If your device has been infected with the Locky virus – you will have to take certain steps to recover as much data as possible. The Locky virus is known for locking files, making it impossible for the owner to access them.
The cybercriminals which work with ransomware viruses like Locky are always after one thing – MONEY.
The cybercriminals which are behind the locky virus are using encryption to lock the files from being accessed by the original owner. The encryption is done in such a way that it is only possible to regain access to the files when you have the Locky virus decryption key.
So the chance of getting your files back is very tiny. This is the first thing that you have to keep in mind.
These are the steps which will allow you to recover your files after a Locky virus infection:
- The fastest chance to recover your files is by paying the amount of money which is demanded – do keep in mind that this does not guarantee that your files will be decrypted. Remember that you are dealing with thieves (cybercriminals).
- If you have a back-up of a point before the locky ransomware infection – I strongly recommend you to use that back-up file.
- If you can wait – you can put your hopes on the chance that an antivirus company will be able to decrypt Locky infected files.
Do not trust website which claim that you have to download a program in order to unlock the locky infected files. You are dealing with a cybercriminal that has locked your files with strong encryption – only AV companies are able to find a solution for this.