Remove Crypto Locker

This document explains the best way to remove the Crypto Locker Ransom Ware from your computer.


Once installed Crypto Locker Ransom Ware will encrypt some files on your computer. When you try to open these files it will tell you that you have to pay a fee from $120 to $500 to unlock the file. If you pay the fee that Crypto Locker asks for you will still not be able to access your files.

You will need to recover your files from a backup.


The situation could get worse until you remove Crypto Locker Ransom Ware from your computer.

We recommend using Malwarebytes to remove the virus, the free version of Malwarebytes will do the job. Download the tool from here.

Once you have run Malwarebytes, select all of the viruses/problems it finds and get it to remove them. Once it has removed them restart your computer and run malwarebytes again.

Sometimes this will not remove eveything and a rootkit removal tool should be run to remove the problem. Please call techmates and we will guide you through to a clean removal.


Now that you have removed the virus ensure that you have working antivirus software in place. Techmates recommend free anti-virus software from Microsoft called Microsoft Security Essentials. Make sure that this is on and up-to-date. Also check that your backup is working adequately and consider getting a cloud backup system if you don't have one. Again Tecmates can set this up for you if needed.

Further information

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