instructions
What is india2lock?
Discovered by JAMESWT, india2lock is just one of many ransomware-type programs. It encrypts data, changes the victim's wallpaper and creates a ransom message within the "HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt" text file. People with computers infected by india2lock cannot access their files unless they pay a ransom (purchase a decryption tool/key). This ransomware renames all encrypted files by adding the ".Crypted" extension. For example, "1.jpg" becomes "1.jpg.Crypted".
It changes the victim's wallpaper to a form of BSoD (Blue Screen of Death, also known as a 'stop error') image. It also displays a pop-up window stating that all documents, databases, backups, and other files stored on the system have been encoded with a strong encryption. Cyber criminals who developed india2lock also inform victims that reinstalling the operating system will not help. In fact, they state that only they can help victims to retrieve their files - victims are encouraged to follow the instructions, which can be viewed by clicking the "Decryption instructions" button on the left pane. The decryption instructions state that the cost of decryption is 0.05 of Bitcoin and payment must be made within 24 hours after decryption. Victims are provided with a Bitcoin wallet address that can be found in the "Get the key" section. It is stated that, if payment is not made in time (within 24 hours), the cost will increase to 0.1 BTC, and after 48 hours, all files will be deleted permanently. Once payment is made, victims should send transaction details to india2lock developers via the email@example.com email address. They will then confirm payment and send a decryption key to victims that will unlock (decrypt) their files. The "HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt" ransom message contains identical information. Cyber criminals cannot be trusted and not be paid. Typically, they provide no decryption tools, even if their demands are met. Ransomware-type programs cause encryptions that can be decrypted only using tools held by ransomware developers. This is also the case with india2lock. The only way to recover files without paying a ransom is to use a data backup and restore everything from there.
Screenshot of a message encouraging users to pay a ransom to decrypt their compromised data:
All ransomware-type programs are similar. Some examples are Mcold, Radman, and 4k. These programs prevent victims from accessing their files by encryption and keep the files locked unless a ransom is paid. Main differences between these programs are usually size of a ransom (cost of decryption) and cryptography algorithm (symmetric or asymmetric) used to encrypt files. The biggest problem is that most encryptions caused by ransomware-type programs are impossible to decrypt without using the correct tools - only cyber criminals have these. Decryption without the involvement of cyber criminals is usually only possible if the program is still in development (has bugs/flaws). Therefore, maintain regular backups to avoid data/financial loss. Store them on a remote server or unplugged storage device.
How did ransomware infect my computer?
|Threat Type||Ransomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker|
|Encrypted Files Extension||.Crypted|
|Ransom Demanding Message||Pop-up window, HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt text file|
|Cyber Criminal Contactfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Detection Names (God.exe)||Avast (Win32:RansomX-gen [Ransom]), BitDefender (Generic.Ransom.Hiddentear.A.6280E9A4), ESET-NOD32 (a variant of MSIL/Filecoder.Z), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||Cannot open files stored on your computer, previously functional files now have a different extension (for example, my.docx.locked). A ransom demand message is displayed on your desktop. Cyber criminals demand payment of a ransom (usually in bitcoins) to unlock your files.|
|Additional Information||This ransomware is designed to change the victim's desktop wallpaper.|
|Distribution methods||Infected email attachments (macros), torrent websites, malicious ads.|
|Damage||All files are encrypted and cannot be opened without paying a ransom. Additional password-stealing trojans and malware infections can be installed together with a ransomware infection.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
How to protect yourself from ransomware infections?
Do not open attachments or web links presented in irrelevant emails and received from unknown, suspicious addresses. Software should be downloaded from official websites using direct links. Avoid third party downloaders, installers, unofficial pages, and other similar channels. It is important to update installed software using tools or functions provided by official developers only. Other (third party) tools might cause serious damage. The same applies to software 'cracking' tools - using them is illegal and can lead to computer infections. Keep your computer safe by having reputable anti-virus or anti-spyware software installed and enabled at all times. These programs detect and remove threats before they can harm the system. If your computer is already infected with india2lock, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.
Screenshot of india2lock text file ("HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt"):
Text presented in the ransom note and pop-up window:
All your information (documents, databases, backups and other files) this computer was encrypted using the most cryptographic algorithms.
All encrypted files are formatted .Crypted.
This form files '.Crypted' is a joint development American Hackers.
You can only recover files using a decryptor and password, which, in turn, only we know.
It is impossible to pick it up.
Reinstalling the OS will not change anything.
No system administrator in the world can solve this problem without knowing the password
In no case do not modify the files! But if you want, then make a backup.
Drop us an email at the address email@example.com
You have 48 hours left. If they are not decrypted then after 48 hours they will be removed!!!
Screenshot of india2lock desktop wallpaper:
Screenshot of files encrypted by india2lock (".Crypted" extension):
Appearance of india2lock ransomware pop-up window (GIF):
india2lock ransomware removal:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Malwarebytes is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is india2lock?
- STEP 1. india2lock virus removal using safe mode with networking.
- STEP 2. india2lock ransomware removal using System Restore.
Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.
Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click "Restart" while holding "Shift" button on your keyboard. In the "choose an option" window click on the "Troubleshoot", next select "Advanced options". In the advanced options menu select "Startup Settings" and click on the "Restart" button. In the following window you should click the "F5" button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Log in to the account infected with the india2lock virus. Start your Internet browser and download a legitimate anti-spyware program. Update the anti-spyware software and start a full system scan. Remove all entries detected.
If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking, try performing a System Restore.
Video showing how to remove ransomware virus using "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and "System Restore":
1. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then select Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list and press ENTER.
2. When Command Prompt mode loads, enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.
3. Next, type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.
4. In the opened window, click "Next".
5. Select one of the available Restore Points and click "Next" (this will restore your computer system to an earlier time and date, prior to the india2lock ransomware virus infiltrating your PC).
6. In the opened window, click "Yes".
7. After restoring your computer to a previous date, download and scan your PC with recommended malware removal software to eliminate any remaining india2lock ransomware files.
To restore individual files encrypted by this ransomware, try using Windows Previous Versions feature. This method is only effective if the System Restore function was enabled on an infected operating system. Note that some variants of india2lock are known to remove Shadow Volume Copies of the files, so this method may not work on all computers.
To restore a file, right-click over it, go into Properties, and select the Previous Versions tab. If the relevant file has a Restore Point, select it and click the "Restore" button.
If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking (or with Command Prompt), boot your computer using a rescue disk. Some variants of ransomware disable Safe Mode making its removal complicated. For this step, you require access to another computer.
To protect your computer from file encryption ransomware such as this, use reputable antivirus and anti-spyware programs. As an extra protection method, you can use programs called HitmanPro.Alert and EasySync CryptoMonitor, which artificially implant group policy objects into the registry to block rogue programs such as india2lock ransomware.
Note that Windows 10 Fall Creators Update includes a "Controlled Folder Access" feature that blocks ransomware attempts to encrypt your files. By default, this feature automatically protects files stored in the Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Favorites as well as Desktop folders.
Windows 10 users should install this update to protect their data from ransomware attacks. Here is more information on how to get this update and add an additional protection layer from ransomware infections.
HitmanPro.Alert CryptoGuard - detects encryption of files and neutralises any attempts without need for user-intervention:
Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta uses advanced proactive technology that monitors ransomware activity and terminates it immediately - before reaching users' files:
- The best way to avoid damage from ransomware infections is to maintain regular up-to-date backups. More information on online backup solutions and data recovery software Here.
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